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Communications & Media

The Centre realises that policymakers seldom have time to read scientific papers and books. Thus, to inform and sensitise policy-makers and general public, the Centre regularly contributes opinion pieces in major national and international media. In addition, views of the Centre are regularly published by media in terms of interviews, expert opinions and policy briefs.

 
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India’s rural-urban conundrum

October 9, 2017

Policy Forum

Indians are flocking to the country’s megacities in huge numbers. More needs to be done to provide them with opportunities and livelihoods in the country’s rural areas, Asit K Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada write.

Real solutions for plastic problems: Tackling microplastics requires big policy proposals

September 28, 2017

Policy Forum

Plastic bags and bottles are a global menace, but the emergence of microplastics will test the policy courage of governments in new ways, Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley write.

Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia

September 27, 2017

The Conversation

Facing declining markets in Western countries, multinational food companies are targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America as new consumers of packaged foods, in a move that may worsen the global epidemic of chronic illness related to diabetes.

Tackling the challenges of sponge cities

September 26, 2017

China Daily

From the staggering population migration to the multi-lane traffic jams, China's rapid urbanization has captured global attention. But much of what threatens the sustainability of China's urbanization is not above ground but under it.

Trump’s anti-Nafta tirade may backfire

September 14, 2017

The Business Times

Talks to renegotiate Nafta are intractable. Mexico and Canada are looking elsewhere for trade, which may hurt Trump’s electoral base of farmers.

They thought the monsoons were calm. Then came the deadly floods

September 7, 2017

The New York Times

Every year, deadly flooding is part of the landscape in South Asia, and over the past two decades an average of around 2,000 people have died each year, according to the International Disaster Database in Belgium.

China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater – here’s how

September 5, 2017

The Conversation

Groundwater over-extraction, waterway degradation, and urban flooding are forcing China’s cities to address a vicious cycle. China’s “sponge city initiative” aims to arrest this cycle through the use of permeable surfaces and green infrastructures. However, the initiative faces two challenges: lack of expertise of local governments to effectively coordinate and integrate such a complex set of activities, and financial constraints.

Renegotiating NAFTA: Where economics and President Trump meet

September 4, 2017

Policy Forum

Although renegotiations have begun in earnest, the Trump Administration will find it exceedingly difficult to get what it wants out of NAFTA, for both economic and political reasons, Asit K Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada write.

Truth about urban flooding: Cities like Mumbai get inundated regularly due to administrative apathy, not climate change

August 31, 2017

The Times of India

While tropical storm Harvey in Texas has grabbed more international attention, flooding in South Asia has been quite severe: already a thousand people have died. This year, among the main sufferers of this regular annual event have been the residents of Mumbai, India’s financial capital.

Expensive academic conferences give us old ideas and no new faces

August 30, 2017

The Guardian

The ballooning costs of attending high-end academic conferences are excluding early-career researchers. But we need their fresh perspectives.

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