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Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardised by Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Climate change is a challenge for chimpanzees, too. New research warns that a primate subspecies – one of humanity’s closest animal relatives – could become endangered within five years The threatened subspecies of the common chimpanzee is Pan troglodytes ellioti, and there are only 6,000 remaining individuals, surviving in two populations in Cameroon. Field biologist

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Air Pollution Hits Crops More Than Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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Atmospheric pollutants may impact India’s major crops like wheat and rice more than temperature rise, says a new study based on a ‘regression model’ that predicts future events with information on past or present events. The study by Jennifer Burney and V. Ramanathan, scientists at the University of California, project that a one degree centigrade

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New-generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient: Scientists

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and

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Time for Bhutan and the World to Give ‘Happiness’ a Second Look

Jan 29th, 2015 | By
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If there is one thing that could describe the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in international development terms, it would most likely be the introduction of a unique metric to measure development progress: the “gross national happiness” index. But more than 40 years after the index was introduced by the country’s former king, Jigme Wangchuck,

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

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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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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Climate Change Could Impact the Poor Much More Than Previously Thought

Jan 26th, 2015 | By
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It’s widely accepted that climate change will have bigger negative impacts on poorer countries than wealthy ones. However, a new economic modeling study finds that the economic impacts on these poorer countries could be much larger than previous estimates. As a result, they suggest that we should be aiming to limit global warming to near,

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Earthly Matters: Climate Smart Agriculture

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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For a water stressed agro-based country like Pakistan, climate-smart agriculture is the need of the hour. Today, Pakistan is just about self-sufficient in food production as agricultural areas have expanded and yields increased although distribution is a problem. But in the near future, experts like Dr Mac Kirby of the Australian government’s aid programme say

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Lahore Smog: It’s Not a Natural Phenomenon

Jan 25th, 2015 | By
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Every December, thick fog descends upon Lahore, blocking out the winter sunshine, closing off the motorway after dusk and preventing flights from landing at the international airport at night. The problem has grown worse over the last five years due to the high levels of pollution and poor air quality in the city, created by

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Energy Poured in to Cutting-edge Conservation Ideas

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
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Here’s a plan for cutting your carbon footprint: fit your electric car with a high-performance lithium sulphur battery that can treble the mileage for a much lower cost. That’s just one of many examples of innovative energy conservation solutions that scientists are currently on the brink of turning into reality. Others include fitting your clothes

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Water Crises Seen as a Top Threat in Next Decade

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World Economic Forum (WEF). Published in its Global Risks

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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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Climate’s Threat to Wheat is Rising by Degrees

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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Climate change threatens dramatic price fluctuations in the price of wheat and potential civil unrest because yields of one of the world’s most important staple foods are badly affected by temperature rise. An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing

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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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Climate Change, Extinctions Signal Earth in Danger Zone: Study

Jan 18th, 2015 | By




(Reuters) – – Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind’s impact on nature said on Thursday. An international team of 18 experts, expanding on a 2009 report about “planetary boundaries” for safe human use, also

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Scientists Concerned Over Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture

Jan 15th, 2015 | By




Scientists and researchers struck a note of concern over the projected impact of climate change on Indian agriculture, especially coastal areas, and livestock at the just-concluded international conference on Bio-resource and Stress Management here. Laxman Singh Rathore, Director-General, Indian Meteorological Department, set the tone for the discussions by pointing out that mean warming in India

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Climate Confounds China’s Efforts to Ease Water Stress

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
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China, the world’s most populous nation, faces one of the planet’s most intractable water crises. And scientists say Beijing’s strategy for resolving the problem is simply making it worse. A team of international researchers say that water stress is only partially mitigated by China’s current two-pronged approach: transferring water physically to regions that are short

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Scientists to Help Ganges Rice Farmers Handle Climate Threat

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Research scientists are coming to the aid of 300 million people along the River Ganges who face a hungry future because their staple rice crop is threatened by climate change. The team of scientists and development practitioners from Australia, Bangladesh, India and Nepal plan to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of 7,000 small-scale farmers

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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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Climate Change May Halve Giant Panda’s Habitat by 2070

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
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GIANT pandas, prepare to move out. Shifting these creatures to distant reserves may be essential if they are to survive the likely impacts of climate change. Pandas are well known for their pernickety bamboo diet and lacklustre sex lives. Wild populations have been reduced to a tiny gene pool and are under new pressure from

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Native Plants

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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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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Hydropower in Bhutan – Time For a Rethink?

Jan 9th, 2015 | By
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The first international visit undertaken by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in May 2014 with a landslide electoral victory and a personal mandate for development and governance, was to India’s tiny neighbour to the north east, the landlocked Himalayan state of Bhutan. This indicates the importance this kingdom holds for India.

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Sun Shines on Union Between Solar Power and Electric Grid in Pakistan

Jan 7th, 2015 | By




(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Amid a worsening energy crisis, Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy, rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country. The government has also reversed course and eliminated a 32.5 percent tax imposed on imported solar equipment in

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Smart Cities: What India Needs to Learn From Berlin

Jan 7th, 2015 | By
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As its population surges, India proposes to build a hundred “smart cities”, where all sections of society get access to basic amenities and can aspire to a better life. The promise would need to be grounded in reality. The challenging process will have to be both equitable and environmentally sustainable. The planet, as the latest

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Beijing Pollution Levels Fall Slightly in 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – Beijing recorded a slight drop in smog levels in 2014, the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday, though some pollutants remained at 150 percent above national minimum levels. The city government has restricted coal use, shut down factories and introduced new fuel standards for cars and trucks in a bid to limit

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China Plans to Extend Green Vehicle Subsidies Until 2020

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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(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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How Laos’s Major Dam on the Mekong is Taking Shape

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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The Xayaburi Dam now being built on the Mekong River is part of the Laos government’s strategy to become the ‘battery of South-East Asia’. A further eight dams are proposed along the river in Laos, with two more planned on this lower part of the river in other countries. When operational, the Xayaburi Dam will

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Chinese Case

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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Nepali agriculture is still traditional, which is why productivity is so low. Most farmers grow crops and keep livestock for their own livelihood. Rarely do they adopt technology. Under such conditions, Nepal’s institutional capacity in agricultural research and extension is unable to transform traditional agriculture into competitive commercial production system. Nepali farmers can learn from

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Peru’s Indigenous Uros People Turn to Solar Power

Dec 30th, 2014 | By
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Living on artificial floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru’s Uros people lead simple lives of fishing and craftsmanship. Some say that this indigenous race dates back some 3,700 years to when the central Andes were first settled. Forced onto the islands of totora reeds by colonising Incas, they have since spent their days rebuilding and

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The Switch to Renewable Power is a Battle we Cannot Afford to Lose

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centred on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish? After two weeks of intense negotiation, governments settled on a draft text that will hopefully lead to a successful global climate deal in Paris next December. While opinions vary regarding

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Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
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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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Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Dec 24th, 2014 | By
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New research predicts that climate change will transform agriculture, with a drop in yields of up to 18% by 2050 in terms of calories harvested. By then, the global population will have risen by more than 18%, so the consequences could be calamitous. That’s the worst projected outcome. By the same date, the researchers say, yields

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Apple Growers Shifting to Peach, Plum

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By




Tribune News Service: Climate changes such as less snowfall and temperature fluctuations seem to be taking their toll on apple production in Uttarakhand. Apple farmers in the higher reaches of the state are shifting to other fruits such as peach and plum that require lesser cold conditions. More than 98 per cent of the country’s

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China’s Farmers Face Major Challenges Adapting to Climate Change

Dec 21st, 2014 | By
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China’s mainly small-scale agricultural sector, where the average farm is less than a hectare, needs significant investment and capacity building to adapt to climate change. In an interview with chinadialogue, Xu Yinlong, who is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee leading UNEP’s ‘Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation’, explains the government’s

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How Will Climate Change Transform Agriculture? 20 Hours Ago

Dec 19th, 2014 | By




Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Climate change will require major transformations in agricultural systems, including increased irrigation and moving production from one region to another, according to the new study, published in

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Tropical Deforestation Could Cause 0.7C Temperature Rise

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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Cutting down rainforest has long been known to release carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. It also has direct impacts on rainfall and temperature, US researchers have found, which could wreak havoc with farming worldwide. In the Amazon, deforestation is already shifting once-predictable rainfall patterns, a report published in Nature Climate Change on Thursday showed.

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Water Scarcity is a Danger Sign – Time to Innovate, and Fast

Dec 15th, 2014 | By
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The experts from the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW), Global Water Partnership and CARICOM also called for water managers to build on their local innovations for climate resilience – and to get savvier about communicating solutions to policy-makers. The event was an opportunity to learn about common problems and possible solutions across Africa, Central

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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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Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

Dec 15th, 2014 | By
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The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital. That was the main concern among experts in food security taking part in the 20th session of the

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When COPs Converge: The Biodiversity And Climate Link

Dec 11th, 2014 | By




A key theme of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that took place two months ago was integrating biodiversity targets into other parts of the United Nations development process. That theme has found voice at several side events at the 20th meeting of

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‘Ensure Differently-abled’s Right to Sanitation’

Dec 11th, 2014 | By




Representatives from government and non-government agencies as well as social workers today laid emphasis on ensuring legal provisions for persons with disabilities to address their right to water and sanitation with accessible infrastructure, including taps and toilets in private houses, housing colonies and public places. The representatives said construction of water and sanitation facilities for

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Highlight India’s Solar Push

Dec 9th, 2014 | By
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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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Biodiversity Protection is Key to REDD+ Success: Study

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
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Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say. A recent publication on Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation suggests that biodiversity loss –especially through hunting – will hinder the success of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects. As an initiative to combat climate change by storing

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A Conference Expands the Debate Over Hydropower in Bhutan

Dec 4th, 2014 | By
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Hydropower is the mainstay of the Bhutanese economy, but how is the country moving ahead in its development? Is the present method of constructing hydropower projects conducive to economic development? Does it make sense for Bhutan to build 10,000 megawatts of hydropower by 2020, as some have suggested? These were some of the questions that

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Drought-hit Sao Paulo May ‘Get Water From Mud’: TRFN

Dec 1st, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – São Paulo, Brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. The city began using its second so-called “technical reserve” 10 days ago to prevent a water crisis after reservoirs reached critically low

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India Court Slams Delhi’s Worsening Air Pollution

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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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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India-Nepal Power Deal: Over $1 Billion For Hydroelectric Plant In Himalayan Country

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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As different regional leaders met up in Kathmandu earlier this week, the newest development for the energy-starved Himalayan country becomes official: last Tuesday, an India-Nepal power deal was signed, which will end up providing electricity to the nation come 2020. In times of energetic crisis for the South Asian nation, it seems that the India-Nepal

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

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
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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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Protecting Biodiversity With Rigour

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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The Prime Minister recently reorganised his National Council on Climate Change and called on an indigenous answer, yoga, to alter consciousness and tackle climate change. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is currently working on the National Democratic Alliance’s position on climate change, with two major United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings

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

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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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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Current Pledges Not Enough to Stop Global Warming: UN Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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Pollution is still rising despite world pledges to cut carbon emissions, and more action is needed to rein in climate change in the coming years, a United Nations (UN) report said Wednesday. The Emissions Gap report is the fifth yearly analysis that examines how countries are doing and lays out the path toward keeping the

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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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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Up and About: A Tourist Destination That Does not Pinch the Pocket

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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Tourists from the city who have dreamt of travelling to international destinations at Indian rates might just have gotten lucky. Bhutan fulfils the criterion. Tucked amidst the tall peaks of the Himalayas, Bhutan has been rated the ‘happiest country’ according to the World Happiness Report 2013, and it seems to be spreading happiness to cost-conscious

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Push for Biodiversity to Have Deeper Role in SDGs

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With countries working on setting the next targets after the Millennium Development Goals, biodiversity is already included as one of the proposed

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Climate Change Centre to Help Farmers Adapt to New Challenges

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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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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Pakistan Faces Major Risks From Climate Change: PARC

Nov 11th, 2014 | By




The agriculture sector of Pakistan has still the potential to push the economy upwards, said Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) founding chairman Dr Amir Muhammed who is also Rector of FAST. He was speaking as chief gust on the occasion of inaugural session of a seminar on “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in Pakistan:

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We Must Manage Global Warming Risks by Cutting Carbon Pollution, Top Scientists Conclude

Nov 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest Synthesis Report, summarizing the scientific research on the causes and impacts of global warming, and how we can mitigate its consequences. The report included various graphs showing how we’re changing the Earth’s climate, and concluded that humans are causing rapid and

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

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
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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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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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Threat to Rivers as Hydropower Gets Set for Global Boom

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Hydropower, the renewable technology that sets gravity to work and harnesses the energy of rivers, is about to double its output. The growth will be mostly in the developing world − but the construction of new dams on rivers in South America, South-east Asia and Africa comes at a cost. Around a

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India: Forests and Tigers vs Coal Mines

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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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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