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New threat to ozone layer identified

New threat to ozone layer identified | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

chemicals Scientists identify four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.

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These gases seem to be intermediate chemicals in manufacture of other chemicals. But why they are let in atmosphere? We need UN agency for 'atmospheric crime' on the lines of IAEA. 

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A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is - NYTimes.com

A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is - NYTimes.com | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Life expectancy rose, diseases were fought, democracy spread and technologies developed without global pacts, but with U.N's facilitation. By Rajendra Shende.

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During my participation in United Nations Secretary General's Climate Summit in New York , I was invited by New York Times to opine on ' 

Can We Do Without a Global Climate Treaty?

Should we give up on the idea of a strong international treaty on global warming as a pipe dream, or should we continue to pursue it despite the long-running difficulties?

 

Read my opinion. 

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India triumphs in maiden Mars mission - World - Chinadaily.com.cn

India triumphs in maiden Mars mission - World - Chinadaily.com.cn | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, crowning India as the first country to execute such a project in its first attempt.
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This is how China reported India's Mars achievement. 

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U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

U.S. Moves to Reduce Global Warming Emissions | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is moving to cut emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
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The logic of alternatives and replacements is not only discarding old and used items but also get rid of even new but dangerous and inefficient substances. 

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CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984

CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984 | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013, the World Meteorological Organisation says.
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The globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, an increase of almost 3ppm over the previous year. Daily averaged amount crossed 400 ppm on May 9,  2013.Monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April 2014.

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First state in USA to pass a law to ban plastic bags

First state in USA to pass a law to ban plastic bags | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first
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Can Indian states take a clue? 

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'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss measured by satellite. We are silent? N0.We are exploring oil below the melt

'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss measured by satellite. We are silent? N0.We are exploring oil below the melt | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland, writes Robin McKie
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Nasa scientists observe Arctic sea ice changes – video

Nasa scientists observe Arctic sea ice changes – video | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Nasa satellite footage shows seasonal ice melt in the Arctic Ocean melting in the summer
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. Nasa says the sea ice extent in the Arctic is below average for the last 30 years. The average ice cover has decreased by 18% since 2010 to 2.31 million square miles
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A glide-path that reveals the greed of countries surrounding Arctic

A glide-path that reveals the greed of countries surrounding Arctic | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

The  canary in the global-warming coal mine. Thats what the Arctic continent is described. Research missions and negotiations are the covers under which the greed continues. 

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Arctic circle , as it thaws , would throw open the new black gold mines. The research projects may become the ways to mine that gold. The circle therefore would add to the divide between haves and have-nots. 

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Beef's greater environment burden

Beef's greater environment burden | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.
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Beef needs 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy.

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Hot air on cooling gases - India Climate Dialogue

Hot air on cooling gases - India Climate Dialogue | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

As a meeting of the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting gases begins in Paris on July 14, the possible energy saving opportunity for the emerging countries is likely to be shadowed by the short terms greed by its  industry …..Read more

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Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies are Spinning the Bee Crisis to Protect Profits - Food Revolution Network

Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies are Spinning the Bee Crisis to Protect Profits - Food Revolution Network | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Michele Simon was a speaker in the 2012 Food Revolution Summit. Recently she released a report, produced in tandem with Friends Of the Earth, to bring attention to the dire situation of declining bee populations caused by pesticides. You can find the report here, and read a summary below. If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Did you know that two-thirds of our food crops require pollination – the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating – such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few. That’s why the serious declines in bee populations are getting more attention, with entire campaigns devoted to saving bees. A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids—the fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides—as a key contrib­uting factor to bee declines. The European Union banned the three most widely used

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Big Decision on Big Belching of CO2 by Big Power Plants-real climate Justice by Spreme Court of USA

Big Decision on Big Belching of CO2 by Big Power Plants-real climate Justice by Spreme Court of USA | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court largely upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions from stationary sources. Justice Antonin Scalia said the agency got “almost everything it wanted.”
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This decision revokes the memories of decisions by Supreme court of India on use of Diesel by public transport company and Auto-riksha ( three wheeler) 

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First ever UNEA - United Nations Environment Assembly starts next week. Media is cold?

First ever UNEA - United Nations Environment Assembly starts next week. Media is cold? | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

First ever United Nations Environment Assembly, expected 1200 participants , 170 countries, 80 ministers and 40 events. Google search today showed only 62 news items, nothing from BBC, the Guardian, CNN. 

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Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to phase down HFCs and enhance energy efficiency.

Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to phase down HFCs and enhance energy efficiency. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
New Delhi will participate in talks on limiting heat-trapping HFC gases and take steps toward renewable fuels.
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Path-breaking coalition between India and USA. HFCs-Thousands of times more dangerous GHGs will be phased down and energy efficiency of air conditioning will be phased-up. Let us walk to gather for the development of all- ( Chale sath sath . Sabaks saath sbka vikas) 

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Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The People’s Climate March in Manhattan was a spectacle even for a city known for doing things big, and it was joined, in solidarity, by demonstrations on Sunday across the globe, from Paris to Papua New Guinea.
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Streets are now showing ' true  direction' . We witnessed ' arab spring'. Now it is 'climate spring Board'. 

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After 30 years of protecting the ozone layer, some reasons to be cheerful

After 30 years of protecting the ozone layer, some reasons to be cheerful | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
It sometimes feels as if environmental news is never good news, but that certainly isn’t true when it comes to the ozone layer. The UN has announced that the ozone layer is showing “signs of recovery…
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During  1985 to 1987 the world leaders had difficult negotiations to save the Ozone Layer. But when the going gets tough, tough gets going. UNEP's 2014 Scientific Assessment for the first time provides the  first signs that ozone is on the upswing. In particular, if you look at observations in the Northern mid-latitudes at an altitude of 42 km, we see that ozone has increased over the 2000 to 2013 period. 

 

Environmental news can be good news 

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The Forest Man of Majuli Island | KarmaTube

The Forest Man of Majuli Island | KarmaTube | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
It has been said that the single most powerful thing one can do to combat climate change and promote peace is to plant a tree. Jadev Payeng has been doing just that since the 1970's on the once-barren sandbar on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. Over 40 years later, the forest he's planted is now larger than New York City's Central Park and is home to several thousand varieties of trees as well as an amazing diversity of wildlife, including rhino, elephants, and even tigers.
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California to Bees: Drop Dead

California to Bees: Drop Dead | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Legislators delay restrictions on the use of a pesticide linked to the mass death of pollinators.
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Is it difficult to prove what makes bees die? Science is there to prove. But there is no science to change the  denial mode .

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43 percent rise in renewables in UK in just one year

43 percent rise in renewables in  UK in just one year | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

BusinessGreen: Power generation up by 43% compared to first quarter of 2013, government figures show

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This in wake of financial slow down and stunted growth in Europe.  

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Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon

Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Salmon, once nearly extinct on part of the Columbia River, are slowly recovering, to the delight of birds. As a result, those charged with nursing the salmon back to robust health have a new plan to protect them: shoot the birds.
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To save Salmon from extinction, the plans are ready for next few years to keep shooting the birds that eat growing Salmon. 

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Bird decline linked to pesticide use

Bird decline linked to pesticide use | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
The widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.
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UNEP's Safe Planet Campaign to eliminate toxic chemicals is critical for birds and insects which carry out pollination and hence ensure food security for us.
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Lake Mead in Western USA sinks to a record low. Similar story in Western India!

Lake Mead in Western USA sinks to a record low. Similar story in Western India! | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

Savaged by drought, Lake Mead in Western USA has shrunk to its lowest level since the Great Depression in 1930s. Western India has similar story! 

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Fracking-gas extraction 'triggers' 40 per cent rise in earthquakes.

Fracking-gas extraction 'triggers'  40 per cent rise in earthquakes. | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.
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Historic UN Environment Assembly Concludes with 16 resolutions

Historic UN Environment Assembly Concludes with 16 resolutions | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it
"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the closing session late Friday. "We need to act decisively to change humanity's relationship with our planet."
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"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 
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Shift focus from Trees to People who live on forests. Their well-being will ensure saving trees-FAO Report

Shift focus from Trees to People who live on forests. Their well-being will ensure saving trees-FAO Report | Oven Fresh | Scoop.it

 

UN's World Forest Week: Forests habitats were home to an estimated 80% of global biodiversity. Report, "State of the World's Forests (SOFO) 2014,  said that it was time for the sector to shift its focus from "trees to people". Forests are fundamental to the survival of forest dwellers, including indigenous people.

 

 Forests' contributions ,direct and Indirect , to about 1.1% of the global economy. In employment terms, the formal sector provided 13.2 million jobs, while an estimated 41 million livelihoods were dependent on the informal sector.In 2011, it observed, about 10.9kg of edible non-wood forest products (NWFP) were consumed per capita globally.

 

As a fuel, it estimated that one-in-three of the world's population depended on woodfuel for cooking, while 764 million people used woodfuel for boiling drinking water.

 

Forests are also important providers of ecosystem services,For example, they help to deliver clean water by protecting water sheds and water courses.

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