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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. [...]

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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Without action plans, India’s poorest will continue to bear brunt of heatwaves: study

Of the 37 plans it analysed, the Centre for Policy Research found that nearly all of them failed to target vulnerable groups, are underfunded and have weak legal foundation [...]

Mission Arikompan | Kerala Forest department to hold a trial run on March 29

Officials say the tusker has reached near Cement Palam, the proposed darting area in Chinnakkanal in Idukki district [...]

New species of Moray eel discovered off Cuddalore coast named after Tamil Nadu

This is the first ever record of this species and has been named after Tamil Nadu as tamilnaduensis with common name as Tamil Nadu brown moray [...]

In Uttarakhand, point and shoot plastic

The Himalayan State is implementing a QR code-based project to prevent littering the Char Dham route with plastic bottles and packets [...]

Germany reaches deal with EU on future use of combustion engines

The EU bloc and its largest economy had been at odds over the planned 2035 phase-out of CO2-emitting cars, but leaders signalled in recent days that they were close to a resolution [...]

Humanity must chart new course on water use: UN chief

The world is not on track to meet its 2030 water goals, including access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all [...]

World Bank approves $108 million to improve Assam's flood, disaster preparedness

According to a release from the multilateral bank, the project will benefit around 6 million people and is part of a larger $500 million investment program for the State [...]

Why It Matters | People are leaving behind more than plastic on Mt Everest

Evidence of microbes associated with humans found dormant near the Himalayan mountain. [...]

Royal Enfield X UNESCO set out on a Great Himalayan Exploration

Rider researchers travel to remote communities in the Himalayas to stay with them and document their traditions in an attempt to promote and safeguard the ‘intangible cultural heritage of India’ [...]

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