How Will Climate Change Affect Livelihoods in South Asia?

May 26th, 2014 | By

IANS: How does a warming environment affect rainfall, cropping patterns, livelihoods? What could be the alternatives that people whose livelihoods are hit by the effects of climate change do to cope? An initiative by Britain and Canada seeks to study and tackle the effects of climate change in South Asia, in tandem with TERI and Jadavpur

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Agriculture Must Get Climate Smart

May 19th, 2014 | By

With the Indian Met department having recently warned of weak monsoons this year due to the El Nino effect, there will be serious implications on agricultural production and food prices. More than 60% of the area under cropping in India is rain-fed. Low and erratic monsoon will severely affect the livelihood of those dependent on

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Solar Energy Tapped Into a Cleaner, Brighter Future for India

May 16th, 2014 | By

The nation of India is deeply committed to renewable energy. The world’s seventh largest emitter of global warming pollution, India is also the fifth biggest producer of emissions from fossil fuels. In a positive sign – India is taking the sunshine from its ample deserts, to create a brighter future with renewable energy from solar

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Foreign Policy: Continuity, Not Change

May 12th, 2014 | By

On the last day of polling in India’s 16th general elections—the final phase of which witnessed vicious, communal and extremely local campaigning in one corner of a single state—one could be forgiven for concluding that foreign policy has no role in India’s future direction. Nothing could be further from reality. Any party or alliance that

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Climate Change Key Issue as Sea Threatens Sundarbans

May 11th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: In an election being fought on issues ranging from the local to the national, voters in Sundarbans are urging candidates to focus on the menace of global warming which is threatening to swallow up these islands, famous for being home to the Royal Bengal tiger. More than 40 lakh voters live on the group

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India, China Must be Responsible to Combat Climate Change: US

May 9th, 2014 | By

Moments after releasing a report on the impact of climate change in the U.S., the White House has said it is essential that countries with high carbon emission, such as Indian and China, be responsible in addressing this major challenge. “It is absolutely essential that nations that produce high levels of carbon emissions be responsible

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India Admits Delhi Matches Beijing for Air Pollution Threatening Public Health

May 8th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: India’s state air monitoring centre has admitted that pollution in Delhi is comparable to that of Beijing, but disputed a World Health Organisation (WHO) finding that the Indian capital had the dirtiest atmosphere in the world. A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released on Wednesday by the WHO showed Delhi had the

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India Commissions Greenhouse Gas Emission Studies

May 6th, 2014 | By

In the run-up to the global climate agreement, the government has commissioned two studies to project the future greenhouse gas emissions of India and the legal architecture of the global agreement that India should advocate at the UN climate negotiations. These two are to be followed up with a third, which would look at the

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Waiting for Climate Change

May 4th, 2014 | By

The Brahmaputra river basin is considered as highly vulnerable to climate change impacts according to recently published scientific literature. The information and the knowledge base on the dynamics of causal factors and impacts are still emerging. Awareness about the climate change impacts, the means of mitigation or the need of adapting to the same is

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India to Have Roadmap for Cutting Carbon Emissions

May 3rd, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: India has unveiled a draft national policy to provide a roadmap for building comprehensive strategies for cutting carbon emissions from deforestation. Officials said the national policy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) along with the strategies will lead to REDD+ readiness in the country and enable India to

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Climate Change Research Gets Norwegian Aid

May 1st, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Research on climate change and biodiversity in India received a boost on Tuesday with a Rs. 14-crore grant from the Norwegian Embassy to Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) for five years. While climate change research in India tends to focus on “adaptation measures” such as crop diversity or

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Extreme Wet and Dry Events ‘Increasing Risk of Drought and Flood in Central India’

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Researchers have identified significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events that are increasing the risk of drought and flood in central India, one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. The discoveries are the result of a new collaboration between climate scientists and statisticians that focused on utilizing statistical methods for

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India’s Rain Woes Grow Bigger, Scientists Worried

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: Forecasting the June-to-September rains, which account for three-quarters of India’s annual rainfall, is becoming tougher. Last year, six states had to declare droughts despite predictions of a normal monsoon. Although India is scaling up its prediction techniques, including joint Indo-American forecasting under a bilateral agreement, too little is understood about how pollution and rising

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Climatic Changes Affect Our Lives Directly Experts

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

In order to deliberate on the strategies required to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the state of Jammu and Kashmir Dept of Earth Sciences University of Kashmir organized a one-day workshop on ‘Climate Change & Adaptation Strategies’ which was held at the EMMRC auditorium here on Wednesday. During the workshop an

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Climate Change May Hit Marine Sector, Says SAPCC

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The marine and inland fisheries sectors in Kerala are likely to take a major hit as climate change affects fish stocks, resulting in decreased yield and loss of livelihood of fishermen. According to the State Action Plan on Climate Change prepared by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, diseases and migration of species

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India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting the impacts of climate change, has confirmed again the current and growing risks to the economy, human health and food supply of India’s communities. This latest warning

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Deepening Challenge in Climate Change

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

Over the preceding months the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the fifth version of its assessment report (AR5), covering science, impacts and mitigation. In election season, there is a real risk that the messages of the IPCC will be crowded out by more immediate concerns. This would be a pity, because the

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Five Years on, TERI Sits on State Climate Change Plan

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Though faced with hailstorms, wet and dry droughts, and other indicators of climate change making life miserable for people and farmers, the Maharashtra government has failed to give priority to the phenomenon or its impacts on societies and ecosystems. Information sought by South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People (SANDRAP) under the

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Viral Diseases to Surge in Coming Years Due to Climate Change, Report Says

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: US scientists have warned India of increased incidence of infectious and vector-borne diseases in coming years due to climate change. According to a report on climate change and infectious diseases in India authored by top scientists from Environment Safety and Health Compliance Office of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Climate and

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Global Warming, Rising Costs Hurting Indian Tea Growers

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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India produces one-third of the world’s total tea production. And now tea growers in India are suffering, thanks to changes in temperature and rainfall caused by climate change. Consider the north-eastern states (one of the largest tea-growing regions), for instance. Temperatures in the region have gone up, dry spells are now longer and rainfall patterns

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India Should Take a Leaf Out of Singapore’s Water Harvesting to Solve its Crisis

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

Economic Times: Water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource. The strains are being felt within and between nations. India has its own share of water conflicts between its federal units and with its neighbours. This apart, climate change has begun to cast its shadow on events. Apart from traditional agricultural uses, urban and industrial demands on

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Expect More Extreme Climate Events in India

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Down to Earth: With over 1.2 billion people, India is deemed one of the nations most vulnerable to climate change impacts. According to the new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, India’s agricultural sector would be worst hit. Change in rainfall patterns would put millions of lives at stake, the IPCC report says. It

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Can Our Agriculture Tackle Climate Change?

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

India has long been regarded a ‘climate change hotspot’, and the subcontinent is at the forefront of the worst impacts in terms of human livelihood and food security. Given that 70 per cent of our arable land is estimated to be prone to drought, 12 per cent to floods and 8 per cent to cyclones,

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Climate Change to Adversely Affect People’s Health

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: There will be a serious risk of severe ill-health in the country soon. The risk of mortality and morbidity is also going to go up during periods of extreme heat, a major consequence of the ongoing climate change. “Climate change is certain to impact human health adversely. Many diseases which were only heard

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Climate Change to Leave India Hot and Hungry

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report not only provides new evidence but also sounds an alarm over the impact climate change is having on compounding hunger and significantly disrupting food grain production. Apart from leaving the world hungry and hot, the changing climate will also offset gains against poverty and hunger, especially

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EU Provides €200m to Help India Combat Climate Change

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €200 million (£165.5m) loan to finance projects that will help mitigate climate change in India. India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) will lend the cash to private companies for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other projects that help cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

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Dangers From Climate Change Could be Devastating for India

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

For a while now — post the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit to be precise — the climate change story lost its way since most nations have been busy grappling with the economic downturn. Taking advantage of the lull — and a certain level of public exhaustion regarding the issue — climate change sceptics like the

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India Faces Food Shortages and Development Setbacks Due to Climate Change: UN Report

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

As the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report  – released today in Japan – set off warning bells across the world, Greenpeace India urged Indian leaders to take cognizance of the warning in the report, and accelerate clean and safe energy transition. The IPCC said climate change impacts are already widespread across all

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An Answer to the Demand-Supply Challenge of Climate Change

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

As more and more companies get affected by environmental urgencies, tough environmental regulations and consumer pressures, India Inc is realising the urgent need to measure and mitigate the business impacts of these on nature and society. With this in the background, the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development organised the ‘Business Forum on Climate

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Why Climate Change is Bad News for India Tea Producers

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

BBC News: Growing India’s famed Assam tea now costs more and is becoming increasingly challenging because of changing weather, experts have said. They say coping with the changes in temperature and rainfall have meant added expenses to maintain production. But they cannot raise their tea price because of market competition. India is one of the world’s

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Toilet Tech Fair in India Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

Mar 25th, 2014 | By

The News International: Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world’s 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovators around the world say these are

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India Renewables Budget Takes Big Hit

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is to have its budget for the coming year slashed. For the financial year of 2014-15 the MNRE has been budgeted INR441 crore (US$72 million). In the last financial year, the MNRE was provided a budget of INR1,500 crore for renewable energy initiatives (US$246 million), but only

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Companies Fail to Focus on Water-related Risks: Report

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: While most companies in India are aware of increasing water-related risks, actions to manage water issues at a corporate level are inadequate. More than half of Indian companies have a water policy, strategy or management plan in place, but only half of these policies include concrete quantitative goals or targets for water resource management, says a report

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Pollution Progressively Getting Worse in Indian Cities: UN Climate Change Chief

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: A study pointing that the pollution levels in New Delhi is worse than that of Beijing may have been quoting the data from the worst period of the year but the air quality in Indian cities is progressively getting worse, UN climate change chief Rajendra Pachauri said today. “We also have to allow

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India’s Dam Building Bonanza

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: This region, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s ‘future powerhouse’ and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building programme. The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160 dams – both big

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Indian Scientists Warn of More Intense Freak Weather in Coming Days

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: India’s states will see more intense unpredictable freak weather in the coming days, warned climate change scientists, days after huge chunks of hail killed at least 10 people and wounded scores in Andhra Pradesh and hail storms this week destroyed cropland across Karnataka and Maharashtra. “The key word is these extreme events will increase under climate change

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India Pollution Linked to Himalaya Glacier Melt

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

According to a 2012 report by the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment on air quality in Kolkata, seven out of every ten people in the city suffer from some form of respiratory ailment: not surprisingly, traffic policemen and the city’s thousands of street dwellers are among the high risk groups. Air pollution, particularly

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GIC Develops Project for Climate Change Awareness Among MSMEs

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Gujarat Institute of Competitiveness (GIC) has developed a project to create awareness among micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on climate change. Major initiatives under the project will be a climate change innovation contest to be held at universities, a help desk at industry associations, a communication centre and a research centre to

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Cities Need to be Planned Differently: TERI Study

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

The Hindu (Business Line): India’s economic growth may be falling prey to a new predator: climate change. It is estimated that the country suffered a loss of ₹1,000 crore due to adverse winter in January 2013 alone, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said in a report, urging for policy changes to make Indian cities climate

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Indian Cities Face ‘Huge’ Risks Without Climate Planning

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Continuing failure to plan ahead for more extreme weather in India’s cities could lead to huge economic and health costs, and hit India’s most vulnerable particularly hard, experts say. What is needed is a comprehensive strategy to develop resilience in cities, including a “paradigm shift” in how modern cities are planned

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Crazy Weather is Sign of Climate Change: Experts

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

The odd weather patterns in Mumbai and rest of the country — extremely harsh summers, prolonged monsoon and now a delayed winter accompanied by rain – signal a short-term climate change, said weather experts, but added that the disruption in established weather patterns cannot be labeled. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the

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Climate Change Unites Fishermen in Kutch and Sundarbans

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

Business Standard: Separated geographically by hundreds of miles, the drylands of Kutch in Gujarat and the wetlands of Sundarbans are bound by similarities in the effect climate change has on the farmers and fishermen, research has found. Being conducted by UK-based research body STEPS Centre, the study on climate-induced uncertainties takes the perception of people into account, which is often overlooked

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Forgetting Forests

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

Business Standard: Astonishingly, it has taken the government close to a decade to sanction funds for the Green India Mission, which was one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has, at long last, approved an outlay of Rs 46,000 crore for this ambitious programme to

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India Needs Climate-resilient Sanitation Tech

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: India needs to integrate climate-resilient sanitation technologies with relevant national policies, says Girija K. Bharat.  The influence of climate change on sanitation, and the need to improve the water and sanitation sector has received limited recognition in India. Climate-resilient sanitation technologies need to be developed and integrated with India’s national sanitation policy and programmes. In India, more than

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Renewable is the Way Forward for India’s Energy Security: Narendra Modi

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Spelling out his energy security plans for India’s development, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi blamed the central government for mismanagement of the country’s natural resources. “With the country having so much natural resources, India hasn’t progressed much in the 21st century,” Modi said on Wednesday at the inauguration of a solar

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Govt to Come up With Contingency Plan to Tackle Possible El Nino Effect

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Amid grim prediction that El Nino conditions may possibly impact Monsoon this year, triggering drought in parts of India, the government plans to ask agricultural institutions, farm scientists, water resource managers and policy makers to come out with a contingency plan to tackle below-normal rain situation during June-August. Government’s precautionary approach for the

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Govt to Clear Rs 13,000 Crore Fund for Green India Mission Tomorrow

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Government may on Thursday clear Rs 13,000 crore fund for its much awaited ‘Green India Mission’ which aims at enhancing carbon sinks through large scale afforestation across the country. The Mission is part of the Centre’s plan to fight climate change by increasing the forest cover by 10 million hectare in the next

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India Announce New Mega Solar Projects as Part of Solar Mission

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

India’s ambitious renewable energy targets are closer to being realised after the government announced plans to deliver four new 500MW solar projects. The new projects are planned for Gujarat, Jammu, Kashmir and Rajasthan and the announcement follows proposals for a new 4GW solar mega project, also in Rajasthan, which would be the largest solar application

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Population of Migratory Water Birds Declines in India

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: The population of migratory water birds has been decreasing in India every year and their migratory pattern has also seen a change due to global climate changes, a census has revealed. The migratory pattern of these birds has been changing due to global climate changes, declining wetland habitats, various local threats and

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National Green Tribunal Wants Rules to Stop Pollution From Straw Burning

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: The National Green Tribunalhas directed the agriculture ministry to hold a meeting with Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi to prepare “composite” guidelines to prevent pollution caused by straw burning. A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the agriculture ministry to also specify the manner and time frame required to implement the guidelines. “We direct

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Industry-Academia Set up Climate Change Centre

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

Zee News India: Aimed at fostering industry-academia collaboration to provide solutions on climate change, the Jadavpur University Wednesday joined hands with a business chamber and a management firm to set up a research centre here. The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and DFIC Management Consultants (Germany and India) are partners in the setting

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India’s Plan For World’s Biggest Solar Project Needs Funding Help

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

India recently announced its intention to build the world’s biggest solar energy plant — a grid of solar panels spanning an expanse of land larger than Manhattan and producing as much as 4,000 megawatts, roughly the output of four nuclear reactors. But the project’s total costs are expected to be prohibitively expensive, moving India’s renewable

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How Mobility Can Solve India’s Perennial Water Shortage

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

Global climate change, growing population and limited sources of supply have put effective water management on a high priority for governments across the globe. For effective water management, it is important to be able to capture, organize, analyze and report data meaningfully. Only with reliable data can planners identify ways and means to streamline the

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2014 Kicked Off

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

Global think tank TERI launched the 14th edition of its annual flagship event, The ‘Delhi Sustainable Development Summit’ (DSDS) today. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Attaining Food, Water, and Energy Security For All”. Delivering the keynote address, Mr Kofi Annan, Nobel Laureate and Former Secretary-General, United Nations said “Asia is a major driver

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Flying Wild at Mansagar Lake

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Times News Network: In the times of climate change and global warming a new initiative to create awareness is gathering momentum among the young ones who would be the most affected by the actions of their parents today. The program to pass the responsibility to concerned citizens and reduce the environmental degradation responsibility on the government aims

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Delhi Beats Beijing to Become World’s Most Polluted City

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

India’s capital, Delhi, may have surpassed Beijing to become the city with the worst air pollution in the world. In “Delhi world’s most polluted city: Study” published Jan. 29, Hindustan Times, one of India’s highest circulated daily newspapers, cited the latest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report by U.S.-based Yale and Columbia universities to substantiate claims

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Black Carbon Pollution Is Two To Three Times Worse In India And China Than Previously Thought

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass. Published in Proceedings of

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Climate Parliament Recommends Policy Integration for Renewable Energy Development to PM

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: The Centre aims to achieve ‘electricity for all’ by 2027 while 75 million households still don’t have access to electricity and only two percent of renewable energy into the grid by 2021. The gap doesn’t seem to occur to the planning commission at all. The Climate Parliament, a group of parliamentarians and experts

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Centre Okays Plan to Assess Impact of Climate Change

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

Amid all-round criticism from environmentalists for ignoring sensitive green issues under new environment minister M Veerappa Moily, the government has approved a pending Rs 290 crore scheme to build capacity at both central and state levels to assess impact of climate change in vulnerable areas and associated risks. Besides, it also cleared a proposal to set up an

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Centre Okays Plan to Assess Impact of Climate Change

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Times News Network: Amid all-round criticism from environmentalists for ignoring sensitive green issues under new environment minister M Veerappa Moily, the government has approved a pending Rs 290 crore scheme to build capacity at both central and state levels to assess impact of climate change in vulnerable areas and associated risks. Besides, it also cleared a proposal to

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