December 11, 2022

THE GOOD LIFE

Rudyard kipling was so inspired by the forests of India that he wrote the epic The Jungle Book in 1894. While we have lost a lot of the wildlife and forests since the book was written, India continues to offer varied experiences for wildlife enthusiasts. Imagine waking up to the sun rising over the horizon and seeing a group of deer grazing peacefully or chasing the call of the tiger in a jeep through thick forests. Nothing beats a wildlife safari experience. And when after that safari you stay in a luxury resort--think Swiss tents, teak floors, marble baths and a spa--it only makes the holiday more memorable. Here's a look at some of the most luxurious wildlife resorts in the country. After all, visiting the forests doesn't mean that you need to rough it out; our maharajas never did.

HIGHWAY TO CLIMATE HELL

Despite numerous pledges by countries, COP summits have failed to achieve their goals the message from the UN is loud and clear. All climate change talks over the next decade will prove ineffective if immediate actions to stop the earth's rising temperatures aren't acted upon. The point became apparent at the recently held 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) when UN Secretary-General Ant�nio Guterres warned world leaders that humanity is on a "highway to climate hell"This year's summit was focussed on the inadequate ambition to curb global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and aimed to fully implement the promise of the Paris Agreement--a legally binding international treaty on climate change that envisages keeping the global temperature rise in this century below 2� C of pre-industrial levels. Following intense negotiations, a much-delayed and long-awaited promise of $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries was approved at this year's summit. The fund will assist develop- ing countries that have contributed very little to the climate crisis, and yet are vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate changeIndia, as a party to the Paris Agreement, has taken several steps to fight climate change. While its historical contribution to cumulative GHG emissions is minuscule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pledged at the 2021 summit that India will have net zero emissions by 2070. This year, the Indian delegation led by Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, focussed on action in climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building. India also submitted its long-term lowemissions strategy to the UNPer India's strategy paper, power generation is the biggest emitter, and hence, the country's primary focus is on the rational use of national resources with due regard to energy security. The rapid expansion of green hydrogen production and a three-fold increase in nuclear capacity by 2032 are envisaged to curb the power sector's emissions. For transportation, India is working towards increased use of biofuels, high electric vehicle (EV) penetration, and the use of green hydrogen fuelWith rapid urbanisation, future sustainable and climate-resilient urban development will be driven by smart city initiatives, mainstream adoption of enhanced energy resources, effective green building codes and development of innovative waste management practicesIn the industrial sector, the focus will be on improving energy efficiency through the Perform, Achieve and Trade scheme, National Hydrogen Mission, and high level of electrification in all relevant processes and activitiesBut despite all the efforts in the past, very little change has been observed on the ground. Experts say that the world should collectively work towards making course corrections to avert more such disasters @nidhisingal See related story on page 148

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