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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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Science clear on need to ‘phase out’ fossil fuels: U.S. climate envoy John Kerry

A draft text of the Global Stocktake (GST) for the first time mentioned that countries ought to be undertaking a “just and orderly phase out of fossil fuels”. [...]

After a fast start, COP28 climate talks now in murky middle of hope, roadblocks

Proponents who are calling for a ground-shifting phase-out of fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal have hope for the first time in years, but also see where it could be torpedoed [...]

Swathes of Siberia freeze in temperatures below -58 degrees C

Parts of the Sakha Republic, a region a little smaller than India, went below minus 55 overnight. [...]

Ladakh introduced new technology to cultivate vegetables in harsh conditions: MHA informs Rajya Sabha

As on date, the Minister said, Ladakh has constructed 1,875 units of such greenhouses at a cost of ₹43.78 crore where farmers can grow vegetables [...]

How Cyclone Michaung formed, intensified, rained, and dissipated | Explained

Tropical cyclones are engines that use warm sea surfaces as fuel to move heat from the water to the upper atmosphere [...]

What’s the status of the UN treaty to end plastic pollution? | Explained

Members of a committee met in Nairobi in November to develop an international treaty to end plastic pollution. [...]

COP28 Climate Summit | Global Stocktake draft calls for phasing out fossil fuels

Negotiators say that COP 28’s location in the UAE, a petro state, has influenced language in the document, whose draft text includes a clause committing to “an orderly and just phase out of fossil fuels” [...]

Warmest decade in history also saw drop in deaths from ‘extreme climate events’: World Meteorological Organisation

A major contributor to the substantial fall in the number of casualties from extreme weather has been improved early warning systems, and improvements in forecasting and disaster management [...]

Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high in 2023 -report

Countries are expected to emit a total 36.8 billion metric tons of CO2 from fossil fuels in 2023, a 1.1% increase from last year [...]

COP28 Climate Summit | India will not be bound by curbs on energy use: Environment Secretary

At COP28, India was conspicuously absent from a list of 118 countries signed on to a pledge to triple installed renewable energy capacity by 2030 [...]

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