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The 48-member CVF said Brazil, North Korea, Japan and New Zealand had submitted updated climate action plans, but these lacked a higher level of ambition.(AP (Representative Image))

Pandemic leaves many nations facing climate action catch-up in 2021

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Barcelona, Spain
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:10 PM IST
A tracker run by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) showed 73 nations submitted revised climate plans to the United Nations, meeting a 2020 deadline under the Paris Agreement to tackle global warming.
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Eight of the world’s 10 largest economies, including China and Japan, have set goals to reach net-zero emission within decades. US President-elect Joe Biden wants the US to be carbon neutral by 2050.(AP (Representative Image))
Eight of the world’s 10 largest economies, including China and Japan, have set goals to reach net-zero emission within decades. US President-elect Joe Biden wants the US to be carbon neutral by 2050.(AP (Representative Image))

Climate deal, US election: EU ‘climate leader’ on why 2020 left him upbeat

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:10 PM IST
“It is remarkable that closing down our societies has not led us anywhere near the level of reductions we need, so behavioral changes alone won’t do it,” Jorgensen said in an interview in Copenhagen. But while the analysis is often negative, “there are reasons for optimism and to celebrate as well,” he said.
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Countries’ level of ambition should increase between three- and five-fold to deliver on the Paris pledge to try and limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, according to the United Nations Emissions Gap Report.(HT Photo (Representative Image))
Countries’ level of ambition should increase between three- and five-fold to deliver on the Paris pledge to try and limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, according to the United Nations Emissions Gap Report.(HT Photo (Representative Image))

Lofty climate goals get reality check at global summit

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:44 AM IST
The six-hour Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday threw the problem into sharp relief: activists were eager for China to put some meat on the bones of its bold 2060 carbon neutrality pledge.
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Throughout his campaign, Biden said that he will bring the US back into the Paris Agreement and reverse the intention of moving the US out of WHO. Global public goods in environment and health will be a key focus(REUTERS)
Throughout his campaign, Biden said that he will bring the US back into the Paris Agreement and reverse the intention of moving the US out of WHO. Global public goods in environment and health will be a key focus(REUTERS)

For multilateralism, a change in climate, writes Syed Akbaruddin

By Syed Akbaruddin
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 08:37 PM IST
Under Biden, the US will be more active on the multilateral track. This is good news for India
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World powers must pull together and retool their economies for a green future or humanity will be “doomed”, UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned.(AP)
World powers must pull together and retool their economies for a green future or humanity will be “doomed”, UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned.(AP)

World must unite on climate or ‘we will be doomed’: UN chief

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2020 05:39 PM IST
Antonio Guterres called for nations to use the pandemic as a springboard to launch “transformational measures” in energy, transport, industry and in the way people live.
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Greta Thunberg did not say in which city or school she would be continuing her studies.(Bloomberg)
Greta Thunberg did not say in which city or school she would be continuing her studies.(Bloomberg)

Greta Thunberg back in class after year off for awareness on climate change

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Stockholm
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2020 09:28 AM IST
Since her last school year finished in June 2019, the teenager’s travels around the world meant that she ended up doing lessons remotely.
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg blasts governments and businesses that use what she calls “creative accounting” to makes their emissions look lower than they are and apply the word “green” to industries that are not.(REUTERS)
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg blasts governments and businesses that use what she calls “creative accounting” to makes their emissions look lower than they are and apply the word “green” to industries that are not.(REUTERS)

Greta Thunberg has hope for climate, despite leaders’ inaction

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Berlin
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 01:20 PM IST
The 17-year-old has become a global figurehead of the youth climate movement since she started her one-woman protests outside the Swedish parliament in 2018.
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It is now a genuine political issue as extreme climate events have increased, in both frequency and severity. Politicians will have both less political space and resources to devote to the issue as globalisation stalls and both economics and geopolitics head into the downswing of their respective cycles(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
It is now a genuine political issue as extreme climate events have increased, in both frequency and severity. Politicians will have both less political space and resources to devote to the issue as globalisation stalls and both economics and geopolitics head into the downswing of their respective cycles(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

An era of adverse climate, geopolitics and economy

UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:07 PM IST
The world is in a situation that it hasn’t been in before — globalisation, geopolitics and economics all turning negative at the same time, while the world’s physical environment becomes increasingly inhospitable.
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António Guterres said unrestrained climate change would allow only the “survival of the richest(AP)
António Guterres said unrestrained climate change would allow only the “survival of the richest(AP)

UN chief warns against ‘survival of the richest’ on climate

By Associated Press | Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 06:37 AM IST
Scientists say countries need to stop burning fossil fuels by 2050 at the latest to ensure global temperatures don’t rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this century.
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The show is set in alternative reality in America, where a white supremacist group has reawakened a race war.
The show is set in alternative reality in America, where a white supremacist group has reawakened a race war.

Watchmen: the timeliest show about our political climate

By Rohan Naahar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 06:41 PM IST
HBO’s comic book show Watchmen is not only relevant to America, but also to any country witnessing division.
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(HT file)
(HT file)

AMU Youth Climate Strike for environment awareness

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Aligarh:
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2019 12:26 PM IST
The rally was preceded by a speech from the main organizer Sara Dilshad who stressed on the need to save the planet, with AMU students creating awareness among youth of the country by organizing such campaigns in their respective institutions.
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A much stronger case can be made in favour of New Delhi supporting a post-1991 international order. India was arguably one of the top beneficiaries (along with China and the US) of the post-Cold War system, which coincided with India’s initial economic liberalisation. Indian opportunities for growth and development widened and its security increased(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
A much stronger case can be made in favour of New Delhi supporting a post-1991 international order. India was arguably one of the top beneficiaries (along with China and the US) of the post-Cold War system, which coincided with India’s initial economic liberalisation. Indian opportunities for growth and development widened and its security increased(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

On climate, connectivity, maritime security, India is reshaping the world order

By Dhruva Jaishankar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2019 06:08 PM IST
Delhi’s positions on these issues reflect its world view. But domestic economic and political challenges remain
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Degraded land spanning 26 million hestares (ha) in India will be restored by 2030, Narenda Modi announced at the 14th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).(ANI Photo)
Degraded land spanning 26 million hestares (ha) in India will be restored by 2030, Narenda Modi announced at the 14th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).(ANI Photo)

India to restore 26 million ha of degraded land by 2030: PM Modi at climate meet

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 02:14 PM IST
PM Modi also announced that the Centre would establish a South-South Centre for Sustainable Land Restoration which will provide knowledge and training to all countries affected by land degradation.
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Students said they want to highlight government inaction on climate change through mobilising the masses, and that close to 100 students have confirmed their participation so far.(EPAPhoto)
Students said they want to highlight government inaction on climate change through mobilising the masses, and that close to 100 students have confirmed their participation so far.(EPAPhoto)

City students gear up for one more protest rally, want leaders to take climate seriously

By Sonali Verma | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 01:56 AM IST
The march, scheduled for May 24 in line with the global climate strike for future, will begin from Galleria Market in DLF Phase 4 at 1pm.
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Human adaptation to climate change may include changes in fertility as people decide how much time and money they wish to devote in having children and invest in their future, claim researchers.(Shutterstock)
Human adaptation to climate change may include changes in fertility as people decide how much time and money they wish to devote in having children and invest in their future, claim researchers.(Shutterstock)

Changing climate may affect human fertility

By Asian News International | Asian News International, Washington Dc
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2019 11:57 AM IST
As per a study published in the Journal of Environmental Research Letter, climate change could affect fertility, including sectoral reallocation, the gender wage gap, longevity, and child mortality.
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It’s not just the warmer temperatures adding to our misery.(Shutterstock)
It’s not just the warmer temperatures adding to our misery.(Shutterstock)

Allergy season worsens with changing climate

By Asian News International | Asian News International, Washington D.c.
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 01:47 PM IST
If the temperature continues to increase at its current stride, it is expected that by the end of the century, the growing season will be longer by about a month in most part of the world.
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Professor John All, center, of Western Washington University, and his team pose for the photograph at a hotel before leaving for Everest region, in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 27.(AP Photo)
Professor John All, center, of Western Washington University, and his team pose for the photograph at a hotel before leaving for Everest region, in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 27.(AP Photo)

US scientists to climb Mount Everest, collect data on climate

By Associated Press | Kathmandu
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 07:16 AM IST
The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two months in the region and climb the world’s highest peak in May.
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Smoke billows from a chimney in IJmuiden, Netherlands, Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The climate change conference, COP24, is taking place in Katowice, Poland, from December 2-14, 2018.(AP)
Smoke billows from a chimney in IJmuiden, Netherlands, Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The climate change conference, COP24, is taking place in Katowice, Poland, from December 2-14, 2018.(AP)

Developed nations spending less on climate: India at COP24

By Jayahsree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 10:57 PM IST
In a paper titled “3 Essential “S”s of Climate Finance — Scope, Scale and Speed: A Reflection” released on Tuesday on the sidelines of COP 24, India questioned climate finance values being reported by the developed countries as having been transferred by them to developing countries.
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The teenager’s tweet was also retweeted 5.1 k times with many praising Astha as “hope of the future”.(Astha Sarmah / Twitter Photo)
The teenager’s tweet was also retweeted 5.1 k times with many praising Astha as “hope of the future”.(Astha Sarmah / Twitter Photo)

I am 54 years younger, can still tell weather isn’t climate: Assam teen takes on Donald Trump

By Press Trust of India | Guwahati
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2018 08:45 PM IST
On the mercury dropping to -2 degree celsius on November 21 in Washington, Trump had tweeted “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS Whatever happened to Global Warming?” To it the 18-year old girl, identified as Astha Sarmah from Jorhat in Assam commented “I am 54 years younger than you.
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Over 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, who embarked on a ‘Long March’ from Nashik on March 6 to press their various demands, reached Azad Maidan Mumbai, March 12, 2018(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Over 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, who embarked on a ‘Long March’ from Nashik on March 6 to press their various demands, reached Azad Maidan Mumbai, March 12, 2018(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Why farms of every type and size have to be climate smart

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 08:01 PM IST
This climate impact on agriculture is a cause for worry: the sector accounts for a large share in gross domestic product (16%) and employment (49%). Poor agricultural performance can lead to high inflation, rural distress, and political restiveness, as recent rural agitations and farmer suicides have shown.
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Greenpeace activists display a big banner reading "We still have hope, Climate action now!" during an activity prior to a press conference of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change at Songdo Convensia in Incheon on October 8, 2018(AFP)
Greenpeace activists display a big banner reading "We still have hope, Climate action now!" during an activity prior to a press conference of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change at Songdo Convensia in Incheon on October 8, 2018(AFP)

Climate should be an election issue

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 02:43 PM IST
The need of the hour is to make climate and the environment an election issue; and only vote to power those who grasp the gravity of the situation, and the need for urgency in climate adaptation policies
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Environmental activists gather to urge world leaders to take action against climate change in Bogota, Colombia, September 8(REUTERS)
Environmental activists gather to urge world leaders to take action against climate change in Bogota, Colombia, September 8(REUTERS)

Financial institutions must recognise the climate risks

By Vidya Soundarajan and Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 03:48 PM IST
Banks need to internalise climate risks as a part of their risk assessment, pricing and decision making. The objective is not to make financial institutions more risk averse, but rather to provide a means to climate-proof the financial sector and ensure sustainable growth
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