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For climate cooperation, US, China break through superpower standoff

The deal marks a rare moment of cooperation between the world superpowers who have been locked in geopolitical rivalry.
China's special climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua at a joint China and US statement on a declaration enhancing climate action in the 2020's during the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow on November 10, 2021(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell / various sources / AFP)
China's special climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua at a joint China and US statement on a declaration enhancing climate action in the 2020's during the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow on November 10, 2021(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell / various sources / AFP)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 01:46 AM IST
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Paris rulebook, finance goal to top agenda: Bhupender Yadav

More than 195 countries had evolved and adopted the Paris rulebook – a set of guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland in 2018.
Union environment minister Bhupendra Yadav was speaking to reporters following his presentation at a pre-COP meeting underway in Milan. (PTI)
Union environment minister Bhupendra Yadav was speaking to reporters following his presentation at a pre-COP meeting underway in Milan. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 03, 2021 12:54 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Turkey to become last G-20 nation to ratify Paris climate accords

Turkey, the only G-20 country that’s not yet ratified the Paris Agreement, is preparing to seek parliamentary approval for the accord next month, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York (AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York (AP)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 12:37 PM IST
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‘Huge amount of investment needed to meet 1.5 degree goal’: Ajay Mathur

We will achieve our 40% target there is no question about it, said Ajay Mathur, director general of International Solar Allianc, in conversation with HT's Jayashree Nandi
Ajay Mathur, director general of International Solar Alliance.
Ajay Mathur, director general of International Solar Alliance.
Updated on Aug 27, 2021 10:12 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

US, China to work together against climate change issue joint statement

The US and China support the Paris Agreement’s aim to limit the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celcius and to try to restrict it to 1.5 degrees Celcius, according to the statement.
A vehicle with US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry on board arrives to a state guest hotel during his visit, in Shanghai. (REUTERS)
A vehicle with US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry on board arrives to a state guest hotel during his visit, in Shanghai. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 18, 2021 07:05 AM IST
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New climate pledges 'far short' of meeting Paris Agreement goals: UN

The UN Chief stated that now is the time the global coalition committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 is growing, across governments, businesses, investors, cities, regions and civil society.
The UN logo at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (HT archive)
The UN logo at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (HT archive)
Published on Feb 27, 2021 07:53 PM IST
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Major emitters need to step up, says Kerry after US rejoins Paris Agreement

John Kerry asserted that all 17 major emitting countries including India need to step up and begin lowering emissions.
John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden will take executive action on Wednesday to combat climate change, including temporarily blocking new leases for oil drilling on federal lands, ordering a review of fossil-fuel subsidies and other measures to overhaul the U.S. energy mix. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden will take executive action on Wednesday to combat climate change, including temporarily blocking new leases for oil drilling on federal lands, ordering a review of fossil-fuel subsidies and other measures to overhaul the U.S. energy mix. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 10:33 AM IST
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Climate change-led migration in India could treble by 2050: Report

The research was undertaken by Bryan Jones, one of the authors of the World Bank’s Groundswell Report on internal climate migration in 2018
Representational Image.(HT archive)
Representational Image.(HT archive)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 06:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Indian diplomacy’s climate test, writes Syed Akbaruddin

India has been an overachiever on Paris — but the road ahead is strewn with challenges
The world cannot solve the climate crisis without India’s active participation. We will need to seek an equitable outcome based on climate justice that also provides for financing and space for our transition(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The world cannot solve the climate crisis without India’s active participation. We will need to seek an equitable outcome based on climate justice that also provides for financing and space for our transition(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 16, 2020 09:28 PM IST
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‘India will achieve targets, exceed expectations’: PM Modi at UN Climate Ambition Summit

The PM said that on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the world shouldn’t lose sight of historical emissions.
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Global Climate Summit via video conferencing on Saturday.(ANI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Global Climate Summit via video conferencing on Saturday.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 12:39 AM IST
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Hindusta Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

5 years on, where India stands in its commitment to Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change which was adopted by 196 parties at the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris, on December 12, 2015, and was enforced on November 4, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 08:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

A manifesto for the climate summit

Summits serve three purposes. High-level participation allows leaders to negotiate knotty issues, building on personal rapport and the promise of grand bargains. Alternatively, leaders could set a new agenda, drawing others to their cause
If we could earn cents for every climate speech made, we would all be rich and resilient by now(AFP)
If we could earn cents for every climate speech made, we would all be rich and resilient by now(AFP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 07:45 PM IST
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ByArunabha Ghosh

Beyond the Paris pact | HT Editorial

There is both urgency and hope. India deserves accolades for its record
India must be ready for a new world of climate that will be as much about cooperation as it will be about competition(AP)
India must be ready for a new world of climate that will be as much about cooperation as it will be about competition(AP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 07:43 PM IST
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What the Paris Agreement means for the climate crisis

India is well-equipped for a new chapter of climate collaboration and competition. The Paris Agreement gives it an opportunity to build on this and create a template for climate change behaviour and action in developing countries
The agreement has been able to bring together the vulnerable countries and high-emitting players to tackle a collective problem, and has enabled us to move to the successful first step in the decarbonisation discourse(AFP)
The agreement has been able to bring together the vulnerable countries and high-emitting players to tackle a collective problem, and has enabled us to move to the successful first step in the decarbonisation discourse(AFP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 08:15 PM IST
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French, German, EU envoys to visit Kochi to mark 5th anniversary of Paris Agreement

Projects backed by Europe in Kochi, a port city considered the economic capital of Kerala, are supporting low carbon urban development policies that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement
EU ambassador Ugo Astuto said even as the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, countries mustn’t forget that the fight against climate change is an “existential issue for all of us”.(Representational Image.)
EU ambassador Ugo Astuto said even as the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, countries mustn’t forget that the fight against climate change is an “existential issue for all of us”.(Representational Image.)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 05:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha

PM Modi to address Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday to mark 5 years of Paris Agreement

The important virtual summit being co-hosted by France in partnership with Chile and Italy will give an opportunity to governments to present their commitment and compliance with the Paris Agreement
PM Narendra Modi.(File photo)
PM Narendra Modi.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 02:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

India’s greenhouse emissions dip with switch to renewables, economic slowdown

India, which emits 7.1% of global emissions and has per capita emissions that are 60 % lower than the global average, recorded a fall in emissions growth in 2019
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Representational Image.
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 10:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

India forms high-level committee to implement Paris Agreement targets

The high-level inter-ministerial Apex Committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement will be chaired by enviroment ministry secretary and its purpose would be to generate a coordinated response on climate change matters
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar.(File photo)
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2020 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer

PM Modi lists India’s progress on climate change targets on G20 sidelines

In keeping with its traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment, India has adopted low carbon and climate resilient development practices, PM Modi told the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that India is exceeding targets set under the Paris Agreement and will reach its goal of generating 175 GW of renewable energy before the target date of 2022.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that India is exceeding targets set under the Paris Agreement and will reach its goal of generating 175 GW of renewable energy before the target date of 2022.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2020 08:41 PM IST
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Japan’s new climate pledge faces a massive hurdle

Japan will need to more than quadruple the pace at which it shuts down coal plants and rapidly ramp up renewable energy capacity over the next decade to meet its new climate pledge to zero out emissions by 2050.
New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday confirmed that the world’s fifth largest emitter and third biggest economy will become the latest country to set a goal in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.(Pixabay)
New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday confirmed that the world’s fifth largest emitter and third biggest economy will become the latest country to set a goal in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.(Pixabay)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 06:05 PM IST
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Japan | ByBloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

‘Climate change and debt are sinking us’: Small island nations cry for help

A coalition of 44 low-lying nations has sounded alarm bells saying they are sinking not just because of climate change impacts but are also neck-deep in debt.
File photo: Banner reads ’Climate Justice Now’ on the iconic Citgo sign near Fenway Park in Kenmore Square, Boston, US.(AP)
File photo: Banner reads ’Climate Justice Now’ on the iconic Citgo sign near Fenway Park in Kenmore Square, Boston, US.(AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 09:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Build back, with an eye on the environment | HT Editorial

The drastic dip in emissions should be used as a moment to imagine a new world
Use the dip in emissions to imagine a new, more eco-friendly, world(AFP)
Use the dip in emissions to imagine a new, more eco-friendly, world(AFP)
Updated on May 21, 2020 06:14 AM IST
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India will stick to its NDCs under Paris Agreement despite Covid-19: Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar said in 2009 the world had agreed that developed countries will mobilise 100 billion dollars every year for climate adaptation and mitigation.
Sustainable lifestyle is at the core of India’s ethos, Javadekar said adding that our electricity consumption is only 1,000 units per person per year compared to 12,000 units per person per year in the US.(PTI)
Sustainable lifestyle is at the core of India’s ethos, Javadekar said adding that our electricity consumption is only 1,000 units per person per year compared to 12,000 units per person per year in the US.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2020 07:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Budget 2020: More funds allotted to fight climate crisis

During her budget speech in Parliament on Saturday, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the country’s commitments will be executed in various sectors “by the departments/ministries concerned through the normal budgeting process”.
The budget has proposed to provide ₹22,000 crore to power and renewable energy sector.(HT Photo)
The budget has proposed to provide ₹22,000 crore to power and renewable energy sector.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 07:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Budget 2020: Rs 4,400 crore for cleaning air

Apart from the financial boost to large cities implementing the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said state utilities will be advised to close down old thermal power plants that do not meet the emission standards.
State utilities will be advised to close thermal power plants that do not meet the standards.
State utilities will be advised to close thermal power plants that do not meet the standards.
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 03:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Swedish MPs

Thunberg, 17, was mentioned as a possible Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, when the honour ultimately went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts to resolve a long-running conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
Greta Thunberg and the global protest movement “Fridays for Future” were nominated Thursday for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize(Bloomberg)
Greta Thunberg and the global protest movement “Fridays for Future” were nominated Thursday for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 31, 2020 06:04 AM IST
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Stockholm | ByAgence France-Presse

Billions at risk as Asia’s great rivers suffer

The 2015 Paris agreement saw nations commit to limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as a way of curbing the worst impacts of global warming.
A man rowing a boat on Brahmaputra in Assam.(AP File Phot o)
A man rowing a boat on Brahmaputra in Assam.(AP File Phot o)
Published on Jan 11, 2020 04:29 AM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAgence France-Presse

Key year to arrest the climate crisis

But the United Nations climate talks in Madrid in December failed to respond to these crises. The year 2020 will be a pivotal year for climate action — it can make or break the Paris Agreement.
Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has demanded a “year of action” in 2020.(AP Photo)
Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has demanded a “year of action” in 2020.(AP Photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2020 02:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByJayashree Nandi

India managed to protect interests at COP25: Javadekar

India is hopeful that there will be resolution on issues which matter to the country at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Glasgow next year.
The COP25 decision provides for assessing the gaps in commitments delivered by the developed countries in the pre-2020 period. (Photo @PrakashJavdekar)
The COP25 decision provides for assessing the gaps in commitments delivered by the developed countries in the pre-2020 period. (Photo @PrakashJavdekar)
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 08:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

World getting hotter, more dangerous faster than thought: UN chief

The Paris agreement was adopted by 195 parties at the UN climate conference “COP 21” held in the French capital in 2015 with an aim to reduce the hazardous greenhouse gas emissions.
Nineteen members of the G20, except the US, have voiced their commitment to the full implementation of the deal.(AP)
Nineteen members of the G20, except the US, have voiced their commitment to the full implementation of the deal.(AP)
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 07:28 AM IST
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