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News from India - 27. June 2016 - 20:54
For Britain, exiting the EU might turn out to be a bad decision only if other countries from Europe emulated its example

A host of challenges for Raghuram Rajan’s successor

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 20:35
Continuing the incumbent’s good work will require deft footwork

NCDEX is no NSEL; but its castor seed episode is a wake-up call

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 16:58
When the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) regulated commodity derivatives markets, they were always perceived to be weaker in terms of regulation vis-a-vis their equity counterparts

Former Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim Takes Reins at UN Environment Programme

News from UNEP - 27. June 2016 - 16:00
Solheim pledges to tackle major environmental issues such as ocean and air pollution, climate change, and nexus between conflict, migration and the environment

EU Carbon Slumps Most Since 2014 as Brexit Sparks Doubts

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: Bloomberg - Carbon prices in the European Union’s emissions market, the world’s biggest, plunged the most in 27 months as the U.K. vote to leave the 28-nation bloc triggered uncertainty about the future of the cap-and-trade program.

Paris Agreement to Drive Development - Asia Pacific Carbon Forum, 5-7 September 2016 Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: UNFCCC Newsroom - The Paris Climate Change Agreement has put fresh wind in the sails of climate policy, which governments and the private sector will seek to harness to drive development at the Asia Pacific Carbon Forum, 5-7 September 2016, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.

India consider umbrella legislation on climate change

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: Economic Times - India is considering the possibility of bringing an umbrella legislation on climate change to move ahead towards the ratification of the Paris climate agreement—a legacy that the US President Barack Obama wants to leave before his term draws to an end.

Renewable energy set to get a separate power trading market

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: Business Standard - With the increasing share of renewable energy in the grid and its likelihood to disturb existing power systems, the government is preparing a separate power trading platform for clean energy.

Rwanda: Call for More Research to Combat Climate Change

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: The New Times - The effects of climate change have been felt through destruction of crops, and property by floods and prolonged drought.

Africa’s Charcoal Economy Is Cooking. The Trees Are Paying

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: NY Times - When Julien Andrianiana started selling charcoal 14 years ago, he was just one of a few dealers around. Most households in Toliara, a coastal city in southwestern Madagascar, still used firewood for cooking.

Study Links 6.5 Million Deaths Each Year to Air Pollution

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: NY Times - A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with “many of its root causes and cures” found in the energy industry.

La BM soutient l'adaptation au changement climatique et la croissance verte au Vietnam

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: Le Courrier du Vietnam - La Banque mondiale (BM) a approuvé un crédit de 90 millions de dollars en faveur du Vietnam pour l'aider à s'adapter aux changements climatiques et soutenir sa croissance verte, conformément au Plan d'action sur le changement climatique du groupe de la BM.

Prochaine réunion des experts africains au Rwanda sur les émissions de carbone

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: - Plus de 600 experts sur le changement climatique des gouvernements du continent africain et d'autres régions devraient participer au Forum Afrique Carbone (ACF) de cette année, prévu la semaine prochaine dans la capitale rwandaise Kigali.

COP22: Une nouvelle proposition « l’Oasis Durable »

New from UNFCCC - 27. June 2016 - 15:54
Source: Agri Maroc - Le Maroc présentera une nouvelle proposition « l’Oasis Durable » lors de la COP22.

In defence of Narendra Modi’s aggressive NSG bid

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 13:12
The MTCR success hasn’t received as much attention as India’s bid for NSG membership. The reason is unvarnished politicisation of foreign policy.

Is Bob Kriti’s uncle?

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 9:33
The fact of the matter is that Neupane’s film did come before Kunder’s. And ‘Bob’ does have lots of very large similarities with ‘Kriti’

The asset squeeze of Indian companies

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 8:12
Asset turnover ratio for Indian companies is at its lowest level since the global financial crisis

The sobering reality of Brexit

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 7:55
The Britain that the late Jo Cox (the MP who was murdered) warned about is emerging out of the woodworks, making the ‘small island’ a shadow of the self to which it aspires and of the glory which it believes is its god-given right

Making Amaravati a reality

News from India - 27. June 2016 - 6:05
To realize his audacious goals, perhaps Chandrababu Naidu will need three to four terms in office to ensure Amaravati becomes his vision of ‘world–class’ city

Top firms in Singapore join new alliance to meet consumer demand for haze-free products

News from WWF - 27. June 2016 - 2:00
Singapore, 27 June 2016  – Today marks the formation of a new Singapore-based alliance between players in the palm oil industry, retailers and manufacturers, to tackle deforestation, haze pollution and ultimately deliver haze­-free products to consumers.

The primary goal of the Singapore Alliance on Sustainable Palm Oil announced today, is to increase the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil by manufacturers and retailers and offer consumers an environmentally-conscious option for the many products which contain palm oil.  

The formation of the Singapore Alliance on Sustainable Palm Oil was prompted by the public outcry over 2015's prolonged haze pollution that caused suffering in communities and natural areas throughout Southeast Asia. Through the "We Breathe What We Buy" campaign, which reached over 20 million people globally, WWF-­Singapore was able to raise awareness of the link between the slash and burn practices used in the production of palm oil and haze pollution, and enlist public support for a switch to sustainable palm oil.  

"The  alliance  sends  a  clear  signal  to  consumers  about  which  companies  are  committed  to sustainability and which are not", said Elaine Tan, CEO, WWF­-Singapore. "This is a timely opportunity for NGOs and businesses to work together towards transforming the palm oil industry."

The founding members of the alliance believe that companies can make an impact in ending transboundary haze in Southeast Asia and are calling for like­-minded organisations to join them. By consciously choosing how their products are produced and marketed, manufacturers and retailers are empowering consumers with knowledge and values to change their purchasing habits and echo this belief.

The  current  founding  members  of  the  Singapore Alliance on Sustainable Palm Oil  include consumer  goods  giant  Unilever, established  Singapore  manufacturer  Ayam  Brand,  food  and  beverage  specialist  Danone,  home furnishing retailer IKEA and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Dhaval Buch, Chief Procurement officer for Unilever says, "Together with its partners and peers in the industry, Unilever is committed to achieving zero deforestation with a long-­term goal to source 100 per cent of our palm oil sustainably. Unilever is proud to be part of this alliance to advocate the production, trade  and  usage  of  sustainable  palm  oil.  Companies  are  encouraged  to  make  a commitment and enable change by being a part of this national alliance."

By joining the alliance, companies with a shared commitment can help to make the use of sustainable palm oil a norm.


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