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%.
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?
Life expectancy rose, diseases were fought, democracy spread and technologies developed without global pacts, but with U.N’s facilitation. By Rajendra Shende.
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.
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.
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)
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.
This is how China reported India’s Mars achievement.
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.
Streets are now showing ‘ true direction’ . We witnessed ‘ arab spring’. Now it is ‘climate spring Board’.
The Obama administration is moving to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
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.
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…
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
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.
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.
Legislators delay restrictions on the use of a pesticide linked to the mass death of pollinators.
Is it difficult to prove what makes bees die? Science is there to prove. But there is no science to change the denial mode .
‘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
Nasa satellite footage shows seasonal ice melt in the Arctic Ocean melting in the summer
. 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
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.
To save Salmon from extinction, the plans are ready for next few years to keep shooting the birds that eat growing Salmon.
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.
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.
The widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.
UNEP’s Safe Planet Campaign to eliminate toxic chemicals is critical for birds and insects which carry out pollination and hence ensure food security for us.
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!
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
Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.
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
“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.”
"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
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.”
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)
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.
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.
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.
Ecology minister proposes reduction in nuclear energy and increase in renewables and cut France’s €65bn annual energy bill