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Environment and Biodiversity (EnB)

  • Developmental Issues-Environment-News-Economic Times
  • Climate Change | The Indian Express
  • The Hindu - Environment

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. [...]

295 bn hours of potential work lost: Lancet [...]

Average precipitation tendency has been decreasing, especially the monsoon rains: IMD official [...]

Considered one of Nature’s great wonders, birds from 29 countries fly to India every year at this time signifying the beginning of migration [...]

Blue Sky Analytics also pointed towards a 12.2% contribution by India to cropland fire emissions in 2020. [...]

He pointed out that India for the first time has been ranked amongst the top 10 countries in the climate change performance index [...]

“If you have a credible plan ... with the proper transparencies Australia’s well known for, then it can be a great positive for Australia,” Mr. Morrison told Parliament, referring to the net zero target. [...]

Emmy Award-winning John Downer, who created the ‘Serengeti’ series, talks about returning with a second edition of the endearing animal drama steeped in reality [...]

The average size of protected areas in India is less than 300 sq. km, comparable to the average home range of a single elephant herd [...]

As the number of such cases will increase in Chennai in the days to come, animal rescuers start focussing on letting people know how not to kill the bird with kindness [...]

“There is mounting global evidence in favour of nature-based solutions for water storage and supply,” says the chairman of the 11-member drafting committee of the country’s new water policy. [...]

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