environment

A Quarter of India’s Energy Demand Can Be Met with Renewable Energy

Increasing India’s renewables would save 12 times more than it costs Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 22 August 2017 — India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030, according to the findings of a report presented today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy

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Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica

By Nina Chestney LONDON, July 12 – One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica

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“Welcome to Hell”: Protesters Vow to Disrupt G20 Summit

By Joseph Nasr HAMBURG, July 6 – “Welcome to Hell”. That’s the greeting for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders from anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the G20 summit, already rife with tensions over trade and climate change. Thousands of protesters from around Europe were pouring into the port city

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Gas Shortages Risk Reversing Ambitious Push to Expand Pakistan’s Forests

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio ISLAMABAD, June 12 – Each winter, a familiar sight crops up in Islamabad and the nearby bustling city of Rawalpindi: people queuing outside firewood shops, waiting their turn to fill bags or plastic baskets with wood to burn when their household gas supply is disrupted. Gas shortages are increasingly

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Tulips Bloom in Kashmir as Indian Farmers Discover Flower Power

By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, June 1 – As soon as his son graduated from college, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Dar asked him to take care of the family flower business in Kral Sangri, near Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. “I knew it would be a waste of time for him to search for a

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Big Tobacco Leaves Huge Ecological Footprint: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 30 – Tobacco growing is causing “massive harm” to the environment through the extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute

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Cairo’s Treasures of Trash

By May El Habachi Overlooking Cairo’s Citadel, lies a small secluded community informally known as the Zabaleen, or garbage people. As the name suggests, the Zabaleen live in the midst of garbage that overwhelms the district’s narrow winding roads and small alley ways. Children play carefree and are oblivious to the stench of garbage that looms

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Business Outlook: Sustainable Energy Finance

Sustainable energy finance is an untapped potential in the MENA region By Mouayed Makhlouf For the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), climate change isn’t some abstract concept. It’s happening now. Drought, rising temperature, and dwindling water supplies have already begun to affect the region and, as global temperatures continue to rise, things are

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Thorny Issue of Who Will Pay for Climate Damage Simmers at U.N. Talks

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Nov 11 – Bangladesh is set to make a splash at the U.N. climate talks in Morocco when experts and officials present a proposal for a national body to deal with the losses and damage the low-lying South Asian nation expects to suffer from climate change. The body, if established, would

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Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant is Hard Act for Africa to Follow

By Alister Doyle OUARZAZATE, Morocco, Nov 5 – On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union. It is a hard success for other African nations to match as they seek to implement a new global deal

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