Pressure point
11 years after the Kyoto Protocol was signed — only to be consigned to irrelevance over the subsequent decade — nations are meeting in Poland to negotiate post-2012 action.

The realities of climate change are clearer than ever, and the cost of action is mounting. Rich countries, historically responsible for climate change, are proposing new mechanisms to share the burden. Leading developing countries such as India and China need to negotiate hard as well and make a big push for renewables
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Special cover story
Scientists have warned us that the ice is thinning. But politicians and business bosses are leaving us with no option but to walk on this thin ice. This is the crux of the problem: science has established beyond doubt the reality of climate change and its devastating impacts.
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Carbon rush
Black as the carbon they deal in Kyoto, 1997: The world agrees to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to combat global warming. But with large loopholes in procedure, hands-off regulations and no public scrutiny, the carbon reduction committments of industrialised countries are diluted, while only a few rich companies in developing nations stand to gain.
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Renewables, Deserted?
The Indian government has a set a target for renewable energy: 10,000 megawatt by 2012. So far so good. Renewables can electrify the rural marginalised who cannot be connected to the national grid. But how will it meet this target? Especially, when it took 20 years to generate just 3,500 megawatt. Lian Chawii analyses the obstacles confronting renewable energy penetration in the country and searches the way out.
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The future of clean energy
A simple chemical reaction is the basis of fuel cell technology. Fuel cells run on hydrogen to provide electricity. The only byproduct is water vapour. Clean, environment-friendly, exciting. But haven’t we heard too much about them already without anything happening? No. Till now, only environmentalists were interested. Now, big business is really keen to develop stakes in the hydrogen economy of the future. LIAN CHAWII appraises the history, potential, politics and science of fuel cells
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Gone with the wind
When the wind energy sector was opened to private investors in 1993, there was a virtual boom. The government’s offer of tax benefits, easy loans, excise and custom exemptions and many other sops made investment in wind energy development very lucrative. However, after the initial rush of activity, promoters and investors seem to be taking a breather now. The establishment of wind farms has fallen far short of the target. And those that have been set up have problems in plenty. Only about 5 per cent of India’s wind energy potential of 20,000 megawatts has been tapped so far.
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Creative carbon accounting
The Kyoto protocol, agreed in December 1997, was the first step to curtail emissions of the industrialised world. It is now being used to set up a trading system to buy and sell carbon emissions. ANIL AGARWAL and SUNITA NARAIN provide a review of Post-Kyoto movers and shakers, swaps and deals, and antagonists and protagonists
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Warm-up to kyoto
The industrialise countries have released billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but want the south to play nanny to them and clean up the mess
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Equity watch: A climate newsletter from the South
CSE brought out special editions of Equity Watch on the occassion of the Eighth Conference of Parties (COP-8) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
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Equal rights to the atmosphere
Equity is a prerequisite for any global agreement, particularly when dealing with the pollution of a global common property resource, such as the atmosphere. Discussions on global warming and climate change, however, threaten to put unequal burden on the nations of the world.
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I spent a week at the climate change conference in Poznan, and realized the world is in deep trouble and deeper denial.
Climate inaction
January 1, 2009
The climate talks in Poznan failed on all counts. The US was found missing in post-election inaction; climate-champion EU was squabbling over the economic pain of taking action; developing countries found themselves talking amongst themselves about what needs to be done to cut emissions.
It makes perfect sense to integrate the green dimension
January 1, 2009
Guy Ryder, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confedaration, went to Poznan to attend his first UN climate meet. He sees green opportunity in the financial crisis. Pradip Saha caught up with him
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December 04, 2008
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