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The peaks and troughs of India's quest for clean air

Published on Jan 01, 2024 04:11 PM IST

Only 15 of 131 cities meet the national air quality safety standards, according to data presented in the Parliament. Here's an on-ground assessment

New Delhi , India - December 30 2023: Commuters out on a cold and Foggy morning amid rising air pollution levels at Ghazipur area in New Delh , India on Saturday, December 30 2023. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Union government may clear non-forest projects built in Aravallis

The approvals will be subject to payment of penal levies, and compensatory afforestation, the minutes of a committee meeting have revealed

Environmentalists fear the decision could lead to the despoiling of the Aravallis. (HT archive)
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 01:03 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Cause and Effect | 2024 may well break the 1.5°C-barrier for the full year

2023 broke all weather records: The ocean heat content is at an all time high. Expect global temperatures overall to continue to spike in 2024.

 Bathers cool off in a shower on Copacabana Beach during a heatwave in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November. (CREDIT: AFP)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 07:22 PM IST
ByTannu Jain,

EU plans to unveil roadmap for 2040 climate target early next year

The European Commission, the bloc’s regulatory arm, plans to outline options for 2040 targets on Feb. 6, according to a tentative schedule on its website

By the commission’s own assessment current measures by its member states are lagging behind the group’s 2030 targets. (AP/File)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 07:39 PM IST
Bloomberg |

China air pollution worsens in 2023, first time in decade: study

2023 is the first year that China's national average PM2.5 level has increased year-on-year since the beginning of China's 'war on pollution' in 2013: study

High rise buildings at central business district are seen on a severely polluted day in Beijing on April 12, 2023.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 03:13 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Singh Rahul Sunilkumar

What are the loopholes in the COP28 climate deal?

Nations struck a historic deal at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai to transition the global economy away from fossil fuels.

United Arab Emirates Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber attends a plenary meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai on December 13.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 15, 2023 07:45 AM IST
Reuters |

COP28: Adaptation draft misses key issue of climate finance

Developing countries have maintained that the financial support from developed nations on adaptation has been paltry.

Plenary session at COP28 in Dubai. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 02:46 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Dubai

India backs UAE’s transition agreement at COP28

India called for delivery of means of implementation to ensure COP28’s consensus on moving away from fossil fuels can be implied in developing countries

UN Climate Chief Simon Stiell, COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber and UAE chief negotiator Hana Al-Hashimi with others on Wednesday. (AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 02:47 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Dubai

Global deal at COP28 as Dubai keeps Paris alive

Fossil fuels have been a topic of taboo for years in climate negotiations the very fact that there is a consensus is being seen as a victory.

Welcoming the agreement, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav congratulated the UAE’s COP Presidency “for its fairness, transparency and free exchange of thought”. (AP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 04:43 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Dubai

Coastline in crisis | Six experts give us their climate manifesto for Mumbai

The citizens’ manifesto is a roadmap for policymakers and spans five vital topics each a cornerstone in the battle against the adverse effects of climate change

Urban infrastructure must go beyond mere resilience, and aim for antifragility in the face of climate change.(Conservation Action Trust)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 11:03 AM IST

COP28 proposed draft calls for 'transitioning away' from fossil fuels

The new draft explicitly "calls on" all nations to contribute through a series of actions.

Representatives gather on the day of COP28 draft deal negotiations, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 09:28 AM IST
AFP |

Arctic warming threatens wider world with rising seas: Report

Greenland lost another 350 trillion pounds (158.7 billion metric tons) of mass from its ice sheet, extending a trend of losing land ice since 1998, report said.

The report found that
Published on Dec 13, 2023 06:30 AM IST
Reuters |

COP28 goes into overtime as talks fail to bridge rift on fossil fuel phase-out

The ultimate goal of keeping average temperatures from exceeding 1.5°C above the pre-industrial era average seems to be in peril.

People during a protest at the COP28 summit in Dubai on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 02:24 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Dubai

Indian activist, 12, storms COP28 stage, posts video: 'Children like me…'

COP28 climate summit: Licypriya Kangujam was later escorted away as the audience clapped, news agency Reuters reported.

Licypriya Kangujam, an Indigenous climate activist from India, holds a banner during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on December 11. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 12, 2023 10:23 AM IST

US climate envoy says COP28 'last' chance to keep 1.5C target alive

"This is the last COP that we'll have a chance to be able to keep 1.5 degrees alive," US envoy John Kerry said.

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (Reuters)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 04:36 AM IST
AFP |

Why is carbon capture a hot topic at the COP28 summit?

The captured carbon is concentrated into a form that can be transported to a place where it can be injected underground for long-term storage.

Lots of industrial facilities like coal-fired power plants and ethanol plants produce carbon dioxide. (AP)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 01:15 PM IST
AP |

India, nations with high per capita emissions can't be put together: EU official

There have been concerted attempts to club India with major emitters like the US at climate negotiations despite its low per capita emissions.

India's per capita carbon dioxide emissions rose by around five per cent last year to reach 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide(Rep image)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 12:24 PM IST
PTI |

Extremely rare white alligator is born at a Florida reptile park

Leucistic alligators are the rarest genetic variation in the American alligator.

This photo provided by Gatorland shows a white-skinned, leucistic alligator.(AP)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 05:50 AM IST
AP |

The five terms that COP28 is all about

The climate summit is set to end on December 12, and the stakes are high for residents of developing nations

People walk past a COP28 sign at the venue of the United Nations climate summit in Dubai(AFP)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 11:48 AM IST
ByTannu Jain

Dozens of cities in India likely to go 3 feet under? Here is why

While the recent flooding and the damage were caused by a cyclone, it is not the sole factor contributing to the extensive devastation.

Emergency services personnel evacuate stranded residents from a flooded colony after heavy rainfall owing to Cyclone Michaung, at Mylapore in Chennai, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Earth to break record for six warmest months; 2023 set to be hottest year

As the year approaches its conclusion, 2023 is poised to break the record for the hottest year.

The European Space Agency's Copernicus Climate Change Service reported that November surpassed the previous warmest November by almost a third of a degree Celsius. . (AP)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 02:22 PM IST

Plants don’t have ears. But they can still detect sound

Sometimes they produce it, too

Plants have been evolving alongside the insects that pollinate them and eat them for hundreds of millions of years.(AFP)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

Current warming risks triggering at least five tipping points: Study

Tipping points are markers beyond which any changes in climate system become self-perpetuating and can lead to abrupt and irreversible impacts.

The UN climate conference opens in Dubai on November 30 with nations under pressure to increase the urgency of action on global warming and wean off fossil fuels, amid intense scrutiny of oil-rich hosts UAE. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 06, 2023 06:39 AM IST
ByTannu Jain

2011-2020 warmest decade on record; each decade since 1990s warmer than last one

The largest positive anomalies for the decade, in places more than 2 degree C above the 1981-2010 average, were in the Arctic

The continued rising concentrations of greenhouse gases fuelled record land and ocean temperatures, the report said. (File/Representational photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 01:18 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

UN agency cites warming trend as COP28 grapples with curbing climate change

The World Meteorological Organization served up more evidence of what scientists already know – the Earth is heating

Experts are divided about one of the most important metrics: The rate of warming. (AP)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 01:15 PM IST
AP |

COP28: Updated textual building blocks draft put out options on key issues

The options include tripling renewable energy capacity globally by 2030 compared to the 2022 level to 11,000 GW and doubling the global average annual rate of energy-efficiency improvement

The text shows it is still early days at COP28 and consensus on key issues is yet to be reached. (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 11:59 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Many small islands have no room for manoeuvre at COP28

Simply put, their goal is staving off annihilation

HT Image
Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:13 AM IST
The Economist

Progress on climate change has been too slow. But it’s been real

And the world needs to learn from it

People walk past a COP28 sign at the venue of the United Nations climate summit in Dubai(AFP)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:00 PM IST
The Economist

Over 110 nations to join COP28 deal to triple renewable energy

The European Union, United States and COP28 host the United Arab Emirates have been rallying support for the pledge.

Getting the deal into the final U.N. climate summit decision would also require consensus among the nearly 200 countries present. (AFP)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 01:14 PM IST
Reuters |

What is Green Credit Initiative, launched by PM Modi at COP28 summit?

Narendra Modi announced the launch of the Green Credit Initiative at COP28 summit, which was backed by multiple world leaders at the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a high-level segment on day two of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai. (Bloomberg)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 10:05 AM IST
ByVaishnawi Sinha
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