Once every 20 years, the world's urban leaders gather to determine the best course of action for the world's cities. This year, at Habitat III, the 21st century challenges for cities are clear. WRI's World Resources Report examines whether providing equitable access to services can make cities more economically productive and environmentally sustainable.
India ratified the Paris Agreement on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. To date, 62 countries representing 51.89% of global emissions have joined the Paris Agreement. Fifty-five countries representing 55% of global emissions must join before the pact enters into force. Track progress on WRI's Paris Agreement Tracker.
Following is a statement from Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of World Resources Institute:
Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport plans to become the largest solar-producing airport in India, generating 14.6 megawatts (MW) of solar power. That's enough to offset 17,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking more than 3,200 vehicles off the road each year.
WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016)-Prime Minister Modi and President Obama today released a new U.S.-India Joint Announcement on Climate and Clean Energy. The statement includes developments on a number of climate and energy related issues, including the Paris Agreement, Montreal Protocol and clean energy. This builds on previous announcements by the two countries last year.
Following is a statement by Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:
Prime Minister Modi and President Obama have put themselves in the vanguard of global climate policy, not because of any immediate political pressure, but because both leaders see action on this front as crucial for future generations’ health and prosperity.
Spreading good adaptation practices to achieve adaptation success at scale.
WASHINGTON (JUNE 1, 2016)— Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the United States next week, meeting with President Barack Obama and speaking before Congress.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed to increase India's solar power to 100 gigawatts by 2022, leaps and bounds higher than its current 5.8 GW. So is the target achievable?
A "prosumer" produces and consumes electricity, usually through rooftop solar panels, while also selling power back to the grid. Prosumers could play an important role in helping India meet its ambitious goal of installing 40 gigawatts of rooftop solar capacity by 2022.
From fans to air conditions to refrigerators, appliances account for about 18 percent of global energy consumption, and India's rising urban population has a growing appetite for them. Energy-efficient appliances haven't caught on with Indian consumers, despite their clear cost and environmental benefits. Flawed governance is part of the reason why.