How villages, districts and states are preparing localised climate action plans. Migration to cities where per capita income is 148% more as per 2011-12 compared to rural India is one of the most attractive options. Besides cities also offer better education and health care services. As per the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, […]

Warming set to breach 1C threshold

Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK’s Met Office. Figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900. If temperatures remain as predicted, 2015 will be the first year to breach this key threshold. The world would […]

Update from ADP 2 – 11, Bonn

G77 and China and other countries expressed their discontent on the content of the text that was prepared by the Co-Chairs. The countries have indicated that text did not include content suggested by them. There were extended discussions on the way forward. Countries were requested to add suggested text as options keeping the text provided […]

Maldives Minister: UN Talks Must Deliver Clean Power Surge

By Thoriq Ibrahim in Malé   The United Nations climate change agreement reached in Paris last year marked the culmination of over 20 years of contentious negotiations to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In so doing it shifted the talks from focusing primarily on who is responsible for taking up the burden to finding ways to […]

Five Pacific islands have already disappeared due to sea level rise

Sea level rise and other associated impacts of rising global temperatures such as coastal erosion and flooding have long been forecast as some of the most serious challenges that humanity will face due to climate change, but for most of the world those are challenges to be dealt with in the future. For the Solomon […]

International Solar Alliance – Programme “Scaling solar applications for agricultural use

On 22 April 2016 in New York City, Ministers from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Uganda, India and France jointly announced under the aegis of the International Solar Alliance the launch of a Programme “Scaling solar applications for agricultural use,” to bring reliable, affordable and tailored-to-needs solar applications within the reach of all farmers in […]

Maldives becomes fourth island state to ratify Paris climate deal

By Ed King The Maldives has become the fourth small island state to announce it has ratified the Paris climate agreement, two weeks before an official UN signing ceremony in New York. Parliament voted to approve the pact on Tuesday, which commits countries to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and […]

India to sign Paris climate change agreement on April 22

NEW DELHI: On April 22, India will formally sign the Paris climate agreement, adopted by over 190 countries last year December. The agreement will be open for signature at the United Nations headquarters in New York for one year, from April 22, 2016 to April 21, 2017. Around 80 to 100 countries are likely to […]

Clean Energy Cess is renamed and doubled

NEW DELHI: Renaming the Clean Energy Cess as Clean Environment Cess, the government today proposed to raise the cess on coal, lignite and peat from the current Rs 200 a tonne to Rs 400 per tonne. “I propose to rename the Clean Energy Cess levied on coal, lignite and peat as Clean Environment Cess and […]

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