Emission intensity of GDP to be reduced by 20-25% by 2020

The emission intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be reduced by 20-25 per cent by 2020 from the 2005 level without reckoning the emissions from agriculture sector, Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Volcanoes may have caused triggered water flow on early Mars

 A new study has revealed that volcanism and greenhouse gas could have warmed Mars sufficiently, but only for tens or hundreds of years at a time, which could have triggered water flow.

Revealed: How carbon dioxide moves around the globe
Revealed: How carbon dioxide moves around the globe

A high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.

India refrains from opposing UN discussion on Hydrofluorocarbons

 In a significant move, India today did not oppose participation in a discussion on the issue of harmful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the UN Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances.

Reconstituted climate panel reviews progress by national missions
Reconstituted climate panel reviews progress by national missions

Ahead of next month's UN climate conference in Lima, the reconstituted Executive Committee on Climate Change Friday reviewed the progress made by the eight national missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

US, China announce 'historic' climate change goals
US, China announce 'historic' climate change goals

Top greenhouse gas emitters China and the US today announced a "historic" pact that could cut their emissions by close to a third over the next two decades, as President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama held talks to push forward new type of major-country ties.

Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate change
Natural gas expansion not enough to slow climate change

In a new study, scientists have found that natural gas alone was not enough to slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

White House tackles HFC emissions to slash global warming

The Obama administration today said it will slash emissions of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas used to fuel refrigerators and air conditioners that contributes to global warming.

White House warns climate inaction could cost US billions

Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US USD 150 billion per year, the White House warned today in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change.

Increase in atmospheric moisture tied to human activities

Human activities are directly responsible for rising levels of atmospheric water vapour, the most abundant greenhouse gas and a key driver of global warming, scientists say.

NASA to launch satellite to track carbon pollution

The US space agency is to launch on Tuesday a satellite that tracks atmospheric carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Amazon forests inhale more carbon dioxide than they emit: NASA study

In a finding that is seen as a significant factor in reducing global warming, a new NASA-led study confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit.

Components of Venus` acidic cloud cover identified

A team of researchers used rainbow-like light phenomenon observed on Venus cloud tops to identify the components of the planet`s acidic cloud cover.

Climate risk from wind farms is minimal: Study

Concerns that giant wind farms aimed at easing climate change in fact aggravate the problem are misplaced, a scientific study said today.

Europe`s 2030 climate plan draws mixed response

Environment watchdogs rejected Europe`s 2030 greenhouse gas-curbing plan as inadequate today but the UN climate chief hailed it as a "positive" step towards a new international pact against global warming.

New greenhouse gas has higher global warming impact than CO2

A long-lived man-made greenhouse gas that appears to have the highest global-warming impact of any compound to date has been discovered.

US emitting 50% more methane than EPA calculations: Study

The emissions of methane in the United States may be 50% more than the indicated estimates by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says a new study on Monday.

Carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries

Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the greenhouse gas already present in the Earth`s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, a new study has found.

UN talks limp towards global 2015 climate deal

Almost 200 countries on Saturday kept alive hopes for a global deal in 2015 to fight climate change after overcoming disputes on greenhouse gas emissions cuts and aid for poor nations at a meeting widely criticised as lacking urgency.

Greenhouse gas in atmosphere hits new record: UN

The amount of greenhouse gases in Earth`s atmosphere hit a new record high in 2012, continuing an ever-faster rise that is driving climate change, the UN weather agency said Wednesday.