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The more climate skeptics there are, the fewer climate entrepreneurs

New from UNFCCC - 27. March 2017 - 15:59
Source: Business Mirror - In our new paper for the National Bureau for Economic Research, we argue that the presence of climate skeptics reduces the aggregate demand for products that help with climate adaptation—which means that innovative companies are less likely to devote their efforts to solving these challenges.

Earth Hour : une heure d’obscurité pour éclairer le changement climatique

New from UNFCCC - 27. March 2017 - 15:59
Source: Le Monde - De nombreux monuments ont été temporairement éteints, samedi, dans le monde entier. Une initiative lancée voilà dix ans pour faire évoluer les mentalités sur l’enjeu énergétique.

Climate action plan with China

New from UNFCCC - 27. March 2017 - 15:59
Source: NZ Government - Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett has announced details of a climate change action plan to be put in place with China.

Carbon Tax Not on Agenda for Trump

New from UNFCCC - 27. March 2017 - 15:59
Source: National Geographic - Voices - President Donald Trump is not considering a national carbon tax proposal that a group of Republicans discussed in February. A White House official told GreenWire in an e-mail that although the group of Republican leaders visited the White House to discuss their proposal that “the Trump Administration is not considering a carbon tax.”

Gatwick Turns Airline Waste Into Energy On-Site With New Waste Plant

New from UNFCCC - 27. March 2017 - 15:59
Source: CIWM - Journal - Gatwick Airport and DHL Supply Chain have officially opened a new waste management plant onset at the airport, mining it the first airport in the world to turn airport waste, such as food and packaging, into energy on-site.

Consumers value their cars more than their lives

News from India - 27. March 2017 - 13:07
Common errors we make while choosing life insurance, which we don’t while buying car insurance

Will ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Feud’ show the way for Bollywood?

News from India - 27. March 2017 - 9:40
‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Feud’ are humdinger of TV mini-series for not just finely-etched characters, but also the women star cast who are masters of their own destiny

A new fiscal year: New hope or Old worries?

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 23:28
2017-18 is crucial and eventful for many reasons, economic and political, and all of them pack disruptive potential—the kind which could roil the best calculations

Managing Kashmir’s youth bulge

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:59
If adequate jobs do not come to the valley, young Kashmiris must travel elsewhere in search of occupation

Confiscation of cash by the state

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:55
The government and RBI have to announce to the public how they will manage a post-demonetisation world

How corruption fuels climate change

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:53
To sustain progress in the fight against climate change and corruption, environmental and anti-corruption movements will have to work together

Building a legal ecosystem for Aadhaar

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:52
There is an untenable tension between the approaches of the executive and the judiciary to Aadhaar

China benefits from nuclear disorder

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:51
China’s acts of commission and omission in enabling Pakistan and North Korea to build nuclear arsenals pose twin threats to the post-Cold War nuclear order

Why care about inequality?

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:51
In the real world, accumulated inequalities of outcomes can, and do, become embedded in inequalities of opportunity and access

Bad loan resolution: It’s now or never

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 22:48
We can have healthy banks but who will they lend to? Let’s treat the sick banks and sick industries simultaneously

Voters want stability and development

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 20:17
The elections held between 2014 and 2017 have given indicators that could prove to be warning signals for the opposition

Well done RBI

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 19:37
The RBI deserves credit for the way it managed such a large outflow of foreign exchange without unsettling the rupee

Transferring insurance of second-hand vehicles

News from India - 26. March 2017 - 19:22
When you buy or sell a used car, make sure to transfer the insurance as well. Both buyer and seller can land in a soup is this is not done as soon as possible

Climate action shines bright as record number of countries and territories join Earth Hour's tenth anniversary

News from WWF - 26. March 2017 - 1:00
SINGAPORE, 26 March 2017 - An unprecedented 187 countries and territories came together for WWF's Earth Hour on Saturday 25 March to take a stand for climate action. More than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change. Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 1.1 billion impressions in 24 hours, trending in at least 30 countries worldwide.
 
This year's event marked the tenth anniversary of the Earth Hour movement, which started as a one-city event in Sydney in 2007, and comes at a time when the need for climate action is greater than ever. 2016 was the hottest year on record and ambitious action is needed by governments, companies and people, their biggest stakeholders, to meet the targets set in the landmark Paris Agreement that entered into force in November last year.
 
"Once again, the people have spoken through Earth Hour," said Sid Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global. "Whether you are in the Philippines, Peru or Portugal, climate change matters and the record participation in this year's Earth Hour is a powerful reminder that people, who are on the frontline of climate change, want to be a part of climate action."
 
Across the globe, Earth Hour is inspiring and mobilizing people to be a part of the climate action our planet urgently needs at a personal, community and national level.
 
In India, as the presidential residence Rashtrapati Bhavan and New Delhi's India Gate switched off their lights, thousands were encouraged to make the switch to renewable energy and LED lighting.
 
In Poland and Bulgaria, people have been uniting to raise their voice against laws and policies that threaten biodiversity and the ecosystems that provide clean air, water, food and stable climate, underpinning our wellbeing as well as that of the planet.  
 
"From the shrinking of Arctic ice to coral reef bleaching, there are clear indicators that we are pushing our planet to the edge - and it is together as a global community that we can turn it around. The grassroots must mobilize and join governments and companies toward stronger climate action - the time to act is now," added Das.
 
In his video statement for Earth Hour, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated the need for people to work together to build a sustainable, climate-resilient future.
 
This includes enhancing climate education among the young, such as in Bhutan and Guyana, where students are learning about climate and environmental issues in climate science centres and conservation lab sessions set up by WWF.
 
To mark the tenth anniversary of the movement, people also took to their social media timelines to express their solidarity with climate action, as skylines around the world participated in the global lights out event. From donating five posts on their Facebook page to changing their profile picture, thousands switched on their social power to raise their voice for a cause they believe in.

"Each light turned off or profile picture changed represents an individual who has made the switch from being a passive bystander to someone eager to be a part of the solution and that has been the energy that has made Earth Hour the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment today," said Das.
 
As the hour rolls to a close in the Pacific Ocean's Cook Islands, WWF and Earth Hour teams around the world will continue to empower individuals, communities, businesses and governments to be a part of climate action. Strengthened by the support shown this weekend, teams will renew the charge to tackle issues such as sustainable lifestyles in Singapore, India, Hong Kong and Indonesia, a transition toward renewables in South Africa, Hungary and Myanmar, and promoting stronger climate ambition and action in the UK, Spain and at the EU level.
 
Earth Hour 2017 by numbers (based on initial estimates on 26 March 2017, 8:30 a.m. GMT):
  • record participation by 187 countries and territories shining a light on climate action and issues such as renewable energy, sustainable lifestyles, protecting biodiversity and stronger climate policy. Seven countries have specifically focused their campaign on changing climate policy.
  • lights out at over 3,000 iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House (Sydney), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (London), the Tokyo Tower (Tokyo), the Empire State Building (New York), Singapore Flyer (Singapore), the Pyramids of Egypt (Cairo), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi), Monumento a la Independencia (Mexico City) and the Eiffel Tower (Paris);
  • over 3.5 billion impressions of official campaign hashtags between January and March 2017 with one-third of the impressions being generated between 25 and 26 March alone;
  • over 300 celebrities and influencers worldwide also raised their voice for climate action including WWF Global Ambassadors Jared Leto and Andy Murray as well as Li Bingbing, Ellie Goulding, Claudia Bahamon, Amitabh Bachchan and Forest Whitaker.
Since 2007, WWF's Earth Hour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities to act for a sustainable future.
 
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Notes to Editors:
Images from Earth Hour events around the world can be found here and video footages are available here.
 
You can also find previous Earth Hour videos on the links indicated below:http://hive.panda.org/Share/xvl8v858j4yr7u805f5lbvkaf8e002v3

To know more about WWF's work on climate policy and action, please visit http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/climate_carbon_energy/
 
For more information, please contact:
Rucha Naware, WWF International: rnaware@wwfint.org; +32465751339
Julien Anseau, WWF International: janseau@wwfint.org; +6590601957

2nd report on India's green house gas emissions out soon

New from UNFCCC - 24. March 2017 - 15:54
Source: Economic Times - The second biennial report on India's green house gas emissions will be released soon, a top Environment Ministry official said today.

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