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Leveraging community leaders to build resilience against climate change in urban areas (Comment) (10:58)
By Vineeth Menon and Shreejith Borthakur
While cities cover only two per cent of the global land area, they contribute around 70 per cent of the global greenhouse emissions, one of the main drivers of climate change.

Cold wave intensifies in J&K (10:06) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 15 (IANS) The cold wave has intensified in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday with the minimum temperatures dropping several notches below the freezing point, the weather office said.

Shallow fog on Saturday, air quality remains 'poor' (09:38) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) People in the national capital woke up to a cold Saturday morning with shallow fog, with the minimum temperature recorded at 8.2 degrees Celsius, the season's average, while the air quality remained in the 'poor' category, the weather office said.

Over 10 kg elephant tusk recovered in Bengal (23:52)
Kolkata, Dec 14 (IANS) About 10.5 kgs of elephant tusk was recovered in Bengal and two persons were arrested, an official said on Friday.

Delhi's air quality remains 'poor' (22:36) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The air quality in Delhi on Friday remained "poor" and it is expected to slip into "very poor" category on Saturday as the effect of rainfall would be over, the weather office said.

Negotiations at UN climate summit still on; India seems confident (21:08)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 14 (IANS) As the COP24 climate summit draws to a close late Friday, negotiators are still grappling to agree on a significant commitment to strengthen the climate pledges of all countries by 2020, negotiators said.

IMD predicts heavy rainfall in Odisha (18:14)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 (IANS) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said that a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal would trigger heavy rainfall in Odisha.

Karnataka to seek review of NGT order on lake revival (17:24)
Bengaluru, Dec 14 (IANS) Karnataka will seek a review of the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) December 6 order asking the state government to deposit Rs 500 crore in an escrow account for the revival of lakes in Bengaluru, a senior official said on Friday.

Palaniswami urges PM to withdraw Dam Safety Bill, calls it unconstitutional (17:24) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K.Palaniswami on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 introduced in the Lok Sabha as it impinges on the state's rights and termed it as unconstitutional.

Over 1,000 institutions to shun fossil fuels (16:10)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 14 (IANS) Over 1,000 institutions with managed investments worth $8 trillion have committed to phasing out fossil fuels, says a report.

Climate change, ocean change happening: Commonwealth Secretary-General (14:22)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 14 (IANS) Climate change and ocean change is already happening globally. This can no longer be denied. One degree of global warming has already occurred, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said.

Decarbonisation or Destabilisation? Trust gap widens as time narrows at COP24 (Comment) (14:06)
By Rajendra Shende
"Since I last addressed the COP in 2009, Ive been deposed in a coup, thrown into jail, and forced into exile. But almost 10 years since I was last at these climate negotiations, I must say, nothing much seems to have changed," said Mohammad Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, adding: "We are still using the same old, dinosaur language." He is now back again to for the negotiations at COP24 and started exploring more effective, urgent and enhanced ambitious targets.

Cold wave continues in J&K (10:24) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 14 (IANS) Night temperatures dropped further on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir intensifying the cold wave sweeping the state.

Vulnerable nations want talks to end with ambitious climate actions (01:42)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 14 (IANS) The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) on Thursday highlighted the outcome of its recent Virtual Summit and the Jumemej Declaration which calls on the ongoing UN climate summit named COP24 to take key decisions on ambitious at Katowice.

Government to levy fee on ground water use (22:18)
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The government will levy a fee on ground water extraction from June next year to discourage misuse of water by industries and ensure a "more robust ground water regulatory mechanism" in the country, an official release said on Thursday.

World Bank, Canada, Britain to assist nations move away from coal (21:22)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 13 (IANS) The World Bank, Canada and Britain on Thursday announced financial, technical and advisory support for developing countries that have decided to transition from coal and accelerate the uptake of cleaner sources of energy.

Delhi's air quality improves after rain (20:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The air quality in Delhi on Thursday registered an improvement from 'poor' in the morning to 'moderate' in the evening due to increased wind speed and Wednesday night's rainfall.

India will 'overachieve' Paris commitments: Experts (19:00)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 13 (IANS) At a time when there is a call for all countries to do more to fight climate change, India is telling the world at the ongoing UN climate negotiations, COP24, that it is in a position to comfortably overachieve its Paris climate change commitments, and will do more.

China wants to include bamboo in climate talks (17:44)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 13 (IANS) China has demanded the inclusion of sustainable and low-carbon bamboo in the ongoing climate talks as it can provide valuable opportunities for the green development of developing countries along the Belt and Road.

Snowfall shuts Srinagar-Jammu highway (14:06) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 13 (IANS) The strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed on Thursday due to fresh snowfall, an official said.

New EU initiative for net zero emission (13:24)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 13 (IANS) A new initiative, comprising 45 European non-state actors and named Step Up Now, on Thursday set a joint vision for creating a new economy and society that will work quickly and substantially to build a net zero emission Europe by 2050 at the latest.

Cold Thursday morning in Delhi, rain improves air to 'poor' (11:44) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Delhi woke up to a cold yet pleasant morning on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 11.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, while the air quality improved to 'poor' after overnight rains, the weather office said.

13 killed in Vietnam flood (10:54) IANS Photo Service
Hanoi, Dec 13 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed due to a flood in Vietnam, authorities said on Thursday.

Light rain, snow in J&K (09:54) IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 13 (IANS) Light rain and snow occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday as the weather office has forecast an improvement in weather.

UN chief to nudge climate negotiators for Paris rulebook (Lead) (20:38)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial multilateral climate negotiations by 197 nations draw closer to finale with the possibility of "weak" outcomes, UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday flew back here in an attempt to convince participating countries for evolving a consensus on the Paris rulebook.

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