The tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has led to the toughest nuclear cleanup ever. Radioactive water is still poisoning the sea – and it could take 40 years to fix the mess. Is Japan up to the challenge?
Fukushima and Chernobyl along with oil spills should be part of the history, economics , environment and literature text books for high school stidents .
Bloc of 132 countries exit Warsaw conference after rich nations refuse to discuss climate change recompense until after 2015
Developing countries have demanded that a new UN institution be set up to oversee compensation but rich countries have been dismissive, blocking calls for a full debate in the climate talks.EU, Australia, the US and other developed countries declined the idea of new UN institute and insisted that the question of who should pay compensation for extreme climate events be discussed only after 2015
Since 1970s Oil and coal industry is frowned upon by all environmentalists. They are right. But when they explore better alternatives why do we disrupt their process?
True that Fracking has risk of soil and water poluttion. But it is move towards cleaner fuel and welcome transition. Cannot we commission systematic and well organised risk analysis. Can UNEP take lead in providing global scientific assessment ?
Forest in Desert? Greenhouse in Qatar for growing fresh vegetables . It combines existing technologies to generate power, cool the air, condense the fresh water to grow cucumbers, barley, and arugula in the desert using just sunlight and sea water.
Innovation is not just developing new algorithm for Start-ups like Twitter. It is also using existing technologies in addressing challenging problems.
The venture lets you go to one of its charging stations, hire the electric car, drive around and then leave it at another charging station. But in India would it be really environment friendly?
Electricity in India comes from burning fossil fuels, almost all. So, weather we use electric car ( carged from grid electricity that comes from fossil fuel) or drive petrol or diesel car, would it reduce CO2 emissions? In France the electiricty comes from Nuclear source , almost all. So it makes sense there.
Find your inner Mandela, forgive, and move on. The best way to mourn Mandela is to understand the power of forgiveness, start a movement to transform the culture of leadership, and ourselves.
Mandela's legacy is not just fight against apartheid. That would be very narrow message from Mandel's life. He spread the message of fogiveness. He maintained his faith in people no matter what, that people would come right in the end, he said. His Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a masterful organizational innovation, permitting people to come forward to admit atrocities and then go forward to make a fresh investment in future improvement. He made the rare transition from revolutionary to statesman. He resisted pressure to simply switch roles from oppressed to oppressor and instead focused everyone on pride in the nation they shared and on working together for larger common goals. His wearing of the colors of the formerly all-white rugby team in South Africa’s 1995 victory over New Zealand was a dramatic healing gesture.
More than two dozen major American corporations are preparing to pay climate-related taxes, departing from conservative orthodoxy and exposing divisions between the Republican Party and its business supporters.
I am convinced that only private sectors can change the climate change. They have potential. Government negotiators would keep talking , American companies will walk the talk.
The national stadium of Warsaw is brand new but the game being played there has now become familiar, fogyish and frustrating. The name of the game is Climate Negotiations.
The host country, well known for its history of path-breaking scientists like Copernicus and Marie Curie, is now recognized for its refusal to break its path from its 90 percent coal-fed electricity generation. In a sheer show of its resolve to continue on its path, it arranged an international summit of coal producers parallel to UN climate meeting and even managed to get a top UN official on climate change to deliver the opening address.
Sticking points as always : finance to developing countries, mitigation targets for Pre 2020 and for inclusion in new Protocol , loss and damage to developing countries, and China India should also reduce the emissions.
It has become now ' climate tradition' to run the meeting in over time and squeeze out some outcome that would feed media for 'Sunday ' issue of news papers. I call it 'branding' by UNFCCC and negotiators.
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk dismissed Environment Minister Marcin Korolec today as UN climate talks proceed in Warsaw. Mr Korolec was seem to be slow about radical acceleration of shale gas operations.
The timing of the reshuffle of the cabinet indicated that Poland was not interested in ensuring tougher global action to combat global warming.
Changing the minister leading the climate negotiations after a race to the bottom by parties of the convention shows Prime Minister Tusk is not sincere about the need for an ambitious climate deal. Just two days back Poland parallel to UN Climate talk hosted a conference to promote coal earlier this week.
The country, which generates 90 percent of its electricity from coal, has been one of the most reluctant European Union members to toughen the existing goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
The environment ministry under Korolec was criticized by the private sector for hampering work on new shale gas legislation, which, together with red tape and poor results, forced a number of global players to quit Poland.
The debate over how to address the disproportionate effects of climate change on poorer countries has gained momentum, but the steps can be politically daunting.
With expectations low for progress here on a treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, widely seen as having failed to make a dent in worldwide carbon emissions, some nations were losing patience with decades of endless climate talks, particularly those who see rising oceans as a threat to their existence.
A new study links a ban on the uses of ozone depleting chemicals to a hiatus in temperature rises since the mid 1990s.
IPCC's latest assessment has acknowledged that there had been pause in rise of global warming since 1990s. But it stopped short of explaining the reasons, calling it 'atmospheric short term ' phenomenon. Journal of Nature Geoscience explains that reason could be CFC ban under the Montreal Protocol.
Fast action to cut common pollutants like soot (also known as black carbon) and methane will not only slow global warming, but save millions of lives.
The release of large CO2 and methane stores as a result of melting permafrost could contribute up to 30% more carbon to the atmosphere by the end of the century. If more clean cook-stoves – stoves would be used it could save one million lives.
Reductions in emissions from diesel transport and equipment, meanwhile, could result in more than 16 million tons of additional yield in crops such as rice, soy and wheat, especially in Southeast Asia; and also avert 340,000 premature deaths.