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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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Sampath Kantimahanti’s Snake Speek project educates rural communities on snake conservation in Andhra Pradesh

On the heels of World Snake Day, meet Sampath Kantimahanti who is turning snake conservation into a community adventure in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh [...]

Snakes on a plate: pythons touted as protein alternative

Demand for meat is growing globally and while a plant-based diet is often touted as the best alternative, some feel reptiles have been overlooked as an option. [...]

Climate change risk hits oil market

Hurricane Beryl became the latest weather phenomenon to jangle market nerves, boosting crude prices as it passed through Texas earlier this month [...]

Himachal CM meets PM Modi; seeks Central aid for green transformation

The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh has set targets to harness hydro, hydrogen, and solar energy to make the hill state a green energy state by the year 2025 [...]

Investment of ₹1,151 crore can supercharge India’s battery research: Report

The ‘emobility R&D Roadmap’ breaks down necessary steps to achieve advanced capabilities in developing the technological knowhow to get a lead in battery technology [...]

Tiger widows of Sundarbans to come together in fight for their rights

Activists say the tiger widows are victims of deep-rooted socio-economic and gender-based deprivations and climate change. It is necessary to bring them under social security schemes [...]

World’s rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach

If the cetacean is confirmed to be the elusive spade-toothed whale, it would be the first specimen found in a state that would permit scientists to dissect it [...]

Kenyans combat mangrove logging with hidden beehives 

When the loggers start cutting down a tree, the bees attack due to the noise [...]

Baku talks to be extremely tough; finance deal key to breaking climate impasse, says former Maldives President Nasheed

Nasheed, the Secretary-General of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), said Azerbaijan's resolve to negotiate commitments upwards at COP29 under its presidency will be tested. [...]

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