Tag Archive: climate change

Climate change, food security and sustaining peace

The interconnectedness of food security, natural resources, peace and conflict is not new to anyone familiar with fragile and conflict-affected states. The question is how to reverse this negative spiral. It is instrumental to focus on the questions of how interventions are interacting with other factors, what negative side effects may appear and how to reduce or, even better, prevent them.

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How India failed at Paris Climate Conference

India failed to do even what a small country like Nicaragua did in the Paris Climate Conference by raising its flag questioning the autocratic change introduced in the final draft at the last moment (from ‘shall’ to ‘should’ ) while adopting the 12 page long Paris Agreement dated 12th December, 2015. The Agreement being a legal text required application of basic legal knowledge by India. In law schools across the globe students are taught that “shall” is “mandatory”. The drafters of legal documents are trained into the use of “shall” as it conveys “a duty to” be performed. It conveys obligation. Had “shall” been not important 76 pages of Words and Phrases, a multi volume work of legal definitions would not have been devoted to case laws around it. The word “should” does not express a legal obligation, the word “shall” expresses a legal requirement.

Contested Waters, Shrinking Livelihoods: Critical Issues in Trans-boundary River Sharing in South Asia

Whether the waters in South Asia can be characterized by ‘shared commonalities’ or whether transnational consensus must precede localized or unilateral policy interventions do not constitute the primary axis of the debate. The developmental discourse in this regard seems to have perpetuity, at least in terms of policy mindsets, which transcends boundaries and reduces the issue to usage of water for so-called ‘national’ purposes and considers the deleterious effects as being the sine qua non of development. Additionally, policy interventions in water are paradigmatically ‘statist’, ‘top-bottom’ and non-participatory having scant regard for complex issues such as loss of culture and livelihoods.

The Failure of the Doha Negotiations

Gopal Krishna is an environment activist. He works with ToxicsWatch Alliance, Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI), IMOWatch, MediaVigil & WaterWatch Alliance. He is also researching the corporate crimes in India after Independence.… Continue reading

Why Is India Doing a Bangladesh in Burma?

Stella Paul is an environment and development Journalist. Her blog is here. Stella Paul Just when protests against India’s 1500 MW Tipaimukh dam are growing louder and stronger in Bangladesh which it fears… Continue reading

The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

Elaine Graham-Leigh lives in London, UK, where she divides her time between writing and political activism, particularly on climate change. She has recently started writing short speculative fiction and has a story forthcoming… Continue reading

Bees Under Bombardment: Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses

Bees Under Bombardment: Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses   From Chemicals to Air Pollution, New UNEP Report Points to Multiple Factors Behind Pollinator Losses Geneva/Nairobi, 10 March 2011 More than a… Continue reading

Time To End War Against The Earth/Vandana Shiva

Dr Vandana Shiva is an Indian physicist, environmentalist and recipient of the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize. This is an edited version of her speech at the Sydney Opera House.  When we think of… Continue reading