Discussion on the Final Installment of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)

In this episode of VIF Podcast, PK Khup Hangzo, Associate Fellow and Heena Samant, Research Associate discusses the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fourth and final instalment of its sixth assessment report (AR6) titled Synthesis

Geo-engineering: A Fringe Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Introduction On 1 October 2022, the US government announced a Five-Year Plan to study the controversial and seemingly sci-fi notion of deflecting the Sun’s rays before they hit Earth in order to temporarily reduce the effects of global warming. Se

Climate Change: A Review of 2022 and Projections for 2023

Over the past year, the impact of climate change has escalated significantly. The threats emanating from this existential crisis are increasingly multifaceted and interlocking in nature and continue to test the capability of states and governments to

COP 27 and its Outcomes

In this VIF podcast, PK Khup Hangzo, Associate Fellow and Heena Samant , Research Assistant at VIF discuss COP 27 and its outcomes. The episode is conversational and flags both the positive as well as negative outcomes of COP 27 which took place from

COP 27: High Stakes, Low Expectations

Introduction The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 27, will take place at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from 6 to 18 November. The main aim of the conference is to spur action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals a

Climate Change: Takeaway from the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report

In this episode of the VIF podcast, Ms Heena Samant, Research Assistant and Mr PK Hangzo, Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Re

Clean Energy Transition: Opportunities and Pitfalls of Mining the Deep-Sea for a Cleaner Future

Introduction The global energy system is currently in the midst of a major transition to clean energy. However, the technologies underpinning this clean energy transition such as hybrid/electric car batteries, solar panels and wind turbines require

Floods in Assam: The Case for Rethinking Adaptation

Introduction North-east India has been witnessing unusually heavy rainfall since the beginning of May. That has resulted in one of the worst floods ever recorded in Assam. As of 3 July, flood has affected 1,835,551 people in 26 out of the state’s

Is India Ready to Adapt to the Impacts of Extreme Weather Events?

Introduction From March to April this year, India experienced an unprecedented heatwave with many places in northern India recording temperature in excess of 45°C over extended periods of time. In all, 15 states and Union Territories (UT) have been

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