Climate Policy

Striking conversations around Environment and Climate Change at the ICT Center, Mahbubnagar

by |June 6th, 2019

It’s been more than 3 months since the Center is running in full swing with so many batches. Classes are now being regularly conducted on topics like Conversational English, Basic ICT skills, foundation concepts in financial literacy and strengthening of life skills. Girls are now getting used to the spirit and culture of the center… read more

A bold bid for climate justice

by |January 11th, 2018

As featured on | January 11, 2018 Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma and Maria — cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced… read more

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Big Oil will have to pay up, like Big Tobacco

by |September 17th, 2017

As featured on | September 17, 2017 Here is a message to investors in the oil industry, whether pension and insurance funds, university endowments, hedge funds or other asset managers: Your investments are going to sour. The growing devastation caused by climate change, as seen this month in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, are going to blow… read more

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Disaster insurance needs an overhaul

by |September 14th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | September 14, 2017 The federal government provides formal and informal disaster insurance to the states. Formal programs include the National Flood Insurance Program, while informal insurance comes in special recovery grants following major disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Irma. We urgently need an overhaul of such funding, starting… read more

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Big money is behind decarbonization. We don’t need politicians

by |August 3rd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 3, 2017 The world is moving to a low-carbon energy system built on wind, hydro, solar, and other zero-carbon sources and the electrification of transport, heating, and industry. Thirty years from now, today’s American fossil fuel giants — ExxonMobil, Chevron, TransCanada, Koch Industries, among others — will be shadows of… read more

Trump’s Climate-Change Sociopathy

by |June 7th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | June 7, 2017 President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement is not just dangerous for the world; it is also sociopathic. Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others. The declaration by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, that Trump believes in… read more

Climate of Folly

by |June 2nd, 2017

As featured in Commonweal Magazine | June 2, 2017 When I heard that Trump had decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, I immediately thought about an event I attended at the Vatican last September on Laudato si’ and the implementation of the accord. During that event, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon,… read more

US faces disgrace if Trump drops Paris climate pact

by |June 1st, 2017

As featured on | June 1, 2017 President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, senior US officials familiar with his plans told CNN Wednesday. While not unexpected, this is a major break that would isolate the United States in global climate change efforts. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill… read more

Trump’s Paris pullout leaves America’s global leadership in flames

by |June 1st, 2017

As featured in New York Daily News | June 1, 2017 Today is the day that America’s global leadership ends. Congratulations, Washington, you have become worse than useless. You are now positively dangerous. Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement is leaving the civilized world. Hyperbole? Not so. Global warming is an existential threat. Every literate person knows it, including… read more

How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

by |April 18th, 2017

As featured on | April 18, 2017 Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO… read more

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