With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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Limiting the average global temperature rise to under 2°C is a prerequisite to avoiding dangerous climate change. Urgent action is needed to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to help countries... Show More + build resilience and prepare for a world of dramatic climate and weather extremes.Mobilizing finance for climate action is a priority, but public resources are not sufficient. In the energy sector alone, the additional investment required consistent with a 2°C scenario is estimated to be $910 billion per year during 2010-2050.With limited public resources there is a need to ensure they achieve maximum impact and leverage private investments. But the collapse of carbon prices has removed the important incentive which encouraged the private sector to invest in clean technology projects, and consequently many projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are at risk of being decommissioned.Targeting methane emission reductions. Methane, a by-product of a range of industrial and agricultu Show Less -
In 1999, a Category 5 cyclone devastated the state of Odisha in India, leaving 10,000 people dead and causing $4.5 billion in damages. Fourteen years later, Phailin, another monster storm almost as strong,... Show More + hit the same stretch of the state – except this time with a very different outcome: Fewer than 40 people were killed and economic losses were about $700 million.The reason for this dramatic turnaround was years of disaster risk prevention and preparedness resulting in a concerted effort by the state to build resilience against extreme weather. Early warning systems and annual storm drills in close cooperation with local communities were part of that effort.Odisha also invested in new cyclone shelters, evacuation routes and strengthening coastal embankments – all of which helped the state execute a well-defined disaster prevention and preparedness plan during a time of crisis. It earned Odisha widespread accolades, with one United Nations official calling the state’s handling of Show Less -
Rapidly growing cities in the developing world key to tackling climate changeNEW YORK, September 25, 2013 - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced today a groundbreaking initiative to reach... Show More + 300 of the largest cities in the developing world in the next four years to help them plan for a low-carbon future and get capital flowing so they can finance those plans. The effort has the potential to improve the lives of over 700 million people in those cities and billions more globally as emissions are reduced.The developing world’s fast-growing cities face major challenges as they plan for the future: they have to provide services and infrastructure to an ever growing population and manage the vulnerabilities that come with a changing climate, all the while preserving public health and securing economic growth.It’s even harder than it sounds. A recent internal analysis by World Bank staff found that only about 20 percent of the world’s 150 largest cities have even the basic analytic Show Less -
Summary: Environmental and Social Benefits of Fly Ash BricksTwo Indians have invented a climate-friendly technology that produces bricks without using any coal whatsoever. The new fly ash brick technology... Show More + has the potential to completely eliminate carbon emissions from India’s large brick-making industry which burns huge amounts of coal and emits millions of tons of carbon dioxide each year.Another significant benefit of the new technology is that unlike clay bricks, which use valuable topsoil as raw material, the new method uses fly ash, an unwanted residue from coal-fired power plants. This fly ash is presently dumped on acres of land, damaging both the environment and the health of populations around power plants. The use of fly ash is particularly important as, with India’s plans to use coal to expand power production, the generation of fly ash is set to increase while the availability of topsoil is bound to decrease.A further advantage is that fly ash bricks can be produced in a va Show Less -