The text, a sort of gentlemen’s agreement at the moment, will now have to be approved by the COP and countries’ ministers. If they do, it will be adopted at a COP plenary on Friday.
In Bonn, Trump adviser George David Banks says the US will fight Chinese efforts to reintroduce a division between rich and poor countries into the Paris deal.
The US and the EU, among other developed nations, have said that they are not going to allow scrutiny of whether they are on track to meet their climate-change mitigation targets.
Day one of the UN climate summit outlined fault lines in climate change negotiations even as a global weather report warned that the world was on track to be warmer by 3.2º C by 2100.
Despite calm rhetoric, negotiators are nervous of the Trump effect, and say consensus ‘can unravel very quickly’.
Among the most pressing issues expected to be discussed during the annual meeting is the humanitarian crisis and escalation of violence in Myanmar.
The NITI Aayog’s draft national energy policy seeks to keep India’s economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels even in 2040.
If the G20 is to remain relevant in the quest for more inclusive and fair global governance, Africa offers a historic opportunity for collective action, despite the absence of the US under Trump.
The Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, acronymised to NISAR, will use a dual-frequency radar for the first time to monitor resource-use and environmental hazards on the ground.
The government knows what it wants to achieve where the environment is concerned, even if it is at the cost of the protection of ecosystems, and people’s livelihood and well being.
Relations between India and the US continue to prosper, no matter the differences over the Paris agreement, says the minister of external affairs.
Until you dedicate your life to making socially just decisions, don’t fool yourself that planting one tree a year, composting at home or riding a bicycle will somehow help save the environment.
The UNFCCC must also banish fossil fuel and polluting industries from all climate change negotiations by requiring observer organisations to disclose conflicts of interest.
Modi refrained from answering a question on Russian interference in American elections, saying that the issue didn’t need the perspective of “a lawyer” like him.
Global leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to mitigating emissions in light of the US’s volte face, while France, Italy and Germany have said Trump won’t be allowed to renegotiate on the deal’s terms.
President Trump, who doubts climate change is human-made had made a campaign pledge to “cancel” the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The Least Developed Countries have called to ‘redouble’ efforts to combat climate change and implement the Paris Agreement at the COP23 Conference to be held in Bonn later this year.
As the Bonn climate talks begin, there are clear signs that developed countries want to renegotiate the Paris agreement. Developing countries must ensure they do not let this happen.
A carbon tax policy might not be a magic wand programme but it is also less likely to face political opposition and compromise while creating new sectors for businesses and growth.
Trump’s policies have not only brought the world to the verge of war, but are also affecting global humanitarian and environmental programmes negatively.
The protest was against the Trump administration’s proposal to cut US federal science funding and its scepticism towards climate change.
“I had seen black francolins at 1,400 m in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but now the maximum elevation for them has changed to 2,800 meters.”
Trump’s executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan will not impact the policies of other countries, but moving money away from climate research will.
Massive new coal plants planned for Pakistan will further harm the environment in a country already suffering the effects of climate change. Solar energy is a clear alternative.
The power yield from the planned ten-fold increase in solar energy on an average will be as little as 20% of the total capacity, making little difference to India’s emissions.
We need an international agreement on a set of Earth’s ‘vital signs’ and how to measure them. Reliance on just temperature goals won’t do.
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
After years of being labelled as ‘obstructionist’, India has shown that it is also a part of positive climate action.
No one should be surprised about Trump being a sceptic. But what leaves one startled is how poorly informed his scepticism is.
The New Shape Prize aims to spur fresh thinking about innovative means to solve problems that cross borders and are hard to tackle.
By the time we hit that temperature, further climate changes will already be locked in and unavoidable.
Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour for his efforts to tackle climate change, and he helped push the climate agreement as well.
Developing countries are arguing that the fund, meant to provide developing countries with resources to adjust to inevitable climate changes, continue under the Paris Agreement.
Conspicuously absent in all mainstream discourse since Trump won the elections is discussion of the systemic factors that underpin continued massive emissions worldwide.
Trump, who calls global warming a hoax and has promised to quit the Paris Agreement, was considering ways to bypass a theoretical four-year procedure for leaving the accord, according to sources.
Many developing countries have raised concerns over the contents of the document, and the manner in which it was prepared and is being pushed without their agreement.
A compilation of what we know of the new US president’s foreign policy standpoints.
The magnitude of action required and the commitment to provide climate finance are clear responsibilities of the developed world governments. But are they willing to accept that?
The Paris Agreement seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels, limiting the rise in average world temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
A regional framework would allow India to determine its responsibilities towards migrants escaping natural disasters and slow-onset environmental changes.