Category: India News Brief and Action Alert

Green Jobs are Key Contributors to Preserve the Environment in India
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Green Jobs are Key Contributors to Preserve the Environment in India

Because India has been an agrarian economy, ‘green jobs’ have long existed in the country. However, the phenomena of green jobs attracted the attention of academia and policy makers after initiatives of UNEP and ILO and the publication of the report on “Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low Carbon World”. A green...

India’s Indigenous Peoples are Key Constituents in Climate Action
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India’s Indigenous Peoples are Key Constituents in Climate Action

India is a large country with interspersed legacy and identity largely driven out of its people and their natural habitats. The country has 705 ethnic groups recognised as Scheduled Tribes. which literally means ‘Indigenous Peoples.1  There are, however, many more ethnic groups that would qualify for Scheduled Tribe status but which are not officially recognised....

Climate Bailout Guidelines for the Automobile Industry in India
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Climate Bailout Guidelines for the Automobile Industry in India

The COVID-19 pandemic in India, like everywhere else, has adversely impacted the Indian economy across many sectors. The most affected sectors include automobile, aviation, retail (including tourism and services), construction, and real estate, among others. The automobile sector, in particular, has been the most adversely impacted. The industry contributes approximately 7.5% of the nation’s GDP...

Deforestation and Land Use Changes in India Have Increased Zoonotic Disease Risk
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Deforestation and Land Use Changes in India Have Increased Zoonotic Disease Risk

India has some of the world’s most bio-diverse regions, accounting for c.10% of global floral and c.7% faunal species in addition to encompassing a wide range of biomes–desert, high mountains, highlands, tropical and temperate forests, swamplands, plains, grasslands, areas surrounding rivers, and island archipelago. It also hosts 4 biodiversity hotspots: the Himalayas, the Western Ghats,...

Can COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plans Help Put India on the Path to Low Carbon Sustainable Development?
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Can COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plans Help Put India on the Path to Low Carbon Sustainable Development?

The first case of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in India was reported on 30 January 2020, originating from China. As of 30 April 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has confirmed a total of 33,050 cases, 8,325 recoveries (including 1 migration), and 1074 deaths in the country. Experts suggest the number of infections could be much higher as...

India Takes Steps to Reform its Power Sector but Still Heavily Relies on Coal
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India Takes Steps to Reform its Power Sector but Still Heavily Relies on Coal

India is the world’s third-largest producer and third-largest consumer of electricity. With more than 400 million people lifted above the poverty line over the last decade, there has been a consistent rise in demand for power consumption across the nation’s rural, urban and semi-urban areas, necessitating far-reaching changes in India’s power sector.  The national electric grid in India over the years has come to...

High Level Meetings Take Place to Address Climate Change; Toxic Pollution Stifles Delhi
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High Level Meetings Take Place to Address Climate Change; Toxic Pollution Stifles Delhi

India has been taking concrete actions to step up its climate change activities ranging from hosting ministerial meetings, to spurring the private sector, to participating in the climate change movement. The last quarter of 2019 saw several events, meetings, and programs in which private sector, non-governmental organizations, and ministerial groups’ came together to address climate...

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