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Predicting the weather right
Devangshu Datta
Business Standard , Friday, June 28, 2013

The Uttarakhand tragedy was a disaster waiting to happen. Environmental norms and building safety codes were flouted in a mad scramble for development. Deforestation was widespread; hydel projects ign ...More


Kevin Rudd sworn in as Australian PM after overthrowing Julia Gillard
DNA , Friday, June 28, 2013

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time on Thursday, a day after toppling Julia Gillard and three months ahead of elections in which opinion polls show the ruling Labo ...More


Cloudbursts go up, but no system for forecast
Chetan Chauhan,
Hindustan Times , Friday, June 28, 2013

Cloudbursts in the western Himalayan region are now routine rather than an exception. There have been around a half a dozen cloud-bursts between June 15 and June 25 in the flash flood hit states of H ...More


A hard look at jaded truths
Laveesh Bhandari
Business Standard , Friday, June 28, 2013

There are few original thinkers. They do not necessarily follow the current fashions and what they write sometimes appears incredible, outrageous, brilliant or even thoughtless. Agree with them or not ...More


Overtaken by Uttarakhand
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
The Indian Express , Friday, June 28, 2013

Whatever one's views on the myth that moving the Dhari Devi idol unleashed nature's fury on Kedarnath, the story is a perfect metaphor for the faultlines the tragedy in Uttarakhand exposes. According ...More


OLD LAND, NEW NATION
ASHIS CHAKRABARTI
The Telegraph , Friday, June 28, 2013

Bangladesh is the world’s eighth most populous country. Its national language, Bengali, ranks sixth in terms of the number of native speakers. It has the second largest Muslim population after Indones ...More


Just four households signed up to Green Deal
Louise Gray
The Telegraph , Friday, June 28, 2013

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said that 38,259 households have been assessed for Green Deal measures such as a new boiler, solar panels or heat pumps. But only 241 have gone to the ne ...More


No UK households have completed green deal process, figures show
Adam Vaughan and Fiona Harvey
The Guardian , Friday, June 28, 2013

Five months after its launch, not a single household in the UK has completed the process of making their home more energy efficient under the government's flagship green deal, according to figures rel ...More


Building a new energy profile
Hindustan Times , Friday, June 28, 2013

Carbon emissions may be about to make a return to the climate change policy arena following United States President Barack Obama's speech pledging carbon caps for the US power sector and further suppo ...More


India’s monsoon maladies
Zia Haq,
Hindustan Times , Thursday, June 27, 2013

Over the sizzling north Indian plains this year, the summer rains arrived in mid-June, early by 13 days. They should not have. The respite quickly turned into a deadly rage, as flooding devastated the ...More


Weeks before floods, Uttarakhand CM opposed green norms
Subodh Varma
The Times of India , Thursday, June 27, 2013

NEW DELHI: It's clear that the devastation caused by the flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand was at least in part due to environmental degradation of fragile mountain slopes and reckless commer ...More


Cities and their environment
R. SURESH
Frontline , Thursday, June 27, 2013

THE performance of Indian cities across key indicators of quality of life, such as water supply, public transport, parks and open spaces, sewage treatment and solid waste management, does not meet eve ...More


Will the birds like the renovation?
K. Jeshi
The Hindu , Thursday, June 27, 2013

Zoology teacher R. Selvi remembers the 320-acre Periyakulam filled to the brim. She, along with her students from Kadri Mills School have spotted hundreds of pelicans, painted storks, coots and darter ...More


El Nino, La Nina unlikely to make an appearance in 2013: WMO
The Economic Times , Thursday, June 27, 2013

GENEVA: The Pacific Ocean is unlikely to see either a warming El Nino climate phenomenon or its cooling La Nina opposite number through the end of the year, the UN's weather agency said today. The ...More


Governance failures behind the Uttarakhand catastrophe
DNA , Thursday, June 27, 2013

would do a great disservice to the victims of the colossal human tragedy unfolding in Uttarakhand if we describe it as a “natural” disaster — as do most politicians, bureaucrats, and many in the media ...More


Obama unveils broad climate plan
Beth Daley
The Hindu , Thursday, June 27, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama has unveiled a comprehensive blueprint to combat rising seas and more frequent severe weather caused by climate change, including a long-awaited promise to regulate carbon ...More


Obama’s new policy takes on power plants
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times , Thursday, June 27, 2013

US president Barack Obama on Tuesday resurrected a long-dormant part of his political platform, announcing measures that would enforce carbon emission cuts on the US energy sector. The plan will ...More


World Bank plans to limit financing of coal-fired power plants
Live Mint , Thursday, June 27, 2013

Washington: The World Bank plans to limit the financing it provides for coal-fired power plants to “rare circumstances” as part of the global financial body’s efforts to address the impact of climate ...More


Weeks before floods, Uttarakhand CM opposed green norms
The Economic Times , Thursday, June 27, 2013

NEW DELHI: It's clear that the devastation caused by the flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand was at least in part due to environmental degradation of fragile mountain slopes and reckless commer ...More


Surat treads on green path
Himansshu Bhatt,
The Times of India , Thursday, June 27, 2013

SURAT: The Diamond City has started taking baby steps on the green path. It is moving towards becoming the first city in India to have a green building council (GBC) that would ensure that the new bui ...More


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