Environment

The Commerce Ministry favoures the imposition of anti-dumping duty on solar cells. Believes it will boost manufacturing in the country and attract foreign investments in the sector.

This assumes significance as Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and solar power producers are strongly opposing imposition of the duty.

“We believe that imposition of anti-dumping duty will clearly give a signal to the domestic industry to gear up its acts for the future demand make or seek investments in the sector.

Dharamshala: - Glaciers in the Amdo region of the Tibetan Plateau, the source of many rivers that sustain Asian subcontinent are melting faster than those in any other part of the world.

According to reports, 'the glaciers in Tibet have shrunk by 15 per cent over the past three decades and the situation could worsen in future due to global warming.'

Developed countries should implement their commitments developing countries on climate change in accordance with their historical responsibilities: BASIC Minister

Insisting that the Copenhagen accord was reached to the satisfaction of all concerned, government today told the Rajya Sabha that the provision for "international consultation and analysis" will in no way affect India's sovereignty.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said a major achievement was that it was a "non-legally binding" accord and negotiations would continue under the Kyoto Protocol and Bali Action Plan to be completed at the end of 2010.

While all nations participating in the climate change conference in Copenhagen are trying to get a share of the climate change deal, Bangladesh does not want to be lagging far behind. As climate change will lead to millions of environmental refugees, Bangladesh has demanded a new international framework in recognition of environmental refugees.

U.S. oil demand through 2035 is not expected to return to the peak levels reached before fuel consumption fell sharply due to high petroleum prices and the recession,  according to the government's top energy forecasting agency.

U.S. oil demand reached a high of 20.8 million barrels per day in 2005, and oil consumption is forecast to remain "near" its current level of about 19 million bpd through 2035, the Energy Information Administration said.

India opposed any amendment to the Kyoto protocol at the Copenhagen meet on Sunday, even as the EU pushed for an agreement that is "broader" than the 1997 climate change treaty that puts more obligations on developing countries for cutting emissions.

Meanwhile, Police arrested almost 1,000 people among the violent fringes of a mass rally in Copenhagen intended to put pressure on the UN climate summit to take stronger action.

The Union Cabinet has discussed India's stand on climate change at the Copenhagen global summit. The Cabinet Ministers had thorough discussions on various aspects related to the developments at the global conference and marked red lines for the negotiations India will adhere to.
While refusing to take legally binding cuts, India has announced 20-25 per cent emission intensity cuts by 2020 compared to the 2005 levels as a "domestic action" to show its seriousness to curb the greenhouse gases which are responsible for global warming.

China has slammed the developed nations, including the US and the EU, for announcing inadequate carbon mitigation targets while coaxing developing countries to put more on the table at the crucial climate conference here.

Chinese chief negotiator Su Wei said the 17 per cent reduction in carbon emission offered by the US by 2020 over 2005 levels was neither "remarkable" nor "notable".

USA is interested in early action on climate-friendly technologies and discussing this possibility with other countries says Carol Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office. The United States supports taking "early action" to liberalize trade in products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and believes that could spur progress in broader world trade talks on environmental goods and services.