CSE Annual South Asian Media Briefing Workshop on Climate Change, 2013

New Delhi, India

September 18-19, 2013

In May this year, the Mauna Loa recording station in Hawaii, run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, came up with a startling discovery: carbon dioxide had breached the 400 ppm mark for the first time ever.

As we proceed in the 'danger zone', the world needs to get its act together and sign a legally binding climate treaty which will push for preventive action. The 'blind' negotiations continue this year in Poland, as urgency of collective action and responsibility rests on the world’s shoulders.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised its annual two-day briefing for South Asian journalists in September, before the deliberations for the 2015 treaty begin at this year’s Conference of Parties (CoP) in Poland. The briefing brought to the table the latest in negotiating stances, politics, science and impacts of climate change from all across South Asia.

Journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, participated in the briefing.






Programme schedule
Participants List

Presentations Day 1 (PDF)

Session I
Climate Change:Facts and politics; science and art A curtain-raiser

By Sunita Narain, Director-General, CSE

Global energy politics

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director-General, CSE

The Science of Climate Change and IPCC

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director-General, CSE

Session II
Renewable energy: Policy and practice

By: Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director-General, CSE

Renewable Energy Developments in India

By: Alok Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Wind Projects), Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Large Scale Projects – Industry Perspective

By: Mahesh Vipradas, Head-regulatory affairs, Suzlon Energy Ltd, Delhi

Off-Grid Scenario and outlook in India Perspective

By: Dr. Ahmar Raza, Director-solar, Union ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy - policies and challenges

By: Raghunath Mahapatra

Session III
Remote Village Electrification: Gram Oorja’s Journey

Anshuman Lath, co-founder, Gram Oorja Solutions, Pune

Prasanta Biswal, head- Bihar, SELCO, Bengaluru
Micro hydro Power Development Nepal

By: Madhusudhan Adhikari, National Advisor, Community Electrification, National Rural and Renewable Progrmme (NRREP), Kathmandu, Nepal


Presentations Day 2 (PDF)

Session I
HFC: A lesson on how companies make money to save the world

By Sunita Narain, Director-General, CSE

Black carbon…………

By: Anumita Roychowdhury

Methane and Natural Debt and Impacts on India’s Workers Of Extreme Climate Change

By: Kirk R. Smith

Session II
Extreme Weather Events ÔÇÉ Rainfall

By: R. Krishnan

Monsoons, Cyclones & Extreme Events – Role of Oceans

By: M. R. Ramesh Kumar

Early Warning System in Bangladesh

By: Md. Abdul Mannan

Session III
Managing Disasters,Sustaining Development in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

By: Aditi Mukherji

Customized Community-Based Microinsurance for Climate-Related Risks

By: David M Dror


Fact Sheets


News Clippings

The Hindu: Octo. 13, 2013

Hunt for the smokeless chulha

Central Chronicle: Sept. 23, 2013

Need to cut emissions drastically: Sunita

TOI: Sep 22, 2013

Weather forecasts off the mark
TOI: Sep 22, 2013,

Heavy rain likely in non-monsoon months: Experts