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  1. India ratifies Paris climate change agreement

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India , which accounts for about 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the Paris climate change agreement Sunday at the United Nations, officials said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's Cabinet had given its approval Wednesday to ratify the Paris agreement on Oct. 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of India's independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, who believed in a minimum carbon footprint. India's U.N. Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin handed over the official documents on ratification of the Paris agreement to the chief of the U.N. Treaty Section, Santiago Villalpando, in the chamber of the U.N. Economic and Social Council at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sunday, according to India's U.N. Mission. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted that India had kept "its promise" to ratify the deal. The U.N. welcomed India's move. "India's leadership builds on the continued strong political momentum from Paris for urgent global action on climate change," the U.N. spokesman's office said in a statement. The Paris agreement will come into force when 55 countries contributing to at least 55 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it. Including India, 62 countries have so far deposited their instruments of ratification, accounting for roughly 52 percent of global emissions, according to the U.N. The Paris agreement was adopted by 185 nations in December. It asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns. It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). India has committed that by 2030, at least 40 percent of its electricity will be generated from non-fossil sources. This includes 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022. Manish Bapna, executive vice president and managing director of the World Resources Institute, said that India "has one of the boldest renewable energy targets in the world, making it destined to be a major player in solar and wind markets." Money will be a big challenge for India, which says it will require over $2.5 trillion to meet all of its targets. It says it will achieve the targets only if other countries give it money and discounts on new technology.

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    Mon, 3 Oct 2016

  2. IEA report predicts gas and renewables set to dominate

    Global energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency, released its annual World Energy Outlook report on Wednesday, acknowledging that while the Paris COP21 agreement was an ‘achievement’, it would not be enough to avoid the worst impact of climate change.

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    Wed, 16 Nov 2016

  3. Energy Industry: EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

    President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation."

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  4. Energy Industry: Trump win raises questions about US pledge in climate deal

    The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a "hoax" alarmed environmentalists and climate scientists and raised questions Wednesday about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal.

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    Thu, 10 Nov 2016

  1. Coal News: Today's energy system could blow Paris climate goals

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    Sat, 19 Nov 2016

  2. Further emissions cuts needed to meet climate target - UNEP

    Global efforts at slowing carbon emissions are succeeding, the UN Environment Programme has said, but “not nearly enough and not fast enough”.  

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

  3. Indonesia ratifies Paris climate change plan

    All 10 political parties in Indonesia's parliament endorsed the agreement, paving the way for it to become part of the country's laws

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  4. Nuclear growth could be too slow to avert climate disaster

    Growth in the nuclear power industry is as much as 25 per cent behind where it should be to avert a global temperature rise, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said. 

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    Thu, 26 Jun 2014

  5. WWF provides blueprint for power sector to curb global warming now

    Global temperature has already risen by 0.6°C over the past century, affecting many ecosystems as well as people. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a rise of more than 2.0°C will lead to increased flooding, droughts, spreading of diseases, damage to corals and melting of ...

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    Tue, 10 Jun 2003

  6. Energy Industry: Clinton brings in Gore as closer on climate change

    Al Gore laid out the environmental stakes of the presidential race in stark terms during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, arguing that electing her opponent would lead to "climate catastrophe."

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2016

  7. Poland insistent on climate deal ratification conditions

    The Polish government will not consent to a fast-track EU ratification of the Paris climate deal unless Brussels allows for the country’s special dependency on coal power.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  8. EU approves fast track approval of Paris Accord

    The European Parliament has approved ratification by the 28-nation European Union of the global climate deal, agreed in Paris late last year.

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    Tue, 4 Oct 2016

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