Obama’s plans to shrink carbon emissions ring the bells of optimism for Paris climate meeting.
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One wonders why Obama’s announcements are coming so late. As he says, ‘ there is something called too late’. But yes, there is something called ‘ it is never too late and better late than never’!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Need to tell these stories to Californians first …
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.
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 […]
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.
The United States should take out an insurance policy, as Reagan did with ozone depletion.
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.
We struggle to keep them out of our house. But they have lesson to give that they learnt hard for last 200 million years .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Story-telling continues more than two decades.Remember bed time story telling? Puts you to sleep. Till next alarm rings !
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!.
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.