COP22 at Marrakech: Uphill for the Third World in the post-Paris Era - II

AS has been noted in the first part of this note, the emission reduction commitments made by the developed countries in the Paris Agreement are nowhere near enough to guarantee that global temperature increase will stay below 2 deg C over pre-industrial levels. At the same time, the agreement puts enormous pressure on the development of Third World nations (bar China of course) in terms of the energy options that are available to them at reasonable cost. But the story does not end there.

COP22 at Marrakech: New Threats and Old Challenges - I

DESPITE the brave face put up by the Moroccan hosts and the participating delegations from almost 190 countries, the  22nd edition of the world's annual climate summit at Marrakech, was held with a gun pointed at their heads by the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump. While the finger on the trigger may have been that of the newest hero of global reaction, taking world climate action hostage had the support of the most backward sections of the big capital cheered on by a groundswell of support from some of the most backward sections of the US polity.

Chennai Flood Exposes Urban Development in Era of Globalisation


The Adyar river, which intersects the city in a serpentine path before terminating at Adyar estuary in the Bay of Bengal, had a peak flow capacity of about 50,000 cubic feet per second (cusec) nearly 50 years ago. But due to encroachment and dumping of waste by different local bodies, dumping of debris by local civil contractors, the capacity has been reduced to 10,000 cusec. During this monsoon, the river was carrying about 60,000 cusec water. Now one can imagine the intensity of damage it caused to its surrounding areas.



Scrap MoU for Bauxite Mining in Araku Valley: CPI(M)

THE CPI(M) has demanded scrapping of the MoU signed for mining of bauxite ore in the picturesque Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district. At a press conference in Visakhapatnam, CPI(M) Lok Sabha MP Jitendra Chaudhury said the TDP government in the state and the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre are paving the way for corporate loot of precious natural resources by undermining the law of land and environmental rules, which is leading to huge revenue loss and long-run impact on the socio, economic and cultural base of our country.


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