CAN South Asia in the News

Explained: Why COP27’s ‘Loss And Damage’ Fund Is Significant
Boom | 23rd Nov 2022
The ‘loss and damage’ fund seeks to provide financial support to poorer countries facing climate change-induced weather calamities…
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UN climate summit fails the world
The Third Pole | 21st Nov 2022
The only solace is the start of a fund to pay poor nations for the loss and damage they are suffering due to climate change…
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Time To Pay Up: Seeking Accountability At COP 27
Youtube.com | 16th Nov 2022
The main theme of this year’s COP 27, organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is “loss and damage” or compensating developing economies for climate-induced damages…
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Rich countries to fulfil the financing gap to climate action for MVCs and LDCs
The Finance Today | 15th Nov 2022
On November 12’ 2022, the ongoing Cop 27, Global Climate Conference in Sharm El Sheikh-Egypt, Civil Society leaders from MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) have meet a press conference in CoP 27 conference venue and demanded for a real NDC (National Determined Contribution)…
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Rich countries urged to fulfil financing gap for climate action
Daily Observer | 15th Nov 2022
On November 12′ 2022, the ongoing COP 27, Global Climate Conference in Sharm El Sheikh-Egypt, Civil Society leaders from MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) have at a press conference in COP 27 conference venue and demanded for a real NDC (National Determined Contribution)…
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Rich countries urged to fulfil financing gap for climate action
The Financial Express | 15th Nov 2022
Civil Society leaders from MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) met at a press conference in the COP27 conference venue and demanded a real NDC (National Determined Contribution) target from big carbon emitters with appropriate actions in achieving the 1.5°C temperature goal and saving the earth…
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BD urges developed countries to double climate financing
The New Nation | 14th Nov 2022
UNB : Climate experts joining this year’s COP27 from Bangladesh has said that they have asked the developed countries to double their funds to climate-vulnerable countries within 2025 under a new roadmap. Talking to UNB, experts said that they’ve demanded an increase ….
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Rich countries urged to fulfil financing gap for climate action
The Business Standard | 13th Nov 2022
Civil Society leaders from MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) met at a press conference in the COP27 conference venue and demanded a real NDC (National Determined Contribution) target from big carbon emitters with appropriate actions in achieving the 1.5°C temperature goal and saving the earth…
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Vanuatu Calls for Treaty to End Fossil Fuel Use
thewire.in | 24th Sept 2022
Kochi: The island nation of Vanuatu called on countries to establish a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to end the use of polluting fuels that aggravate climate change, at the United National General Assembly on September 23.
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On closing day, draft calls for an end to fuel subsidies, India among many who object
indianexpress.com | 15th Sept 2022
A call to end subsidies on fossil fuels in the draft text invited strong objections from India and many other developing countries but the Glasgow climate meeting seemed all set on Saturday night to push through an agreement despite several countries expressing their disappointment with the outcome.
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Kolkata Becomes First Indian City To Back Treaty To Phase Out Fossil Fuels
www.bqprime.com | 15th Sept 2022
The Indian city of Kolkata has endorsed a treaty that aims to phase out fossil fuels in an equitable manner.
It is the first Indian city, and only the third Asian city, to do so. It joins 64 other cities and subnational governments across the world, including the likes of Paris, London, Sydney and Los Angeles, that have endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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Kolkata becomes the first Indian city to support the fossil fuel phase-out treaty
timesofindia.indiatimes.com | 15th Sept 2022
Kolkata has become the first Indian city to join the network of 72- global cities with its endorsement of a ‘fossil fuel-future’ and ‘climate resilient future’ through a set of short-term and long-term goals. Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim signed the fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty propagated by the Climate Action Network of South Asia (CANSA).
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Kolkata becomes the first Indian city to support the treaty phasing out fossil fuels
newsdubai.org | 14th Sept 2022
“Calling for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty is another feather in Kolkata’s cap,” city mayor Firhad Hakim said in a statement. “It is extremely important to ensure that the city’s population remains well prepared to minimize the catastrophic future effects of climate change.”
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Kolkata Becomes First Indian City To Back Treaty To Phase Out Fossil Fuels
amazonofferspro.com | 14th Sept 2022
“The call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty is another feather in Kolkata’s cover,” Kolkata City Mayor Farhad Hakim said in a statement. “It is extremely important to ensure that city residents remain well prepared to minimize the catastrophic future impacts of climate change.”
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Kolkata to join green pledge global list
www.telegraphindia.com | 14th Sept 2022
Kolkata is going to be the first Indian city to join a global list of cities pledging to adopt a pathway for a future free of fossil fuel, a movement that was initiated in 2020 and has gained momentum since the Glasgow climate summit last year.
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Kolkata Becomes First Indian City To Back Treaty To Phase Out Fossil Fuels
click2promotions.com | 14th Sept 2022
“Calling for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty is another feather in the cap for Kolkata,” City Mayor Firhad Hakim said in a statement. “It is extremely important to make sure that the city population remains well prepared to minimize the catastrophic future effects of climate change”.
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Indian coal hub juggles need for jobs with hope for greener future
news.trust.org | 8th Sept 2022
A coal-rich district in eastern India is working on green energy transition plan even as new mines open and coal production rises. New mines opening to meet India’s growing energy needs, Young people in coal hubs trained in mining skills, Mining boom risks poor preparedness for future beyond coal.
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Facing The Heat: What Heatwaves Mean For India’s Future
www.youtube.com | 13 Jun 2022
Parts of northern and central India this year faced a record high #heatwave which lasted from the onset of March till early June, leading to at least 90 deaths. Human induced #climatechange has been cited as the major contributing factor for the severe heatwaves experienced in parts of #India and Pakistan. Climate experts say such heat waves will become even more common and intense with further global warming.
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Air Pollution: Vayu Pradusan se nipatne ko sanyukt manch ki waqalat; Bharat, Pakistan samet Nepal aur Bangladesh me badh rahi dusit hawa ki samasya
www.jagran.com | 30 May 2022
वायु प्रदूषण भारत के साथ-साथ दक्षिण एशियाई देशों को भी अपनी चपेट में ले रहा है। इसकी सर्वाधिक मार नेपाल, पाकिस्तान और बांग्लादेश को सहन करनी पड़ रही है। 
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Air Pollution: Desh me badhate vayu pradushan se corona sankramito ki maut ka khatara adhik badha
m.dailyhunt.in
| 30 May 2022
कोरोना संक्रमण के दौर में इस जानलेवा वायरस से खुद का बचाव करना बेहद आवश्यक है।लेकिन कोरोना महामारी के दौर में बढ़ता वायु प्रदूषण लोगों की मुश्किलें बढ़ा रहा है। 
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Dakshin Asia Desho ke Sansad Bole, Pollution par bane Sanjha Manch
www.livehindustan.com
| 29 May 2022
असम की कलियाबोर सीट से सांसद गौरव गोगोई ने कहा कि वायु प्रदूषण के मामले में पूरी दुनिया की नजर दक्षिण एशिया पर होती है, क्‍योंकि ये विशाल भूभाग प्रदूषण की समस्‍या का सबसे बड़ा शिकार है।
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Air Pollution: Vayu Pradusan ka badhta dayra, Bharat hi nahi ,Pakistan, Nepal aur Bangladesh me v dusit ho rahi hawa, ab sanyukt manch ki jarurat
www.jagran.com
| 29 May 2022
वायु प्रदूषण भारत के साथ-साथ दक्षिण एशियाई देशों को भी अपनी चपेट में ले रहा है। इसकी सर्वाधिक मार नेपाल, पाकिस्तान और बांग्लादेश को सहन करनी पड़ रही है। 
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India, Pak, Nepal, B’desh parliamentarians call for collab to combat air pollution
www.daijiworld.com
| 29 May 2022
Ahead of Stockholm+50 and amid growing evidence about the impact of poor air quality on human health, MPs, health professionals and think tanks members from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh on Saturday proposed a regional working group to drive solutions to curb air pollution and lead with innovative climate action in the region.
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Regional working group needed to curb air pollution
www.tbsnews.net | 29 May 2022
Health experts and policymakers from the South Asian region have proposed a regional working group to find and drive solutions to curb air pollution and lead with innovative climate action in the region. 
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India, Pak, Nepal, B’desh lawmakers call for collab to combat air pollution
wap.business-standard.com | 29 May 2022
Ahead of Stockholm+50 and amid growing evidence about the impact of poor air quality on human health, MPs, health professionals and think tanks members from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh on Saturday proposed a regional working group to drive solutions to curb air pollution and lead with innovative climate action in the region.
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Phase out use of fossil fuels, say MPs from 3 countries
timesofindia.indiatimes.com | 29 May 2022
As evidence grows about poor air quality impacting human health, medical practitioners and legislators from South Asia have called for collaborative action to phase out the use of fossil fuels in a virtual event on Saturday.
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India, Pak, Nepal, B’desh parliamentarians call for collab to combat air pollution
www.sentinelassam.com | 29 May 2022

Ahead of Stockholm+50 and amid growing evidence about the impact of poor air quality on human health, MPs, health professionals and think tanks members from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh on Saturday proposed a regional working group to drive solutions to curb air pollution and lead with innovative climate action in the region.
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Fossil fuel linked to lung cancer among youth, women
www.newagebd.net | 28 May 2022
Addressing the discussion, Kazi S Bennoor, assistant professor at the National Institute of Diseases of Chest and Hospital, said that in Bangladesh 43 per cent patients suffered lung problems caused by the fossil fuel burning.
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South Asian lawmakers call for regional collaboration to avert twin crisis of air pollution, climate change ahead of Stockholm+50
www.bangladeshlivenews.com | 28 May 2022, 11:25 pm
In this effort, Members of Parliaments, health professionals and think tanks from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, have proposed a regional working group to find and drive solutions to curb air pollution and lead with innovative climate action in the region.
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Power Cuts, Coal Shortage, Heatwaves: The Vicious Cycle Ruining India’s Climate
www.thequint.com | 29 Apr 2022

“The dead hand of the past clutches us by way of living people who are too frightened to accept change.”
This is a quote from author Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future – a fiction almost coming true as an unusually early, unusually hot heatwave, hangs over India and its neighbours.
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Disaster deaths, sinking: Unprepared Kolkata face multiple climate risks, warns IPCC report
downtoearth.org.in | 21 March 2022

Kolkata is among eight megacities most vulnerable to disaster-related mortality, noted the recent United Nations (UN) report on climate change.The city also features among the 20 largest coastal cities with potentially the highest flood losses by 2050, warned the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 
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India’s first social plan for closed coal hubs aims for ‘honourable’ lives
economictimes.indiatimes.com | 07 March 2022

There are more than 290 abandoned or closed coal mines in India, government data shows. But with few alternative options, most people still depend on the planet-heating fossil fuel for a living despite years of mining destroying their crops and polluting local water and air.
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India’s women and children highly vulnerable to climate change yet missing in climate policies
india.mongabay.com | 01 March 2022

As the number of vagaries of climate extremes increases, so has the disproportionate burden on women and children, finds growing evidence. Policies, however, are yet to catch up and reflect the sensitivities of the unique impact of climate change on women and children.
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Along India’s eastern shore, coastal erosion is forcing people to abandon their home
Scroll.in | 14 February 2022

While some living in vulnerable areas voluntarily moved as tidal waves hit their homes, others were resettled by the government. Uppada is a coastal village in the East Godavari district, around 18 km north of the Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.
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Budget 2022 Is Bad News for India’s Climate Action
science.thewire.in | 02 February 2022

The Union Budget for financial year 2022-23 is out of the bag or the ceremonial red Bahi Khata pouch to be more precise. However, just like the red pouch, the shades of green were also ceremonial with little to offer in terms of substance.
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What 2021 looked like for global climate change 
The Indian Express | 31 December 2021

2021 was supposed to be a year of hope for climate activists but instead, it turned out being a wasted opportunity for governments. The year was marked with climate disasters ranging from extreme wildfires in the American Southwest to record levels of flooding in Europe.
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Politicians are waiting for more loss and damage: Sanjay Vashist, Director – Climate Action Network, South Asia
Climate Channel | 25 December 2021
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Climate migration in South Asia set to treble by 2050 due to political inaction on global warming
Actionaid.org | 18 December 2020

More than 62 million South Asian people will be forced to migrate from their homes due to climate disasters by 2050, according to new research from ActionAid International and Climate Action Network South Asia. Political failure to limit global warming to below 2°C, as per the Paris agreement goal, is already driving 18 million climate migrants from their homes in 2020. New analysis, released today, estimates climate migration will treble in South Asia alone, a region badly affected by climate disasters including floods, droughts, typhoons and cyclones. 
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Registering fossil fuels a key ingredient for a fair energy transition
PWYP.org | 6 December 2021
The COVID-19 crisis has caused more disruption to the global energy system than any other event in recent history according to the International Energy Agency, leaving countries and communities most dependent on fossil fuels further vulnerable to demand and price shocks. This adds to the threat of stranded assets beyond the fossil fuels era, as the adoption of climate policies and access to cost competitive renewable energy continues to grow. 
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Phase Out or Phase Down, Just Transition Away from Fossil Fuels remain critically lacking in Global Climate Discourse
The Weather Channel  |  23 November 2021
Once the final gavel struck at COP26, many quickly pointed fingers at India for watered-down language to “phasing down” coal rather than “phasing out”, one being the reduction versus total elimination. The accusation is an attempt to make India a convenient scapegoat. It misdirects attention away from those who did the most to delay and deny the need for action on fossil fuels.
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Coal power stand at COP26 climate talks lend India time to transition
Economic Times | 18 November 2021
Far from Glasgow, in the coal hub of Ranchi in eastern India, labour union leader D. D. Ramanandan followed the COP26 climate summit closely, scanning tweets by experts and news reports to check for any imminent “threat to coal” in his count.
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COP26: Experts welcome Modi’s 2070 ‘net-zero’ date but brand move political 
Down To Earth | 2 November 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced October 1, 2021 that India aims to become a ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2070, jumping on the bandwagon of setting a carbon neutrality deadline. He was speaking at the leaders’ meeting during the 26th Conference of Parties (CoP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 
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COP26: ‘Last-Chance’ Climate Summit Commences in Glasgow, UK
The Weather Channel India | 1 November 2021
Since 2015, the year Paris Agreement was conceived to tackle the threat of human-induced climate change, the world has watched in horror extreme weather events ravaged Asia, China, Africa, Europe and North America. Floods, fires, heatwaves, drought, and cyclones have left a trail of disaster, killing hundreds, displacing millions and causing damage worth billions.
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‘Emissions climbing to pre-pandemic levels in G20 countries’
Times of India | 14 October 2021
 With lockdowns and restrictions gradually being eased, greenhouse gas emissions are rebounding to pre-pandemic levels across G20 countries, with India, Argentina, China and Indonesia projected to exceed their 2019 emissions this year.
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Dhulikhel in Nepal is the first city in Global South to endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty 
FossilFuelTreaty.org | 7 October 2021
The small town of Dhulikhel, located on the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty today, becoming the first city in Global South and South Asia to vote in favor of a groundbreaking initiative to phase out fossil fuels and fast track a fair global energy transition. The endorsement comes just weeks before the climate summit in Glasgow where 196 countries will revisit their progress toward meeting Paris Agreement commitments
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‘Tiger on my farm’: Indian coal mining hub brings new dangers for villagers
Thomson Reuters Foundation | 9 September 2021 
India is the world’s second-largest coal producer and is ramping up mining to meet energy needs – but impacts are mostly negative for local communities, environmentalists say.
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Health Professionals Call For Phase Out Of Fossil Fuels To Avert the Twin Crisis Of Air Pollution And Climate Change
Planet Outlook | 7 September 2021
Doctors and medical practitioners representing some of the largest associations and networks of public health professionals today called upon South Asian Governments to phase out fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal – to avert the twin crisis of air pollution and climate change. They also endorsed the Fossil Fuel Treaty and called for a just and fair transition that puts people’s health first.
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Twin benefits of mangrove plantation in Sundarbans: building resilience to climate change and supporting rural livelihood
Gaon Connection | 27 August, 2021
A joint effort by rural women in the Sundarbans and a non-profit is helping restore mangrove cover. The initiative is expected to reduce the impact of cyclones while it is also an income source to the women who are both planting and guarding the mangrove saplings.
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‘Cotton cultivation may shift to northern areas’
@Our Correspondent | 26 August 2021
On the question of what Pakistan is doing about the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-26), Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has said that Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is a rude awakening for the whole world.
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Speakers call for climate action to avert disasters – The Express
@etribune | 24 August 2021.
Special Adviser to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said that climate change impacts were continuously creating global chaos and climate action has become imperative to avert various kinds of disasters including frequent floods, droughts, wildfires, and heatwaves in different parts of the world.
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Pakistan Gets Global Attention For Right Climate Actions: Amin
@DailyUrduPoint |  23 August 2021
Special Adviser to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam on Monday said the climate change impacts were continuously creating global chaos and Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report had highlighted this reality quite elaborately.
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Coal ash: ‘White prawns turned into ash prawns; fishers pushed into poverty’
Gaon Connection |  19 July 2021
In a webinar themed on the adverse effects of fossil fuels on the indigenous communities living around power plants, participants from various regions of India shared how both human health and livelihoods are impacted. They underlined that the communities must be at the focus of planning and decision-making.
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