Should people give up eating meat to save the planet?

Last week, I read this article in The Telegraph where Lord Stern talks about taking up vegetarianism to reduce our carbon footprint. He adds that eating meat could become as socially unacceptable as drunk driving.

But is being vegetarian really the solution to climate change?


Green Politics


Green Politics by Anil Agarwal, Sunita Narain and Anju Sharma is perhaps one of those few books which talks about the stance of developing countries when it comes to global environmental negotiations. The developing countries have always come across as skeptics when it comes to global environmental negotiations and their reasons can be fairly justified. This book highlights the southern perspective of such negotiations and clearly shows how these environmental negotiations which are supposed to be based on the principle of good governance—equality, justice and democracy have often turned out to be business transactions where the rich crush the interests of the poor. Continue reading

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink..

People return to flood-hit homes

People return to flood-hit homes

Ahmer Ali, 28, returned with six family members to find his house virtually destroyed and his rice crop gone. This plight is not shared by Ahmer and his family alone; thousands of southern Indians were affected by the floods in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states by torrential rains after severe drought.

This natural disaster killed at least 269 people and the damages in the two states are estimated to be $4.6 billion. The torrential rains were the worst in decades and displaced more than 2 million people. The water has now slowly started to recede and people are slowly moving back to their ‘home’. Continue reading