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Banning booze... Pharma – overdose of copying Things happen by accident and not by design... Polls and promises Road development slows down Tribute – M V Murugappan Medical costs hit the roof... Fuel for thought Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Which side are you, Montek? Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! For whom the bell tolls? Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Delhi Chalo... More tributes to GR Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS No engine for this car Build close rapport with business leaders Airlines in India: cost and space Quality education through the PPP mode Shanti and Sadhana through Music Why land prices zoom in TN? Sri Lanka votes for change IAS invades NDDB... Where is Rajaji? Shale gas and its shallow future When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's GM Technology at last! CII projects higher growth… Where a state respects its litterateurs… Tatas moving out of urea production... Poor quality of university VCs A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science The nuclear option WTO Meet: resolved to meet again The sea- saw battle continues... The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu When Ratan Tata visited SRM Parliament in paralysis... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Tough task taking states together Moily’s bold thrust Should we change the official year? Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Welcome focus on core competence Muffled voices for merit… Put expensive assets created to use... Align crops to agro climate endowments… Auto components surge… Delhi is distant… Of course, Gujarat is vibrant R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Editor's Says Towards speedy justice Wise Presidents A more liberated TN… Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna The rise and rise of KCP Breaththrough in malaria control Vibrant Gujarat Music happens Demise of a media baron... 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Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara
 
Cutting the nose to spite the face

On 24 October morning there was a grand CII event - The Green Building Congress(GBC) 2013. A galaxy of leaders and large number of delegates participated in the three-day event. The adjoining exhibition hall attracted over 100 top companies, all proclaiming their commitment to protecting the environment, reducing carbon emissions and professing their interest in a green world. Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah to Jamshed Godrej, past President-CII and Head of CII-GBC and Prem C Jain, Chairman – Indian Green Building Council - all waxed eloquent on India emerging a global leader in a green world.

I cannot help relate this to the report in The Hindu that morning. It mentioned :

“Sticking to its stance of not allowing phase-out of climate changing refrigerant gases under the Montreal Protocol at this juncture, India continued to block the move at the ongoing meeting of the multilateral agreement in Bangkok.

“India has opposed bringing control of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — a family of greenhouse gases used as refrigerants.”

Countries in Europe, the USA and Japan banned CFC in the 1980s. India, on pressures from the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries, got an extension of over ten years to fall in line. I recall a delightful interaction with Dr Malli Rao, Senior Research Scientist at DuPont, who had over 50 patents, including several on refrigerant gases. A product of Chennai, Dr Rao expressed confidence over India phasing out the harmful CFCs and HFCs in quick time.

It is thus a matter for concern that India, should join hands with the leading polluter of the environment – China – to oppose phasing out such harmful gases in any time frame.

It is also a pity that Indian refrigerant industry with decades of profitable operations could not fund research and simultaneously look for more eco-friendly technologies. There is need for sticking to a time-bound commitment on this crucial issue that contributes so much to global warming.

 

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