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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Toxic ‘E-waste’ Dumped in Poor Nations, Says UN

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: Millions of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, toys, digital cameras and other electronic devices bought this Christmas are destined to create a flood of dangerous “e-waste” that is being dumped illegally in developing countries, the UN has warned. The global volume of electronic waste is expected to grow by 33% in the next four

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China’s Coal Emissions Responsible For ‘Quarter of a Million Premature Deaths’

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
Air pollution in China : a chimney from a coal power plant

The Guardian: Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study. The study by a US air pollution expert, commissioned by Greenpeace, comes as many areas in northern and eastern China have been experiencing hazardous levels

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Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Climate Central: The globally agreed upon political goal of limiting global warming to 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels would bring “potentially disastrous impacts,” and a far more ambitious plan to slash emissions of global warming gases is needed, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and economists. The study, published Tuesday in PLOS One,

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Pakistan Province Awaits New Environment Laws

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Sci Dev Net: Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan is seeing a rise in environmental pollution but lacks the infrastructure and proper legal mechanisms to deal with it. The country’s environment protection agency (EPA), set up in 1997 to oversee environment-related projects, has only 73 employees in the province and they are mostly deployed in Peshawar

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Roll on The Green Revolution

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

TECHNOLOGY and greenery don’t mix well. Some greens are technophobes. Most environmental policies focus on prices, consumption and subsidies to solar and wind power, which are not at the cutting edge. The list of technological breakthroughs is short. One of the most promising is carbon capture and storage, which neutralises emissions of carbon dioxide from

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UK Waters Grow Cooler – And More Acid

Nov 29th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: A comprehensive report on the state of the seas around the United Kingdom says ocean acidification is probably increasing faster than for the last 300 million years. Dipping your toes in the waters around Britain has grown marginally less inviting: in the last few years the seas have grown slightly colder. Against the

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Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

Nov 28th, 2013 | By

Environment News Service: Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report. Their conclusion is the outcome of the Third

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Polluted Ganges River Threatens People’s Livelihoods

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By

The Ganges is India’s holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world’s most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India. On the banks of the Ganges River in the Indian city of Varanasi, a man in his thirties is washing clothes by rhythmically

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
water vapour

ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
coal mines

CNN: The giant corporations powering the fossil fuel industry are warned that they face a damaging backlash if they try to resist the mounting pressures of climate change legislation and high-profile campaigning The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative

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Bhutan Looks To Become World’s First 100% Organic Country

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
Lotto Zam, a Bhutanese woman farmer, sells tomatoes and other produce at a market in Shaba, Bhutan.

Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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