You Have More Power Than You Think

You Have More Power Than You Think

By: Chandu Visweswariah Money makes the world go around. Put your money where your mouth is. While we’ve all heard these sayings, I recently had the satisfaction of using them to advance environmental goals. Many of us have some money in the form of bank accounts, or investments (like stocks, bonds or mutual funds) or retirement assets (like 401(k) accounts)….

Our House is Burning, and We Are the Arsonists

Our House is Burning, and We Are the Arsonists

By: Chandu Visweswariah Look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I an arsonist?” The honest answer may shock you. Over the years, the United Nations has ratcheted up the urgency and stridency of its statements accompanying Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. Back in 2018, the verbiage was “We will need rapid, unprecedented and far-reaching changes in all…

Are We Waging a Climate War Yet?

Are We Waging a Climate War Yet?

By: Chandu Visweswariah Words matter. I once received a letter from the Carter Center in which former President Jimmy Carter urged me to donate money so that he could “wage peace” all over the world. I remember thinking at the time that the wording was clever. It indicated to me that President Carter was proposing a proactive and vigorous effort…

34 Genocides and Counting

34 Genocides and Counting

By: Chandu Visweswariah Did he who made the Lamb make thee? In the old days, humans threatened animal species by rapaciously hunting them for meat, skin, fur and ivory. Now we have found more efficient ways of wiping out not just individual creatures but entire species. The unthinkable has happened! The last living members of 34 different species died without…

India’s Path to Net Zero or Why You Won’t See Teslas in India Any Time Soon

India’s Path to Net Zero or Why You Won’t See Teslas in India Any Time Soon

By: Chandu Visweswariah In 1982, I registered for a class called “Communications Circuits” on the leafy campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai, India. The instructor was Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (picture on the left and bio here and here). Fast forward almost 40 years since then, and Prof. Jhunjhunwala (who I’ll call Prof. J. in the rest…

Is a Food Revolution Brewing?

Is a Food Revolution Brewing?

By: Chandu Visweswariah Calling all meat eaters! Would your meat cravings ever be satisfied by plant-based substitutes (like ‘Beyond Burgers’ or ‘Impossible Burgers’)? How about meat that is grown in the laboratory by a process called cellular agriculture? Never, you say? Maybe not so fast… These meat substitutes go by the unappetizing name of Precision Fermentation and Cellular Agriculture (PFCA…

Of Carbon Budgets and Roulette Wheels

Of Carbon Budgets and Roulette Wheels

By: Chandu Visweswariah The recent United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 6th Assessment Report has set off a frenzy of “after-market analysis” in the environmental community to help the public make sense of the scientific jargon in the report. There is no ambiguity that we must reduce emissions to a level that can be absorbed by natural systems;…

IPCC 2021: Code Red for Humanity

IPCC 2021: Code Red for Humanity

By Chandu Visweswariah “There is no time for delay and no room for excuses, the report is a code red for humanity.”— UN Secretary General António Guterres “Now is the critical decade for keeping the 1.5-degree target within reach.”— Jane Lubchenco, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy The United Nations released the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)…

Progress Rolls Like a Brick

Progress Rolls Like a Brick

By: Chandu Visweswariah Congratulations to all residents of the Croton Harmon School District in New York! In the recent May 18 budget vote, you chose electric buses overwhelmingly over fossil fuel buses. The three electric bus propositions collectively received a 73.7% approval. For those who recall, we also had a Proposition 1 for two fossil fuel buses, and the three…

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