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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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Kodaikanal | The hills are (barely) alive

Kodaikanal is a microcosm of a national problem. Our mountains need better scrutiny to ensure their fragile ecosystems do not buckle under rampant development and tourism [...]

When buildings factor water scarcity

While rainwater harvesting and desilting of waterbodies have helped, the construction sector can also contribute to conservation by adopting water treatment techniques [...]

Scientists are grasping at straws while trying to protect infant corals from hungry fish

South Florida researchers are using biodegradable drinking straws to prevent laboratory-grown coral from becoming really expensive fish food [...]

Heat affects India’s aim to move from coal to renewables: Data

While power availability determines our ability to deal with heat waves, high heat affects what sources of power are available to use [...]

U.N. climate chief says two years to save the planet

Scientists say halving climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 is crucial to stop a rise in temperatures of more than 1.5 Celsius that would unleash more extreme weather and heat. [...]

Health sector can’t ignore telemedicine’s green gains, study shows

Those who availed telemedicine saved 1,666 km of travel on average and lowered carbon dioxide emissions by 176.6 kg over three months [...]

‘Exceptional’ dust cloud from Sahara hits Europe

The Sahara emits between 60 and 200 million tonnes of fine dust every year, which can travel thousands of kilometres [...]

2024 records hottest-ever January and February: Data

In February 2024, the average global temperature was 13.54°C, the warmest-ever for any February [...]

Awareness about air pollution-related terminologies low among urban poor in Delhi-NCR: Study

The study’s findings also highlighted that 33% of urban poor respondents perceived vehicles as the main cause of air pollution, 27% construction activities and 20% stubble burning [...]

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