Coal exit, Gas in. Good for climate at least in short-term

Coal stocks in USA are in a tailspin, down 50-80%. Oil and Coal are in new dynamics with fracking gas exapnsion. 

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Good news for climate of course…but more than that for  abating air pollution , improving health, reducing Obama-care and enhancing energy security.

 

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Wind Vision | Department of Energy

Drilling the vision? Time has come for USA  to come clear on its Renewable vision and fossil actions. Latest USA Report on Wind Vision, is inspiring, 35% electricity by wind in 2050. And now here comes news that BP started drilling in Arctic.

 

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There are inspiring pledges by USA on renewable energy and there are back-door instigating  reports that drill into that vision right in Arctic.

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Solar Plane lands in Hawaii after longest non-stop solo flight in history

Veteran pilot tested to the limit of endurance on record-breaking solar-powered flight across the Pacific, on the eighth leg of round-the-world journey

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Compare what happened after Wright borthers flight and how much it took to commercialize their IMPULSE! 

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After Supreme Pope’s sermon it is time for Supreme Court’s order to cut emission

Orders are now coming from Judges to the Government to cut GHG emissions . A court in the Netherlands orders the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a class action suit launched by activists.

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Looks like this is the way to go on climate change. Kyoto lacked the teeth to punish those who do not meet the committed reduction. Hope Court in the Netherlands imposes punishment if the target is not achieved. 

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Earth’s biodiversity is in 6th Extinction phase.

The Earth has entered a “new period of extinction”, a study by three US universities concludes, and humans could be among the first casualties.

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Since 1900, the report says, more than 400 more vertebrates had disappeared. We humans,  the smartes vertebrates are already ‘ walking  Extincts’. We have no backbone to take decision to conserve the nature.

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Rise of violence in Middle east and Africa has origin in Climate Change

Darfur conflict in 2003,  Arab Spring in Dec 2010 and Syrian spring of 2011, have origins in Climate Change 

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The wars and conflicts in 21st century appear to be sectarian but deeper study shows that it’s core causative origin is in climate change. UN needs to convene a group of social and climate experts to assess such conflicts. 

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India’s environment policies: A year of change

By Rajendra Shende

 

The only legacy of the previous government that India’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar carries with him is the name of the building from which he operates – Indira Prayavaran Bhavan (Indira Environment House).  Everything else about him portrays a refreshingly stark Indian aspirations and sculpting of a new heritage of environmental governance. 

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There is much talk about innovation in technology and innovation in policies for India’s inclusive growth. The new government’s environment ministry also needs innovation in its environmental diplomacy.

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Disaster Avoided by the Montreal Protocol-Message for Climate Negotiators

Bad news of disasters occupy front page. News about avoided disasters get hidden under the pages. Result? Lessons are lost.

The Antarctic ozone hole would have been 40% bigger and a hole over the Arctic would have opened up if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been phased out, according to research.

Source: www.bbc.com

 

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Financial Engineering : Fossil Fuel Divestment spreads across Atlantic

We now need financial engineering after spending  finances on engineering the climate change . Baby Boomers want to contribute to prevent global warming. They are joining young generation in campus to divest their retirement funds from fossil fuel industry.

Fossil fuel divestment movement enters its fourth year, nearly a third of the 28 schools that signed on have completely purged oil, natural gas and coal investments from their endowment portfolios.

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New Strain of “Fact-Resistant” Humans – No antibiotics seems to be working The New Study

More worryingly, as facts  multiply, their defenses against those facts grow more powerful. “It’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” a researcher said.

 

 

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Shell to Drill in Arctic-Obama’s Double talk before Paris Climate Meeting?

USA is on the way to be net exporter of oil. But It wants more even at cost of ecosystems that protect our climate. Are those G20 communique, State of Union address, intentional negotiations just a cover up? United Nations should conduct a study for its implications and present in Paris Climate Meeting.

The move is a major victory for Shell, but environmentalists say a possible accident there could have far-reaching consequences.

Source: www.nytimes.com

 

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Carbon emission pledges will not limit the temperature rise of 2 deg cent, Lord Stern

Commitments already made by world governments to cut carbon emissions aren’t enough to keep global warming below the crucial 2C target – but a strong deal is still possible in Paris, says economist

Source: www.theguardian.com

The target of temperature rise is 2 deg cent or lower. If the world does not meet that target by pledging GHG emission reduction, then Paris meeting will be one of those ‘ hype in the beginning and feel good at the end’. The process goes on…….as usual. 

 

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Planetary WarMing and Planetary WarNing : Statistics of disasters

Global warming has quadrupled the frequency of certain heat extremes, and also increased intense rainstorms, a trend expected to worsen, according to a new climate change report.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The global warming that has already occurred as a result of human emissions has quadrupled the frequency of certain heat extremes since the Industrial Revolution, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that a failure to bring greenhouse gases under control could eventually lead to a 62-fold increase in such heat blasts.

 

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Impact of Climate Change on food security demands immediate response-FAO

Source: www.fao.org

While poor countries suffer due to in adequate supply of food, richer nations waste around 222 million tons of food every year, almost as much as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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Cannot go Green without tackling Blue first. Here is why.

If you can turn on the tap to access clean, drinkable water, you are part of the 90% of the world with regular access to one of humanity’s most crucial resources. But what about the other 748 million people across the globe who don’t have regular access to water? Tyler Riewer of charity:water has spent the past two years traveling to communities where gathering water is anything but routine. These three stories are a call to action for all of us fortunate enough to drink water with little more than the turn of a knob.

Source: www.dailygood.org

Need to tell these stories to Californians first …

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PM Modi demonstrates India’s stewardship at green talks

US President Barack Obama, in his 166-word eulogy in Time magazine that named Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the 100 most influential people in the world, termed him “India’s reformer-in-chief” who had “laid out an ambitious vision to …unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change”. Modi tweeted thanks to Obama.

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Modi needs to go higher than Rafale and deeper than nuclear reactor

One year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was born, in 1951, a young French parliamentarian in his 40s, Emile Aubert, came up with an out-of-box concept of rural lodging for tourism purposes. It was a time when French society, post-World War II, tasted prosperity after a long spell of the resistance movement and recession. The […]

Source: www.economylead.com

Modi needs to go higher than rafale can go and deeper than nuclear reactor to ensure inclusive development. Rural Tourism is out of box idea. 

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Taking care of climate deniers-A Reagan way to climate change

The United States should take out an insurance policy, as Reagan did with ozone depletion.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Revenue from carbon tax should be fiscally neutral .Generated funds should be returned to the tax payers and the revenue would not be available for politicians to spend on pet projects.Thats the way.

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Going deep in grounds : Survival Kit for Climate Change

We struggle to keep them out of our house. But they have lesson to give that they learnt hard for last 200 million years .

 

Source: www.nytimes.com

All those in United Nations who are preparing adaptation guidelines for climate change- hold your horses: Here is the adaptation kit that does not prescribe  huge projects. Just work collectively . Learn from termites.

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Towering the Energy security : Eiffel tower becomes self sufficient


Energy produced by wind turbine at 400 ft level on Eiffel tower is sufficient for the restaurants and pavilions of the tower.

Source: www.theguardian.com

US-based renewable energy company helps France to fight war against climate change. First ever successful operations in Paris  by US after World War II .

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Addressing Climate Change will be the key issue in USA Presidential election-Poll says

An overwhelming majority, including nearly half of Republicans, back government steps to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The Times and others.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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2014 warmest on record just ahead of Paris meeting of 2015. But so also 2008 before Copenhagen in 2009

The 12 months of 2014 were the warmest on record, with global temperatures 0.68C (1.24F) above the long-term average, say US government scientists.

Source: www.bbc.com

Story-telling continues more than two decades.Remember bed time story telling? Puts you to sleep. Till next alarm rings ! 

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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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