Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled on Monday he would not bow to foreign pressure to commit to cuts in carbon emissions, instead pledging to use more clean energy and traditional methods to lead the fight against climate change.
India's government launched a new air quality index on Monday, under intense pressure to act after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared New Delhi the world's most polluted capital.
The world's vegetation has expanded, adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground in the decade since 2003, thanks to tree-planting in China, forest regrowth in former Soviet states and more lush savannas due to higher rainfall.
Since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo came to power last October, he has adopted important policies designed to further bring down poverty and reduce inequality. His decision to slash the decades-old fuel subsidy was a bold and necessary move. Not only does it reduce incentives to consume fossil fuel, but the US$23 billion freed up can be better used to boost public investments in much needed infrastructure and social programs to improve economic livelihoods and expand access to social services for the poor.
Government departments have joined hands with a wildlife NGO to ensure that poor villagers living close to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve no longer depend on jungle wood for cooking food. The move is aimed at bringing down the cases of mass illegal felling which is affecting the ecological balance of the tiger reserve.