Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration of the Indian Pavilion at COP 24, at Katowice, Poland on 3 December, 2018. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet every year in a pre-defined host country to urge each other for combating climate change. Below is the full text of the speech delivered by the Environment Minister at COP 24. “Dear Friends! I welcome you all to COP 24 in the wonderful city of Katowice, Poland. I believe that we are at a critical juncture in our ongoing battle to save our planet from the threats of global warming and let me assure you that India is truly committed to winning this battle. I feel proud in affirming that India has made great strid
The first day of the two-day long 4th Delhi Youth Summit on Climate Change concluded today in Miranda House with young people sharing ideas and green solution for protecting ‘our common environment’ and for sustaining the urban growth of Delhi. The Youth Summit began with remembering the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings on Environment and with Shlokas that call for environmental harmony. The Chief Guest of the occasion Padma Shree Awardee Dr. Anil P. Joshi called for the youth of Delhi to wake up and come to terms with the ecological crisis that Delhi and India are facing and start acting. He said that the onus is more on the youth of the Delhi, since they can represent their voices better. He called for the youth to prepare themselves on war scale for fighting
In a world fighting for survival amidst global warming and the climate crisis, cooling the Planet sounds like a very good idea. So when the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of the Government of India releases a 107 page long Draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP), one can only appreciate the vision and foresight with which it was conceptualized. But a second look at the document reveals that this Draft Action Plan actually talks about the Cooling of our houses, cars, etc. through air conditioning and refrigeration! "India is a growing economy characterized by low penetration of air-conditioning, rising per capita income, rapid urbanization and a largely tropical climate, which would lead to rise in the requirement for cooling," the draft India Cooling Acti...
In the United Kingdom, it is clear that the Government is encouraging the acceleration towards being one of the world's most eco-friendly countries. To help it achieve its goal, UK has recently launched a document titled: Clean Growth Strategy to push the UK towards a lower-carbon future. Created by the country's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Clean Growth Strategy is a comprehensive account of how the United Kingdom will amend its everyday processes — both domestically and commercially — to hit its eco-friendly target. Here, we've brought together the essential points that show how the strategy's key features will change UK's homes and businesses. The Clean Growth Strategy: what does it mean for the UK? For several years, the UK has tried t
Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, recently announced key milestones towards its climate commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. To date, the company's climate commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2 globally, which is equivalent to annual CO2 emissions from nearly 3,00,000 homes annual electricity use and more than 2.3 billion pounds of coal burned. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons. Speaking on this achievement Didier Teirlinck, executive vice president of the Ingersoll Rand climate segment noted, "We are pleased with the progress we have made toward our climate commitment including demonstrating a high level of trans...
Natural disasters have affected more than 200 million people every year since 1990. Globally, the rate of natural disaster events has gone up by 400% in the last 20 years. On an average, in the last 30 years, more than 4,600 people have died annually due to some sort of natural disaster. The impact of natural disasters is felt even harder today because of overcrowding and less open spaces. But who has time for the changing climate or showing concern towards the consistently dropping water table anyway? Everyone is so busy and is getting late for work, or something like that. Once upon a time, monsoons in India were associated with fests, sweets, kheer and regarded as a season of love. But since the last decade rains have become a death knell of disaster and possible disruption of...
Lights, Camera, Paris—Win Your Way to COP21! The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) invites youth between the ages of 18 and 30 to showcase their inspiring actions. The UNFCCC is asking the youth to think about a project or campaign that you are involved in to combat climate change. It could be an action which convinced your parents, school or college to take climate action, a lobbying of your elected members of parliament or your city leaders. Whatever is making a difference, turn it into a snappy concise 3 minute video and join the competition. Some key questions to answer (that must reflect in the video) are: Why did you choose to engage in this climate action? What were some of the key things that took place? What were some of the successes
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Earth Sciences in the Government of India, has confirmed what environmentalists have been warning since over a decade. While dedicating the country’s high performance computing (HPC) facility –named Bhaskara at National Centre for Medium Range Forecasting in NOIDA, the Minister cautioned against complacency towards climate change. Further, he described the ongoing extreme heat situation and back-to-back deficient monsoon phenomenon as manifestations of climate change. "I am a man of science and cannot be blind to the fact that both the south-west and north-east monsoons failed in 2014. For 2015, today the IMD’s prediction of an overall 93 percent probability of a weak monsoon is a worrying cause for all of us," Dr. Harsh Vardhan cautioned.
India has reiterated its commitment to work with the international community to find practical, pragmatic and equitable solutions to climate change. Making an Intervention at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin recently, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar noted that every Climate Action has a cost and the world must think as to who would pay the cost and reiterated the Polluter Pays principle. Following is the text of the Intervention made by Shri Javadekar: “I strongly feel that the most important and cross-cutting issues for the 2015 Agreement are of differentiation and provision of finance. The principle of equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) must encompass all aspects of the 2015 agreement. At the outset, I want to assure all that India w
Anthropogenic climate change can best be described as an abnormal increase in the global surface temperature due to emission of greenhouse gases by human activities. While the climate has been changing since the emergence of Planet Earth in the solar system, human activities in recent times have accelerated the pace of this change. It is now common knowledge that the concentration of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas (GHG), has consistently increased since the industrial revolution. Interestingly, what fueled the industrial revolution is precisely what is fueling anthropogenic climate change today. Coal, which is more popular as a thermal energy source or a fossil fuel, is actually excess atmospheric carbon dioxide which was captured and stored deep in the Earth’s crust throu