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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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Over-emitting nations owe India $1,446 per capita until 2050 as climate compensation: study

The findings are notable against the backdrop of international negotiations over a ‘loss and damage’ fund to help economically developing and underdeveloped countries pay for climate adaptation [...]

Through feedback loop, species' evolution found to drive environmental changes

Could species evolution drive ecological change? Could a feedback loop exist in nature through which the reverse process happens? [...]

Chhattisgarh: Tribal 'green warrior' motivates community to grow forest on 400 acre land

The forest in Kashyap’s village is a sanctuary, which he has developed with decades of sustained efforts by involving the entire community [...]

Explained | What will it take for an Indian city to become low carbon?

A beginner’s guide to the sector-coupling approach, urban topologies, and the key to just transitions. [...]

Watch | Data Point: Antarctica’s summer ice cover hits record low

A video looking at how temperatures and sea ice cover has changed over the years, and what the impacts of this are.  [...]

South Asia’s climate migration is a ticking bomb

Despite the alarming magnitude of climate displacement in the region, responses from governments and international agencies have been inadequate [...]

Explained | Why underpasses in Bengaluru see flooding in monsoon

According to experts, design flaws, lack of maintenance, and poor monsoon preparedness are the key reasons for the flooding of underpasses in the fast-growing tech city [...]

Dal Lake: a polluted wasteland that can no longer support native species

Studies have drawn a grim picture of the pollution in Dal Lake, a major attraction for tourists visiting Kashmir and one of the key water bodies for fish in Kashmir [...]

Daily Quiz | On World Environment Day

A quiz on the World Environment Day (WED) which is observed annually on June 5 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year [...]

India can reduce pollution by 40% by not using fossil fuels: Gadkari

He emphasised on the importance of institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for bringing new technology for promoting clean and green energy [...]

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