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People's Climate March: the revolution starts here

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: Guardian -

Northern Forests Falter in Combating Climate Change

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: ClimateWire - The Earth relies on its vegetative cover to extract and hold onto carbon dioxide when a great deal of it finds its way into the atmosphere, as has happened with the burning of fossil fuels.

French climate ambassador concerned over slow progress of draft Paris deal

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: Guardian - France wants to see serious progress by October on text for a new deal on global warming, says Laurence Tubiana

UAE Described as Pioneer in the Field of Renewable Energy

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: IPS - When the government of Kenya hosted a U.N. Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in Nairobi back in 1981, one of the conclusions at that meeting was a proposal for the creation of an international agency dedicated to renewable energy.

As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: Ensia - Is the world better suited for an agreement than it was in 2009?

Panamá investiga la cantidad de CO2 presente en sus manglares

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: El Comercio - La iniciativa, que concluye en 2018, busca determinar qué cantidad de carbono absorben y almacenan estos humedales

Atribuyen el calor de este verano a cambios en la circulación del aire

New from UNFCCC - 29. July 2015 - 15:59
Source: EFE - Un investigador de la Universidad de Jaén (UJA) apunta al cambio en los patrones de circulación del aire como el causante de las altas temperaturas durante este verano.

Investing in real estate is a route to financial discipline

News from India - 29. July 2015 - 14:56
Real estate allows you to monetise and own assets simultaneously

Communication lessons for the RBI governor

News from India - 29. July 2015 - 8:14
Raghuram Rajan finds himself in the middle of a controversy. Again. You can call it a media-created ruckus, but a ruckus it is

IISD/ENB @ Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document) | 7th and 8th Sessions | POST2015-IN7-IN8 | 28 July 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 29. July 2015 - 7:10
On Tuesday, 28 July 2015, IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, covered the 8th Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document), which runs from 27 to 31 July 2015, from UN headquarters in New York. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/post2015-in7-8/

Bhutan joins tiger champions while tiger crisis looms in Southeast Asia

News from WWF - 29. July 2015 - 2:00
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – On Global Tiger Day, Bhutan announces that it is home to 103 tigers, an increase on the previous estimate of 75. However, WWF warned that Southeast Asia was facing a crisis, which could see tigers extinct across the region. 
 
Bhutan's first national tiger survey, conducted entirely by Bhutanese nationals, puts Bhutan on the list of tiger champions, along with Nepal, India, Russia and Bangladesh, as countries to have carried out national tiger surveys, a crucial step in the Tx2 goal to double wild tiger numbers by 2022.
 
'The roaring success of Bhutan's first ever nationwide survey gifts us a rare look into the lives of the magnificent tigers roaming across the entire country," said Dechen Dorji, WWF Bhutan Country Representative. "This is an incredible achievement with great teamwork and leadership from the Royal Government of Bhutan." 
 
Bhutan's results come days after Bangladesh released numbers from its first national tiger survey. The survey found 106 wild tigers, a lower figure than the previous estimate, but that figure was based on less reliable methodology that may have led to an overestimation. This is Bangladesh's first systematic tiger survey including the use of camera traps and highlights the essential need for all countries to systematically count their tigers. However, many Southeast Asian countries are still not taking this step. 
 
"There is a tiger crisis in Southeast Asia. Countries are not counting their tigers and are at risk of losing them if immediate action isn't taken," said Mike Baltzer, WWF Tigers Alive Initiative Leader."Political support is weaker and resources are fewer, while poaching and habitat loss are at critical levels. Until countries know the reality on the ground they can't take the appropriate action to protect their tigers." 
 
This year, experts from Malaysia suggested that tiger numbers have fallen from their previous estimate of 500 in 2010 to as few as 250 individuals. There are thought to be no breeding populations of tigers in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and tiger numbers are unknown for Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.
 
"WWF is calling on all Southeast Asian tiger countries to count their tigers and on the global tiger conservation community to focus efforts in these critical Southeast Asian countries," continued Baltzer. 

And there is some hope: Thailand's government is meeting to assess the status of the country's wild tigers, the Malaysian government recently announced its intention to conduct the first national tiger survey, and the Cambodian government is discussing the reintroduction of tigers, with WWF's support.  
 
Tigers are endangered. The last global estimate in 2010 put numbers at as few as 3200. Today wild tiger numbers are unknown, although all tiger countries have committed to issuing a new global tiger figure in 2016, the halfway point under Tx2. 
 
Poaching is the greatest threat to wild tigers today. Along with ivory and rhino horn, tiger parts are in high demand in Asia. It is feared that countries not carrying out national tiger surveys could lose their tigers to poachers without realizing. This may already be the case for some countries.   
 
In January this year, India released its latest tiger census results showing an increase to 2,226 from 1,706 in 2010. In May, Russia's latest survey found as many as 540 tigers, while Nepal's last survey in 2013 found that tigers had increased from 155 in 2008 to 198. There are positive indications of tigers settling and breeding in northeastern China.
 
National tiger surveys are expensive, labour intensive and often take place in difficult terrain with challenging weather conditions. All these factors are barriers to governments completing the work. However, the returns outweigh the investment and NGOs are willing to work with governments to share technical expertise and explore potential funding sources.
 

Caste politics and the lust for power

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 21:20
Caste-based parties are demanding a bigger share of power in the forthcoming Bihar assembly elections

Industrialization of life sciences

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 21:04
It is only when physical sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, started making inroads into biology that the idea of commercialization dawned— about 40 years ago

Two catalysts to dictate RBI’s policy direction

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 20:57
Externally, it will be the US Fed’s rate bias. Internally, India will need to finalize the shape and form of the RBI monetary policy committee

Reform lessons

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 20:34
There is one clear lesson for India from the three large economic trouble spots today

A troubling but necessary ally

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 20:09
From the US perspective, getting Turks to fight Islamic State is good news

Sebi cracks the whip on speculation

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 20:03
Trading in derivatives far outstrips that in equities and is largely speculative. Sebi is taking steps to check this

The monetary policy imbroglio

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 19:54
Monetary policy cannot succeed in India without the creation of a modern fiscal policy framework

APJ Abdul Kalam: The president with wings of fire

News from India - 28. July 2015 - 19:49
The man from Rameswaram gave India what it was once short of: confidence

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