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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Bird decline linked to pesticide use

The widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.

Source: www.bbc.com

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.

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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! 

Source: www.reviewjournal.com

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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

Source: indiaclimatedialogue.net

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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.

Source: www.bbc.com

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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

Source: foodrevolution.org

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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.”

Source: www.unep.org

"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.”

Source: www.nytimes.com

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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