Dr Pushp Bajaj

Dr Pushp Bajaj

Research Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Climate Change Impacts on Maritime Security
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Sustainability in the Maritime Domain
  • Foreign Relations Implications of Climate Change

Experience

Prior to the NMF, Pushp has worked as an independent science writer and researcher focusing on climate change and the environment. He has written several articles on climate science, sustainable energy, climate policy, and related areas, for major Indian news outlets. He has interned at the Center for Science and Environment, New Delhi. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego where he was a graduate student researcher for the NSF-funded CCI Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment based in San Diego, CA, USA.

Education

PhD (Chemistry) – University of California, San Diego, USA
MSc (Chemistry) – Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
BSc (Chemistry) – St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India

Presentations

  1. “Collapsing Marine Biodiversity and its Implications for the Blue Economy”, 07 June 2021. One of three team members that conducted a 120-min workshop at the six-day virtual “International Conference and POP Festival for Youth-led Climate Action 2021” organised by the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement, USA.
  2. “Climate Change Threats to India’s Holistic Maritime Security and the Blue Economy”, 05 June 2021. Special Talk on World Environment Day at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, organised by the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and the Centre for Climate Studies.
  3. “Decoding Blue Economy: Understanding the Role of Coastal & Marine Ecosystems”, 04 June 2021. Presentation at the “Peace is Green – Every Act Matters” 24-hour Symposium organised by the Act Now organisation and partners on the occasion of World Environment Day.
  4. “‘Blue’ Hydrogen Fuel: The Option-of-Choice for India”, 17 February 2021. Presentation at a ‘diginar’ conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (sixth of six diginars to be conducted as part of a quadrilateral collaboration on Blue Economy between Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung India, The Energy and Resources Institute, National Maritime Foundation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry).
  5. “Implications of Climate Change on Defense and Security in the Indian Ocean, A Multilateral Discussion”, 03 February 2021. One of four panelists in a panel discussion organised by the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, a part of the Observatory of Climate Change Impacts on Defence and Security, of the General Directorate for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the Ministry of Armed Forces, France.
  6. “Becoming a Leader: Using Legal and Institutional Frameworks to Achieve Your Goal”, 04 December 2020. One of seven team members that conducted a 90-min workshop at the five-day virtual POP Festival 2020 organised by the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement, USA.
  7. “Ocean Based Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change and Strengthen India’s Blue Economy”, 28 October 2020. Presentation at a ‘diginar’ conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (second of six diginars to be conducted as part of a quadrilateral collaboration on Blue Economy between Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung India, The Energy and Resources Institute, National Maritime Foundation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry).
  8. “Becoming a Leader: A Workshop by the National Maritime Foundation”, 10 October 2020. One of five team members that conducted a 60-min workshop at a virtual event organised by the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement, USA on the theme of “Youth-led Ocean Action and Advocacy”.
  9. “Clean and Healthy Polar Oceans”, 28 September 2020. One of four panelists in a panel discussion at a webinar conducted by the Science & Geopolitics of Arctic and Antarctic (SaGHAA) on the theme of “Managing Polar Oceans Sustainably”.
  10. “Climate Risks to India’s Holistic Maritime Security and the Blue Economy”, 21 September 2020. Presentation at a ‘diginar’ conducted by the National Maritime Foundation (first of six diginars to be conducted as part of a quadrilateral collaboration on Blue Economy between Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung India, The Energy and Resources Institute, National Maritime Foundation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry).

All Publications

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A CRITIQUE OF THE REPORT ON “A SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENT OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE: HOW LIKELY WARMING SCENARIOS INDICATE A CATASTROPHIC SECURITY FUTURE” 

Author: Kate Guy et al, Product of the National Security, Military, and Intelligence Panel on Climate Change, eds. Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werell. (Washington, DC: The Centre for Climate and Security, an Institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, 2020) The February 2020 report by Kate Guy et al, entitled “A Security Threat Assessment of Global […]
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DECODING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN INDIA – PART 2:   CHALLENGES IN MARINE CONSERVATION IN THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE AND TRANSBOUNDARY AREAS

Author: The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, entitles every coastal or island State to a varying degree of access and jurisdiction over its coastal seas.  A belt of 12 nautical miles (nm) breadth, measured to seaward from the baseline (as delineated by the nation on its navigational charts and generally […]
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DECODING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN INDIA – PART I: UNDERSTANDING THE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORKS

Author: In the current era of the Anthropocene, humans have become the major driver for planetary changes in the physical, chemical and biological properties of the air, land and the ocean.  The exact year/ decade of the beginning of this epoch is being debated among scientists.  While some suggest that it coincides with the beginning of […]
IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA OF NOCTILUCA SCINTILLANS IN THE MARITIME DOMAIN
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IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA OF NOCTILUCA SCINTILLANS IN THE MARITIME DOMAIN

Author:  In October 2020, bright blue sparkling waters were reported on the shores of the western Indian coasts, which were presented with excitement by residents of coastal cities and tourists in the face of the cold and demeaning fervour of the ongoing pandemic meltdown, restrictions and losses. The blue ‘bioluminescence’ along the western coastal shores of […]
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INTRODUCING CLIMATE RESILIENCE AS THE FIFTH PILLAR OF THE SAGARMALA PROGRAMME

Author: This article seeks to highlight the glaring gap between the planned activities within SAGARMALA and the long-term climate-change-induced threats facing coastal regions in India. It first discusses some of the more prominent impacts of climate change on India’s coastal infrastructure and highlights the likelihood of their continuing to amplify and accelerate in the near-term future.  […]
OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY, SAGARMALA, AND THE BLUE ECONOMY
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OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY, SAGARMALA, AND THE BLUE ECONOMY

Author: The SAGARMALA Project and Predicted Energy-Requirements Launched in 2015, the SAGARMALA Project (SP) is a contemporary, mega undertaking of the Government of India (GoI) that is aimed at ‘port-led’ comprehensive and holistic development of the country as a whole.  Its stated vision is to “reduce logistics cost[s] for both domestic and EXIM cargo with minimal […]
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CLIMATE RISKS TO INDIA’S HOLISTIC MARITIME SECURITY- PART 3: COLLAPSING OCEAN BIODIVERSITY

Author: This article constitutes the third part of an ongoing series relating to a comprehensive research-project, being undertaken by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), on the impacts of climate change on India’s holistic maritime security.  The first two parts of the series, which may readily be accessed on the NMF’s website, had focused, respectively, on the […]
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ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND FISHERWOMEN IN INDIA

Author: Many historical and contemporary events have aggravated the social inequalities that exist along the divisive lines of race, class, caste, gender, and religion.  Although climate change is not often discussed in terms of social divides, it is, perhaps, the most important amongst these contemporary events.  It is a global phenomenon whose effects are expected to […]
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ASSESSING THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Author: The impacts of climate change are now affecting the way of life for billions of people in almost every part of the planet.  Future projections, derived from the latest climate models, suggest that the global average temperature could rise by as much as 5.6 °C above pre-industrial levels if the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in […]
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CLIMATE RISKS TO INDIA’S HOLISTIC MARITIME SECURITY PART 2: INTENSIFYING EXTREME WEATHER

Author: The phenomenon of climate change has several significant and serious socio-economic implications for all nations around the world, largely because most of our activities have historically evolved around a relatively stable climate over nearly the past 20,000 years.  Since the climate is now changing at an accelerating pace, it is threatening the very foundation of […]
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ON OCEANS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Author: The ocean is and always has been essential to life on planet Earth.  In fact, the ocean is where the very first life forms emerged on the planet.  Even today, the world’s oceans support nearly all life on Earth either directly or indirectly.  In the current world order, every coastal nation’s economy relies heavily on […]
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CLIMATE RISKS TO INDIA’S HOLISTIC MARITIME SECURITY PART 1: RISING SEA LEVEL

Author: In recent decades, climate change has evolved from a supposed distant problem for future generations to a major imminent security threat for all nations worldwide.[1]  Climate-change-induced food and water shortages, combined with sea level rise and extreme weather shocks, are potentially powerful destabilising forces within countries and across international borders.  The increasing frequency and intensity […]
  1. Pushp Bajaj, “Just how harmful is air pollution and how bad is India placed”, Down To Earth, 06 March 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/health/just-how-harmful-is-air-pollution-and-how-bad-is-india- placed-69648
  2. Pushp Bajaj, “Crops failing against rising temperatures, pest attacks: Study”, Down To Earth, 17 February 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/natural-disasters/crops-failing-against-rising-temperatures-pest- attacks-study-69317
  3. Pushp Bajaj, “Indian economy will be hit hard by rising heat: Global report”, Down To Earth, 11 February 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/indian-economy-will-be-hit-hard-by-rising-heat- global-report-69238
  4. Pushp Bajaj, “New study maps how much energy, nutrients and water are locked in world’s wastewater”, Down To Earth, 05 February 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/new-study-maps-how-much-energy-nutrients-and-water-are- locked-in-world-s-wastewater-69177
  5. Pushp Bajaj, “Extreme heat, drought make crops more vulnerable to soil-borne diseases: Study”, Down To Earth, 04 February 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/extreme-heat-drought-make-crops-more-vulnerable-to-soil-borne- diseases-study-69149
  6. Pushp Bajaj, “2020 Tyler Prize for the environment awarded to Indian economist who formulated Green Economy”, Down To Earth, 31 January 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/2020-tyler-prize-for-the-environment-awarded-to-indian- economist-who-formulated-green-economy-69059
  7. Pushp Bajaj, “How hot is hot: Advanced models forecast up to 5.6C global warming”, Down To Earth, 28 January 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/how-hot-is-hot-advanced-models-forecast-up-to-5- 6-c-global-warming-69008
  8. Pushp Bajaj, “Study shows how Arctic sea ice loss accelerates permafrost thaw”, Down To Earth, 20 January 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/study-shows-how-arctic-sea-ice-loss-accelerates- permafrost-thaw-68877
  9. Pushp Bajaj, “Irrigation does more than deplete groundwater, it changes climate too”, Down To Earth, 17 January 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/irrigation-does-more-than-deplete-groundwater-it-changes- climate-too-68858
  10. Pushp Bajaj, “Forest fires: Have we reached a tipping point”, Down To Earth, 07 January 2020. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/interviews/climate-change/forest-fires-have-we-reached-a-tipping-point- 68694
  11. Pushp Bajaj, “Nearly half of 136 coastal cities yet to implement policies to fight climate change: Study”, The Print, 27 December 2019. https://theprint.in/science/nearly-half-of-136-coastal-cities-yet-to-implement-policies-to-fight-climate- change-study/341044/
  12. Pushp Bajaj, “The secret culprit in why Indian forecasters got rain numbers wrong: Clouds”, The Print, 18 December 2019. https://theprint.in/science/the-secret-culprit-in-why-indian-forecasters-got-rain-numbers-wrong- clouds/336533/
  13. Pushp Bajaj, “These are the 5 reasons why scientists think we are in a climate emergency”, The Print, 11 December 2019. https://theprint.in/science/these-are-the-5-reasons-why-scientists-think-we-are-in-a-climate- emergency/333047/
  14. Pushp Bajaj, “Monsoon likely to get more extreme & unreliable due to global warming, predicts new study”, The Print, 19 November 2019. https://theprint.in/science/monsoon-likely-to-get-more-extreme-unreliable-due-to-global-warming- predicts-new-study/322500/
  15. Pushp Bajaj, “International youth delegation at C40 Summit steeled to see climate action through”, The Wire, 15 October 2019. https://thewire.in/environment/international-youth-delegation-at-c40-summit-steeled-to-see-climate- action-through
  16. Pushp Bajaj, “Anxiety, depression, PTSD – how climate change is affecting mental health”, The Print, 10 October 2019. https://theprint.in/health/anxiety-depression-ptsd-climate-change-affecting-mental-health/303656/
  17. Pushp Bajaj, “How oceans have helped us avoid the worst of climate change”, The Print, 15 September 2019. https://theprint.in/environment/how-oceans-have-helped-us-avoid-the-worst-of-climate-change/290745/
  18. Pushp Bajaj, “Climate change deniers dominate YouTube searches on warming crisis, study finds”, The Print, 25 August 2019. https://theprint.in/science/climate-change-deniers-dominate-youtube-searches-on-warming-crisis-study- finds/281051/
  19. Pushp Bajaj, “India needs farming overhaul as Northeast and J&K get hotter, Gujarat & Rajasthan colder”, The Print, 21 August 2019. https://theprint.in/environment/india-needs-farming-overhaul-as-northeast-and-jk-get-hotter-gujarat- rajasthan-colder/277961/
  20. Pushp Bajaj, “Scientific reticence is a serious threat when it comes to climate change”, Down To Earth, 16 August 2019. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/climate-change/scientific-reticence-is-a-serious-threat-when-it- comes-to-climate-change-66204
  21. Pushp Bajaj, “If climate change doesn’t slow down, many bird species will be on brink of extinction”, The Print, 04 August 2019. https://theprint.in/environment/if-climate-change-doesnt-slow-down-many-bird-species-will-be-on-brink- of-extinction/271595/
  22. Pushp Bajaj, “Climate extremes are slashing rice & maize yields, threatening global food supply: study”, The Print, 21 May 2019. https://theprint.in/science/climate-extremes-are-slashing-rice-maize-yields-threatening-global-food- supply-study/237758/
  23. Pushp Bajaj, “Uttarakhand could see catastrophic floods if global warming targets are not met”, The Print, 01 May 2019. https://theprint.in/india/uttarakhand-could-see-catastrophic-floods-if-global-warming-targets-are-not- met/229310/
  24. Pushp Bajaj, “Our best-case climate scenario could save tons of island residents. It could also be a myth”, The Print, 27 April 2019. https://theprint.in/science/our-best-case-climate-scenario-could-save-tons-of-island-residents-it-could- also-be-a-myth/227435/
  25. Pushp Bajaj, “Climate change is accelerating, says another UN report. Here’s why”, The Print, 05 April 2019. https://theprint.in/science/climate-change-is-accelerating-says-another-un-report-heres-why/216935/
  26. Pushp Bajaj, “From group meetings to international conferences: how to hone your presentation skills”, IndiaBioscience, 03 April 2019. https://indiabioscience.org/columns/phd-cafe/from-group-meetings-to-international-conferences-how-to-hone-your-presentation-skills
  27. Pushp Bajaj and Siddhant Arya, “Could Young Adults’ Global Strike for Climate Action Make the Future Better?”, The Wire, 21 March 2019. https://science.thewire.in/environment/could-young-adults-global-strike-for-climate-action-make-the-future-better/
  1. Sameer Guduru, Pushp Bajaj, and Oliver N Gonsalves, “INDIA’s low temperature thermal desalination technology: Water diplomacy with Small Island Developing States in the Indo-Pacific Region”, Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India, 16, No 2, (2020):30-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/09733159.2020.1855816
  2. Pushp Bajaj, Debbie Zhuang, and Francesco Paesani, “Specific Ion Effects on Hydrogen-Bond Rearrangements in the Halide-Dihydrate Complexes”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 10, No 11, (2019):2823-2828. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00899
  3. Pushp Bajaj et al, “Halide Ion Microhydration: Structure, Energetics, and Spectroscopy of Small Halide-Water Clusters”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 123, No 13, (2019):2843-2852. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpca.9b00816
  4. Pushp Bajaj, Jeremy O. Richardson, and Francesco Paesani, “Ion-Mediated Hydrogen-Bond Rearrangement Through Tunneling in the Iodide-Dihydrate Complex”, Nature Chemistry, 11, No 4, (2019):367-374. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-019-0220-2
  5. Pushp Bajaj et al, “Vibrational Spectra of Halide-Water Dimers: Insights on Ion Hydration from Full-Dimensional Quantum Calculations on Many-Body Potential Energy Surfaces”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 148, No 10, (2018):102321. https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5005540
  6. Marc Riera et al, “Toward chemical accuracy in the description of ion-water interactions through many-body representations. Alkali-water dimer potential energy surfaces”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 147, (2017):161715. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4993213
  7. Sandeep Reddy et al, “On the accuracy of the MB-pol many-body potential for water: Interaction energies, vibrational frequencies, and classical thermodynamic and dynamical properties from clusters to liquid water and ice”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 145, (2016):194504. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4967719
  8. Pushp Bajaj, Andreas W. Götz, and Francesco Paesani, “Toward Chemical Accuracy in the Description of Ion-Water Interactions Through Many-Body Representations. I. Halide-Water Dimer Potential Energy Surfaces”, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 12, No 6, (2016):2698-2705. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jctc.6b00302
  9. Daniel J. Arrismendi-Arrieta et al, “i-TTM model for ab initio-based ion-water interaction potentials. 1. Halide-water potential energy functions”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120, No 8, (2016):1822-1832. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b09562
  10. Gregory R. Medders et al, “On the representation of many-body interactions in water”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 143, (2015):104102. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4930194