Avoided disaster by the Montreal Protocol _ lesson for Climate Negotiators

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

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

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Financial Engineering : Fossil Fuel Divestment spreads across Atlantic

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. 

Source: insideclimatenews.org

We now need financial engineering after spending  finances on engineering the climate change . 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

“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.

Source: www.newyorker.com

More worryingly, as facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful. 

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Administration Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic

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

Source: www.nytimes.com

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. 

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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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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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