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UN, other agencies aim to standardise measurement of environmental impacts

Major multilateral organisations will launch a new initiative next week aimed at developing a system of standards for companies, investors and financial institutions to measure their impact on global sustainability. The new Impact Management Platform is founded by four UN agencies, the OECD, and the World Bank. [...]

Shift to Net-zero buildings is not only cheap now, but viable too; India slowly finding solutions as well

Cheap technology and sufficient skills already exist worldwide to achieve net-zero energy buildings – those that produce enough renewable energy to meet their annual energy demands – at costs in the range of traditional building projects, a study published recently in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources has found. [...]

As UN Secretary General makes fresh appeal for carbon neutrality, a Coalition of Indian industries sign charter for ‘near zero’ emissions by 2050

On a day when UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a fresh appeal to countries to raise climate action ambitions at a round-table in New York, a coalition of six Indian companies on Thursday signed up an ‘Industry Charter’ for ‘near zero emissions’ by 2050. [...]

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

Colombia and the Philippines combined accounted for just over half of the confirmed deaths -- 64 and 43, respectively -- followed by Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. [...]

India’s fight against climate change and disasters needs your bold tech solutions

The spread of COVID-19 brought to the forefront the need to focus more on innovation. [...]

UN chief: Virus could push millions of Africans into poverty

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the coronavirus threatens Africa's progress and could push millions into extreme poverty. He said in a video message launching a policy report on “The Impact of COVID-19 in Africa” that countries on the continent have responded swiftly to the crisis, and as of now reported cases are lower than feared with more than 2,500 deaths. [...]

Survey to map Himalayan springs soon

As a part of the government’s plan to revive natural sources of water in the hilly region, drones would be deployed to map all the springs in the Himalayan region. Destinations such as Shimla, Mussorie, Nainital and even Gangtok often face acute water crisis. [...]

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‘Project Cheetah is a distraction that conservation in India can ill afford’

Panellists at a recent discussion outlined the historical background of cheetah extinction in India, the government’s effort to introduce the African cheetah back here, the current status of these cheetahs, and the road ahead [...]

The controversy over eucalyptus planting in Kerala | Explained

Why did the Kerala government allow the Kerala Forest Development Corporation to plant eucalyptus trees? Why were environmentalists and social activists against the order? [...]

This century, heat waves are moving slower and lasting longer

Scientists have found heat waves have slowed down nearly 8 km/day each decade since 1979 and last longer by about four days [...]

'Boiling not warming': Marine life suffers as Thai sea temperatures hit record

The once vibrant and colourful corals have turned white in a phenomenon known as coral bleaching, a sign that their health was deteriorating, due to higher water temperatures [...]

Salvaging polluted cities

One simple, sustainable strategy to fight air pollution is to grow more trees and keep nurturing them [...]

Half of world's mangroves under threat, says conservation group

Mangrove forests cover around 15% of the world's coastlines and play a vital ecological and economic role, filtering water and providing breeding grounds for fish and other marine life [...]

Guntur photographer TN Vara Prasad uses photography as a tool for environmental education

Senior photographer from Guntur TN Vara Prasad presented the Biodiversity Conservator Award 2024 by AP State Biodiversity Board [...]

49% of lake areas in Bengaluru Urban are covered with trees and shrubs: Report

However, the report said when trees, especially invasive and exotic species, are extensively planted directly on lake beds, they pose significant problems. [...]

What is ‘Net Zero’? A short history of a monumental concept

Pledges to achieve net zero emissions over the coming decades have proliferated since the United Nation’s 2021 Glasgow climate summit [...]

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