Yes, successful, but can do even better. Silver lining on the dark clouds of climate debate.

The UNEP?WMO  assessment of Ozone layer recovery report developed by 300 scientists from 36 countries says that ozone layer is on recovery path. Unique success for global environment. But we can accelerate the recovery by 11 years!. 

Source: www.unep.org

Amazing example, of how 196 countries continue to find even more success for Ozone layer recovery , while same countries are engaged in the wordy debate over climate change issues. 

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India can give climate change a spin in 2015

Taking action on climate change could help in early fulfillment of ‘make in India ‘ and ‘skill India’ campaigns of PM Modi. 

Source: www.business-standard.com

Huge potential of India to compete in the world market on renewable energy equipment and accessories. At the same time it can employ millions of Indian youths. 

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Can Modi bowl a spin at Lima Pitch to lead by ‘Good Climate Governance’. Unprecedented opportunity for implementing his own agenda

The inconvenient truth is not that global warming is undeniably unequivocal but that we are unable to address it with the required urgency. And the convenient truth is not that India is entering a demographic dividend period and has a demagogue prime minister, but that India is yet to draw a road map to leverage these rewards and gains to deal with the climate change. The unfortunate fact is that the developing countries are eternally arguing for international climate finances that are unlikely to come so easily, as is evident from the Lima (Peru) negotiations – Firstpost

Source: www.firstpost.com

Can Modi bowl  a spin at Lima Pitch to lead by ‘Good Climate Governance’. Unprecedented opportunity for implementing his own agenda 

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The hurdle in Lima talks is the corrupt greed for money. We need “Climate Corruption Fund’.

Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Can we raise another Fund called ‘ Climate Corruption Fund’ to pay these Attorneys more than Energy companies pay them? That may be the part of Paris-2015 negotiations 

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To address global warming, go to the address,’ Number 1, Solar Road, Milky Way’. And not to Lima!

to Experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.

Source: www.fastcoexist.com

It is not rocket science. And makes perfect business sense. Investment $ 44 trillion over next 35 years and saving of more than $100. Why Warren Buffets and Gates of the world help making that investment. 

 

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Bus between Bristol and Bath: Bio-Gas from Human Beings: Plan “B” ?

The UK’s first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.

Source: www.ndtv.com

 -Plan ‘B’ for renewables and climate change. 

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Over 29 lakh Vehicles Set to Go Off Delhi’s Roads

More than 29 lakh vehicles will go off the capital’s roads following an order by the National Green Tribunal or NGT that put a ban on vehicles older than 15 years, the Delhi government has said.

Source: www.ndtv.com

Good news. Hows about doing it nationally? Repairing  the roads 15 years old should also be compulsory for the Government. 

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One more ‘BerlinWall’ fell 25 years back : Democratization of Science and technology

The Montreal Protocol’s entry into force gave birth to the freedom from yet another Iron Curtain.

Source: www.business-standard.com

1989 was year of revolutions. It also marked beginning of new era, not only in political sense but also in terms of democratization of science and technology .

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Texas Wind Energy Exceed $3.3 Billion Annually and save $1.2 billion to consumers.

The American Wind Energy Association just released a study estimating the annual value of Texas wind at over $3 billion. The document is worth reviewing.

Source: www.forbes.com

The cost of use of oil  to consumer in Texas in terms of subsidy, air pollution and global warming need to be compared and consumer should be informed. 

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U.S. and China Climate Accord : Would it really address the challenge? nths of Talk

The deal, the signature achievement of President Obama’s state visit to China, could galvanize efforts to negotiate a new global agreement.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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Four reports, Six graphs, Two Degrees: IPCC’s One more warning

Today’s launch of Synthesis Report of IPCC is the fourth over last 13 months. Humanity’s influence on the global climate, impacts and solutions is being detailed for yet another times. World will be snoozing . 

Source: www.theguardian.com

Wake up alarm. We have heard it before. Ever closing window of opportunity to take action to address climate change is allowing weak light of hopes in. 

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Decarbonization targets by EU amidst Deflationary pressure

28 countries in EU have the decarbonization targets : 40 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. More important agreement was on the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

Source: www.bbc.com

Pathbreaking agreement indeed, considering the deflationary pressure that EU faces today. The EU is already on target to cut its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, compared with 1990 emission levels.Inspiration for others leading toParis agreement in 2015? 

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A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is – NYTimes.com

Life expectancy rose, diseases were fought, democracy spread and technologies developed without global pacts, but with U.N’s facilitation. By Rajendra Shende.

Source: www.nytimes.com

During my participation in United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York , I was invited by New York Times to opine on ‘ 

Can We Do Without a Global Climate Treaty?

Should we give up on the idea of a strong international treaty on global warming as a pipe dream, or should we continue to pursue it despite the long-running difficulties?

 

Read my opinion. 

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Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to phase down HFCs and enhance energy efficiency.

New Delhi will participate in talks on limiting heat-trapping HFC gases and take steps toward renewable fuels.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Path-breaking coalition between India and USA. HFCs-Thousands of times more dangerous GHGs will be phased down and energy efficiency of air conditioning will be phased-up. Let us walk to gather for the development of all- ( Chale saath saath . Sabka saath sabka vikas)

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India triumphs in maiden Mars mission – World – Chinadaily.com.cn

India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, crowning India as the first country to execute such a project in its first attempt.

Source: www.chinadaily.com.cn

This is how China reported India’s Mars achievement. 

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Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

The People’s Climate March in Manhattan was a spectacle even for a city known for doing things big, and it was joined, in solidarity, by demonstrations on Sunday across the globe, from Paris to Papua New Guinea.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Streets are now showing ‘ true  direction’ . We witnessed ‘ arab spring’. Now it is ‘climate spring Board’. 

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U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

The Obama administration is moving to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The logic of alternatives and replacements is not only discarding old and used items but also get rid of even new but dangerous and inefficient substances. 

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After 30 years of protecting the ozone layer, some reasons to be cheerful

It sometimes feels as if environmental news is never good news, but that certainly isn’t true when it comes to the ozone layer. The UN has announced that the ozone layer is showing “signs of recovery…

Source: theconversation.com

During  1985 to 1987 the world leaders had difficult negotiations to save the Ozone Layer. But when the going gets tough, tough gets going. UNEP’s 2014 Scientific Assessment for the first time provides the  first signs that ozone is on the upswing. In particular, if you look at observations in the Northern mid-latitudes at an altitude of 42 km, we see that ozone has increased over the 2000 to 2013 period. 

 

Environmental news can be good news 

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CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984

Daily averaged CO2 atmospheric concentration crossed 400 ppm on May 9,  2013 as measured in Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii . Monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April 2014. Now observed annual  rise in concentrations of CO2 averaged over 2013  is the fastest since 1984, the World Meteorological Organisation says.

Source: www.bbc.com

The globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, an increase of almost 3ppm over the previous year. Surely total GHGs would be more than this figure.

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California to Bees: Drop Dead

Legislators delay restrictions on the use of a pesticide linked to the mass death of pollinators.

Source: www.takepart.com

Is it difficult to prove what makes bees die? Science is there to prove. But there is no science to change the  denial mode .

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‘Incredible’ rate of polar ice loss measured by satellite. We are silent? N0.We are exploring oil below the melt

A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland, writes Robin McKie

Source: www.theguardian.com

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Nasa scientists observe Arctic sea ice changes – video

Nasa satellite footage shows seasonal ice melt in the Arctic Ocean melting in the summer

Source: www.theguardian.com

. Nasa says the sea ice extent in the Arctic is below average for the last 30 years. The average ice cover has decreased by 18% since 2010 to 2.31 million square miles

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Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon

Salmon, once nearly extinct on part of the Columbia River, are slowly recovering, to the delight of birds. As a result, those charged with nursing the salmon back to robust health have a new plan to protect them: shoot the birds.

Source: www.nytimes.com

To save Salmon from extinction, the plans are ready for next few years to keep shooting the birds that eat growing Salmon. 

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A glide-path that reveals the greed of countries surrounding Arctic

The  canary in the global-warming coal mine. Thats what the Arctic continent is described. Research missions and negotiations are the covers under which the greed continues. 

Source: www.economist.com

Arctic circle , as it thaws , would throw open the new black gold mines. The research projects may become the ways to mine that gold. The circle therefore would add to the divide between haves and have-nots. 

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