Progress on Paris Climate Change Agreement: In India and world

About Paris Agreement (COP 21) As the Kyoto Protocol ultimately failed to induce significant emission reductions on a global scale, the Paris Agreement was adopted at the COP21 held in Paris. It aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change and specifies long-term goals regarding global average temperatures, adaptation to climate… Continue reading Progress on Paris Climate Change Agreement: In India and world

Coercive and Liberal environmentalism

Context– India’s ability to influence the new geopolitics of climate change will depend a lot on its domestic political resilience in adapting to the new imperatives. What are China’s climate commitment? China would become carbon net-zero by the year 2060. Also, China now aims to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030.That means China would not… Continue reading Coercive and Liberal environmentalism

State of the Global Climate Report

Source: Click here News: The World Meteorological Organization(WMO) has released the annual State of Global Climate Report,2020 to keep a track of global warming. Facts: Key Highlights from the report: Hottest Year: 2020 will be one of the three hottest years just behind 2016 and 2019. Rise in Global Temperature: The global mean surface temperature for January-October 2020… Continue reading State of the Global Climate Report

Paris Agreement goals are not enough

Context: The Paris Agreement fall short to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. What are the different conventions, declarations related to environment conservation? Stockholm Convention– Objective – It is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from Persistent Organic Pollutants. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Signed in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment… Continue reading Paris Agreement goals are not enough

COVID-19, climate and carbon neutrality

Context: Environmental problems have profound public health consequences both in terms of morbidity and mortality and hence demand urgent actions in the post covid-19 world. How are environment and public health inter-related ? Human intrusions: Evidence has gathered that loss of biodiversity and ever-increasing human intrusions into the natural world have contributed heavily to the outbreak… Continue reading COVID-19, climate and carbon neutrality

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)–Transport Initiative for Asia(TIA)

Nationally Determined Contributions News: NITI Aayog will virtually launch the India Component of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)–Transport Initiative for Asia (TIA). Facts:  NDC Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA): The initiative aims to promote a comprehensive approach to decarbonize transport in India, Vietnam, and China over the period 2020-24. Supported by: It is supported by the International… Continue reading Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)–Transport Initiative for Asia(TIA)

Climate financing adds to poor countries debt pile: Oxfam

News: Oxfam has released a report titled Climate finance shadow report 2020 – assessing progress towards the $100 billion commitment. Facts: Background: Developed countries had committed in 2009 to mobilize $100 billion every year by 2020 to help developing countries cut their carbon dioxide emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. What is progress? Developed countries have… Continue reading Climate financing adds to poor countries debt pile: Oxfam

Climate Change and Gendered Vulnerabilities

Context– Due to the pandemic, India has an opportunity to build climate resilience and address gender equality issues. How India can tackle widening inequalities? The recovery is offering India two golden opportunities: To build climate resilience for the most vulnerable by ensuring that stimulus measures are green. To meaningfully address long-standing gender equality issues. What… Continue reading Climate Change and Gendered Vulnerabilities

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What is Carbon Tax?

Carbon Tax A carbon tax is a fee imposed on the burning of carbon-based fuels (coal, oil, gas). It is a way to have users of carbon fuels pay for the climate damage caused by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It works on the ‘the polluter pays’ principle. After economic reforms and carbon emissions… Continue reading What is Carbon Tax?

Paris Climate Change Agreement -From Kyoto Protocol to Paris Agreement

Context: 196 countries at COP24, Katowice have agreed on a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. Background of Pro-active Climate negotiations The problem of climate change was brought to light at an international level by the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report in 1990 which highlighted the issue as a subject… Continue reading Paris Climate Change Agreement -From Kyoto Protocol to Paris Agreement