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  • Club Climate Negotiations with Local Actions

    While international negotiations are important in dealing with climate change, nothing worthwhile can be achieved without public participation and concerted local action.

    April 20, 2012

    The Role of the National Solar Mission in Climate Change Mitigation and the Twin Objective of Energy Security

    This article outlines the National Solar Mission's role as India's major climate change mitigation policy, arguing that India's National Solar Mission (NSM) was initially conceived to bolster India's position against legally binding commitments on carbon emissions. However, the NSM also has twin objectives in energy security. Progress in the NSM is outlined before its problems are examined in order to clarify how the Indian government may direct its development to fulfil energy security and energy access goals.

    March 2012

    Climate Change and Conflict in South Asia

    It is now commonly accepted that small island countries are facing an existential threat because of global warming and the consequent rise in the level of the oceans.

    January 2012

    Durban Platform for a New Climate Change Agreement: An Assessment

    Climate change discussions may not have collapsed but difficult and bruising negotiations lie ahead and there will be immense pressure on developing countries to accept legally binding cuts.

    December 21, 2011

    Wen Jiabao’s India visit: A Strategic Review

    The success of the visit was limited to strengthening links of economic diplomacy between the two Asian giants, ignoring the geo-political and strategic issues that act as de-stabilisers in Sino-Indian relations.

    January 07, 2011

    Maldives Intensifies Campaign to Tackle Climate Change

    Fractious domestic politics and lack of consensus at the international level are stumbling blocks before Maldives’ campaign on climate change.

    December 20, 2010

    Climate Change: Process and Politics

    With the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expiring in 2012, time seems to be running out for a new successor agreement. The Protocol remains the most comprehensive attempt to negotiate binding limits on anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The long-term challenge, defined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is to stabilise GHG concentration in the atmosphere at levels that would prevent interference with the climate system. There are, however, economic and social realities that drive anthropogenic GHG emissions.

    November 2010

    India-United States 2020

    This report summarizes the conclusions of a study that was initiated earlier this year on the future of India United States relations in the coming decade.

    October 29, 2010

    Contest and Cooperation in the Arctic

    Global warming-induced accessibility has drawn many actors to the Arctic zone, seeking to establish exclusive sovereign rights over its many natural endowments.

    September 28, 2010

    Climate Change and Environmental Degradation in Tibet: Implications for Environmental Security in South Asia

    Both the Chinese government and the Tibetans are in agreement over the impending issues relating to the adverse impact of climate change on Tibet while the India-specific data on glacier melt is as yet inconclusive. There is, however, a difference of perception in Sino-Tibetan discourse over the capitalist model of economic development being undertaken by China which is at variance with the cultural practices of Tibetans, informed and regulated as they are with the Buddhist values of oneness with nature. Nomadism is also fundamental to the preservation of the ecology of Tibet.

    September 2010

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