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‘Pro-Planet People’: PM Modi talks climate in World Economic Forum address

In his WEF Davos Agenda address today, the Prime Minister  reiterated India's “clean, green, sustainable, and reliable” energy goals, which entails a net-zero carbon emission target by 2070.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 09:43 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Policies and People | Unlock the power of climate action plans

  • States, cities, and districts have been making their climate plans. This thrust on climate plans is good, but there must be consistency 
In the last year, India has suffered a spate of flooding and landslide disasters in the high mountains of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and floods and intense cyclones in other parts of the country(File Photo)
In the last year, India has suffered a spate of flooding and landslide disasters in the high mountains of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and floods and intense cyclones in other parts of the country(File Photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 04:06 PM IST
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2021 was fifth-hottest year on record: List of extreme events and their impact

The EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service said in a report on Monday that the last seven years were the world's warmest "by a clear margin" in records dating back to 1850 and the average global temperature in 2021 was 1.1-1.2 degrees Celsius above 1850-1900 levels.
Climate change has led to increase in the levels of carbon dioxide and methane int he atmosphere.(AP Photo)
Climate change has led to increase in the levels of carbon dioxide and methane int he atmosphere.(AP Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 07:09 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Climate and us: Protecting landscapes, biodiversity will be key in 2022

Climate and us: As we usher in the New Year, and the government’s policies on the environment are carried over for debate in 2022, landscapes must be seen beyond their utility for the economy.
While reforms in forest governance may be welcome, are we managing to strike a balance between diversion of natural forests and plantation efforts? (HT Photo)
While reforms in forest governance may be welcome, are we managing to strike a balance between diversion of natural forests and plantation efforts? (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 04:48 PM IST
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ByJayshree Nandi

The path to Maharashtra’s net zero commitment

Maharashtra must offer more clarity on its game plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions, which it has committed to deliver in 43 cities including Mumbai, by 2040. Also, xperts say it will take a more coordinated show of effort between multiple departments to inspire confidence
“Given that coal is still such a huge part of the energy mix, you can’t arrive at net zero simply by planting trees,” said Sunil Dahiya, an analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) a Delhi-based think tank. (Twitter/@AUThackeray)
“Given that coal is still such a huge part of the energy mix, you can’t arrive at net zero simply by planting trees,” said Sunil Dahiya, an analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) a Delhi-based think tank. (Twitter/@AUThackeray)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 09:33 PM IST
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ByPrayag Arora-Desai

Minimum temperature in north India to rise amid intensified western disturbances

Western disruption and cyclonic circulation likely to influence northwest Indian temperatures, as per IMD forecast. 
A gradual rise in minimum temperatures by 2 to 4 degrees Celcius is expected over most parts of northwest, east and central India during the next two days
A gradual rise in minimum temperatures by 2 to 4 degrees Celcius is expected over most parts of northwest, east and central India during the next two days
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 02:23 PM IST
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Climate entrepreneurship or green jobs can drive bottom-up climate action

The piece has been authored by Ananth Aravamudan, sector lead, Climate Action, at Villgro Innovations Foundation along with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water- run Powering Livelihoods, a programme that supports the scale-up of renewable energy usage in rural livelihoods.
Solar panels at the site of solar energy projects developer Saurya Urja Company of Rajasthan Limited, at the Bhadla Solar Park in Bhadla, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. (AFP)
Solar panels at the site of solar energy projects developer Saurya Urja Company of Rajasthan Limited, at the Bhadla Solar Park in Bhadla, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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India's clean energy gets more funding than coal for the third successive year

The declaration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's spirited climate-control plans at the COP26 Summit has led to the channeling of more funds into clean energy initiatives when compared to the coal-powered ones. 
India’s ambitious targets at COP26 should be studied in the context of India’s consistent domestic push towards clean technologies (ANI)
India’s ambitious targets at COP26 should be studied in the context of India’s consistent domestic push towards clean technologies (ANI)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 02:38 PM IST
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Siberian town recorded 38 degrees Celsius last year, UN agency confirms

Verkhoyansk, where the record temperature was hit on June 20, 2020, is 115 kilometres (71 miles) north of the Arctic Circle - a region warming at more than double the global average.
A man digs a control line during the work on extinguishing a forest fire near the village of Magaras in the region of Yakutia, Russia July 17, 2021. (REUTERS)
A man digs a control line during the work on extinguishing a forest fire near the village of Magaras in the region of Yakutia, Russia July 17, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 01:15 PM IST
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India votes against UNSC draft resolution to 'securitise' climate action

India's Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti said his country will always speak up for the interests of the developing world and had no option but to vote against the draft.
File photo of TS Tirumurti, India's permanent representative to the United Nations. 
File photo of TS Tirumurti, India's permanent representative to the United Nations. 
Published on Dec 13, 2021 10:41 PM IST
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‘Time for parties to make climate change election agenda’: Aaditya Thackeray

The environment minister of Maharashtra said the state government would discuss the issue of climate change with sitting legislators during the upcoming assembly session. 
Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray stressed the need for conserving the ecology and addressing the challenges of climate change. (File photo)
Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray stressed the need for conserving the ecology and addressing the challenges of climate change. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 03:45 PM IST
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By | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi

Greenpiece: The mind matters in climate crisis

  • No matter how much change we plan, nobody can be prepared for the new era we are in.
A man wades into the ocean at sunset,(AP file for representation)
A man wades into the ocean at sunset,(AP file for representation)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 06:38 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi to submit its climate action plan by January 2022

A senior environment department official said that the government has started workshops and department-level consultations to collect the requisite data and assess Delhi’s geographic and climate profile.
Clouds over Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Clouds over Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2021 12:16 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

World needs to focus on ‘right to healthy environment, climate justice’: Kovind

On Human Rights Day, President Ram Nath Kovind warned that degradation of nature is leading to changes in the climate that are ‘irreversible’
A recent photo of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. (AFP)
A recent photo of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. (AFP)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 02:36 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘ESG framework must for organisations to mitigate risks of climate change’

Many companies have been following innovative and sustainable pathways towards long-term business sustainability, forming an inherent connection between the people, planet, and profit. 
Executive director of Godrej & Boyce, Nyrika Holkar said as the hope of restricting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius recedes rapidly, there is a dire need for companies to reorganise their business processes to contain the worst excesses of climate change. (Representational photo / Creative Commons)
Executive director of Godrej & Boyce, Nyrika Holkar said as the hope of restricting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius recedes rapidly, there is a dire need for companies to reorganise their business processes to contain the worst excesses of climate change. (Representational photo / Creative Commons)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 10:04 PM IST
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Meat-climate debate is a red herring in India

  • The meat-climate debate is pretty much a red herring for a country like India where meat has a minuscule presence in Indian diets
India faces a different challenge when it comes to protein consumption. Increasing theconsumption of pulses by making them more affordable is one of the low-hanging fruits in the pursuit of nutrition and climate goals in India.(Pixabay)
India faces a different challenge when it comes to protein consumption. Increasing theconsumption of pulses by making them more affordable is one of the low-hanging fruits in the pursuit of nutrition and climate goals in India.(Pixabay)
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 10:21 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why luxury travel industry can't ignore carbon emissions: Soneva CEO

Soneva CEO on building environmentally sustainable luxury travel models (HT)
Soneva CEO on building environmentally sustainable luxury travel models (HT)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 12:07 AM IST
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Catch them young: School climate education key for sustainable development

  • There is an active argument in favour of including climate change education (CCE) in schools as it acts as a positive impetus for India’s efforts to meet its sustainable development goal targets (SDGs), a key priority at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference held earlier this November.
In India, we are seeing a rise in youth climate organisations demanding greater climate action, climate change education and climate justice.(AFP File)
In India, we are seeing a rise in youth climate organisations demanding greater climate action, climate change education and climate justice.(AFP File)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 05:38 PM IST
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ByBarbara Wickham

Brazil faces charges of ‘greenwashing’ over Amazon deforestation

Deforestation in the Amazon region has risen for the fourth straight year, despite international pressure and pledges from Brazil's government to preserve the rainforest. The EU aims to take a stand with an import ban.
The WWF and other experts have said the Amazon rainforest is dangerously close to a ‘tipping point’. (Leo Correa / AP Photo)
The WWF and other experts have said the Amazon rainforest is dangerously close to a ‘tipping point’. (Leo Correa / AP Photo)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 10:49 PM IST
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ByDeutsche Welle

Use religion to battle the climate crisis

In India, almost all the world’s religions have a historic home but the voice of faith on the climate crisis is hardly heard. Religious leaders must come together to demand a change in the narrative of development
How much energy do we need was a question that was not asked at COP26. It is obvious that developing countries need more energy but do the developed countries need to consume as much energy as they do? (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
How much energy do we need was a question that was not asked at COP26. It is obvious that developing countries need more energy but do the developed countries need to consume as much energy as they do? (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 07:44 PM IST
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ByMark Tully

Boris Johnson praises Modi for India's climate ambitions at COP26

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the outcome of the at COP26 is not enough.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson attend the World Leaders' Summit on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow. (AP / File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson attend the World Leaders' Summit on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow. (AP / File photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 11:30 PM IST
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Speed up your net-zero plans: COP26’s message to companies

  • The outcome of COP26 “made it crystal clear to businesses that they need to move away from fossil fuels,”
How quickly global business and finance move away from fossil fuels is still an open question.(AFP)
How quickly global business and finance move away from fossil fuels is still an open question.(AFP)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 07:14 PM IST
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What COP26 achieved and what it didn’t

The United Nations climate conference in Glasgow started on October 31 with the heads of over 140 countries scaling up expectations with impressive announcements
The political decision at Glasgow asks nations to enhance NDCs every five years instead of 10, and double money for climate adaptation by 2025.(Reuters)
The political decision at Glasgow asks nations to enhance NDCs every five years instead of 10, and double money for climate adaptation by 2025.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 02:57 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

COP26 deal: Modi govt's push to dilute coal aim, climate fund let-down decoded

Decoding India's stand at the COP26 summit and how the Glasgow climate pact impacts the country (Agencies)
Decoding India's stand at the COP26 summit and how the Glasgow climate pact impacts the country (Agencies)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 12:08 AM IST
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India leads negotiations as COP26 deal is done

The UN climate talks, which ended late on Saturday, for the first time targeted fossil fuels as the key driver of global warming, even as coal-reliant countries including India and China posed last-minute objections.
A man documents a hanged penguin representation at the Tuvalu pavilion during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. (REUTERS)
A man documents a hanged penguin representation at the Tuvalu pavilion during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:50 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, Glasgow

UK: Protestor hijacks mic at COP26 stage amid disappointment over climate pact

A protestor tried to disrupt the press conference of COP26 president after adoption of Glasgow climate agreement (AFP)
A protestor tried to disrupt the press conference of COP26 president after adoption of Glasgow climate agreement (AFP)
Published on Nov 14, 2021 07:59 PM IST
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‘Blah, blah, blah’: Greta Thunberg's assessment of UN climate talks

Taking to her official handle on Twitter, Thunberg wrote, “The #COP26 is over. Here's a brief summary: Blah, blah, blah. But the real work continues outside these halls. And we will never give up, ever.”
Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks on the stage after a protest during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. (Jane Barlow / AP)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks on the stage after a protest during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. (Jane Barlow / AP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 07:34 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Tense final hours at COP26 amid tough stands on deal

China and India, the world’s first- and third-biggest emitters, put up a tough stance to the most ambitious parts of the final agreement in Glasgow.
John Kerry, US special envoy for climate (right) speaks with Alok Sharma, president of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. China and India, the world’s first- and third-biggest emitters, put up a tough stance to the most ambitious parts of the final agreement in Glasgow. (AP)
John Kerry, US special envoy for climate (right) speaks with Alok Sharma, president of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday. China and India, the world’s first- and third-biggest emitters, put up a tough stance to the most ambitious parts of the final agreement in Glasgow. (AP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 02:13 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, Glasgow

The future of climate action: In search of a united global south

The study has been authored by Rodrigo Fracalossi De Moraes
Preventing further social and economic damage because of climate change requires costly mitigation and adaptation policies and technologies.(REUTERS)
Preventing further social and economic damage because of climate change requires costly mitigation and adaptation policies and technologies.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 05:21 PM IST
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Chennai rains: Multiple NDRF teams deployed as incessant showers batter city

A man carries a cooking gas cylinder and wades past a waterlogged street in Chennai as the city witnesses torrential showers for the second time in five days.(AP) 7
A man carries a cooking gas cylinder and wades past a waterlogged street in Chennai as the city witnesses torrential showers for the second time in five days.(AP)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 09:31 AM IST
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