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Installing chips in set-top boxes may raise privacy issues

News from India - 25. April 2018 - 17:24
Installing chips will also push up the cost of set-top boxes, say industry experts

Thun Group: Human rights with exceptions

News from India - 25. April 2018 - 14:22
When such a group makes statements of intent and then walks back from them, there will naturally be accusations of glib public relations at best, and an elaborate snow job at worst

IISD/ENB+ @ HLPF 2018 | 9-18 Jul 2018 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 25. April 2018 - 13:53
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, will cover the 2018 High-Level Political Forum - Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies, from 9 to 18 July 2018, from UN Headquarters in New York

ENB Report | HLPF 2017 | 10-19 Jul 2017 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 25. April 2018 - 11:52
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a summary and analysis report from the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2017), which took place from 10 to 19 July 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York

Can there be a viable value chain for fresh fruits and vegetables?

News from India - 25. April 2018 - 6:20
India has seen large investments in supply chain of apple by way of controlled atmosphere cold stores in which oxygen levels are reduced from about 21% to 2% and temperature maintained at about 0 to 1 degree Celsius

'Business unusual' must be the mantra in Bonn as UN climate talks resume next week

News from WWF - 25. April 2018 - 2:00
BERLIN, Germany (25 April 2018) - As the 2018 climate talks kick off under the auspices of the UN next week, 'business unusual' must be the mantra delegations need heard resoundingly in Bonn, says WWF.
 
Speaking ahead of the start of the meeting, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF's global climate and energy programme leader, said the window of opportunity to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C if fast closing.
 
"It will take an unprecedented effort by governments, non-Party actors and people to keep global temperature rise to below 1.5°C. That's why 2018 has to be the year we step up our climate action. We can no longer afford to keep doing things at the pace and scale we've been doing. Now we need 'business unusual' tactics to drastically scale up our efforts to reduce emissions," he said.
 
The Talanoa Dialogue being championed by the Fiji Presidency during this year's climate talks is important because it should inspire countries to look at new ways they can enhance their efforts, said Pulgar-Vidal. This is particularly critical as countries must agree to table revised national climate action plans with the UN by 2020 under the Paris Agreement. The national decision-making processes to do so should start now.
 
Pulgar-Vidal also highlighted the role of non-Party actors in contributing toward 'business unusual' action. Cities and business, among many others, are making incredible efforts to align themselves to the Paris Agreement goals and we hope the momentum we are seeing, including for the Global Climate Action Summit, taking place in September in San Francisco, triggers deeper commitments from national governments. Already, more than 389 global companies have committed to take action and set science-based targets, he said.
 
The entry into force of the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol in January next year offers countries another opportunity to scale up action through targets to phase out super greenhouse gases and short-lived pollutants like hydrofluorocarbons.
 
Another indication that countries are serious about their climate action ambitions would be if the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (called the Doha Amendment) could enter into force by COP24. It commits developed countries to reducing emissions in the period before 2020.
 
"The strong take-up of these actions by countries in the coming months will send a clear signal that there is the necessary commitment by governments to step up and do more to reduce emissions," said Pulgar-Vidal.
 
Notes for Editors:

1. WWF's expectations for the negotiating session taking place in Bonn next week are:
  • Ensuring pre-2020 implementation and ambitions are fulfilled, including the entry into force of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol by COP24; spurring efforts of non-Party actors to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goals; and to ensure that the committed financial support of $100 billion per year by 2020 is delivered in full.
  • Ensuring the Talanoa Dialogue sends a clear political signal that countries will step up and revise their climate action plans to be aligned with the Paris Agreement targets;
  • Ensuring that the rules being negotiated under the Paris Agreement include an effective and durable review and ratchet mechanism to ensure Paris Agreement climate goals are met.
2. COP24 takes place in Katowice, Poland in from 3-14 December this year.
 
For further information, contact:  Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwfint.org  

The world is back in the brutal grip of financial sorcerers

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 19:55
Small wonder that the total debt of the seven major developed countries is estimated at around $100 trillion in the third quarter last year

Public health lessons for India from Bangladesh

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 19:20
The Bangladesh miracle in public health offers many lessons for India, most importantly, on the central role of women

Inter-personal versus inter-group inequality

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 18:56
Their demands and interests would coincide precisely if populations were homogeneous—but that is rarely the case in the real world

Reforming defence planning in India

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 18:54
The silo-driven, ad hoc approach has meant that issues like threat perception and force structure are not managed via a centralized and authoritative overview

India’s opportunity to lead the world in 5G

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 18:53
As we stand on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, the government needs to reform dated regulations and proactively develop new ones

Short-sighted politics weakens institutions

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 18:49
The opposition’s move to remove the Chief Justice will most likely fail but it would have eroded public trust in a very important institution

Dinner tables, caste networks, entrepreneurship

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 18:46
Entrepreneurs who go into industries where there is family experience are more likely to succeed because of the knowledge they were exposed to at home during their childhood—or at the dinner table

The futility of prohibiting bitcoin trade

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 18:43
Now that the technology has been banned and we have driven all who use it underground, bitcoins will be purchased through cash or other untraceable commodities

Celebrating TCS’s triumph and the spunk of Flipkart

News from India - 24. April 2018 - 12:27
The success of these two companies, TCS and Flipkart, and hundreds more like them, is nothing short of a modern day miracle.

New standard for facility management just published

News from ISO - 24. April 2018 - 9:53
If the future of work is all about employee experience1), what about the workplace? The need to keep on top of the ever-changing trends in how and where people work makes facility management an essential...

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