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COVID-19, Climate Change and Environmental Governance
By Medha Tapiawala

First Published : 2021
ISBN : 9788177085211
Pages : 204
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 5 x 9
Price : US$ 58
ABOUT THE BOOK

The world has endured an unexpected onslaught by the COVID-19 virus. The shock of the pandemic has been extremely unconventional in terms of its size and uncertainty, with its impact dependent on unpredictable factors like intensity of lockdowns, extent of supply chain disruptions alongside societal response to the associated public health measures. The pandemic has been unique in its wide-ranging effects on almost every section of the society.

It has also tested the frontiers of medical science, which rose to the challenge by developing an effective vaccine within a year. The pandemic has threatened everything that was taken for granted, viz. mobility, safety, and a normal life itself.

Climate change is a serious global environmental concern, which is primarily caused by the building up of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. The accumulated scientific evidence clearly indicates that if the rate of GHG emissions is not reduced significantly, there will be a damaging effect on the global climate. Demographic expansion, over exploitation of natural resources, mega development projects—with least concern for sustainability and conservation—have greatly affected the environment.

The pandemic has also proved as a blessing in disguise. NASA’s images of earth taken from the satellites reflected an unexpectedly low level of pollution. Due to slowdown in economic activities, air and water became clean, and birds and animals got a chance to explore their lost spaces. The pandemic is a reminder that public and planetary health issues are intimately connected.

This book contains 8 papers, authored by experts in the field of philosophy, psychology, engineering, rural development, and economics. This multi-disciplinary approach about the pandemic and its impact on climate and environment would provide valuable insights for a cross-section of students, teachers and researchers in diverse fields.


CONTENTS
     
1. COVID-19, Lockdowns and Environment
Sudhakar Yedla

2. Environmental Governance: Lessons from the Pandemic
Ashir Mehta

3. Extreme Events and Resilience in Times of the Pandemic: A Case Study
Rajarshi Majumder

4. Gender and Climate Change
Vibhuti Patel

5. Status of Climate Finance: Can India Meet the Target?
Medha Tapiawala

6. Psychology and Preservation of the Planet
Juhi Deshmukh and Satishchandra Kumar

7. Tribal Governance, PESA and Environment: A Perspective
Namita Nimbalkar and Harshita Jhala Wadhwa

8. Energy, Poverty and Environmental Priority in Rural India
Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan and Lakshmikanth Hari

Appendix: Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
     

Dr. Medha Tapiawala is currently Professor, Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy (MSEPP), University of Mumbai, Mumbai. She worked as I/C Director of Mumbai University’s Garware Institute of Career Education and Development (2018-19). She has successfully completed 1 research project for the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and 2 for University of Mumbai, Mumbai. She has authored 1 book, published 16 papers in various journals and contributed 5 chapters in edited books. She has participated and presented papers at various national and international level conferences including the one in Bali, Indonesia. Her areas of research interest include economics of development, gender economics, climate change and resource development.


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