India plans to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022

June 6, 2018 by  
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Big news from India : the country aims to abolish single-use plastic in about four years. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced the goal on World Environment Day , and The Guardian said it’s the most ambitious commitment out of the actions to combat plastic pollution happening in 60 nations. The move could dramatically reduce the flow of plastic from 1.3 billion people. India is resisting plastic pollution with what United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim called a phenomenal commitment. The country’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan said single-use plastics will be banned in all of the country’s states by 2022. Solheim said the move would inspire the planet and “ignite real change.” Related: Kenya introduces world’s harshest law on plastic bags “It is the duty of each one of us to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment ,” Modi said. “The choices that we make today will define our collective future. The choices may not be easy. But through awareness, technology and a genuine global partnership, I am sure we can make the right choices. Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live.” UN Environment released  a report providing “the first comprehensive global assessment of government action against plastic pollution,” including case studies from over 60 countries. The report included a list of states and cities in India that have banned plastic bags or disposable plastic products, and the selected case study in the country highlighted beach cleanup efforts in Mumbai; Inhabitat covered the initiative started by local lawyer Afroz Shah earlier this year. Volunteers have cleaned up around 13,000 tons of trash, largely plastics , according to the case study, and this year people spotted Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings on the beach for the first time in more than 20 years. + United Nations Environment Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos and Juggadery/Flickr

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India ratifies Paris climate agreement on Gandhi’s birthday

October 4, 2016 by  
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Another country ratified the Paris climate agreement . On October 2, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born, India ratified the historic agreement. They deposited their ” Instrument of Ratification ” to the UN on the International Day of Non Violence , which marks Gandhi’s birthday. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Gandhi lived a life with a minimal carbon footprint . The Paris agreement will go into effect when 55 countries emitting a minimum of 55 percent of emissions worldwide ratify it. 61 countries emitting 47.8 percent of emissions have ratified, approved, or accepted the agreement. India contributes around 4.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and the Indian government said their ratification brings the ” cumulative emission level ” to 51.89 percent. Related: President Obama and Prime Minister Modi talk renewable energy As part of the Paris climate agreement, governments had to provide their plans to reduce emissions in their country to avoid a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius . India’s commitment entails that by 2030, 40 percent of electricity will come via ” non-fossil sources ,” and by 2022 they aim to have a capacity for 175 gigawatts of renewable energy. India has said to meet their targets, they will need $2.5 trillion dollars. They say they’ll require money and technology discounts from other countries to reach the targets. World Resources Institute executive vice president Manish Bapna said India could be “destined to be a major player in solar and wind markets.” In the Indian government’s statement on ratification, they anticipated the Paris agreement would soon gain all the support it needs to go into effect. “With the gathering momentum and willingness expressed by several other countries to ratify the agreement before the end of this year, it is expected that the Agreement will enter into force soon and give a thrust to the global actions to address climate change.” Via The Guardian Images via Narendra Modi on Flickr and The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India

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President Obama and Prime Minister Modi talk renewable energy

June 10, 2016 by  
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This week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Barack Obama to discuss ways for India to scale up its use of renewable energy . The White House released a statement about “the deepening strategic relationship” between the two countries, which will result, in part, in the $20 million U.S.-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative expected to mobilize up to $400 million to provide clean energy for up to 1 million households by 2020. Industry observers think the prime minister is eager to finish deals in case Donald Trump takes office. Trump has said he would withdraw from the Paris agreement . While the New York Times reports he hasn’t focused on India much, his comments regarding topics like climate change and immigration worry Indian leaders . One associate from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said Prime Minister Modi “wants to get as much as he can out of Obama’s last months in office.” Related: India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022 According to a panel hosted by the World Resources Institute, if India is to meet their climate goals, they’ll likely need American investment. Ajay Mathur, India’s chief spokesperson at the Paris talks, said U.S. investment with reasonable interest rates is crucial so India can reach their goal of 100 gigawatts in solar power by 2022 and Indian citizens can access that clean energy. Around 240 million people in India still lack electricity, making such a partnership all the more important. According to a joint statment , “The United States and India share common climate change and clean energy interests and are close partners in the fight against climate change…India and the United States recognize the urgency of climate change and share the goal of enabling entry into force of the Paris Agreement as early as possible.” For the Paris agreement to take effect, 55 countries emitting a minimum of 55 percent of global emissions must ratify the agreement. So far, 34 countries, which account for 49 percent of emissions, have formally joined. Via New Scientist Images via American Center Mumbai on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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India’s growing emissions could push Earth over dangerous warming point

November 11, 2015 by  
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As the Earth continues to warm, climate experts are on the lookout for events that could push the Earth past its crucial limits. One of the most concerning thresholds is the 2 degree increase in global temperatures (measured in Celsius), which represents the gateway to dangerous warming. Right now, climate scientists are concerned India’s continued greenhouse gas emissions growth could be the thing that tips the scales. Critics say India hasn’t enacted tough enough standards for emissions, but the country’s leaders claim financial restraints are making it difficult to keep up with green technology. Read the rest of India’s growing emissions could push Earth over dangerous warming point

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Amber-tinted glass clads Gienchke’s extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

November 11, 2015 by  
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India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022

June 24, 2015 by  
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced India will leap forward with an impressive sustainability plan. The country is expected to increase its solar energy fivefold over the course of the next seven years. With a current output of 4.5 gigawatts, the country plans to expand its national solar energy generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022. Read the rest of India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Bridge to India , eco design , green design , India , India solar goals , Narendra Modi , solar array , solar plant , solar power India , sunedison , sustainable design

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Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

June 24, 2015 by  
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Amy’s Kitchen , already a trusted name in vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods, plans to open a drive-thru restaurant about 50 miles north of San Francisco this summer. The restaurant will feature a host of all-vegetarian American fare options, ranging from burgers and pizza to burritos and vegan milkshakes. In addition to a tasty and healthy menu, Amy’s also plans to make their building as energy efficient and drought-resistant as possible, recognizing the delicate nature of drought conditions in California. Could vegetarian fast food be part of the solution to our worsening climate conditions? Read the rest of Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amy’s drive thru , amy’s kitchen , drought-resistant diet , energy efficient business , Green Building , rainwater collecting for irrigation , reducing meat for environment , reusing rainwater , rooftop garden , vegan , Vegan Fast Food , vegetarian , vegetarian drive thru , vegetarian fast food

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