Ecologically Fragile State to Face Yet Another Flood

Mar 31st, 2015 | By

BILAL PANDOW writes about ‘Kashmir Flood on 30 March’ in Kashmir valley, another consecutive flood  since September 2014, which devastated the valley. He discusses about policies, ecological imbalance and increasing encroachment in the natural waterways and insufficient preparedness measures in place. As flood situation in Kashmir valley is looming, the water level in Jhelum river

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US-India Deal Boosts Nuclear and Solar But is Quiet on Coal

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

International and national media competed to feed minute-by-minute gestures of Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was much anticipation that this meeting would be unprecedented and game-changing for Indo-US relations, shifting the dynamics of global politics. So, what did we get to see apart from bromance, Obama trying his luck with Hindi, a

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Give India IPR-free Technology to Fight Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar

Jan 26th, 2015 | By

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday urged rich nations to provide India technology “free of IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights)” to help it tackle climate change, saying it can be a “win-win situation for all”. “If the developed world is ready to provide technology free of IPRs, it can be a win-win situation for all. We’ll

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Obama’s India Visit: Hopes for Clean Energy and Climate Deals

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

Barack Obama was advised, only half-jokingly, to wear a gas mask when he appears as guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on Monday. The air pollution in Delhi and other Indian cities has become that bad. Providing a fix for that very unhealthy air – 13 of the world’s most polluted cites are

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India to Focus on Green Energy and Efficiency Instead of Emission Reductions

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The first meeting of India’s reconstituted Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change called for a shift in global attitudes from emission cuts to adopting green energy and improving energy efficiency. The meeting that comes a few days before US President Barack Obama is to visit India reiterated the country’s stand declared at the Lima climate

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U.N. Chief Urges India to Play “Leadership” Role in Climate Change

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

(Xinhua) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday urged India to take the lead in reaching a global climate change pact in Paris later this year. “I expect as one of the most critically important member state of the United Nations and as one of the fastest growing economy, India should be responsible to

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Obama’s India Visit Could Yield Progress on Climate Change and Solar Power

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
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There could be progress on US-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when US President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, US officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said

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India Positive for Paris 2015 Climate Change Negotiations

Jan 11th, 2015 | By

India was positive of a good outcome at the Paris 2015 climate change negotiations which must yield an agreement to keep the global temperatures from rising over two degrees Celsius, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Saturday. “We are very positive of the Paris 2015 outcome. We want it to come out with a good outcome

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Native Plants

Jan 9th, 2015 | By

If India is to save hundreds of endemic plant species from extinction as a result of climate change it may need to resort to interventions such as assisted migration and expansion of existing protected areas, says a new study. Vishwas Sudhir Chitale, researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and corresponding author of the

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Scientists’ Role in Dealing with Climate Change Crucial: Experts

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

Scientists have a greater role to play in climate change mitigation in the changing world. This was stated by Dr Ashwani Kumar, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), while speaking during the inaugural session of the five-day training programme for scientists and technologists working in the government sector on “climate change

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India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

After six years of gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases. At the Montreal Protocol’s discussions today in Paris, India’s Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar made it clear that India was ready to take action

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When the Sea Came Home

Dec 29th, 2014 | By

Ten years cannot wipe out memories of the wall of water that wrecked human life and property, with Banda Aceh on the Sumatran coast bearing the brunt of the earthquake and a series of tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region in 2004. The death of loved ones and the loss of livelihoods and homes still

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Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

The heavy downpour during the winter chill has been attributed to western disturbances coupled with changes in climate owing to global warming. Post-monsoon rain, winter rain in particular, has been witnessing a gradual increase over the decades. This December, it beat the earlier record of winter rain registered in the city on December 22, 1942.

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UNFCCC and India’s Interests

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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The Climate Change Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol was held in Lima (Peru) this year . In this regard, the minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, issued a Suo-muto statement in Loksabha. During the speech he said that

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Lima Did Not Safeguard Interests of Less Developed Nations Like India

Dec 24th, 2014 | By

IANS: And the fissure nothing but deepened yet again! This is how experts would like to sum up the outcome of the 2014 Lima climate change talks where the developed and the developing countries supposedly sat across the table to strengthen the global partnership in combating climate change – that instead resulted in its dilution.

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Would-Be Coders Are Studying India’s Glaciers to Learn About Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By

The Himalayas consist of the world’s tallest mountains, constitute its third-largest storehouse of ice, and are the source of rivers that sustain about 800 million folks from China to Pakistan. The range is also among the least observed icy watersheds on earth, which indicates no one knows how a warming climate will change river flows, trigger

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‘Climatic Changes Led to 7 pc Annual Rise in Met Disasters’

Dec 19th, 2014 | By

There has been an annual increase in hydro meteorological disasters by 7.4 per cent due to climate change. Climate change is also resulting in reduced number of rainy days during rainy season, unseasonal thunderstorms/lightning and a rise in global temperatures. Indeed, winds, thunderstorms, floods and other atmospheric phenomena are similar experiences of hydro meteorological disasters,

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Mostly Cloudy

Dec 18th, 2014 | By

Yet another depressing charade played out at Lima, Peru, where the 20th conference of the parties (COP) to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded on December 14, with a 43-page negotiating text, with several alternative formulations for virtually every provision. It is unlikely that, within the deadline set by the Paris COP

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US and India to Announce Joint Climate Change Action During Obama Visit

Dec 16th, 2014 | By

America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations. Obama’s visit – on the back of the United Nations talks in Lima – is seen as a key moment to persuade one of

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India Betters China in Climate-change Efforts

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

China and US are the biggest polluters in the world, with India ranking third, according to the 2015 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) report. The CCPI, put out by German Watch and the Climate Action Network, however offers some consolation — India has climbed five spots and is ranked 31st in the CCPI table. “India

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‘India Playing a Proactive Role in Climate Discussions’

Dec 12th, 2014 | By

Union Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar stressed on India’s commitment to protecting the interests of the poor at the international climate community meeting in Lima this week. The meeting in Peru will discuss draft text of an agreement to be signed in Paris next year and countries are expected to come up with their

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India Against Keeping Poverty Reduction Priority Out of Climate Pact

Dec 11th, 2014 | By

India on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to “protecting the interests of the poor” at the Lima Climate Change talks, challenging rich nations who want to keep poverty eradication out of a list of priorities for developing countries in a new climate pact to be signed next year in Paris. At Lima, nations were expected to

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India Among Moderate-Performers on Climate Change

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

India has been named as a moderate-performing country in combating climate change with Australia being the worst in this sphere, according to a report released at climate negotiations here. India was ranked 31 in terms of its performance in tackling climate change among the world’s top 58 emitters of greenhouse gases. “India climbs five places

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Highlight India’s Solar Push

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

The recently-decided plan to go for a massive increase in solar power generation in the country will figure prominently in the statement of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar when he tells the delegates at the Lima climate conference about the steps India is taking to combat climate change. Only last month, the government decided that it

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India Says Carbon Emissions Will Grow as it Drives to Beat Poverty

Dec 7th, 2014 | By

The world must accept that India’s per capita carbon emissions will need to rise rapidly if it is to eliminate poverty, the environment minister said on Friday, as delegates meet in Lima for key UN climate change talks. India, the world’s third largest carbon emitter, is under growing pressure to set out a strategy to

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What are the Centre and States Doing to Curb Climate Change

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

The National Green Tribunal on Monday sought response from the Centre, States and Union Territories about the measures they have been adopting to check climate change and how the governments have implemented the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of

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Mumbai, Kolkata Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: Government

Nov 30th, 2014 | By

India’s populous coastal cities Mumbai and Kolkata are most vulnerable to loss of life and properties due to coastal flooding in the second half of the century, the government has said quoting a UN report ahead of a key global climate conference in Peruvian capital Lima. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned

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India Court Slams Delhi’s Worsening Air Pollution

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

India’s environment court has slammed the government over the capital’s horrendous air pollution, which it said was “getting worse” every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down. The National Green Tribunal directed all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off New Delhi roads, pollution checks undertaken for all state-run buses

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Sun’s Finally Shining on India’s Climate Change Fight

Nov 26th, 2014 | By

In India, fighting climate change means turning to the sun. In Baramati in the western state of Maharashtra, construction is under way on a solar power plant that will generate 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town. The first phase, which is being built by Welspun Energy in partnership with the state power

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India’s Coal Concerns

Nov 24th, 2014 | By

Coal is India’s main energy source but we have to be very careful. After the historic Sino-US accord on climate change signed in Beijing between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping 12 days ago, China has unveiled further details on what it plans to do in regard to coal consumption, the primary

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One Lakh Deaths Due to Pollution, India Needs to be Energy Efficient: UN Report

Nov 21st, 2014 | By

PTI: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report today said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which was

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Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents. But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate

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Climate Change Pact and India’s Isolation

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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If there is an area of policy-making that just involves hot air, it has to be climate change. The amount of rhetoric that is expended by countries on this issue would be amusing if it were not for the seriousness of the threat of climate change and the geopolitical manoeuvring behind the scenes to disadvantage

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India Feels Heat as Pressure Mounts to Deliver Climate Target

Nov 17th, 2014 | By

With the United States and China unveiling a potentially game-changing bilateral deal to whittle down their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and project a united front on the global fight against climate change, India is feeling the pressure to recalibrate its domestic climate strategy in the run up to Lima climate conference next month. According to the

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India Can’t Follow China’s Emissions Pledge, Says Negotiator

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

India will not be able to follow China into a firm commitment on peaking emissions, a senior Indian negotiator has said in the wake of a major Sino-US announcement on climate change today. At the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic (APEC) summit in Beijing, China pledged to peak emissions around 2030 and to increase non-fossil

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Natural Disaster Destroys Property Worth Over Rs 50 m

Nov 10th, 2014 | By

Property worth over Rs 50 million was destroyed in agriculture and livestock sectors due to natural disaster in Darchula district this year. According to the District Livestock Service Office, Darchula, mostly the natural disaster including floods, landslides and lightning destroyed the properties. As per the data collected by the Office, property worth Rs 52 million

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‘India Firming up Stand it Will Present at Lima Conference’

Nov 9th, 2014 | By

PTI: India was firming up its stand which it will present in the crucial UN conference on climate change to be held in Peruvian capital Lima next month, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. The minister also ruled out there was any “confusion” in the government over the stand to be taken at the upcomingUnited

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Climate Change: no Confusion in India’s Stand on China, Says Javadekar

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said there was no confusion in India’s position vis-à-vis China on climate change. Responding to questions after India’s ‘sherpa” for the G20, Suresh Prabhu, called for India and China to go their own ways on climate issues in a media report, Mr. Javadekar said the matter was clarified and

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IPCC’s Report on Climate Change Brings an Opportunity and Challenge for India

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

India’s quest for high growth and efforts to ensure development and access to energy for its people has found recognition in the latest report of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. The synthesis report of IPCC’s fifth assessment report (AR5) released on Sunday stresses that every effort to ensure that global

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India at Risk, Can’t Undermine Sustainable Development: UN Report

Nov 4th, 2014 | By

A crucial United Nations report on climate change released on Sunday telling governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 is “both an opportunity and a challenge for India”, said an expert from India involved in preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Synthesis Report. Another Indian in the report’s core writing team

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Sunderbans’ Water Getting Toxic: Scientists

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

IANS: Climate change is causing toxic metals trapped in the sediment beds of the Hooghly estuary in the Indian Sunderbans to leach out into the water system due to changes in ocean chemistry, say scientists, warning of potential human health hazards. They predict that after about 30 years, increasing ocean acidification – another dark side of

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A Village Adapts to Climate Change in Myriad Ways

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

Lapodiya, a village of 200 households in Rajasthan, is a shining example of how environment governance at the grassroots level can save a village from natural disasters. Here, people have adopted innovative water conservation practices and a culture which they have improvised and perfected over three decades. As a result, residents of this village around

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India: Forests and Tigers vs Coal Mines

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

A hundred years ago there were hundreds of thousands of Bengal Tigers in the world, but now there are less than 2,000 left. The Bengal Tiger population has been reduced mainly due to hunting and destruction of their natural habitat. And now India is the Bengal Tiger’s stronghold. According to the International Union Conservation Network’s

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Clean India Call Remains Unheard, Himalayas Turning to be Dumping Yard

Oct 29th, 2014 | By

The higher reaches of the Himalayas are virtually turning into an open air garbage dump. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for cleanliness seems yet to reach these lofty heights. “It’s surprising to see garbage littered here and there in this fragile ecosystem,” Aditya Gosh, a tourist from Kolkata, remarked. “It seems the tourists here

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India Wants Focus on Adaptation, CBDR to Tackle Climate Change

Oct 27th, 2014 | By

PTI: Ahead of UN Climate Conference, India on Monday made a strong pitch for focusing on adaptation and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) as part of the new global order on climate change, saying it cannot “only be about mitigation and emission cuts”. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said adaptation to the adverse effects of climate

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Access to Electricity in India Has no Impact on Climate Change

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Improving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed only marginally to the country’s total carbon emissions growth during that time, according to a new study. While increased energy access is widely agreed to be an important goal for development efforts, such as the UN Sustainable Energy for

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Indian Companies Decouple Growth From Carbon Emissions: CDP Report

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Indian companies have already embarked on their journey towards a low carbon economy and a high number have demonstrated that it is possible to decouple business growth from carbon emissions, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The India 200 Climate Change Report 2014 by CDP, an international non profit organisation, says

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Coastal Cities Need to be Climate-proof, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: mate resilient in terms of extreme events with respect to preparation and infrastructure. Recent studies indicate that there is a long way to go in achieving this. Both the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 and the Environment Ministry had said there would be a high likelihood of increase in the

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Uttarakhand Floods Result of Climate Change: Report

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

The 2013 Uttarakhand floods were most probably a consequence of “human-induced” climate change, a new report by the American Meteorological Society has suggested. The extraordinary rainfall in Uttarakhand in June last year has found a place in a list of 16 extreme weather events that the report says were most likely a direct result of

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‘Cities Contributing to Climate Change’

Oct 12th, 2014 | By

Ruing the lack of understanding of climate change in cities, GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar has called for a better adaptation of strategies related to flood management, water supply and waste disposal and energy efficiency,etc. “There is lack of understanding of climate change in cities. Little attempt has been made to adhere to climate change. Implementation

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Cities Need Sustained Urbanization: Experts

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

As the Union government unfolds its long-term plans for planned development of urban centres, experts warn that poorly managed urbanization can be detrimental to sustainable development of cities like Pune. The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and The Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI) held a brainstorming session on climate change in New Delhi

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India’s Climate Change Strategy: Expanding Differentiated Responsibility – Analysis

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

As the world prepares for the upcoming climate change negotiations in Lima in 2014 and Paris in 2015, there is an expectation that the talks be more decisive than previous attempts at consensus from Kyoto to Copenhagen. Yet the assumption that the undeniable science of climate change will by itself compel action on an issue

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India’s Mixed Climate Change Forecast

Oct 5th, 2014 | By

At the start of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the United States, the signals weren’t good that the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases would change its tone on climate change. In the end,there was a little more room for encouragement . Mr. Modi, who won a crushing electoral victory in May, declined

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India, US Ramp up Efforts for Tackling Climate Change

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

PTI: Ramping up efforts to combat climate change, India and US have concluded an MoU providing for up to USD one billion in helping India’s transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient energy economy. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, during their summit-level talks, welcomed the firming up of the pact between the

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India Will be Renewables Superpower, Says Energy Minister

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion. However, Piyush Goyal dismissed criticism of the impact of India’s coal rush on climate change , as western governments giving “homilies and pontificating, having enjoyed themselves the fruits of ruining

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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

Sep 30th, 2014 | By

During his first official visit to the United States this week, India’s popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India’s development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today. Mr. Obama

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The UN Climate Summit Reveals India’s Hypocrisy on Saving Forests

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: On Tuesday, India’s minister for environment, forests, and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, scoffed at the idea of the country reducing emissions to counter climate change. He held the US chiefly responsible for the climate crisis, and therefore it had to bear the responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That has been India’s position

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India, China Serious About Climate Change: UN official

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

gePTI: A top UN official has played down the absence of the heads of state of India and China from the Climate Summit in New York this week, saying the two countries are very serious about an agreement on global warming. UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson said: “China believes that a very

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Developed World Must ‘Walk The Talk’ on Climate Change: India

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: India has told a high-powered summit on climate change convened by UN chief Ban ki-Moon that if the developed world “walks the talk”, the international community can certainly achieve the targets it has set to tackle climate change. India’s Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told

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India Has a Fever, and the Culprit Is Climate Change

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By

The subtropical Indian subcontinent has a very long human history and a very large human population, both sustained by a peculiar climate phenomenon called the “monsoon.” It is well understood that human economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the planetary climate, and this is completely true of India’s with respect to the monsoon. Recent

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