Climate, Environment, Renewable Energy

No jamun trees uprooted in Central Vista Avenue revamp, few trees to be transplanted: Puri

Facts       May 09, 2021

  New Delhi: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that no Jamun trees have been uprooted as part of the ongoing Central Vista Avenue redevelopment project stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, and asserted that defining elements of built heritage like lamp posts...

Insurers warn government Canada’s flood mapping must not take a decade

International News       May 07, 2021

OTTAWA: Canada plans to focus its next budget on tackling climate change and its effects but the insurance industry, amid skyrocketing costs, is concerned the government will move too slowly on the key first step of mapping flood risks. Flood mapping is used to underwrite...

UK court to reconsider $6.9 bln Brazil dam lawsuit against BHP

International News       May 07, 2021

London's Court of Appeal will hear a request to revive a 5 billion pound ($6.95 billion) lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining group BHP over a 2015 dam failure in Brazil, a court order showed. Judge Nicholas Underhill has agreed to an oral hearing that could help...

French banks told to speed up response to climate change

International News       May 06, 2021

  French banks and insurers should speed up their response to climate change, France’s banking regulator said on Tuesday, after publishing what it called the world’s first climate-related stress test of banks. Other financial watchdogs around the world will also be conducting similar tests on the...

EU seeks India's support for plastics treaty, draft summit statement says

International News       May 06, 2021

  The European Union will ask India to join its push for a global treaty on plastic pollution, according to a draft statement prepared for a virtual summit on Saturday and seen by Reuters. The draft statement, which must be signed off by EU ambassadors and...

Germany aims for net zero emissions by 2045, 5 years early

International News       May 05, 2021

  Berlin: Officials in Germany proposed Wednesday accelerating the plans to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by setting a new goal of reaching “net-zero” by 2045. Under the proposal announced by Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the country would increase its...

Scientists find dangerous chemical pollutants in disposable face masks

Facts       May 05, 2021

  Scientists at Swansea University have uncovered potentially dangerous chemical pollutants that are released from disposable face masks when submerged in water. The research reveals high levels of pollutants, including lead, antimony, and copper, within the silicon-based and plastic fibres of common disposable face masks. The...

Satellite study finds rising levels of hidden air pollutants in Indian cities

Indian News       May 04, 2021

  London: A UK based study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, found that hidden air pollutants like fine particles- PM2.5 and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), both hazardous to health, are increasing in Indian cities. According to scientists using observations from instruments on satellites that...

Germany pledges to adjust climate law after court verdict

International News       Apr 30, 2021

 Berlin: The German government on Friday announced that it will swiftly adjust its law aiming to curb climate change, after the country's top court ruled that existing legislation places an unfair burden on younger generations. Germany's Constitutional Court said Thursday that the government must set...

Liberty Mutual puts Australian coal project on hold

International News       Apr 30, 2021

U.S. insurer Liberty Mutual will not be filing an environmental impact assessment for a coal project in Australia, it said on Friday, missing a deadline as it weighs alternatives for the proposed mine. Community groups worried about pollution and climate change have been pushing the...

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