A Godrej manufacturing unit that produces propane-based environment-friendly air-conditioners (Image by hydrocarbons21)

India’s volte face in phasing down dangerous refrigerant gas

India has surprised the world by making a U-turn on phasing down harmful hydrofluorocarbons(HFCs) – refrigerant mixture that is 6,350 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas over a 20-year period

India’s volte face in agreeing to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol has come as a surprise to industrialised countries as well as refrigeration and…Read more

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Million Renewable-Energy Jobs Predicted for India 2022

The renewable energy sector, a particular focus of attention for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has generated 400,000 jobs till 2014, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency

As India–the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases but 127th in terms of per capita emissions–ponders an energy-future balancing growth, jobs and environment, there…Read more


India, China underline importance of climate talks

But for a meaningful Paris treaty, both countries want rich nations to start paying now

India and China have underlined the importance of climate change to their nations by coming up with a separate joint statement during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Beijing last week. For China’s President Xi Jinping, this is the second major announcement on climate change, following the joint statement during US President Barack…Read more

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Battle over Obama’s coal cap threatens CO2 target

Republicans are intensifying their fight against President Obama’s curbs on coal and his executive action to regulate carbon emissions

As the Obama administration puts the final touches to regulations that could curb coal-fired power stations, Oklahoma is refusing to implement the future legislation, the latest salvo in the ongoing domestic attack on the US’s greenhouse gas reduction target submitted to the…Read more

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world (Image by Partha S. Sahana)

Government gives Kashmir saffron growers a helping hand

Kashmir’s saffron farmers have suffered a disastrous slump in production due to floods and erratic weather but the government is helping out with an insurance and relief scheme

Battered by erratic weather and constant low yields, saffron growers in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state have got a helping hand with the government introducing the Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme for them from this year…Read more

According to NOAA, monthly global average concentrations of CO2 surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015 for the first time since the administration began tracking carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (Image by NASA)

Carbon in air breaches new mark

There are now over 400 molecules of carbon for every million molecules of the earth’s air, a level not reached since the age of the dinosaurs

Concentrations of heat trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a record global average in March, underscoring the crucial importance of reaching an effective universal climate change agreement in Paris at the end of…Read more

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Financing the transition to a green global economy

Investment in clean energy has risen substantially over recent years, but we are still not safe from the 2°C threshold for climate change. The world needs greater access to climate finance, explains Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Financing a transition to a low-carbon world – one that can keep a global temperature rise under 2°C this century – requires the…Read more

Pedestrians cross a busy road in Thrissur (Image by S. Gopikrishna Warrier)

Safe pedestrian crossings save greenhouse gas emissions

Road transport contributes 85% of the greenhouse gas emissions of India’s transport sector. Given this, safe pedestrian crossings are of great importance as they encourage people to opt for public transport. Here is a contrast between two cities, both with high population and vehicular densities, and yet with different approaches towards pedestrian safety

This is a tale of two cities. The first is Thrissur in Kerala, where a pedestrian can cross…Read more

Traffic congestion in Chennai (Image by Muthahar Khan)

Chennai should levy Rs 30 per trip as congestion charge

Addressing the problem of congestion is critical towards transition to low carbon transport. A recent study shows that Chennai lost over Rs 700 crore due to traffic congestion in 2009. And this cost of congestion is likely to double by next year. Is it time to take a cue from London and levy congestion charges in Indian cities?

City-scale congestion charge – the fee charged on motor vehicles in certain zones to…Read more

Pollutants might be blown from eastern China or come from biomass burning elsewhere on the plateau,” suggested atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Photo by Abhijit Kar Gupta)

South Asian soot drifts over Himalayas

New study suggests pollution from South Asia’s cooking stoves and forest fires drifts over the Himalayas, contributing to glacier melt on the Tibetan plateau, but more research needed to confirm how much

The mighty Himalayas are not acting as a barrier to pollution from South Asia, as previously thought, a new study by scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Plateau…Read more

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