Provision vs Management – the Eternal choice of the Indus Waters

(A version of this piece first appeared in Firstpost on Apr 09, 2019) Last time we saw how the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) defanged the dam as a geopolitical source of advantage. But the more relevant question to ask is – will securing the Indus secure India’s water future? To answer that question, we need …

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How India lost the hydro-disciplining battle against Pakistan – the road from Partition, War, Drought and the signing of the Indus Water Treaty.

Why did India deactivate its own hydro-disciplining tool against Pakistan? Travel from Partition, through the Cold War, China's takeover of Tibet, Drought to the signing of the IWT.

The fall of crude and the death of king coal

Something very unusual took place in 2014, that changed the course of the global economy. In June 2014, global oil prices began to fall. Brent Oil prices almost reached $115 in late June, and then began to fall precipitously. In early October 2014, with Brent prices about 20% lower at $90 per barrel, the PIRA …

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The next set of articles on Climate Change

The climate change problem can be analysed using the prisoner's dilemma game. This is because there are winners as well as different types of losers in the warming world. My take: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/climaction-the-differentiated-impacts-of-climate-change/article6962958.ece But Europe is doing something very interesting indeed to impact the outcome: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/climaction-the-differentiated-impacts-of-climate-change/article6962958.ece Based on this, I believe action, quick and meaningful action on …

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Who caused climate change (and who should act)?

First, apologies for the long break. Source: Khalil Bendig, http://otherwords.org/climate-change-we-can-believe-in/ So, do we have a problem with a global warming? Pretty much everyone agrees that the world has warmed, and 97% of climate scientists agree that humans have caused it. Most of those also agree that it is going to get worse, and we should definitely …

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Cities and Climate Change

So, last time we spoke about two ways by which cities around the world are coping with climate change: slum relocation and waste management - with different degrees of success. Today, let's discuss a big one: sea level rise. The sea has been rising faster in the last 25 years than it has in the …

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Daily Reading – 30/09/14

Today let's explore what the world thinks of climate change: First, consider who is impacted by climate change: Now, let's look at what they think: In China: broadly believe climate change is ooccurring it is not good and the world as a whole should shoulder the responsibility of mitigation: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/09/30/heard-in-the-hutong-global-warming/ In the US: The richer you …

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