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As COP15 gets underway in Montreal, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has not minced any words for urgent climate action. “With our bottomless appetite for unchecked and unequal economic growth, humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction,” he said at the ceremonial opening on Tuesday. He slammed multinational corporations for turning the world’s ecosystems […]
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The stage is all set for the 15th conference of UN conventions on biological diversity or COP15 on December 7 in Montreal, Canada. The agenda of the convention is going to be around taking a call post-2020 global biodiversity.Representatives from 192 countries will be framing guidelines for the next decade. The focus will remain on […]
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If there’s any country that has been clearly vocal about the need for loss and damage fund at this COP, then it has been none other than Pakistan. The country faced devastating floods and other extreme weather events this year. Meet Rida Rashid, a 19-year-old climate activist from Pakistan, who has lost five members of […]
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Sonika Manadhar is a computer engineer turned entrepreneur. She links female electric bus drivers with low-interest loans. Her team developed a system that uses digital tokens to close the trust gap between lenders and borrowers, by using these tokens women would be able to apply for micro loans from organisations.Sonika wants to prove that a […]
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Climate disasters seem to have ‘hit the freeway, with an unfortunate break failure’, and they won’t stop. Floods have repeatedly hit Nigeria so bad that almost all the states are submerged in water or crippled by it, the situation is dire and there’s been so much loss of lives and property.  The Nigerian Emergency services […]
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Air pollution travels around the globe and crosses national borders in various forms that are both unseen and seen. Vehicular emissions, air pollution from coal-fired power plants and from factories circle the earth together with vaporised mercury, methane and sulphate aerosols and other airborne toxic chemicals and pesticides. From a health perspective, deaths from toxins […]
By Padu S Padmanabhan
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Evelyn Acham from Uganda had a clear cut goal when she was headed for COP27. She wanted developed nations to pay for the climate change disasters that had rocked her country. The annual UN climate conference for the first time added loss and damage in its official agenda this year. “We want loss and damage […]
By Smitha Verma
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Yurshell Rodríguez of Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is a climate activist, who is a plaintiff in the first climate change and future generations lawsuit in Latin America. She has seen the first-hand impacts that have worsened with climate change after the Providence island was largely destroyed by Category 5 hurricane Iota. […]
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Hager Elsayed, a young climate activist from Egypt, is worried for Alexandria, a Mediterranean port city in Egypt and her home, which may disappear due to sea-level rise. She is attending the COP27 to build a climate resilience, assure that her community is well represented in the climate change policies and that their voices are […]
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India has been ranked amongst the top five countries in the world, and the best among the G20 countries, based on its climate change performance. India jumps two spots higher, and is now ranked 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network International […]
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“The dream of our country and our people cannot be realised if we are divided and in the presence of the dreadful monster climate change,” says Sharon Ringo, a young climate activist. The 12-year-old is the Trade & Tourism Ambassador of East African community, Ambassador for African Tourism Board as well as Ambassador for Tanzania. […]
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The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed on Sunday with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. “This outcome moves us forward,” said Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. It was a hard battle to get a separate fund to help vulnerable countries […]
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Rosa Marina Flores Cruz reached COP27 with one single goal – to represent the voices of the people who are impacted by climate change in Mexico. She belongs to an indigenous community that is currently bearing the brunt of greenwashing. “We are seeing a lot of greenwashing. We are seeing the same corporations for example […]
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The Egypt COP27 Presidency launched four solution centered initiatives on the last day of COP27s’ thematic day. The initiatives launched in relation to climate solutions, provide complimentary pathways to enhance global climate action and ensure that countries are able to fulfill their NDCs and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.  Friends of Greening National […]
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The United Nations published a first draft of the climate deal on Thursday and there are several contentious issues that have been overlooked. More importantly some do not find mention in this first draft and as COP27 heads to a close, negotiations are going on in full swing. Over the weekend it will be clear […]
By Smitha Verma
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The COP27 Presidency connected climate and biodiversity on Wednesday, marking the opening of Biodiversity Day at COP27. The day kicked off with a high-level opening on “Connecting Climate and Biodiversity” that set the agenda to address the urgent need for integrated responses at scale. The day also saw the launch of the ENACT initiative for […]
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When Kato Ewekia Taomia first walked out of the airport to attend COP26 in Glasgow, he was dressed in shorts and flip-flops. The timid fellow, whose looks may say otherwise, wasn’t even aware of the cold weather of the country, let alone how the annual climate conference is going to change his life. A year […]
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Nyombi Morris is an Ugandan climate activist and CEO of ‘Earth Volunteer’. Floods have devastated Uganda’s eastern Butaleja district, where Morris lived. Nyombi says, “Climate change disproportionately affect women and girls. When flood occurs, women and mostly girls are the first who are sent out to go and maybe going to marry because that is […]
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Urban flooding in India has been majorly affecting mega and metropolitan cities almost every year. Mumbai was inundated by heavy rainfall between October 1 and October 11 in 2022 and If we don’t act now, Mumbai will see a 25 percent increase in flash flood intensity by 2050. In this episode, we take you through a […]
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North-east India witnessed unusually heavy rainfall since May, resulting in one of the worst floods ever recorded in Assam. The unseasonal floods have caused mass destruction to the villages, crops, and houses of the local communities. LetMeBreathe brings you the stories of those hit by the devastating floods in Assam and why it is important […]
By Pritam Das
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On Food Day, a new campaign was launched at COP27 called “Bean is how”. It promotes how beans benefit our health, and the environment. SDG2 Advocacy Hub is the organisation behind this campaign. In this episode we will give you the reasons why you should add beans to your plate.
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As the leaders of 20 largest economies gathered in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday for the G20 summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country is on track to achieve its target of generating 50 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The Prime Minister ruled out “any restrictions” on energy supply […]
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As the negotiations on direct funding for ‘loss and damage’ continues, the much-awaited ‘Global Shield Against Climate Risks’ initiative was formally launched at the Vulnerable 20 (V20) pavilion at COP27, on Monday. It is a collaboration between the V20 group of finance ministers representing 58 climate-vulnerable countries and the G7. The initiative has been launched […]
By Smitha Verma
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Welcome to CitySessions: The Future where experts, entrepreneurs, researchers and designers come together to envision a sustainable future. In this edition, we are at Chennai where a bunch of climate enthusiasts get together to find solutions to Chennai’s mounting environmental issues— water crisis, river encroachment and urban flooding, heatwaves and wet bulb temperature, rising energy […]
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This is just the beginning! Welcome to #CitySessions: The Future where experts, creatives, entrepreneurs, researchers come together to envision a sustainable future
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The Government of Indonesia today officially launched its Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM) Country Platform, a key coordination and delivery vehicle to drive forward the country’s just and affordable transition in the energy sector.  The announcement was made by Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati at the G20 Side Event joined by Asian Development Bank (ADB) […]
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One of the first concerns that Meenu Agrawal, a corporate professional from Delhi, had when she thought of buying an electric vehicle (EV) was around charging. It was a year back and there were still fewer people talking about it around her. After over a year’s research, she finally purchased one this year and hasn’t […]
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For the first time ever, children and youth who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change have an official space at a UN climate change conference. Community leader, climate activist and plastic surgery resident Dr. Omnia El Omrani is the first-ever Youth Envoy at COP27. Omrani is promoting the Conference’s inclusion of […]
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In a side event organised on Wednesday, Bhupendar Yadav, India’s Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, explained the mantra of LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) and how individual contributions will help in the fight against climate change. The event was organised in association with the United Nations. “We are at a critical juncture in […]
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India is leading a strong push for the COP27 climate summit to conclude with a decision on phasing down all fossil fuels. The push stems largely from India’s desire to not be singled out for its dependence on coal. The move to expand the focus beyond coal is likely to raise strong concerns from oil […]
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