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Lake Mead in Western USA sinks to a record low. Similar story in Western India!

Savaged by drought, Lake Mead in Western USA has shrunk to its lowest level since the Great Depression in 1930s. Western India has similar story! 

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Hot air on cooling gases – India Climate Dialogue

As a meeting of the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting gases begins in Paris on July 14, the possible energy saving opportunity for the emerging countries is likely to be shadowed by the short terms greed by its  industry …..Read more

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Fracking-gas extraction ‘triggers’ 40 per cent rise in earthquakes.

Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.

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Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies are Spinning the Bee Crisis to Protect Profits – Food Revolution Network

Michele Simon was a speaker in the 2012 Food Revolution Summit. Recently she released a report, produced in tandem with Friends Of the Earth, to bring attention to the dire situation of declining bee populations caused by pesticides. You can find the report here, and read a summary below. If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Did you know that two-thirds of our food crops require pollination – the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating – such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few. That’s why the serious declines in bee populations are getting more attention, with entire campaigns devoted to saving bees. A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids—the fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides—as a key contrib­uting factor to bee declines. The European Union banned the three most widely used

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Historic UN Environment Assembly Concludes with 16 resolutions

“The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the closing session late Friday. “We need to act decisively to change humanity’s relationship with our planet.”

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"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 

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Big Decision on Big Belching of CO2 by Big Power Plants-real climate Justice by Spreme Court of USA

The Supreme Court largely upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions from stationary sources. Justice Antonin Scalia said the agency got “almost everything it wanted.”

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This decision revokes the memories of decisions by Supreme court of India on use of Diesel by public transport company and Auto-riksha ( three wheeler) 

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Shift focus from Trees to People who live on forests. Their well-being will ensure saving trees-FAO Report

 

UN’s World Forest Week: Forests habitats were home to an estimated 80% of global biodiversity. Report, “State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2014,  said that it was time for the sector to shift its focus from “trees to people”. Forests are fundamental to the survival of forest dwellers, including indigenous people.

 

Forests’ contributions ,direct and Indirect , to about 1.1% of the global economy. In employment terms, the formal sector provided 13.2 million jobs, while an estimated 41 million livelihoods were dependent on the informal sector.In 2011, it observed, about 10.9kg of edible non-wood forest products (NWFP) were consumed per capita globally.

 

As a fuel, it estimated that one-in-three of the world’s population depended on woodfuel for cooking, while 764 million people used woodfuel for boiling drinking water.

 

Forests are also important providers of ecosystem services,For example, they help to deliver clean water by protecting water sheds and water courses.

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First ever UNEA – United Nations Environment Assembly starts next week. Media is cold?

First ever United Nations Environment Assembly, expected 1200 participants , 170 countries, 80 ministers and 40 events. Google search today showed only 62 news items, nothing from BBC, the Guardian, CNN. 

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Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed

Community solar garden was pioneered in Colorado. In India we can thrive on solar gardens . It is  appealing to people who have no roof space, like renters and apartment owners, or homeowners with shady roofs.

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Ecology minister proposes reduction in nuclear energy and increase in renewables and cut France’s €65bn annual energy bill

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10 States already met Obama’s 30 percent Coal plant GHG cuts 15 years ahead of schedule

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At least 10 states have already met President Obama’s goal of a 30 percent reduction in power plant emissions by 2030, without the economic damage that critics have warned would occur.


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US unveils coal power curb plans

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The Obama administration proposes new rules for US coal power plants aimed at dramatically cutting emissions that contribute to global warming.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Its win-win-win: for Environment, Health and Economics. 


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Cap and Trade Does Little for Poorer Countries – NYTimes.com

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There is conspicuous absence of a globally agreed principle of how polluters should pay for damages in countries least capable of dealing with them. By Rajendra Shende.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Can Market stave off global warming


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Climate apartheid: Sherpas fall victims in Himalayan black snow-By Rajendra Shende

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A few more whacks of the ice axe in the firm snow, and we stood on top, stated Sir Edmund Hillary about his final climb – the first by mankind – to the top of the Everest, a feat accomplished exactly 61 years ago on May 29, 1953.


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‘Giving Tree’, with voice of author Shel Silverstein

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rajendrashende‘s insight:

Very emotional and effective communication on value of ecosystem . 


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Antarctica’s ice losses double

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Antarctica is now losing about 160 billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean – twice as much as when the continent was last surveyed.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

If all the ice in Antarctica melts the rise in sea level would be 58 meters. Present loss is raising the sea level to about 4.3 cm per year and it is accelerating and irreversible .


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U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods

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Declaring that the issue of human-induced climate change had “moved firmly into the present,” a major study found that water shortages, torrential rains, heat waves and wildfires were worsening.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Adverse impacts are now in the backyard of the richest economy in the world. They say money cannot be eaten. 


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Mahatma Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World and Living better life

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Change the world; we hear those words thrown around quite frequently, and to some, the notion seems incredulous. However, if we take an inner approach, rather than an outer one, and transform our individual selves into adopting the qualities we wish to see in the world, then the task at hand won’t seem as daunting. In the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the atomic age — as in being able to remake ourselves.” In this article, the Positivity Blog’s, Henrik Edberg, addresses Gandhi’s top ten fundamentals for changing the world.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Mahatma Gandhi did not only preached, he practiced….the difference between present day leaders and the real noble laureate.  


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World’s Largest Solar Power Plant of 290 MW Helps the Golden State get Greener

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Earlier in February, the state of California got a whole lot greener with the opening of Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar thermal energy plant. The plant has a capacity to power 140,000 homes with clean energy through a system that focuses solar energy to create steam for powering turbines —although the massive solar field’s reflective cells reportedly fried some birds flying overhead. This week, the Golden State will get even closer to its goal of sourcing a third of its power from renewable energy sources. Photo via Situated on 2,400 acres of desolate desert land somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, the world’s largest fully-operational solar power plant has recently finished construction. With a maximum capacity of 290 megawatts, th…


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Need to see more of it. God is great compensator. Birds have small brain but they can fly which humans cannot ! Deserts have no water, but they can be mines for renewable energy! 


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Honour for India’s green heroes -Earth Care Awards -TERRE was outreach partner

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Farmland Rainwater Harvesting Systems, which developed a ‘V-Wire injection well’ technology for runoff rainwater harvesting and recharge in Karnataka, won the ‘Innovations for Climate Protection’ award.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

TERRE Policy Centre worked in partnership with Centre for Environmental Education and Times of India for the nomination and award institutionalized by Jindal Steel works.


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Water Use in Power Plants

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Every year since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world’s water supplies—and when they’re gone, they’re gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.

One Block Off The Grid recently developed an infographic to illustrate how energy production depends on water. It shows water use by four of the most common energy sources: coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and solar. Solar comes out on top big time.


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Three decades of Nuclear Fears and Hopes -USA’s

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Three decades of  nuclear power, that feeds 19 percent of USA’s energy.  Nuclear Electricity is in the shadow of Three Miles Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. But it is in the lime-light of climate change . This  fossil-fuel alternative still holds great allure for our goal of decarbonized world. 


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Obituary of Carbon? Grave yard selected by UK.

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A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Man-made fossils of Carbon-to be discovered after thousand soy Years ? or early during earthquake? 


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Third and final report of IPCC fifth assessment released : Short time left to act

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The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that only an intensive push in the next 15 years can stave off potential disaster, United Nations-appointed experts said.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

GHG emissions are  outrunning our determination to tackle it, with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rising almost twice as fast in the first decade of this century as they did in the last decades of the 20th century. There is  huge rush to use coal-fired power plants in developing countries , while rich countries are making only slow progress in cutting their historically high emissions,


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