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
In what may well prove to be a deal-breaker towards more meaningful climate negotiations, the Government of the United States of America has 'scientifically' conceded that climate change is happening and happening right now and that every American is affected by it. The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, which is the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information about regional climate change impacts, confirms that "climate change is not a distant threat — it's affecting us now." The report was released yesterday (6th May, 2014) and is followed by an announcement by President Obama of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and lead international efforts to address global climate change. M
Ford: Going Green with Every Launch The Ford Motor Company took yet another major step towards helping stabilize global carbon dioxide emissions by becoming the first automaker to join a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting programme recently established in India. The company already participates in similar programs in the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Becoming the first automaker participant in the India programme on voluntary GHG emission reporting is a step further in establishing Ford’s leadership corporate sustainability in the country. Ford has set a goal for itself to reduce CO2 emissions from its global facilities, including two in Chennai, by 30 percent per vehicle by 2025. The voluntary reporting of GHG will provide an overall transparency
As humans we tend to screw things up. Let me lend the necessary context to my first unsavory statement. Our inconsiderate activities on this earth have made our bag of environment-related problems very heavy and it drags behind us as we try to surge forward. Environmental issues (quite like the problems of your favorite One Tree Hill characters) are numerous, complex and irksomely interconnected. Take for instance the depletion of non-renewable resources like fossil fuel which is not only leading to an energy crises but is also causing large-scale global warming and climate change. Climate change further conspires to accelerate species extinction and ecological imbalance, which itself has a long list of deleterious consequences. And finally, the gravest consequence of climate change is...
5th June - Environment Day - serves as a day in focus when the world's attention is drawn towards the otherwise urgent issue of environmental protection. Global citizens unite on this day for this cause and are engaged by Governments, active media agencies, non-profits and environmental organisations and are urged to pledge their support in protecting our environment. Led by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the day also acts as a common binder for the global community working for the protection and conservation of nature, natural resources and our common environment. This year, the theme chosen for the Environment Day was Think > Eat > Save. The chosen theme is very important since capitalistic media backed retail stores have altered our thinking capacity (on...
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There is an unequivocal evidence of warming of Earth’s surface on global scale. The primary agent that has led to this warming is the monotonic increase in carbon dioxide during the past 100 years. The contribution of India to this increase in carbon dioxide is small (less than 5%). Hence any policy changes undertaken by India will not have much impact on global warming in the short term (i.e., decades). The path India adopts for generation of electricity will be crucial in the long term (i.e., century) efforts to reduce carbon dioxide by the global community. The impact of climate change on extreme weather events (heat waves, floods, droughts) in India is evident clearly. Regional climate change is not on account of increase in carbon dioxide alone. The large increase in aerosols a