Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.
Though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not spell out specifics of the scheme in the Union Budget 2018, official sources said the Centre was likely to offer a 50% subsidy on equipment required to be installed.
Anticipating protests from students of Osmania University, where the 105th edition of the event was to be held from January 3-7, the university expressed its inability to host due to “disturbances on its campus and other reasons”.
A video went viral and brought back an old debate this week. The Indian Express analysed its contents and discussed it with geologists. Upshot: no scientific conclusions can be drawn — not until more is known.
Termed ‘Facilitative Dialogue’, this meeting is supposed to assess whether the climate actions promised by all the countries under the Paris Agreement were commensurate with the overall objective of keeping temperature rise within 2 degree celsius compared to pre-industrial times.
A 'declaration' by the newly-launched alliance said that coal phase-out needed to be carried out "no later than by 2030" in the OECD and EU countries, and "no later than by 2050" in the rest of the world to meet the temperature goals set in the Paris Agreement.
Upendra Tripathy, director general of ISA, said: Technology and innovation, coupled with increased demand was likely to drive down the prices even below the current lowest price of Rs 2.44 per unit that was achieved at an auction for a solar project in Rajasthan earlier this year.
Developing country negotiators lamented the fact that the United States, which has decided to pull out the Paris Agreement, was continuing to block any meaningful breakthrough on these issues and that other developed countries were not helping matters either.
2017 Global Carbon Budget report: If India's economy was able to recover quickly from these interventions, the annual growth in greenhouse gas emissions was once again likely to go over 5 per cent in 2018
Small island nations, who face the prospect of getting submerged by the rising sea-levels, have been demanding a provision for compensation for damages that countries like them suffer due to climate change.
Developed countries have promised to "mobilise" $100 billion annually from 2020 to help deal with the impacts of climate change. However, there is still no clarity on how the developed countries plan to raise the money
The two-week conference, is being held under the shadow of the decision of the Donald Trump administration to pull US out of the Paris Agreement, a move that severely undermines the goals and objectives of that agreement.
The US is still part of the negotiations; the pullout will not be effective until November 2020. The biggest setback due to the US decision to leave the Paris Agreement has been to efforts to gather funds necessary for climate actions.