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Renewable energy act has miles to go

The draft National Renewable Energy Act 2015 is a good first step, but has substantial shortcomings; the government needs more substantial consultation with players outside its system before coming up with the next draft

The Indian government has released the draft National Renewable Energy Act 2015 (NREA) in July. Right now, over 70% of the country’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels but…Read more

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Sweeping vegetation changes projected in Kashmir Himalayas due to global warming

A team of researchers predict sweeping changes in vegetation in Kashmir Himalayas due to climate change. Kashmir is likely to lose a large chunk of its snow cover to invading shrubs, steppes and forests by the end of the century which could severely impact stream flows, agriculture productivity and biodiversity in the region

Kashmir is likely to witness sweeping vegetation changes due to global warming…Read more

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India’s HFC phase-out proposal: what does it mean for the climate

India has proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, to freeze developing countries’ HFC emissions by 2030-31 and then start phasing down. The authors find that this will be a major contributor to reducing India’s greenhouse gas emissions before 2050, but the really large emission mitigation from this source will happen only in the second half of the century

The Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal Protocol, agreed to by…Read more

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Coastal infrastructure needs to be resilient to climate change

With India building enormous infrastructure along its 7,500-km-long coastline, the need is to make this infrastructure resilient to climate change impacts. But there seems to be no money for this purpose, nor is sufficient attention being paid to the enormous problem

In October 2014, when Cyclone Hudhud hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh near the city of Vishakhapatnam, the impact was immense. While the…Read more

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Infosys to offset employees’ travel footprint

Some large IT companies in India are taking the lead to reduce their carbon footprints by enabling their employees to commute by public transport, without the usual delays, discomforts and dangers

Infosys, India’s second largest IT company, is to spend Rs 400 crore ($62.7 million) to turn carbon-neutral by 2018 by saving on commuting and travel by its 180,000-odd employees. The $8.7 billion company – with clients in 50 countries…Read more

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Experts urge policymakers to assess climate risks

A new report grapples with the complex challenges of climate risk assessment, and urges governments to adopt a cross-disciplinary, holistic approach at the highest political level

Assessing climate risk is urgent but uniquely challenging: it demands an understanding of the complex interactions of global weather systems and the response of natural ecosystems, an assessment of the likely effects of current…Read more

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Global sea levels may rise by over 6 metres: study

A new study says global sea levels could rise by at least 6 metres even if average temperature rise is kept below 2 degrees

During the last interglacial—a warm period between ice ages 125,000 years ago—global average temperatures similar to today led to a sea level rise of 6-9 metres, caused by melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica, according to new research published in Science Journal. This means…Read more

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Smart city plan lacks climate resilience, sustainability

The government’s much-hyped Smart Cities Mission is essentially about improving physical and communication infrastructure; it fails to look at how these cities will sustain themselves, or how they can be made resilient in an era of inevitable climate change

The Indian government recently launched the Smart Cities Mission, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling this ambitious urban…Read more

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India takes baby steps towards HFC phase-out

With environment ministry officials holding discussions with industry representatives on July 10, India is finalizing its position on HFC phase-out in preparation for a global meet in Paris later this month

India, a late and reluctant entrant into global discussions on phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – coolant gases used in refrigerators and air-conditioners and with high global…Read more

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Rapid growth in India’s solar energy market

Clean energy investments in India show an increase of 59% in the first three months of 2015 alone. Even as Modi govt ramps up policy support to boost solar energy, even greater action is needed to achieve the target of 100 GW by 2020

The Indian solar market is growing at a rapid clip. The market recently exceeded 4 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar energy and is headed toward becoming one of the largest global…Read more

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