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MoEF Accepts Kerala’s Suggestion on ESA Boundaries Demarcations

New Delhi (ABC Live): The State Government of Kerala had constituted an Expert Committee to study the impact of HLWG recommendations and to assess ground level information. The State Government also set up Panchayat level Committees in 123 villages falling within ESAs as identified by HLWG for undertaking field verification and interaction with the stakeholders. Based on the recommendations of …

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IAEA Convenes Board Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Its Application

New Delhi (ABC Live): The 35-member IAEA Board of Governors convened its second official meeting in 2014 beginning Monday, 3 March 2014. Director General Yukiya Amano opened the meeting with an introductory statement where he highlighted some of the most pressing issues on the agenda. The full text of the statement can be accessed here. Fukushima Daiichi As the third …

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Ban Ki-moon Asks World to Preserve Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

New York (ABC Live):The General Assembly chose 3 March because it is the date of adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the opening of the “Wild and Precious” exhibition in Geneva today: I am pleased to join you on this first World …

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India Decides to Launch Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Union Cabinet today approved the Mission document on the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE). This Mission was launched under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) with a budget outlay of Rs. 550 crore during the XII Five Year Plan period. The primary objective of the Mission is to develop in …

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IEM6 to Publish Its Findings on Nuclear Accidents Soon

New Delhi (ABC Live):States should develop and implement a national strategy in relation to building and maintaining competence in radiation protection. This was among the conclusions made at the close of the International Experts’ Meeting (IEM) on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Promoting Confidence and Understanding. More than 500 participants representing 75 IAEA Member States and 12 international …

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ICAP’s Carbon Trading Report Confirms Chinese Efforts to Curb GHG Emissions

New Delhi (ABC Live):International Carbon Action Partnership’s(ICAP) the first report on the state of emissions trading schemes globally shows that it is growing in popularity, with China actively pursuing it as a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Nine new emissions trading schemes (ETS) were launched worldwide in 2013, and as many as five of them were set up in various …

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India Proposes to Secure USD 500 Million World Bank Loan for Ultra Mega Solar Power Project

New Delhi (ABC Live):The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has submitted a proposal to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) for posing to World Bank for loan assistance of USD 500 million for implementation of first phase of 750 MW of an Ultra Mega Solar Power Project of 4000 MW cumulative capacity to be set up on vacant land …

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India to Amend Guidelines for Projects Approval Financing under NCEF

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the following guidelines for appraisal/approval of projects/schemes eligible for financing under the National Clean Energy Funds (NCEF): i. Amendment in the “guidelines for appraisal and approval of projects to be financed from the National Clean Energy Funds (NCEF) to …

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UAE to Host Climate Summit Abu Dhabi Ascent in May 2014

New York (ABC Live):4 February 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have announced that the Gulf country will host a high-level meeting in May to generate momentum for concrete actions to be taken at a climate summit Mr. Ban will convene four months later …

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WMO’s Montreal World Weather Open Science Conference in August

Montreal (ABC Live):“The Weather: What’s the Outlook,” is the theme of the World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC2014) which will bring together the entire weather science and user communities for the first time. The conference, to be held in Montreal, Canada, 16 – 21 August 2014, will will examine the frontiers of knowledge, define new scientific goals and challenges, and explore …

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