Smitha Verma
Smitha Verma is the Head of Editorial at LetMeBreathe. A journalist with two decades of experience in writing and reporting on diverse subjects ranging from youth to politics and gender to cinema, she has worked with major print publications such as Telegraph, Hindustan Times, Financial Express and The New Indian Express, to name a few.
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Evelyn Acham from Uganda had a clear cut goal when she was headed for COP27. She wanted developed nations to pay for the climate change disasters that had rocked her country. The annual UN climate conference for the first time added loss and damage in its official agenda this year. “We want loss and damage […]
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The United Nations published a first draft of the climate deal on Thursday and there are several contentious issues that have been overlooked. More importantly some do not find mention in this first draft and as COP27 heads to a close, negotiations are going on in full swing. Over the weekend it will be clear […]
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As the negotiations on direct funding for ‘loss and damage’ continues, the much-awaited ‘Global Shield Against Climate Risks’ initiative was formally launched at the Vulnerable 20 (V20) pavilion at COP27, on Monday. It is a collaboration between the V20 group of finance ministers representing 58 climate-vulnerable countries and the G7. The initiative has been launched […]
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One of the first concerns that Meenu Agrawal, a corporate professional from Delhi, had when she thought of buying an electric vehicle (EV) was around charging. It was a year back and there were still fewer people talking about it around her. After over a year’s research, she finally purchased one this year and hasn’t […]
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In a side event organised on Wednesday, Bhupendar Yadav, India’s Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, explained the mantra of LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) and how individual contributions will help in the fight against climate change. The event was organised in association with the United Nations. “We are at a critical juncture in […]
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While the world leaders discussed climate commitments and pledged funds, a quiet group of persistent mothers set forth their demand earnestly, once again. The mothers called on rich countries to provide adequate finance for a just transition, adaptation and loss and damage to help communities and families already bearing the brunt of climate change. “From […]
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When US Envoy for Climate John Kerry announced the carbon trading market scheme at COP27 on Wednesday it was met with a mixed bag of response. The voluntary carbon trading market scheme aims to boost private investment in clean energy projects in developing countries. The new initiative, called the energy transition accelerator, is to be […]
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As the world convenes at Sharm El-Sheikh, in Egypt, for yet another climate conference, we look at what happened in last year’s annual summit and what’s in store for this year.  But before we delve deep, a background understanding of the climate conference is important. COP stands for conference of the parties. Every party/country, under […]
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“Cities of the future are built with ideas that take shape on a paper and then taken forward,” said  Ujjwal Thakur, a university student, as he dwelled upon his subject of Infrastructure loss & Damage. Khare was part of over a dozen participants who had got together for the Mumbai edition of ‘City Sessions:The Future’ […]
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When Sam Bencheghib was all of 20, and a university student, he along with his brother Gary Bencheghib went out kayaking. But it was no ordinary kayak. They had built it using plastic bottles, and the river they paddled through was one of Indonesia’s most polluted rivers – Citarum River.  “We decided to kayak down […]
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As many as 559 million children are currently exposed to high heatwave frequency, according to new research from UNICEF. Further, 624 million children are exposed to one of three other high heat measures – high heatwave duration, high heatwave severity or extreme high temperatures. During a year in which heatwaves in both the southern and […]
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Some of the participants had travelled for two hours to reach the destination. Some of the mentors prepared several hours in advance for the brainstorming sessions. Neither the heat nor the distance deterred climate enthusiasts from Chennai who gathered together for a day-long design jam “City Sessions: The Future’ where how to build a sustainable […]
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