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The Four Cs of India’s Green Growth
Jan 26, 2022

The Four Cs of India’s Green Growth

Commitment, co-benefits, cost, and capital are the four Cs of India’s renewable miracle

The Future of Climate Action: In Search of a United Global South
Sep 20, 2021

The Future of Climate Action: In Search of a United Global South

Economic growth has historically been dependent on fossil fuels. Climate change mitigation, therefore, is often an obstacle for developing countries. Although efficiency in the use of energy sources has increased dramatically over the last decades, GHG emissions remain at steep levels. This brief argues that developed countries should increase pressures on the Global North for more robust emission cuts and greater provision of aid related to clim

The Future of Food: Reimagining Climate-Resilient Food Systems in the Post-Pandemic World
Jul 03, 2022

The Future of Food: Reimagining Climate-Resilient Food Systems in the Post-Pandemic World

Thinking about the future of global food systems has now become more critical than ever. Climate change impacts—among them, shifts in soil quality, precipitation, pest regimes, seasonal growth patterns, along with land degradation and reduction in biodiversity—have impacted agricultural and aquatic food production systems across the world. Indeed, the causal links between climate change and food security are manifesting more clearly, particul

The G20 and the role of Public Development Banks in fostering sustainable agri-food systems
Oct 31, 2022

The G20 and the role of Public Development Banks in fostering sustainable agri-food systems

The G20 will need to deliver on its collaborative commitment to accelerate the investment momentum in our agri-food systems in order to build sustaina

The gender imbalance at COP27
Dec 08, 2022

The gender imbalance at COP27

COP27 should strive to be a platform that keeps women at the heart of intergovernmental climate negotiations

The geoeconomics of climate finance
Nov 12, 2021

The geoeconomics of climate finance

Structural changes need to be brought to allow different financial sectors to invest in the green future of developing nations.

The Global Carbon Incentive Fund as a Response to the Climate Crisis
Aug 23, 2021

The Global Carbon Incentive Fund as a Response to the Climate Crisis

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, often hailed as a diplomatic triumph, aims to limit temperature increases to below 2 degrees Celsius (C), preferably to 1.5 degrees C, compared to pre-industrial levels. However, with the United Nations (UN) having failed to establish a method for putting a price on carbon, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, and global temperatures increased by more than 1.2 degrees C in 2020. Already, experts warn

The Growing Gaps in Global Humanitarian Challenges
Apr 01, 2024

The Growing Gaps in Global Humanitarian Challenges

Emergency humanitarian aid, which aims to save lives and reduce people’s suffering in times of crises, has grown considerably over the last century to become a central feature of international relations and of the multilateral system. It is estimated that over 400 million people depend on such aid today. The future of these people and of the humanitarian aid they depend on are fraught with risks, in light of five palpable trends: exponentially

The Impact of High Crude Oil Prices and Challenges in Pricing of Petroleum Products
Jul 24, 2023

The Impact of High Crude Oil Prices and Challenges in Pricing of Petroleum Products

A roundtable discussion on the topic "The Impact of High Crude Oil Prices & Challenges in Pricing of Petroleum Products" was organised by Observer Research Foundation at New Delhi on August 14, 2006.

The Imperatives of India’s Climate Response
Oct 25, 2021

The Imperatives of India’s Climate Response

As the global climate crisis intensifies, nations are becoming more hard-pressed to formulate responses that will be acceptable to all stakeholders. In an effort to understand India’s approach to addressing the challenges of climate change, this paper describes the natural circumstances that have historically shaped its responses. The paper also discusses the most crucial imperatives that have guided such actions and suggests that these

The Indus imbroglio: Hostile hydropolitics and lack of integrated basin governance
Feb 08, 2023

The Indus imbroglio: Hostile hydropolitics and lack of integrated basin governance

The politicisation of the water issues of the Indus system has overshadowed the much-required integrated basin governance

The Korea-Pacific Islands Summit: Widening the ambit of ROK-PIC ties
Jun 14, 2023

The Korea-Pacific Islands Summit: Widening the ambit of ROK-PIC ties

In light of the growing focus on the Pacific region, South Korea, alongside other nations, has ramped up bilateral ties with PICs by boosting developm

The machine’s rage against the planet
Oct 17, 2021

The machine’s rage against the planet

How AI systems impact the environment and how we can be more sustainable in their design, development, and deployment

The national security discourse is changing
Sep 10, 2021

The national security discourse is changing

Policymakers and practitioners are leading the emerging consensus on the need to fundamentally reassess assumptions

The new crisis of finance
Dec 13, 2017

The new crisis of finance

The failure of global finance to create a bridge between savings that earn low returns in the global north and the projects that would create much-needed infrastructure in the global south has caused a crisis that needs the attention of global regulators. Among the multiple causes of this crisis is the stringent regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis, including new lending norms for banks; the tardy response of institutional investors t

The New Green Revolution: A Just Transition to Climate-Smart Crops
Jan 11, 2021

The New Green Revolution: A Just Transition to Climate-Smart Crops

The agriculture sector’s contribution to India’s GDP and employment makes it crucial to the country’s growth. At the same time, the sector’s massive greenhouse gas emissions pose a threat to India’s green transition. The ongoing farmers’ protests also highlight the need for a climate-smart agriculture strategy that will address fundamental issues like income support. This brief outlines a framework for India’s “new green revolutio

The New India Accelerator proposal: Playing to India’s strengths
Nov 02, 2021

The New India Accelerator proposal: Playing to India’s strengths

As part of the decarbonisation experiment, India can offer to lead a globally supported, incremental climate-action plan for the world

The Only Way to Make Climate Progress
Jan 18, 2024

The Only Way to Make Climate Progress

Green technology and capital is concentrated in rich countries. Here’s how to address the north-south divide.

The Summit of the Americas: From ‘maximum pressure’ to calculated engagement
May 30, 2022

The Summit of the Americas: From ‘maximum pressure’ to calculated engagement

The US adopts a more regional-looking foreign policy as it looks forward to hosting the 9th Summit of the Americas.

The twin-connection: Revitalising sister-city relationships
Apr 08, 2024

The twin-connection: Revitalising sister-city relationships

As the world faces unprecedented challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and disparities, sister-city relationships can help nurture a harmoniou

Time for hard questions on Sino-Indian relationship's future
May 21, 2013

Time for hard questions on Sino-Indian relationship's future

India and China must bilaterally develop a substantial conversation on the cutting edge of global governance issues, including issues of the global commons like climate change, water, health and medicine, and Asian security architecture, as well as issues of space and proliferation, of rules and mechanisms of economic governance, and on new arenas of maritime and ocean governance.

To achieve the global goal on health, place health at the heart of climate action
Apr 05, 2024

To achieve the global goal on health, place health at the heart of climate action

Climate change is intensifying existing health vulnerabilities. Placing health at the heart of the climate justice movement is thus essential for mean

To Price or not to Price? Making a Case for a Carbon Pricing Mechanism for India
Sep 26, 2022

To Price or not to Price? Making a Case for a Carbon Pricing Mechanism for India

The 2021 Conference of Parties 26 (COP26) propelled nations to ramp up their climate targets and the concomitant Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. However, the updated NDCs and the announced pledges for 2030 remain insufficient and poorly aligned with the targets of the Paris Agreement. The reduction in projected 2030 emissions is estimated to be 7.5 percent—far lower than the 30 percent requi

Towards a Systems Approach to the Management of Grasslands in India
Dec 07, 2022

Towards a Systems Approach to the Management of Grasslands in India

Grasslands that provide a variety of ecosystem services for humans—including carbon storage, which is important to mitigating climate change—are among the world’s most threatened habitats. In India, grassy ecosystems are not accorded any legal protection. Vast acres of these grasslands are converted for revenue-generating use, altering their ecological dynamics and threatening the livelihoods and cultures of pastoral and agrarian communitie

Towards an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management Along the Bengal Coast
Jul 08, 2021

Towards an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management Along the Bengal Coast

The management of fish stocks along the Bengal coast has traditionally relied on the formula of dictating where, when, and how much to catch of one particular kind of fish to mitigate the risk of stock depletion. This paper argues that this conventional approach is inadequate in dealing with the multitude of threats, both local and global, posed by anthropogenic interventions in the natural systems and processes. It builds a case for an Ecosystem

Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): Strategies, obstacles, and visions for a sustainable future
Feb 21, 2024

Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): Strategies, obstacles, and visions for a sustainable future

Climate-Smart Agriculture holds promise in building a robust agri-food system amidst the intensifying effects of climate change, however, there is a p

Towards progress and preservation: A commentary on the draft EIA 2020 notification
Jun 18, 2020

Towards progress and preservation: A commentary on the draft EIA 2020 notification

India is currently the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change. Easing environmental norms will not boost economic growth.

Turning the tide: Biden’s domestic agenda finally getting results
Aug 13, 2022

Turning the tide: Biden’s domestic agenda finally getting results

In the ongoing struggle between the Democrats and Republicans, while the former is celebrating its wins, the latter is looking out for ways to downpla

UAE Might Just Give COP28 the Breakthrough It Needs
Jan 16, 2023

UAE Might Just Give COP28 the Breakthrough It Needs

The criticism of Sultan al Jaber's appointment as COP28 president might be well-meaning but the rush to judgement reflects an incomplete understanding of both the host country and the individual.

Unbundling the coal-climate equation
Oct 07, 2015

Unbundling the coal-climate equation

Ahead of the Paris climate summit, India announced on October 2 its INDCs for climate change mitigation and adaptation. While this commitment has drawn fulsome praise from many, the green ayatollahs have predictably ignored its herculean clean energy ambitions and focused on Indian dependence on coal. It is time to lay bare the 'coal hypocrisy' of these privileged 'western greens'.

Understanding the digital divide in financial inclusion 
Nov 15, 2022

Understanding the digital divide in financial inclusion 

India needs to address the impediments to financial inclusion to ensure the upliftment of the downtrodden

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Energy Poverty
Jun 08, 2021

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Energy Poverty

Among the estimated 1.3 billion people across the world who have no access to electricity, 70 percent are women. This brief discusses the impact of energy poverty on India’s rural women. As women are primarily responsible for securing food and energy for their family, they are the ones who are worst affected by the lack of access to clean and modern energy. The brief calls for a more holistic approach in research and policymaking on energ

Understanding the implications and mitigation strategies for heatwaves in India
May 06, 2023

Understanding the implications and mitigation strategies for heatwaves in India

The current heat wave situation in India is a wake-up call for the need to address the impact of changing climate on public health

Unlocking Sustainable Finance to Promote Green Transition: India’s Priorities for its G20 Presidency in 2023
Aug 04, 2022

Unlocking Sustainable Finance to Promote Green Transition: India’s Priorities for its G20 Presidency in 2023

Sustainable finance emerged as a key issue to tackle climate change at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference and is spurring a global transition to net zero. A peculiar feature of the race to net zero is that it cannot be achieved unless all countries can meet their targets, and any positive step towards it will benefit all countries. The drive to achieve carbon neutrality and net-zero emissions needs to be targeted through a range of

Urban development needs more attention, says Jagmohan
May 15, 2009

Urban development needs more attention, says Jagmohan

Jagmohan's address to the ORF faculty included a discussion on six important topics, namely slums and illegal constructions, human settlement patterns, culturally significant towns, cities and climate change, pattern of governance after the enactment of the Constitution (seventy-fourth amendment) Act, and resource mobilisation for city development

Urbanisation and coastal development: From confrontation to consultation
Jun 07, 2022

Urbanisation and coastal development: From confrontation to consultation

A more holistic approach needs to be adopted, keeping the aspirations and apprehensions of the local communities in mind while employing sustainable u