Air Pollution Hits Crops More Than Climate Change

Jan 30th, 2015 | By

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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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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Lahore Smog: It’s Not a Natural Phenomenon

Jan 25th, 2015 | By

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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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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Beijing Pollution Levels Fall Slightly in 2014

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

(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

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

Nov 21st, 2014 | By

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

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Current Pledges Not Enough to Stop Global Warming: UN Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By

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

Nov 11th, 2014 | By

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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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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Clean Urban Transport Can Drive Emissions Cuts

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Here’s a way to save $100 trillion and stop 1,700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from getting into the atmosphere every year by 2050: cycle, walk or take public transport. A new report by the University of California Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) estimates that such a

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India’s Smog Destroyed Enough Crops In A Year To Feed 94 Million People: Study

Sep 7th, 2014 | By
Foggy Weather In Delhi/NCR

India’s smog problem could be preventing tens of millions of the country’s poorest people from getting the food they desperately need. According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damages about 6.7 million tons of India’s staple crops, including wheat and rice, in a single

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Pollution Triples Mercury Levels in Ocean Surface Waters, Study Finds

Aug 7th, 2014 | By
toxic metal pollution : A sewage drain floods into the Mediterranean sea

The Guardian: The amount of mercury near the surface of many of the world’s oceans has tripled as the result of our polluting activities, a new study has found, with potentially damaging implications for marine life as the result of the accumulation of the toxic metal. Mercury is accumulating in the surface layers of the seas faster than in the

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UNEP and Japan Announced Partnership to Tackle Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Japan have announced a new partnership to tackle air pollution in Asia and the Pacific with 70 per cent of the estimated seven million air pollution-related premature deaths each year occurring in the region. The Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership is an initiative launched by the UNEP Regional

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Pakistan’s Urban Air Pollution Off the Charts: World Bank

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

Dawn: Released by the World Bank, the report calls upon the government to make urban air quality improvement a priority in the country’s policy agenda, noting that the issue has received little attention despite strong evidence indicating an urgent need to tackle pollution in major cities. Current industrialisation, urbanisation and motorisation trends suggest that the air

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
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Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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The Ugly Cycle of Air Pollution and Climate Change

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Climate change is such a wretched foe that it could be worsening the ground-level effects of the very thing that caused it: air pollution. New research reveals that a build-up of greenhouse gases threatens to thicken the clouds of haze that blanket many parts of the world. Radical climate shifts can alter air circulation and precipitation, both

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Most of World’s Population Will Breathe Stagnant, Sooty Air by 2099

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

Climate change is poised to worsen air quality in many parts of the globe, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change. By the end of the century, more than half of the world’s population will be exposed to increasingly stagnant atmospheric conditions, with the tropics and subtropics bearing the brunt of the poor

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Millions to Die from Worsening Air Pollution, Smog; India Most at Risk

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

The worsening quality of air around the world is set to become the leading cause illness and death of over half of the world’s population by end of the century, a study published in Nature Climate Change said. Smog caused by climate change that give off stagnant “dead” air will lead to the illnesses and deaths of

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Air Pollution – A Silent Killer

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

The world is under attack from a silent killer with impacts four times that of HIV and AIDS, and most people don’t even seem to know it. In March this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report estimating that air pollution caused the premature deaths of seven million people in 2012, equivalent to

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Delhi Threatened by Ozone Pollution

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

After experiencing the soaring temperature this summer, bad news follows Delhites once again. According to a recent study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the ground-level ozone, a highly reactive and harmful gas, has far been exceeded the permissible limit. The report, released on Monday, said that the ozone layer has increased

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China to Scrap Millions of Cars in Anti-pollution Push

May 26th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China plans to take more than five million aging vehicles off the roads this year in a bid to improve air quality, with 330,000 cars set to be decommissioned in Beijing alone, the government said in a policy document published on Monday. Pollution has emerged as an urgent priority for China’s leaders as they try

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Tianjin, China to Limit Vehicles on the Road to Curb Pollution

May 20th, 2014 | By

On days of heavy smog, the government will halve the number of vehicles allowed on roads by restricting licence plate numbers, limiting construction and manufacturing activities, closing schools for the day, and postponing large-scale outdoor activities, the official Xinhua news agency said. The government in China is aiming to reverse some of the damage done to

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7 in 10 Cities Suffer From ‘Dangerous’ Air Pollution – WHO

May 8th, 2014 | By

Of the 1,600 cities around the globe monitored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), air quality was only considered ‘safe’ in 30%. As larger, more populous cities have worse air quality, this means only 12% of the world’s urban population are breathing safe air, putting almost 90% of the urban world at risk of respiratory

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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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Pollution Fines Reach $14 Million in Beijing

May 7th, 2014 | By

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said that only 8.34 million yuan in fines were dished out during the same period last year. Zhong Chonglei, head of the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Team, said on Tuesday: “All of the money collected will be used to improve the city’s air quality.” The penalty fees were increased in January in

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7 Million Deaths Annually Linked to Air Pollution-WHO Report

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

UNEP News Center: In new estimates released today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental

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China Says Polluting Industry Still Growing Too Fast, Heavy Smog Alert for Beijing

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China’s energy-hungry, high-polluting industries continued to grow too fast in 2013, putting “huge pressures” on the environment and causing air quality to worsen, the country’s pollution agency said on Tuesday. Premier Li Keqiang “declared war” on pollution in a major policy address this month, but China has long struggled to strike a balance

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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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Rs 47.3 Billion Being Spent on Sanitation, Water Programmes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting regarding participation of Pakistan in Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) high level meeting to be held on 11th Aprilin Washington DC. Secretary Climate Change Raja Hasan Abbas briefed the minister on enhanced commitments of the provincial governments in water and sanitation sectors. He

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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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Nine Chinese Cities Suffered More Days of Severe Smog Than Beijing

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Photographs of a smog-wreathed Tiananmen Square and the iconic headquarters of China Central Television dominated reports of Chinese pollution last year, but analysis shows nine other Chinese cities suffered more days of severe smog than the capital in 2013. The worst was Xingtai, a city of more than 7 million people south-west of Beijing,

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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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India’s Diesel Fumes Fuel Glacier Melt

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Being a traffic policeman in Kolkata is a life-threatening business. Not only are you at risk of being run over on the traffic-clogged roads and streets of this chaotic city of 14 million – you’re also more than likely to suffer from serious health problems due to some of the worst air pollution

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Mount Everest Litter Targeted by Nepalese Authorities

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
Mount Everest climbers

The Guardian: Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back 8kg (17.6lb) of rubbish under rules designed to clean up the world’s highest peak. The rule, one of several new measures for mountaineering in Nepal, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest’s base camp from April, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti. “The government has decided, in order to clean

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Beijing Polluters to Face Unlimited Fines Under New Regulations

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

Companies responsible for Beijing’s heavy air pollution will face harsher punishment as from 1 March, including unlimited fines for repeat offenders. Beijing’s new Air Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations will mean stricter punishments for those who break the rules designed to quash the hazardous levels of pollution that have beset China’s capital city. The Beijing

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China’s Air Pollution Compared to a Smoker at ‘Risk of Lung Cancer’

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

The head of the China’s leading climate change research centre has likened China’s “unbearable” air pollution to a smoker at increasing risk of lung cancer. “China’s pollution is at an unbearable stage,” said Li Junfeng, director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation at a conference in Beijing yesterday. According

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Beijing Issues Pollution Alert Ahead of Three Days of Heavy Smog

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China’s capital Beijing issued an emergency pollution alert for the first time on Thursday, warning residents to reduce outdoor activities and construction sites to control dust given a forecast of heavy smog over the next three days. Pollution is an increasing concern for China’s leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as affluent city

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China Commits $330bn to Combat Water Pollution

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

The Chinese government has revealed plans to invest up to ¥2 trillion (US$330 billion) in projects aimed at combating water pollution as the country expands its efforts to address environmental concerns. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has set the ¥2 trillion budget which exceeds the ¥1.7 trillion that was recently announced to tackle the

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Tackling Water, Sanitation, Energy Nexus Key to Sustainable Future – UN Officials

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: The water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises are the among the world’s pre-eminent development challenges, senior United Nations officials warned today, urging Member States to adopt coherent integrated policies and innovative strategies to tackle these issues, which take a tragic toll on the lives of millions of poor people, especially women and young

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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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China Smog Makes Capital “Barely Suitable” for Living – Report

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital “barely suitable” for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world’s second-largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth. Pollution is a rising concern for China’s stability-obsessed leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as

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Focus on Private Sector: Encouraging Start on ‘e-cycling’

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

With the swelling use of tablets, laptops, smartphones and other technologies that keep us connected come concerns over what happens when those gadgets are discarded for the latest model. According to the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative, technology users are poised to produce 65.4 million tonnes of e-waste in 2017. That’s a dire scenario, since e-waste is known to be

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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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Initiative to Reduce Air Pollution

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

Himalayan News Service: The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers is set to launch an initiative to reduce air pollution at the Lumbini World Heritage Site. A high-level meeting held under Bhola Prasad Siwakoti, acting secretary of the OPMCM, has submitted a five-point strategy to tackle air pollution in the birthplace of Gautam

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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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Beijing Has Worst Smog in a Year

Jan 16th, 2014 | By
Pollution in Beijing

The Guardian: Beijing’s skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog on Thursday as the capital suffered the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe. The air took on an acrid odour and many of the city’s commuters wore industrial

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China Mulls National Pollution Permit Trading System

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – China will look into establishing a nation-wide trading system for pollution permits as part of efforts to use market mechanisms to help clean up its environment, the country’s top environment official said. In remarks published on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (www.mep.gov.cn) on Friday, minister Zhou Shengxian said China was

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Volume of Electronic Waste Set to Rise by a Third

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership created to tackle e-waste. The forecast was made as the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative launched an interactive, online world map depicting the

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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The response to recent Uttarakhand disaster is seemingly inadequate, writes Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma. It has not only been a policy failure but institutional inadequacies lie exposed too. Mountain peculiarities have remained an exercise in academic deliberations. Often piecemeal and repetitive, several high level committees of the state have neither been able to foresee latent threats

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Where do the UK’s 6 Million Christmas Trees End Up?

Jan 4th, 2014 | By
Christmas tree recycling in Catford, Lewisham, South London

The Guardian: Shorn of their baubles, tinsel and twinkling lights, the Christmas trees in a south-east London park have come to meet their end. “As long as this thing behaves itself, we could probably stick a hundred trees through it in an hour – it does eat them pretty quick,” says David Chapple of the bright

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Opportunity Glimmers Through China’s Toxic Smog

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

Reuters: As China’s smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year. China’s government is struggling to meet pollution reduction targets and has pledged to spend over 3 trillion yuan to

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Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Don’t put any bets on it – but at long last the world-wide trade in carbon looks set to improve, if only just a little. In mid-December the European Union adopted an emergency law designed to  firm up prices in its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Many people see carbon trading as a key weapon in

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China Struggling to Meet 2011-2015 Environment Goals

Dec 25th, 2013 | By

Reuters: China is struggling to meet its 2011-2015 targets to reduce pollution, cut greenhouse gas growth and introduce cleaner sources of energy, a report submitted to the country’s parliament said on Wednesday. The report, which covers the 2011-2012 period, said faster-than-expected economic growth was to blame for China’s failure to meet environmental targets ranging from energy

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Beware of The Carbon Bubble: The Biggest Threat to Environment

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

While the year’s end saw an uptick in concern about a new tech bubble, the truth is that there’s a much different, scarier bubble we need to worry about: the carbon bubble. What is the carbon bubble? Basically, it’s just another way to describe the worrisome fact that many energy companies are hoarding oil and gas,

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India Struggles to Control Rising Vehicle Use, Pollution

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Environmental and public health experts are warning that an explosion in the number of motorised vehicles on India’s roads is threatening the health and economic security of its population. Stricter standards are needed to control vehicular pollution and regulate traffic, they say, along with moves to popularise non-motorised transport. A survey on

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2013 Climate Year in Review: ‘The Heat is On. Now We Must Act’

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: On 10 May 2013, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The last time so much greenhouse gas was in the air was several million years ago, when the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert

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