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India holds on to climate card

India strengthened its clean energy cooperation with the US at a New Delhi summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama and agreed to hasten its HFCs phase-out, but made no commitment on controlling carbon emissions

India will take more action to advance its transition to a low carbon economy, and the United States of America will help this process in…Read more

The Indian government to release Rs 33,000 crore ($5.3 billion) from the CAMPA fund that was set up in 2009 to promote afforestation and regeneration (Image by netlancer2006)

Forest situation worries experts, despite minister’s promise

The government policy is to plant lots more trees as part of India’s climate mitigation strategy, but experts worry about contradictory policies that may take away more forest land for factories and other projects

India will opt for “aggressive” afforestation to expand its tree cover as part of its climate change mitigation strategy, says Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate…Read more

A rural woman-turned solar engineer making a solar cooker to promote cooking with clean fuel  (Image by Knut Erik-Helle)

Tackling climate change in South Asia: problem to opportunity

Scientists can take a lead role and cooperate across national borders to find development pathways that will benefit every country in the region

The eight countries in South Asia that comprise the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have a collective population of over a billion and a half people, many of whom live in some of the ecosystems that are most vulnerable to climate change impacts such low…Read more

India reports a 30% increase in the tiger numbers over the last four years (Image by Koshy Koshy)

India’s tiger population rises 30% in four years

The marked rise in the population of tigers in the wild is also an indicator of the robust health of at least some of India’s forests, which augurs well for their ability to absorb carbon and thus combat climate change

It is a rare piece of good news for the conservation world. India has reported a 30% increase in the tiger numbers over the last four years. While the estimated tiger population in 2010 was…Read more

Solar panels covering Vadodara canal conserve land, water and emit no greenhouse gases (Image by Keya Acharya)

Solar plant atop irrigation canal impresses UN chief

A solar plant covering an irrigation canal, producing electricity and reducing evaporation at the same time, impressed UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon during his recent visit to India

India’s flagging solar energy programme received a moral boost recently with the unveiling by UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, of the country’s and possibly the world’s first solar energy project spanning a waterway canal…Read more

Researchers have pinned the responsibility on black carbon, light-absorbing brown carbon and dust for yellowing of Taj Mahal. (Image by Francisco Martins)

Atmospheric Brown Cloud turning Taj Mahal yellow

Despite years of effort, the marble façade of the Taj Mahal keeps getting a dirty brownish-yellow due to air pollution. Researchers have now identified the pollutants responsible – exactly the same ones that are implicated in global warming and also cause a pall of smog over most of northern India every winter

American and Indian researchers have identified, for the first time, which pollutants are responsible for discolouring the marble façade of the…Read more

Plastic waste dumped in the edge of a Kole wetland paddy field in Kerala’s Thrissur district (Image by S. Gopikrishna Warrier)

Water bodies, urban waste and greenhouse gas emissions

Lack of local policies and action adversely affect India’s ability to control greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change; this is an area that is receiving far too little attention

“Come to Kerala, God’s own country,” beckon the advertisements promoting the south Indians state as a tourism destination. The enticing pictures invariably have the beautiful backwaters of Kerala as the theme.A thin, long wedge of land…Read more

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Lima to Paris: Domestic interests and international negotiations

India needs to put on the table some ideas on how to move the stalled climate negotiations forward while safeguarding the interests of developing countries

Amidst high expectations, the UN climate summit started in Lima with a view to lay down the pathway to an ambitious global deal in Paris next December. The momentum was built upon the Secretary General’s Summit in New York in…Read more

The GHG Programme currently manages 14% of India's carbon emissions. (Image by Vandan Desai)

New programme helps Indian firms control greenhouse gas emissions

As India continues to suffer the impacts of climate change, Indian businesses turn to the India Greenhouse Gas Programme to manage their carbon footprints. The programme currently manages 14% of the country’s emissions

As climate change unleashes coastal flooding, erratic rainfall, heat waves and increased glacier melting in the Himalayas, the need for India’s corporate sector to play a greater…Read more

Ram sagar, a pond revived by villagers, has solved the problem of droughts in Bapu Gaon.

Village digs a pond, prospers in era of frequent droughts

Led by a septuagenarian, residents of Bapu Gaon revived a pond to meet their water needs. In the process, they set a fine example of community leadership in building resilience to climate change effects

Kalyan Mal Singh, a 70-year-old village leader, picked up his broom before narrating his history of nature conservation. It is his leadership that saved Bapu Gaon village from a recurrent…Read more

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