Capacity Development

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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‘World Can Cut Carbon Emissions and Live Well’

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Forests around the world will need to be expanded by 5-15% to limit global temperature rises to 2C. And crop yields must rise by 40-60%. These are just two predictions for 2050 of an online tool developed by the government to consider options for cutting carbon emissions. The Global Calculator uses data reviewed by international

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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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Time For a Fruitful Climate Treaty

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By

The United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental tr­eaty negotiated at the United Nations conference on environment and development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The objective of the treaty is to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level

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FAO: Genetic Diversity a Hidden Tool in Coping With Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book released by FAO today. “Time is not on

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Why Russia Should Ally With China and India on Carbon Rules

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

Russia, China and India, the world’s top three net carbon exporters, should unite and start putting pressure on the UN climate talks to adopt rules for sharing the burden of emissions associated with international trade in a more equitable way, Russian economists suggest. Today, a country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are counted as the sum of all carbon

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UNEP-Coordinated Coalition Aims to Support Climate Change Fight

Dec 16th, 2014 | By

A coalition launched today at the climate talks in Lima aims to boost efforts to save billions of dollars and billions of tonnes of CO2 emissions each year by measuring and reporting reductions of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from projects and programmes that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries. The 1 Gigaton

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UN’s Technology Mechanism Launches First Project in Chile

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off. The project, which involves designing a network to monitor Chile’s biodiversity in the context of climate change, began the week before the UN’s COP 20 climate

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UN Lima Climate Talks Hit by Rift Over Funding and Adaptation Commitments

Dec 8th, 2014 | By

Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Lima have encountered yet another stumbling block with nations divided over including finance and adaptation commitments in national action plans. The European Union and Japan want national offers to be focused only on mitigation actions to reduce planet-warming emissions. Brazil, on the other hand, wants countries to be able

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The Best Ways to Track the SDGs

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

The indicators to measure the success of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an afterthought devised by UN officials “in a dark room in New York and thrust down countries’ throats” and, as such, were a lost opportunity, says Guido Schmidt-Traub, executive director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). To ensure the

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Progress Towards Ogoniland Clean-up following Geneva Talks

Nov 30th, 2014 | By

Two-day stakeholder meetings held in Geneva on 24-25 November 2014 have carved a clear path forward for the implementation of environmental remediation measures proposed by UNEP in the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. Convened by Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, and facilitated by UNEP, the meetings mark a pivotal moment for the large-scale

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Common View on Climate Change, Disaster Mitigation

Nov 28th, 2014 | By

The leaders of Saarc member nations have called for cross-border information sharing and regional cooperation mechanism to fight climate change and to minimise the risks of natural disasters like floods and landslides in the region. Addressing the inaugural session of the 18th Saarc Summit at the City Hall in Kathmandu on Wednesday, the leaders highlighted

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Prospects Rise for a 2015 U.N. Climate Deal, But Likely to be Weak

Nov 27th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on

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Lima Talks to test Political Will for Global Climate Deal

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

UN climate talks opening in Lima on 1 December will be pivotal to gauge political will for a new global climate deal.  Governments are expected to agree on the outline of an agreement to be approved in Paris in 2015. With overwhelming scientific evidence of the increased rate and impact of climate change, it is

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South Asian Experts’ Top Ten Recommendations for a Stronger Post-2015 Disasters Agreement

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

The pre-zero and zero drafts of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have now been released and the process to forge this global agreement in March 2015 is fast gaining momentum. It is therefore, increasingly important to ensure that the views of policy-makers and practitioners from countries at great risk of disaster losses

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Climate Conference Calls for Unified Voice of Mountain People

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

(Xinhua) — The international conference on “mountain people adapting to change: solutions beyond boundaries” concluded in Kathmandu on Wednesday, developing a list of actions urgently needed to help the residents of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) deal with severe impacts of climate change. The four-day conference, jointly organized by the Nepali government and the International

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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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UNEP signs Landmark Agreement to Strengthen Partnership on Environment and Sustainable Development

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

Efforts to address environmental challenges across the 22 countries of the Arab region were today enhanced with the signing of a new agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS). UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw and the Head of Department of Environment, Housing and Water Ressources and

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Meet the Climate Sleuths Keeping Carbon Reporting Honest

Nov 6th, 2014 | By

In a world of unlimited funds, addressing climate change would be fairly easy. Governments could splash the cash on fancy clean energy projects, and pay fossil fuel companies to find alternative avenues for their energy. Back on Planet Earth, money is tight and donors need evidence their money is being used wisely and effectively. This

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Governments Commit to Significant Funding Increase and Accelerated Action to Achieve Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda. A key outcome was the agreement by

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U.N. Meeting Emphasizes Border Area Biodiversity

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

Environment-related officials from 124 countries agreed to widen the scope of global coordination on preserving biodiversity worldwide during the 12th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which closed on Friday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. Reaching a consensus through senior-level gatherings, participants said they adopted the “Gangwon Declaration” and “Pyeongchang Road Map,” both

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Nagoya Protocol Revisited

Oct 7th, 2014 | By

Now is the time to turn our gaze toward Pyeongchang. While largely overshadowed by the just completed Asian Games, Korea has been hosting an important international conference in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The Twelfth Conference of the Parties (called “COP 12”) to the Convention on Biological Diversity has been underway since Sept. 29. COP 12 runs

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7 Areas of Climate Action at the UN Climate Summit

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

We’ve summarised some of the main action areas where governments, business and civil society have pledged new action on climate change. 1. Food security Over 20 governments and 30 organisations have announced new actions to ensure food security by joining the UN’s Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. This coalition seeks to create food systems that

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Africa Rising: Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development That Leaves No one Behind

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York. Taking place at the Africa Center and organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the 22 September

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Ban Hails ‘Bold’ Announcements on Tackling Climate Change as Historic UN Summit Closes

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: Bold new actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by Government, business, finance and civil society leaders attending a historic Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long urged workable solutions based on “clear vision anchored in domestic and multinational actions.” “Today was a great day

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Climate Change and the SDGs: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sep 11th, 2014 | By

In less than two weeks, world leaders will travel to New York for the U.N. secretary-general’s widely anticipated climate summit. On Sept. 23, they will have a unique opportunity to take stock of the latest warnings about climate change, and commit to work harder than ever to tackle rising emissions and growing climate impacts. At

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US to Provide $70 Million to Nepal for Disaster Resilience

Sep 4th, 2014 | By

The Himalayan Times: The United States’ Embassy in Nepal on Wednesday announced three new programmes with up to US Dollar 70 million to help Nepali communities recover from natural disasters. According to the Embassy, the projects will be implemented through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Embassy said two additional projects will be launched focusing on

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Small Island States, Facing Rising Seas, Seek Economic Overhaul

Aug 25th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Small island states facing a “frightening” rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week. Leaders will meet in Samoa in the Pacific from Sept. 1-4 to drum up partnerships with companies, development banks and donors on projects that bring in

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Asia Looks to Innovation to Achieve Sustainability

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Innovation in the fields of renewable energy, food production, water conservation, education and health will be crucial for the developing economies of Asia to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are slated to expire in 2015, are aimed at fostering economic growth,

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Brazil Could Meet all Its Food Demand by 2040 Without Cutting Down Another Tree

Jul 24th, 2014 | By

Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change. Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the International Institute for Sustainability, Brazil’s agricultural research

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Himalayan Geothermal Potential Untapped

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists. “I hope lessons from elsewhere in the world can help harness these resources in the Himalayas,” Geo Moore, a geologist at the Energy and Geosciences Institute, University of Utah, told a conference on sustainable resource

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China and US Boost Search for CCS Solution

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented

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France to Partner India on Climate Change, Proposes 1 bn Euro Credit Line

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

IANS: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Tuesday called for greater cooperation between France and India to tackle climate change and offered a proposed credit line of 1 billion Euro to enable sutainable urban development. “In order to boost our cooperation, I am happy to announce that France has decided to propose a credit line of up to 1

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Show Us The Money if Countries are to Curb Climate Change: IEA

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

In a major report highlighting trends in energy spending, the Paris-based agency said $53 trillion will need to be funnelled towards lower carbon energy and efficiency over the next two decades in order to limit a rise in global temperatures to below 2C. A total of $1.6 trillion was spent on all types of energy extraction, generation

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New UN Registry to Support Developed Countries Limiting Emissions

May 25th, 2014 | By

A new UN Registry which records and matches offers of support from developed nations to the stated plans of developing countries to reduce and limit greenhouse gas emissions has recorded the first such agreed cooperation between Austria and Georgia. “This first success highlights the enormous potential of the new registry as a transparent, efficient clearing

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Green Climate Fund Could End up Financing Coal and Gas

May 16th, 2014 | By

The UN’s Green Climate Fund could end up backing coal and oil industries unless effective safeguards are agreed at a meeting next week, says a coalition of over 250 civil society groups. A letter to the GCF board underlines their “grave concern” that lax rules could allow fossil fuel projects to receive finance, undermining the main aims

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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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Nigeria: Nest Water Scheme to Ease Climate Stress in Kogi Community

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Residents of Ofante Community in Olamaboro Local Government area in Kogi State rolled out their drums recently at the commissioning of a public water project implemented by the Nigeria Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) under a climate change initiative tagged the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). A climate change and development expert, Samson, Samuel Ogallah, however warned

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Nepal, India and Bhutan Agree on New Transboundary Landscape for Hindu Kush

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal, India and Bhutan have formally reached an agreement to include a new cross-boundary landscape covering parts of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and the northern parts of West Bengal in India as Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. The cross-boundary landscape spans 16,000 square kilometers and it is one of the seven cross-boundary areas

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CCAC Invests $10 Million in New Work to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Focuses on Human Health

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has agreed to expand actions in cleaner transport, alternative refrigeration, agriculture, municipal solid waste management and methane reduction in the oil and gas sector. Citing recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that approximately 7 million people die each year because of indoor and

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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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Latin American and Caribbean: Decisions to Advance Sustainable Development in Region

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: The high-level political dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers and international experts produced an agreement to advance a regional cooperation framework on the global sustainable development agenda, climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, waste, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), among other crucial areas of action. Acknowledging the need and opportunities for global-scale leadership

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Miles to Go

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

Republica: Nepal has adopted Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (SDAN), 2003. The agenda is developed with support from the UNDP and WWF. It is a major policy tool for all development plans, policies, and strategies. Specifically, the Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (2003), and the Sustainable Community Development Program (Nepal Capacity 21) guide periodic plans and

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Minister Stresses Formulating National Rangeland Policy

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Daily Times: Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan Federal Minister for Ministry of National Food Security and Research on Wednesday said there is an immediate need to formulate a unified rangeland policy both at national and provincial level for effective management of rangeland resources of Pakistan. The minister said that rangeland resources of the country were depleting due

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New UN-led Global Partnership to Help Green 30 National Economies by 2020

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: Countries such as Burkina Faso, Peru, Mauritius, Mongolia, and Senegal are set to boost their economies through a shift of investment and policies towards a new generation of assets that include clean technologies and resource efficient infrastructure, green skilled labour, well-functioning ecosystems, and good governance. Such a transformation, supported by the UN-led Partnership for

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Finding Common Ground Fosters Understanding of Climate Change

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

Grasping the concept of climate change and its impact on the environment can be difficult. Establishing common ground and using models, however, can break down barriers and present the concept in an easily understood manner. In a presentation at this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Michigan State University systems

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U.S., China Pledge Cooperation on Climate Change

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

Washington Post: The United States and China said Saturday they have agreed to intensify efforts to address climate change and to work together on forging a common platform ahead of a global summit on the issue at the end of next year. The agreement was announced during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John F.

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New Global Coalitions for Green Tech Solutions

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: The global community needs three kinds of new ‘coalitions’ of countries that can spur innovations and cut down costs in green technologies, and deliver affordable energy to all people, says Kandeh Yumkella, chief executive officer of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Yumkella told the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit last week (6—8 February), that the proposed

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Global Governance Key for Sustainable Development, Says Doha Bank Group CEO

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

“Building green economies are the solution for climate change and for sustainable global growth. The practice will rebalance global growth and promote sustainability”, says Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO, Doha Bank, the leading private commercial bank in Qatar. “Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet

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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 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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Farmers Apply Change in Climate Technology to Farm

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Some small holder farmers in five communities in the Savelugu Nanton Municipality have adapted to climate change effects such as low rains, often resulted in low crop yields. Some of the farmers explained that although the area recorded low rains in the last farming season, their yield increased by 100 per cent due to the

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World can Double Renewables Share at Low Cost, Says Report

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

A strong carbon price and removal of subsidies could help double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix to 30% at almost no extra net cost, supporters of solar, wind and hydro told a clean energy summit today. Buildings, industry and transport would offer the biggest potential for growth in renewables if

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Forget Development Goals. Focus on Community Empowerment.

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

There is a lot of talk about “paradigm change” and “transformational change” these days, both in the context of climate change and the post-2015 process. Transformational change takes knowledge and courage. Do we and our governments (in both developed and developing countries) have the stomach for it? Currently, the system of global governance for sustainable development is

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Time to ‘Connect The Dots’ Among Gender, Forests, REDD+, Experts Say

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

Despite the large quantity of climate-change research focused on adaptation, mitigation and gender, not much of it is leading to transformative action on the ground, said a top forestry expert at the recent U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. Improving technology, generating political will, crafting gender sensitive policies and promoting strong women’s networks could help

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Environ Min Proposes Slew of Measures on Climate Change

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: In a bid to tackle global warming, a proposal has been mooted to launch a new scheme on climate change by implementing a slew of measures including setting up of an institute in the name of Rajiv Gandhi. The ‘Climate Change Action Programme’ will entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 290 crore during

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Tech Incubator Scales Himalayas to Deliver Service

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Business Line: How can a technology business incubator undertake corporate social responsibility in the flood-hit reaches of the mighty Himalayas? Piping in Internet and switching on Wi-Fi, according to the Technopark-Technology Business Incubator. Hirosh Hussain and Arun Raj, CEOs of incubated companies Creace Technologies and Orisys India, have visited Uttarakhand to explore these ideas. Draft plan

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‘Landscapes Approach’ Dovetails With REDD+, Scientist Says

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

A proposal to alleviate deforestation could benefit greatly from a cross-sectoral, holistic approach to land management, according to a top forest carbon expert. The broader thinking of a “landscapes approach” is useful for planning and land-use assessments, which can integrate multiple land-use options and generate helpful scenarios key to devising strategies for maintaining forests’ carbon and forests’

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International Poverty Conference Begins

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

Republica: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday stressed the need for regional cooperation to address the issues of poverty and vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Inaugurating the International Conference on Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the HKH region, jointly organized by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the National

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€2.2bn “Green Bond” Push Launched

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

The Bank of America, EDF and Vasakronan are among those issuing bonds intended to heighten investment in clean energy and water projects. Last week a series of ‘green bonds’ were launched by corporates that could provide €2.2bn of investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and green building projects. An increasing number of companies are

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