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The right reforms to pursue for growth

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 10:50
The government’s focus on labour and land is a welcome feature, but overnight changes are unlikely

Let RBI emulate the government

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 10:50
In a mature and modern democracy, the govt should not be dictating monetary policy and credit decisions of banks

Save the children, legalize child labour

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 10:47
Acting on emotional appeals from activists will do more harm than good for children in poverty

ENB Summary of COP10/MOP26 | 17-21 November 2014 | Paris, France | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. November 2014 - 6:46
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), covered the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol and Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Vienna Convention, from 17 to 21 November 2014, from UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters, in Paris, France

Why countries are cheapening their currencies

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 5:42
One reason for the devaluations is when economic growth is weak govt feels tremendous pressure to increase exports to restore growth

To boost GDP, China may be making a mortgage bomb

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 5:35
The benchmark rate cut adds to worries about looser credit that could pose risks to global economy. Case in point: mortgages

Compte-rendu de la CNI 6 sur le mercure | 3-7 novembre 2014 | Bangkok, Thaïlande | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 24. November 2014 - 5:30
Le Service des informations de l’IIDD, à travers son Bulletin des Négociations de la Terre (BNT), a porté sur la sixième session du Comité de négociation intergouvernemental chargé d’élaborer un instrument international juridiquement contraignant sur le mercure (CNI 6), du 3 au 7 novembre 2014, à partir du siège de la Commission économique et sociale des Nations Unies (CESAP), Bangkok , Thaïlande

Political parties engaging in doublespeak in Maharashtra

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 4:28
BJP, NCP and Shiv Sena seem to be torn between keeping their core support base happy and playing realpolitik

Bollywood’s window onto India

News from India - 24. November 2014 - 4:16
Popular cinema has tracked more closely than any artistic or journalistic medium the public and private lives of New India

Lima talks to test political will for global climate deal

News from WWF - 24. November 2014 - 1:00
GLAND, Switzerland –UN climate talks opening in Lima on 1 December will be pivotal to gauge political will for a new global climate deal.  Governments are expected to agree on the outline of an agreement to be approved in Paris in 2015.
 
With overwhelming scientific evidence of the increased rate and impact of climate change, it is essential that governments make climate change a top political priority and leave Lima with a strong foundation for success in Paris.
 
"Make no mistake. COP20 is a litmus test for political will for urgent action on climate, and specifically for an ambitious and equitable global agreement on climate change," said Tasneem Essop, WWF's Head of Delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
 
Adding to the urgency, the unprecedented call for action by citizens across the world in recent months demonstrates that governments have to step up the pace and scale of their commitments to the climate negotiations.
 
"We know the consequences of inaction and it's no longer good enough to say that it's too politically difficult to act," said Samantha Smith, leader of WWF's Global Climate and Energy Initiative.
 
"We have one year to the Paris meeting. We are off to a good start with 'opening bids' by China, the US and the European Union all pledging to reduce emissions. The financial commitments made by a number of countries earlier this month also lends much needed political momentum to the talks," Smith said.
 
WWF's expects that governments coming to Lima will act with urgency to close the emissions gap, including by scaling up renewable energy consumption to 25 per cent and doubling energy efficiency by 2020.

In order to help build a safe future for us all, especially the vulnerable, the elements of a new climate deal should include a global goal to help countries manage the impacts of climate change. Forests should be included in the 2015 agreement as should a commitment to support actions to curb deforestation.

Any new agreement must also place science and equity at its center. Governments should agree on a carbon budget and a long-term goal of phasing out fossil fuels and ensuring 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.
 
Countries that have not made financial commitments to the Green Climate Fund should use the opportunity of the COP 20 meeting in Lima to do so. Commitments of finance and support need to be at the scale required for ambitious action.

"We are meeting on a continent of developing countries that have already experienced devastating impacts of climate change through floods, glacier melts and extreme weather events. It is also a continent where we have witnessed strong actions to address climate change. This should spur all countries to be prepared to set aside their own national interests and act in the interests of the planet," said Essop.

Indian farmers in the IT age

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 20:08
Farmers are using features like SMS, Voice Message, Helpline, WhatsApp, Facebook and to get information about rain forecast and wind speed alert

India’s coal concerns

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 19:58
We have no option but to ensure that non-fossil energy sources expand aggressively in the years ahead

When will banks see acche din?

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 19:37
The sentiment in the stock market has surged ahead of reality; it will take a few quarters for banks to get back to health

Stuttering recovery

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 19:29
Most economists expect the Indian economy to expand at a slower rate in the second quarter of this fiscal year than it did in the first

Don’t write me off just yet

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 19:02
The popular opinion about the imminent demise of traditional products or business models is premature

Flip side of very high profitability

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 18:57
How does an investor find a business with great profitability and a sustainable business model?

Clearing the road for GST

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 12:55
There is just one sticking point in rolling out the goods and services tax

Saarc: building a constellation of stars?

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 12:47
Narendra Modi’s oft-repeated proposal for a Saarc satellite is noteworthy

Climate change: boxing India into a corner

News from India - 23. November 2014 - 12:47
The decision to operate as a bloc, with China and India in one negotiating ship, has proved to be a major strategic blunder

Summary of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 | 12-19 November 2014 | Sydney, Australia | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 22. November 2014 - 11:59
IISD Reporting Services, through its IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Bulletin, covered of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014, from 12 to 19 November 2014, from Sydney, Australia

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