A year of extreme climate events sets the agenda for COP27

With countries doing little to cut greenhouse gas emissions, this year’s conference marks the start of an era of figuring out how to survive the inevitable impact of climate change.

1992 was a landmark year. The Cold War had just ended, India was on the road to recovery after opening up its economy the year before and China had set course to becoming an economic powerhouse. Nations across the world had also come together in an unprecedented (and eventually successful) effort to mend the ozone layer. 

But an even bigger event took place that year. Countries decided to mount a global environmental effort that required them to make hard choices.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC, signed in June 1992, pledged to cut the emission of …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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