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Non-State actors are the new ‘influencers’ in the UN climate process

This article is authored by Bahar Dutt, environment journalist and associate professor, Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi.

Plenary session at COP28 in Dubai. (AFP)
Published on Dec 14, 2023 05:57 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Delegates at UN climate talks agree to transition away from fossil fuels

The agreement was approved without the floor fight many feared and is stronger than a draft floated earlier in the week that angered several nations.

Within minutes of opening Wednesday’s session, COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber gaveled in approval of the central document — an evaluation of how off-track the world is on climate and how to get back on. (AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2023 01:00 AM IST
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Global deal at COP28 as Dubai keeps Paris alive

Fossil fuels have been a topic of taboo for years in climate negotiations the very fact that there is a consensus is being seen as a victory.

Welcoming the agreement, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav congratulated the UAE’s COP Presidency “for its fairness, transparency and free exchange of thought”. (AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 04:43 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Dubai

US climate envoy says COP28 'last' chance to keep 1.5C target alive

"This is the last COP that we'll have a chance to be able to keep 1.5 degrees alive," US envoy John Kerry said.

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (Reuters)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 04:36 AM IST

Funding the climate burden

COP28 has operationalised the loss and damage fund, but developed nations need to commit more to meet the looming challenges

Activists hold placards and shout slogans during a protest, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 10:16 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The five terms that COP28 is all about

The climate summit is set to end on December 12, and the stakes are high for residents of developing nations

People walk past a COP28 sign at the venue of the United Nations climate summit in Dubai(AFP)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 11:48 AM IST
ByTannu Jain

What is Green Credit Initiative, launched by PM Modi at COP28 summit?

Narendra Modi announced the launch of the Green Credit Initiative at COP28 summit, which was backed by multiple world leaders at the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a high-level segment on day two of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai. (Bloomberg)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 10:05 AM IST
ByVaishnawi Sinha

From Gaza war to Paris Agreement: Key takeaways from COP28 summit in Dubai

The COP28 summit took place in Dubai this year, and top leaders from across the world discussed solutions to curb climate change and environmental hazards.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with multiple world leaders at the COP28 climate change summit in Dubai.
Published on Dec 02, 2023 06:47 AM IST
AP |

Dubai climate conference ‘COP28’ this week; over 200 countries invited. Details

COP28 will take place from November 28 to December 12 in Dubai under the presidency of the UAE.

The COP28 summit is being hosted by the UAE. (CREDIT: Reuters)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 01:03 PM IST

World Day Against Child Labour 2023: Date, theme, history and significance

World Day Against Child Labour falls on June 12. Know about this year's theme, history and significance of the day and more inside.

A child labourer works at a brick kiln on a hot summer day [Reference Image]. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 07:51 AM IST

Last ship to leave Ukraine as fate of Black Sea grain deal in Russia's hands

UN & Turkey brokered the Black Sea deal for an initial 120 days last year to help tackle global food crisis that was aggravated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Vessels are seen as they wait for inspection under United Nation's Black Sea Grain Initiative in the southern anchorage of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.(Reuters/File)
Updated on May 17, 2023 09:55 AM IST
Reuters |

Explaining India’s shift from 13th hottest February to 5th coolest April so far

In 2022, average maximum temperatures were at least a degree higher than normal on all days from March 16 to April 9 except two

A mother shields her child and herself from heat as temperature rises in Mumbai. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Why this Pacific island country wants to become world's first 'digital nation'?

While addressing UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) through video conferencing, Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister Simon Kofe said, “As our land disappears, we have no choice but to become the world’s first digital nation."

Tuvalu's digital illustration (screengrab/ YouTube )
Published on Nov 24, 2022 03:00 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Policies and People | Step up efforts to rescue SDGs

The world is at the midway point of a 14-year-long effort to achieve the transformative 2030 Agenda of sustainable development. A new UN report on the progress of SDGs paints a sobering picture

To achieve SDGs, world governments must focus on urgent transformative action and evidence-based approaches on a global scale. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 15, 2022 01:08 PM IST

Policies and People | Climate misinformation: A clear and present danger

There is clear evidence of the challenge, and the failure to stem mis- and disinformation online has allowed junk science, climate delayism, and attacks on climate figures to become mainstream. Governments, regulators, and the media must stem the tide.

To solve the climate crisis, we must also tackle the information crisis. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 12:20 AM IST

Climate and Us | Plan for the vulnerable: India's heat emergency must be humane

This year’s heat spell should have been an opportunity to document the health burden of heat and come up with a humane plan for persons most exposed to this slow disaster. The government must act now

The first thing to do is study the impact of the heatwave on both mortality and morbidity. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 03:23 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

A fellowship between people and the planet

The past decade yielded several commitments toward sustainability. Yet, the share of renewables barely budged. Biodiversity loss continues. Land degradation persists. Why? 

We have collectively failed to bridge the here and now and a future that is also already here. (AP)
Published on May 03, 2022 08:01 PM IST

Climate and Us | Who will compensate the Indian subcontinent for this heatwave?

The economic, social, health and psychological impacts of the heatwave should be documented by Indian authorities and attribution reports compiled so that the issue of addressing loss and damage.

The economic impacts of the spell could be far reaching because of the impact of heat stress on agriculture, productivity and labour. That will also have to be published. (AFP)
Published on May 03, 2022 05:05 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Climate and Us | For scientists, approving the new IPCC report was no mean feat

There was major political wrangling over several issues in the SPM during the two-week approval meeting of governments and scientists. 

India objected to the use of GHG emission flows by regions from 1990, even though multiple databases go back to 1850. (AP)
Published on Apr 11, 2022 07:07 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Climate and Us | The Parvati Valley forest fire is a sign of the times to come

There are immediate meteorological features that can be linked to this spike in temperatures in March and April, but officials have explained to me that such extremes may not have been possible without the climate crisis.

Today, IPCC will release its second report of this year and third report since last August spelling out what is a living reality for millions of people. (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 03:45 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Climate and Us | What a reply in Parliament tells us about climate adaptation  

The release of funds has seen a steady decline. As the crisis now sees pronounced impacts across the country, much more must be done to protect its vulnerable

India needs large scale adaptation interventions to protect its poor and vulnerable populations. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2022 04:33 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

A four-point action plan to achieve national targets on climate 

What structural and conceptual frameworks need to be adopted to achieve its climate pledges? 

As India prepares its strategy for COP27, the adoption of such strategies will impart the much-needed coherence between India’s existing global climate commitments and domestic policy decisions. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 07:26 PM IST

World poverty to rise as climate change hits food supplies, says UN panel

The finding was part of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that concluded there remained only "a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all".

The report - the latest global consensus on climate science - made clear that climate change was impacting the world faster than scientists anticipated.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2022 11:36 PM IST
Reuters |

Goal-setting and planning for decarbonising India's power sector

The study has been authored by Daljit Singh, fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress. He works on India's power sector.

Since 2010, when the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched, there have been unprecedented technological and other changes in the energy sector, particularly dramatic reductions in the cost of renewable energy (RE)- based power.
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 07:35 PM IST
ByCentre for Social and Economic Progress

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)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 05:38 PM IST
ByBarbara Wickham

COP15: These 6 endangered species are on the verge of extinction

As the world discusses ways to tackle pollution and prevent mass extinction, here's a look at some of the species which are critically endangered. The world may never get to see these animals again.

The Cuban Crocodile is one of the six species which are critically endangered.(Twitter/@SedgwickCoZoo)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 07:56 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

COP25 fails to make impact, rich polluters block changes

The two-week-long talks, defined as “disappointing” and “unfortunate” by delegates at the closing session of the negotiations, concluded on Sunday after deliberations went into overtime of nearly 48 hours after the official November 13 deadline.

Among the thorny issues at the summit was arriving at a consensus on the rules regarding international trade in carbon credits, one of the main tools to keep mean global temperature rise under 2 degree Celsius by capping emissions.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 16, 2019 07:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

As climate crisis rages, COP fails to deliver

Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC countries) issued a joint statement on Wednesday have asked for carryover of millions of unsold carbon credits from the clean development mechanism under Kyoto Protocol to the new carbon market scheme.

According to Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate change for ActionAid, the US has urged that paragraph 51 of Article 8 (pertaining to loss and damage) COP21 decision which led to the Paris Agreement be invoked again with reference to compensation for loss and damage.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 13, 2019 12:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

COP25: Deliver on commitments

Despite warnings, developed nations are not doing their bit

Developed countries have also not delivered on their pre-2020 commitments, the most important among them being mobilising $100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing nations in mitigating and adapting to impacts(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2019 06:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

India leading from the front in climate action: Prakash Javadekar

India has been calling on the developed countries to take the lead in taking actions in the pursuit of solar energy capacity and fulfil their climate finance commitments of raising USD 100 billion per annum by 2020.

Prakash Javadekar said that India has reduced its emission intensity by 22% since 2005.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 08, 2019 06:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi
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