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Post-Durban Climate Summit: What should be India’s Strategy?

The article presents a synopsis of the discussions at the Durban COP, the potential implications for India’s position on climate change and stresses on the need for India to step up as a leader to safeguard the growth needs of the developing world.

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Author: Vijeta Rattani

Earth Care to fete South Asia's green heroes

The South Asian sub-continent faces the worst brunt of climate change in years to come, scientists of the UN's Inter-governmental panel on climate change have warned. The sub-continent faces a challenge that it can only surmount acting in cohesion.

While the countries in the region - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka and India sketch their economic destinies and alleviate the endemic poverty in the subcontinent it now has to face the challenge of climate change.

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India to get Rs 700 cr German loan for renewable energy projects

Germany will help India in renewable energy projects by giving a low interest loan of about 100 million Euros(about Rs 700 crore).

An agreement for that has been signed by German Government owned development bank KfW with the Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd (REC), which is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, the national initiative for rural electrification.

A financing agreement has also been signed for a project development and capacity building grant of EUR 500,000 (approximately INR 3.5 crore)

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Chance for India to back LDCs in their submissions to UN on emission reduction

After the differences at Durban over carbon reduction, India has an opportunity to mend fences with the least developed countries.

New Delhi can lend support to the detailed plan for increased emission reduction by developed countries put forward by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Africa Group in their submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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City airport first in India to get award for tracking its carbon footprints

The Mumbai airport on Friday became the first Indian airport to be awarded an international certificate for accounting for its carbon footprints. Bureau Veritas, a UK-based firm with more than two decades of experience in carbon management, gave the ISO-certified award. Once the city

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GSMA and Bharti Infratel Partner to Expand Green Energy for Telecom Towers

The GSMA and India's Bharti Infratel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and promote green technologies for telecom tower infrastructure in India. The collaboration will entail working together to convert 1,000 Infratel towers into green sites, which will reduce greenhouse gas carbon emissions by almost 11,000 tonnes as a result of the reduced usage of diesel.

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State to give priority to green projects

The state government has decided to put its weight behind green and environment-friendly industrial projects, and such projects will be given preference in terms of expedited clearance and other non-financial benefits.

This was stated by Valsa Nair Singh, state environment secretary, while addressing the conference, 'Green co - the next wave for sustaining growth,' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai on Friday.

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Himachal Pradesh to be the 1st state to become carbon-neutral by 2020: Dhumal

 Himachal Pradesh would be the first state in the country to become carbon neutral by 2020 by undertaking "carbon smart growth", Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal claimed here today. 

"The carbon footprint per capita in Himachal Pradesh has been assessed at 1.4 tonne per capita in comparison to national average of 1.57 tonnes per capita," Dhumal said while speaking at 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. 

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Kyoto Protocol should be sincerely followed: India

India today asked all countries to "adhere and sincerely follow" the Kyoto Protocol which recognises principles of common but differentiated responsibility in dealing with the challenge of climate change. 

Addressing the 9th World CEO Sustainability Summit organized by TERI here, he said "we have acknowledged the fact that countries across the world have different levels of development, have differing abilities in adopting mitigation and adaptation measures for climate change". 

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Allianz, C-Quest Capital launch India carbon project

 German insurer Allianz SE and U.S.-based C-Quest Capital LCC said on Tuesday they will finance the installation of about 8.5 million energy-efficient lightbulbs in India in return for U.N.-backed carbon offsets.

The 10-year project will fund the installation of compact fluorescent lightbulbs in Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and northern Delhi, Armin Sandhoevel, chief executive of Allianz Climate Solutions, told Reuters in Singapore.

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