EMISSIONS

  • India needs to improve energy efficiency by 2030: UN report November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report on Friday said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United...
  • Development in India and China adds to the CO2 emission: Obama June 27, 2014

    Washington: The fast developing economies of India and China are adding to the emission of carbon dioxide, US President Barack Obama has said asking Americans to be ready and adopt more and more green technologies. "Hurricane Sandy may not be as unusual as it used to be. You see higher incidents...
  • India needs to invest $834 bn for lower emissions by 2030 May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: India will have to invest $834 billion in the two decades ending 2030 to reduce its emission intensity to gross domestic product by 42 per cent over 2007 levels, according to a Planning Commission expert group. According to the final report of the expert group on low carbon strategies...
  • AAP government faces flak over 'Delhi most polluted city' tag January 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has come under severe criticism from environmentalists following a report which found Delhi as the world's most polluted city ahead of Beijing. Environmentalist Sunita Narain has alleged the Delhi government is doing nothing to put pollution checks in place. She...
  • Obama takes on power plants as part of new climate plan June 26, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama tried to revive his stalled climate change agenda on Tuesday, promising new rules to cut carbon emissions from US power plants and other domestic actions including support for renewable energy. Obama also signaled he would block construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada if it...
  • Coal plant emissions killed up to 1,15,000 people April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Emissions from coal plants resulted in 80,000 to 1,15,000 premature deaths and more than 20 million asthma cases in 201112 in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. According to a report titled 'Coal Kills An assessment of death and disease caused by India's dirtiest...
  • Infosys ranked leader for reducing carbon footprint April 29, 2013

    Bangalore: Indian IT bellwether Infosys became Environmental Tracking (ET) carbon ranking leader in 2013 for its greenhouse gas emissions and disclosure practices. "As part of the selection process, the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO), a Londonbased climate change and finance thinktank, ranked Infosys among top five of the 300 large firms it...
  • Watch: Hyundai Motor's controversial suicide ad April 27, 2013

    South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co has been forced to apologise for an advertisement that sought to promote the zero carbon emissions of one of its cars by featuring a man failing to commit suicide using a hose attached to the exhaust. The ad debacle is the latest to hit the...
  • Climate talks slow, rich nations must act: Manmohan Singh April 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Voicing concern over "painfully slow" progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the goal of stabilising global temperatures was "nowhere in sight" and pitched for individual countries to take action to increase energy efficiency. Singh, inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear...
  • Coral reefs at risk from carbon emissions: Study February 26, 2013

    Washington: Coral reefs across the world are at risk if the carbon emissions are not reduced, says a study. The study published in Nature Climate Change researchers used the latest emissions scenarios and climate models to show how varying levels of carbon emissions are likely to result in more frequent...
  • Global warming has stalled since 1998: UK Met office January 9, 2013

    London: Global warming has stalled since 1998, and in the next few years Earth's temperature will not rise as rapidly as feared, UK Met officials have claimed. Over the next five years temperatures will be 0.43 degrees above the 19712000 average, instead of the previously forecast 0.54 degrees a 20...
  • UN climate conference extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020 December 8, 2012

    Doha: After desperate attempts by the host country Qatar to save the talks, the UN conference on climate change on Saturday agreed to extend the life of the Kyoto Protocol, which controls the greenhouse gas emissions of rich countries, through 2020. As the talks went into an extra day and the...
  • 100 mn to die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate September 27, 2012

    More than 100 million people will die and the global economy will miss out on as much as 3.2 per cent of its potential output annually by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday. As global average temperatures rise due...
  • India Positive: Inspiring stories of courage, good work July 28, 2012

    Ragpicker helps street dogs; man finds algae that can clean car's emission and Chenab bravehearts rescue people. ...
  • Man discovers how algae can clean car's emission July 24, 2012

    New Delhi: An Indian scientist has patented a technology that cleans your car's emissions using pond scum. In time, it could also generate the fuel to run your car. When Dinabandhu Sahoo came to Delhi three decades ago, all he had was a dream to make it big. Dr Dinabandhu...
  • More funds needed to cut carbon emissions: PM June 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Friday is the last day of the Earth Summit at Rio and 191 member nations of the United Nations are expected to endorse the final draft proposal that lays down new mechanisms for eventual funding and technology transfer for sustainable development. On Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...
  • India to ask airlines to shun EU carbon law March 20, 2012

    New Delhi: India is poised to ask airlines not to take part in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), a senior official said, in the latest escalation of a row over an EU law requiring all flights in and out of Europe to pay for their carbon emissions. China in...
  • CFL bulbs dim out in Delhi March 14, 2012

    The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) had the right intentions. As incandescent bulbs use too much energy, it decided to replace them with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs consume only a fifth of the energy used by the tungsten worms. Kerala had already shown the way by saving 300 MW...
  • 'India can't sign pact on emission cuts' December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: India will not sign any legally binding global agreement for emissions reduction, as the country needs to eradicate poverty through economic growth, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said on Tuesday. "There is no question of signing a legally binding agreement at this point of our development. We need to make...
  • India has a very small carbon footprint: Natarajan December 7, 2011

    Durban: Amid pressure on India to agree to a legally binding commitment to cut green house gas emission, New Delhi on Wednesday defended its policy, saying it had "a very small carbon footprint" and was implementing ambitious energy efficiency programmes. Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who is leading the Indian delegation at...
  • Indian scientist helps NASA predict solar flare March 8, 2011

    Kolkata: There was a huge solar flare in 1859. It was so large that it could be seen with the naked eye. In 1989, a solar storm wiped out Canada's northern electric grid. Canada was out of power for almost three days. Violent magnetic emissions from the sun could one day...
  • Genghis Khan the greenest invader in history January 25, 2011

    London: Genghis Khan, who established the world's largest contiguous empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, has been branded the 'greenest invader' in history as his murderous invasion actually helped scrub about 700 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere. According to a new research, the ruthless Mongol warrior killed so many...
  • 2010 ties for warmest year, emissions to blame January 13, 2011

    Washington: Last year tied for the warmest since data started in 1880, capping a decade of record high temperatures that shows mankind's greenhouse gas emissions are heating the planet, a US agency said. Global surface temperatures in 2010 were 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit (0.62 Celsius) above the 20th century average, tying...
  • World Cup teams to offset emissions June 11, 2010

    The United Nations Environment Programme and the South African ministry of environment have launched an initiative to offset the emissions of the soccer teams, which are expected to generate 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per team, including coaching staff. According to a study by the Norwegian and South African governments, the...
  • Industry, transport drive leap in India's CO2 emissions June 11, 2010

    India's greenhouse gas emissions grew 58 per cent between 1994 and 2007, official figures released on Tuesday showed, underlining the country's growing importance in the fight against climate change. Emissions rose to 1.9 billion tonnes in 2007 versus 1.2 billion in 1994, with the industrial and transport sectors upping their share...
  • States must impose road congestion tax: Reddy June 9, 2010

    New Delhi: Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday said that states must think of imposing a road congestion tax on motorists in an effort to check vehicle numbers and greenhouse gas emissions. "Every state must think of implementing a road congestion tax. Look at Singapore. Everyone talks about its...
  • BASIC group to report on voluntary emission cuts January 25, 2010

    New Delhi: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has admitted its report that global warming may not be the cause of rising natural disasters. Following IPCC's admission the entire debate on climate change may change but politics on emission cuts continues with the latest coming from the BASIC group of nations...
  • Devil's Advocate: 'West wasn't let off at Copenhagen' December 27, 2009

    Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How should we view the Copenhagen accord? As a failure or as a success? Karan Thapar asked this to Shyam Saran, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on climate change. Karan Thapar: Mr Saran, do you view Copenhagen as a small step forward, as a...
  • Jairam sells Copenhagen deal, says India did well December 22, 2009

    New Delhi: India has not only protected but enhanced its interests at the Copenhagen climate summit, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday, adding that the close coordination between India, China, Brazil and South Africa at the negotiations was another big plus to emerge out of the conference. Making a statement...
  • US can challenge India on Copenhagen goals December 21, 2009

    Washington: A top White House adviser has described the limited, nonbinding Copenhagen accord as "a great step forward" saying the US could challenge India and China if they don't meet their stated goals. As part of the agreement between the US and four other countries, China and India have set goals...