Carbon

India's double first in climate battle

The Tuticorin zero-emissions plant to make soda ash

Two world-leading clean energy projects have opened in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A £3m industrial plant is capturing the CO2 emissions from a coal boiler and using the CO2 to make valuable chemicals. It is a world first. And just 100km away is the world's biggest solar farm, making power for 150,000 homes on a 10 sq km site.

TEN YEARS AFTER THE STERN REVIEW

TEN YEARS AFTER THE STERN REVIEW

TEN YEARS AFTER THE STERN REVIEW

Economics, Climate Change and Biodiversity

Followed by a discussion on the threats and prospects for development in an era of climate change.

LORD NICHOLAS STERN

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government,

Director India Observatory, London School of Economics

& acclaimed author of The Stern Review

How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril

Young orphaned orangutans on a climbing expedition with their keeper at International Animal Rescue’s orangutan school in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit Kemal Jufri for The New York Times

In early 2015, scientists monitoring satellite images at Global Forest Watch raised the alarm about the destruction of rain forests in Indonesia. Environmental groups raced to the scene in West Kalimantan province, on the island of Borneo, to find a charred wasteland: smoldering fires, orangutans driven from their nests, and signs of an extensive release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. “There was pretty much no forest left,” said Karmele Llano Sánchez, director of the nonprofit International Animal Rescue’s orangutan rescue group, which set out to save the endangered primates. “All the forest had burned.”

The man who knew winter was coming: environmentalist Bittu Sahgal and the journey of ‘Sanctuary Asia’

The man who knew winter was coming: environmentalist Bittu Sahgal and the journey of ‘Sanctuary Asia’

We are because of nature, nature isn’t because of us. We currently live with a false sense of superiority over it, as we desecrate ecosystems with merciless urbanisation and crooked production practices. But over the din of destruction, one tenet alone shall ring true – A war against nature is futile. Jo kudrat se takaryega mitti mein mil gayega.

Case Study: ARINDAM DASGUPTA

 ARINDAM DASGUPTA receiving the NaturenomicsTM Award in 2014

Arindam Dasgupta, a graduate from the Institute of Rural Management (Anand) Gujarat, was working as an ocer with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) in Guwahati back in 2005, where he decided to venture into the manufacturing of environment- friendly disposable dinnerware. He always had the dream of beginning a community- based startup for rural India and so he quit his job in EDII and joined a non-governmental organization called ‘Dhriti’, to promote areca nut sheaths and to work on the lines of community welfare.

Banks may chip in to help India increase its forest cover

Banks may chip in to help India increase its forest cover

If the environment ministry has its way, all banks will be asked to join the state and the central governments in their ongoing efforts to increase forest cover in the country. The move will be part of one of the 10 ways, identified by the Centre, to reach India's key climate goal.

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

Gulf countries in July faced record-breaking temperatures that went beyond 50ᵒc (Highest recorded - 54ᵒc in Kuwait, this year). Climate scientists and U.N. officials warn that this may directly threaten living conditions for residents in these countries and also aggravate the existing refugee crisis. All-time records were broken in United States as well, where some cities reported to it being the ‘Hottest July’ and also the ‘Hottest Month’ in history. Water scarcity and heat-oriented health issues are bound to increase in the future as well.

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016

Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016

Successors & Inheritors of the Asian Elephants in the Wild & the Balipara Foundation Awards are proud to present the 2016 edition at Guwahati, Assam, India on 8th & 9th November 2016

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