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Over 2000 people came out on the streets in New Delhi to press for stronger action on climate change this Saturday, just days ahead of UN Climate Summit. (Image by People's Climate March)

Global attention on UN while governments bicker over climate talks

The special climate summit called by UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon on September 23 has turned global attention on climate talks, though two key players, China and India, will not be represented by their top leaders

Global attention turns to the United Nations headquarters on September 23 as over 120 heads of state and government gather to give a push to stalled climate negotiations. The heads…Read more

With just 14 months left to negotiate a global treaty on climate change, India needs to play its cards well, and to win allies across groups of countries. (Image by Greenpeace)

India needs to change stance at climate talks

With the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit round the corner, it is time for India to come out of defensive mode and put forward ambitious plans on climate actions, and not just re-hashed actions that it has already been doing within the country

The Indian position in climate negotiations and posturing at the political level on various climate change issues has been met with mixed reactions from across the world…Read more

Solar water-heating mirror installed in a village in Maharashtra. (Image by World Resources Institute)

Yes you can: Grow the economy, save the climate, says new report

As world leaders gear up for the climate summit being hosted by the UN Secretary General to bring momentum to the negotiations for a new climate deal, a new report of a commission led by Felipe Calderon and Nicholas Stern shows that it is possible for the world to improve economic growth and reduce carbon emissions simultaneously

Cities across the world contribute to around 80% of the global economic output…Read more

Indian Army rescuing flood victims in Jammu & Kashmir (Image by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

Kashmir floods may be an effect of climate change

As Jammu and Kashmir faces its worst floods in over a century, a New Delhi-based think tank says it could be due to climate change

As Jammu and Kashmir struggles to deal with floods that have caused havoc and killed nearly 200 people while leaving over half a million stranded, a New Delhi-based think tank has pointed out that climate change may have triggered the sudden, intense rainfall that led to the worst floods that…Read more

In 2013, the carbon dioxide concentration reached a new high of 396 ppm, up from 250 ppm at the start of the Industrial Age in 1750. (Image by UN Photo/Kibae Park)

Greenhouse gas levels reach new high

The World Meteorological Organization has found that the volume of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere reached a new high in 2013, mainly due to a surge in carbon dioxide levels

With carbon dioxide levels showing the fastest annual increase since 1984, there were more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in 2013 than at any time since measurements started. The carbon dioxide concentration reached 396 parts per…Read more

The absence of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and China’s president Xi Jinping from the UN climate talks this month is likely to be a blow to the chances of progress. (Image by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

Indian negotiators in the dark as informal climate summit approaches

With the heads of Indian and Chinese governments deciding to skip the UN Secretary General’s climate summit, Indian negotiators are unsure of the line they should take

The absence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping from the informal climate summit convened by the UN Secretary General on September 23 is likely to cast its shadow on formal climate negotiations as well…Read more

Farmers in Climate- smart villages in Haryana have adopted climate-smart agriculture to increase adaptation and build resilience to climate change. (Image by P Casier/CGIAR)

Climate smart villages show how to adapt, and make money

Villages can be weather smart, water smart, carbon smart, nitrogen smart and energy smart, with the farmers making more money all the while

An array of techniques ranging from simple local crop and water resource management to high-tech laser assisted precision land levelling offer scope for beleaguered Indian farmers battling erratic weather patterns to turn their villages ‘climate smart’ and take on global warming…Read more

Remnant of an old glacier lake formed by the receding of the Gangotri Glacier in India. The mouth of the glacier was around this area in 1971. (Photo by Greenpeace / Peter Caton)

Swiss helping India monitor Himalayan glaciers

Indian and Swiss experts are jointly training Indian scientists in an effort to plug the massive gaps in Himalayan glacier studies which are a hindrance in assessing the impacts of global warming

Hampered by the lack of accurate assessment of glaciers in the Indian Himalayas and the severe shortage of trained glaciologists, Indian scientists have joined hands with Swiss experts to train and create a cadre of young glaciologists…Read more

Indian scientists caution that inconsistencies between global and regional models on the impact of climate change on the Indian monsoon need to be resolved. (Image by Bobinson KB)

Indian climate models contradict global ones

Indian scientists found that only nine of 42 global models could capture the declining rainfall trend in South Asia since 1951

Meteorological models to simulate the impact of climate change on rainfall at a more focused, regional scale in India are throwing up results contrary to what global models project, which throws planning for adaptation measures and for agriculture into a quandary…Read more

Researchers say the energy efficiency of dry cement plants in India has gone up over the years and currently they operate very close to the global best available technologies. (Image by Heatheronhertravels.com)

Indian industries doing their bit to go green

While India continues to shy away from taking on legally binding actions to cut greenhouse emissions, Indian industries are in fact doing their bit to mitigate climate change as opposed to the general perception, say IPCC coordinating lead author Joyashree Roy and contributing author Shyamasree Dasgupta

The current political position of India in international climate negotiation is non-commitment…Read more

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