Government Policies

Pressure on to Finish Draft Paris Climate Deal in February

Jan 30th, 2015 | By

The co-chairs of the UN climate talks have told diplomats that they must finalise the draft version of a 2015 Paris deal this February. Diplomats from around the world will meet in Geneva 8-13 February for the first time since Lima, where they crafted a sprawling 38-page text laying out the various options for the

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Changing Winds

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Express News Service: US President Barack Obama could hardly have missed the irony of conducting talks on climate change in what is, according to some indices, the world’s most polluted city. But despite disappointing those awaiting major concessions on emissions-reduction targets like the one Obama brokered with China last year, the modest agreement that was

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China and India Adopt UK Tool to Map Green Futures

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

The UK is responsible for less than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its actions to cut emissions, however ambitious, can only have a limited impact on the path of climate change. But a tool developed by the UK government is helping to inspire and inform low carbon policies in some 20 countries and regions,

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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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Concern Over Climate, Compromise on Nature

Jan 27th, 2015 | By

On his visit to India, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have announced a landmark civil nuclear deal, which will give India access to generating nuclear power. This follows on the heels of several announcements made by Mr. Modi on making India a hub for producing clean or non-conventional energy, posited as

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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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Chinese Premier Pledges Low-carbon Growth at World Economic Forum

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By

China’s Premier has pledged to cut the percentage of fossil fuel in China’s energy mix while scaling up the use of renewable energy and clean technologies. Li Keqiang was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and outlined his commitment to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around

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Pakistan Pushes Climate Change Back up Political Agenda

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming. In 2013, when the same government came to power, it downgraded the ministry to a division, removing its ability to make

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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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Pakistan, Trade, Emissions Issues Could Frustrate Closer Indian-US Ties

Jan 20th, 2015 | By

In a few days, Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit India twice while in office. The two countries are undoubtedly getting closer, but, it might be not as wonderful as it appears, because they both build their ties by taking advantage of each other. The US, frankly speaking, has never

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Obama to Slash Methane Emissions 45% by 2025

Jan 15th, 2015 | By

The White House laid out its long-awaited strategy to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on Wednesday. Methane, a greenhouse gas that has 25 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide, must be reduced to 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025, the government announced. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue proposed

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South Korea Launches Asia’s First National Carbon Market

Jan 13th, 2015 | By

Asia’s first national carbon market began trading in South Korea this week. Second in size only to Europe’s, the carbon market forms part of South Korea’s strategy to cut emissions 30% in 2020, compared to business as usual. The first permits changed hands on the Korea Exchange at US$7-8 a tonne on Monday, similar 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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Knowledge Sharing Vital to Fight Climate Change

Jan 12th, 2015 | By

People will learn to effectively battle climate change once they pick up the idea of sharing knowledge, experience and good practices, experts and professionals told the concluding session of a four-day international conference yesterday. “Tackling climate change is inherently a learning-by-doing process,” said Dr Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and

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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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Poor Countries Shouldn’t Sacrifice Growth to Fight Climate Change

Jan 9th, 2015 | By

Last week, a draft of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Transform report on the potential impact of increasing international temperatures was leaked to the press. According to news accounts, the panel is set to report that the globe may possibly quickly strategy a temperature exactly where the Greenland ice sheet begins irreversibly melting. More than

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

(Reuters) – China will extend subsidies for new energy “green” vehicles to 2020, according to draft rules published on Tuesday, extending the current incentive scheme which expires at the end of 2015. The policy represents China’s latest effort to fight severe pollution and snarling traffic and is a boon to firms such as Warren Buffett-backed

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Four New Missions to Boost Response to Climate Change

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

Seeking to broaden India’s response to climate change, the government will soon add at least four new ‘missions’ to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), including one to promote wind energy, and another to build preparedness to deal with impacts on human health. A programme for more effective management of India’s coastal resources

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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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Asia-Pacific LDCs Meeting Vows Sustainable Graduation by 2020

Dec 19th, 2014 | By

Least developed countries (LDCs) of Asia-Pacific region have envisaged sustainable graduation of the LDCs of the region during the ministerial meeting that concluded here today by issuing a 24-point declaration, which is fully focused on meeting the graduation criteria by 2020 as per their commitment in Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). The fourth United Nations

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Taiwan’s UNFCCC Partaking Scores Great Results

Dec 18th, 2014 | By

The ROC is deeply concerned with global negotiations on climate change issues, and will respond to related developments in a timely manner, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16. “Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the country is committed to joining international efforts and

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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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Lima Climate Talks: Narrow Outcome Gives More Clarity on Path to Paris

Dec 16th, 2014 | By

The annual United Nations climate talks concluded in Lima, Peru, with a narrow outcome that provides some additional clarity on the path to finalizing a new climate agreement next year in Paris. Nations were able to make limited progress on the modest goals expected of them, including: clarifying how countries will report their “intended nationally determined

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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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COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

Today, the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) begins in Lima (Peru) and is widely seen – as Elias Ntungwe Ngalame in an article for Deutsche Welle (DW) rightly notes – by environmental experts “as a crucial springboard to COP 21 in Paris” next year. Naturally, the large

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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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TIB Urges Govt to Raise Voice at COP 20

Dec 1st, 2014 | By

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the government to raise a strong voice in the upcoming international climate conference to ensure more transparency and accountability in climate financing. The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place from today till the 12th of

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Earthly Matters: Lighting Up the Delta

Nov 30th, 2014 | By

The fisher folk of the Indus Delta are amongst the poorest of the poor in Pakistan. Many have to eke out a living on mud flats of the fan-shaped delta, where the river meets the Arabian Sea. They are completely dependent upon fishing for their survival, but now because of global climate change and the

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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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Proofing Communities Against Glacial Melt Impact

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

Nepal will seek an opportunity to draw global attention towards the plight of the mountains that are retreating at an alarming rate and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, in the upcoming global climate summit which takes place in Peru next month. During the 20th session of the Conference of

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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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Nepal Needs to Invest in Youth: UN Report

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Nepal needs to invest more in youths to drive economic and social development, suggests the State of World Population 2014, released today by the United Nations Population Fund. Being home to more than nine million people between the ages of 10 and 24 years in 2014, Nepal’s transitional demographic shift opens a window for demographic

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

Dawn: At a time when many countries are offering financial incentives to promote the use of clean energy, Pakistan has imposed a 32.5 per cent tax on the import of solar panels, a move experts say is likely to hit demand for solar energy. Officials say the tax was imposed to encourage local manufacturing of

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India Must Lead Climate Fight for Developing Countries at UN Talks

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

On November 12, 2014, US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a joint plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The deal came as a big surprise to most. After all, it was a deal between the world’s top polluters – the US is the world’s biggest historical polluter while China is

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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 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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Climate Change Centre to Help Farmers Adapt to New Challenges

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Dawn: The University of Agriculture Peshawar has recently established the Climate Change Centre to conduct studies and research on climate change and cope with the challenges posed by changing weather patterns. “Climate change is defining human development challenges of our time because the earth’s climate is changing and its manifestation is changes in weather systems,

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Intl Meet Calls for Setting up EWS Stations Across Himalayas

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: An international conference on climate change, attended by experts from countries including India, today underlined the need to install more stations across Himalayas so as to receive benefits from the early warning system in case of climate-change induced disasters. “Mountains have not received due recognition in global and national development agenda,” Executive

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Nepal Government Creating New Disaster Management Arm

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Amid criticism it has been slow and ineffective in dealing with deadly natural disasters, Nepal’s government is moving to establish a National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) to orchestrate preparations for and responses to such emergencies. A spate of natural disasters struck the Himalayan nation this year with lethal effect. In August,landslides in Sindhupal chowk district

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SAARC Workshop Begins

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

A two-day workshop has begun here from today to hold discussions on common problems to be raised by the 18 the SAARC Summit. The Summit is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 26 and 27. Different issues including natural disaster, climate change, agriculture, land and food security, to be addressed by the SAARC

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Govt Working to Minimise Climate Risks

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal said that the government was committed to minimising the risk posed by the global warming. Speaking at an interaction programme on Glacial Lake Outburst Flood here, Minister Rijal underlined the increasing threat posed by Climate Change on the Himalayas and the natural heritage reflecting Nepal’s unique identity. Rijal

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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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India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The man responsible for maintaining India’s power supply says he wants the country’s coal production to double within the next five years. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable energy, says India needs to dig twice as much coal as it does today if it is to meet

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New Carbon Scheme in South Korea Unlikely to Achieve Targets

Nov 6th, 2014 | By

A new carbon market in South Korea is unlikely to deliver the country’s emissions reduction targets as heavy emitters are being oversupplied with carbon credits from the outset, according to reports. South Korea’s trading market launches on 1 January 2015, and according to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon report, it will allocate 53 mega tonnes of

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NOC to Propose Integrated Project

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) — the state-owned petroleum supply monopoly — is planning to propose integrated project for Raxaul-Amlekhgunj cross border petroleum pipeline and Amlekhgunj depot expansion with its Indian counterpart, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) during the bilateral talks to finalise financial modality of the project, going to be held on Friday and Saturday. IOC

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Infrastructure Development: We Can no Longer Sit Back and Wait

Nov 4th, 2014 | By

Nepal is primarily a mountainous country. To most people, this conjures up postcard-perfect pictures of trekking, tourism and natural beauty. But for the half of 28 million Nepalis who live in scattered settlements across the hills of Nepal, this means harsh terrain with no easy road and bridge access. It also means difficult geography, across

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Climatescope Report Shows China, Brazil, South Africa Have Boosted Clean Energy Investments

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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MDGs: Climate Change Hampering Pakistan from Achieving Targets

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains a challenge for Pakistan with the effects of climate change in the form of increasing floods, droughts and erratic storms. MDGs are a set of goals adopted by the UN in 2000 which aim to focus on improving lives of the poorest people in the world as well

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Govt Forms Five-member Mechanism on Extreme Weather Forecasting

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has decided to constitute ‘Extreme Weather Forecasting and information Dissemination Mechanism’ headed by Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology to prevent human casualties caused by severe weather induced by tropical cyclones. The mechanism will have five members. On October 14, a blizzard

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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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EU Reaches Consensus on Climate Change Targets

Oct 24th, 2014 | By

PTI: European Union leaders have reached a deal on a comprehensive package of climate targets, including a binding 40 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the level of 1990 by 2030. They also agreed at a summit in Brussels yesterday to increase the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU to at least

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Prakash Mathema: Poorest Countries Have the Most to Lose at UN Climate Talks

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

Nepal’s Prakash Mathema is leading the UN climate change negotiations for the group of Least Developed Countries Group (LDC). According to him, an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if vulnerability to climate change impacts of poorest countries are taken into consideration. Prakash Mathema is joint secretary at Nepal’s

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Pakistan at War With Climate Change

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

Having faced with problems of war on terror and chronic loadshedding, the incumbent government has to encounter the climate change question mark now. The policy framework, called the National Climate Change Policy, might be seen as reasonable but international cooperation necessary for adjusting to climate change is non-existent. The machinations of the present industrial scenario

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Environment Ministers Discuss Ways to Conserve Biodiversity

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

A global meeting of environment ministers and heads of related international organizations began in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Wednesday to discuss ways to conserve biodiversity for sustainable development. The high-level meeting was organized as part of the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is underway in the city, 182 kilometers

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Poor Nations Urged to Leapfrog Harmful HFC Refrigerants

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Efforts to rid the world of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of powerful greenhouse gases mainly used as refrigerants, may depend on developing nations being able to leapfrog these chemicals to less harmful alternatives, an environmental group has warned. HFCs were introduced following the 1989 Montreal Protocol as a replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which deplete the ozone

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Proposed SDGs Won’t Capture the Imagination

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, non government organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disease, and protecting our natural resources and environment. However, the current draft SDGs

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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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