World leaders kick off climate change conference in Paris

High-level climate talks have begun in Paris, aimed at signing a long-term deal to reduce global carbon emissions. More than 150 world leaders have converged to launch the two-week talks, known as COP21. The last major meeting in 2009 ended in failure. But French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the meeting, said a… Read More World leaders kick off climate change conference in Paris

From Coal Mining To Turmeric Farming In Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills

KHLIERIAT, Meghalaya — The National Green Tribunal ban on coal mining and transportation of coal in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills region has resulted in many of those engaged in the activity switching to turmeric farming for their livelihood. For the past one year, these coal-miners, who previously practised unscientific mining and transportation of coal, have taken… Read More From Coal Mining To Turmeric Farming In Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills

Gaping holes in hydropower polices

Thimphu: The government has violated the Bhutan Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy (BSHDP) 2008 by not giving the agriculture ministry the one percent electricity royalty in cash for integrated water resource management. This is among the numerous non-compliance and discrepancies in the hydropower development policy and programs, the National Council’s review found. “Government must ensure compliance… Read More Gaping holes in hydropower polices