17 April, 2021

Where The Air Is Rarefied

The most comprehensive analysis of climate change, which tackles India’s (mostly flawed) policies

Where The Air Is Rarefied
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This book is remarkable for two reasons. Praful Bidwai has compiled the most comprehensive analysis of climate change, which tackles India’s (mostly flawed) policies governing this all-encompassing global threat, as well as those of other rich and poor nations. His meticulous research is matched by his moral commitment in ensuring that this environmental crisis hinges on equity between, and within, countries. What is more, the author is not one of the usual suspects who follow the tortuous trajectory of global laws regarding curbs on global emissions. He is a formidable nuclear policy analyst and has co-authored several books on it.

This is a depressing chronicle. There was promise of a brave new green world when the UN held the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Five years later, the Kyoto Protocol was born, the first treaty to impose penalties on industrial countries. Environmentalists then pinned their hopes on the Copenhagen conference in 2010, which turned into a damp squib, with India allying itself with BASIC countries...

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