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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
Dhol-Keshar singh Bisht-a

Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The response to recent Uttarakhand disaster is seemingly inadequate, writes Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma. It has not only been a policy failure but institutional inadequacies lie exposed too. Mountain peculiarities have remained an exercise in academic deliberations. Often piecemeal and repetitive, several high level committees of the state have neither been able to foresee latent threats

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Safeguarding The Sanctity Of Developmental Aid

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma’s opinion piece on an an ongoing discourse on ‘Flaw of Big Aid‘ at Climate Himalaya’s discussion platform . There are reasons why James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ did not provoke strong emotions from either those who provide ‘aid’ or those who are its recipients. Most of those to whom the

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Costly Chocolate, Dearer Diapers And The Durban Dilemma

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By
Green Ghanaian

Sudhirendar Sharma: By strange coincidence two unrelated developments had surfaced at the time when environment ministers from several countries were mulling over reams of text to resolve the climate conundrum at the port city of Durban in early December  – one, that the branded chocolates were getting costly and two, diapers sales were plummeting across

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Climate Change, IPCC and Policy Riddle

Nov 18th, 2011 | By
Climate Change Binayak Ray Book

Book: Climate Change: IPCC, Water Crisis, and Policy Riddles With Reference to India and Her Surroundings  Author: Binayak Ray    Lexington Books, Maryland    234 pages, $45 book review `Concerned about effects’ by: Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma For anyone struggling to comprehend what climate change might mean to life-support systems and policy arena in the sub-continent, Binayak Ray

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Watch The Shades Of `Green Economy’

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
window-Dr. Piyush

Sudhirendar Sharma: Writes about the potential of mountain states in India in terms of their natural wealth and kind of benchmark for the services provided by them. By taking examples from developed countries his doubts are about insignificant valuation of tangible ecosystem services, therefore the unlikely transaction of such payments in near future. His discourse

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Does Green Matter?

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
Niyamgiri-Green economy

Sudhirendar Sharma:  Why is the developed world, that is obsessed with the idea of `greed economy’, thrusting its new capitalist variant – green economy – on the growing economies? Is it a calculated move to pin down the growing differences between the north and the south with a green business model?  Henk Manschot, a Professor

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Cultural Conundrum of Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
Cultural conundrum

Sudhirendar Sharma: Even at the cost of being refuted, it wouldn’t be out of context to prophesize that globalization of climate change will convert the Himalaya into a new playground for capitalism! Not only will the Himalaya get converted into a repository of carbon to counter what others have voluntarily emitted but will charge for

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Carbon Crunching At Low Price For The Benefit Of Advanced Nations

Jul 25th, 2011 | By
Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma India

Sudhirendar Sharma: Tucked up in the middle Himalayas, farmers in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh will crunch atmospheric carbon to help rid the Spaniards of their climate woes. Over the next two decades, over eight lakh tons of carbon dioxide equivalents are likely to be sequestered in over 4,000 hectares of variedly degraded agriculture

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