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The Next Global Environment Order

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None of the news stories in this selection deal with the disaster that international negotiations on
 

The Unearth Bulletin

December 19 · Issue #76 · View online
Towards a Sustainable & Inclusive World

None of the news stories in this selection deal with the disaster that international negotiations on climate change have become. I believe that the structure of global negotiations is such that they will fail, however well-meaning the participants and global leaders are. Refer to the following excerpt from a recent book review by me, “As soon as humanity creates a common target (warming limited to 2-degree celsius for instance), every participant in the global arena will seek to achieve this by minimising their costs. While the ostensible group objective is the specific target, the effective objective of each individual country is minimising cost. As long as we attempt a common target each member of the community would only work on minimising costs rather than maximizing effect, and the group objective can rather perversely never be met.”  
It is time we started thinking of the next global order on the environment. Note that I don’t use the term climate change, because climate change is occurring and may also accelerate over the years. What we can do at best do is to reduce the environment imprint of human actions.
The solution for the next global order (current one having failed) therefore is not having a common target at all, but rather rewards based on changes achieved. Second, it needs to be about improved environment and ecology, not climate change for that is a lost battle. And third, it needs to be inward-looking rather than outward.
More on this in later posts, would love comments!
-Laveesh Bhandari

98% state, 96% private power plants yet to process FGDs 98% state, 96% private power plants yet to process FGDs
India's air pollution fight could increase greenhouse gas emissions India's air pollution fight could increase greenhouse gas emissions
New Delhi Municipal Corp census to give each tree an identity New Delhi Municipal Corp census to give each tree an identity
CPCB orders shutdown of 270 tyre pyrolysis units in 19 states for causing pollution CPCB orders shutdown of 270 tyre pyrolysis units in 19 states for causing pollution
Pained over stubble burning cases, Punjab farmer commits suicide Pained over stubble burning cases, Punjab farmer commits suicide
Farmers dump crop residue at pollution control board office for withdrawal of cases Farmers dump crop residue at pollution control board office for withdrawal of cases
Lake in Chennai’s Vandalur zoo revived, video goes viral Lake in Chennai’s Vandalur zoo revived, video goes viral
Aarey, smog, wildfires, forests dominate headlines. But what exactly is a forest? Aarey, smog, wildfires, forests dominate headlines. But what exactly is a forest?
Tandurust Punjab mission reduces air pollution by a third Tandurust Punjab mission reduces air pollution by a third
Reports this fortnight
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This fortnight at Indicus
Indicus is partnering with Purpose India to build an awareness campaign on rooftop solar installations as per the Delhi Solar Policy.
Indicus recently published a working paper titled, “The Business of Doing (Informal) Business in India” to capture the key qualitative characteristics of different informal businesses and its impact on their growth and functioning.
I had a chance to share my views on emerging technologies and digital cities while moderating a fantastic panel on “Urban Innovation: Success through Partnerships & Collaborations.”
I was glad to be able to comment on this crucial volume on urban planning in India on a panel with Mr Shyam Diwan and Mr Rajeev Kathpalia for the book launch.
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