May 23, 2017

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan

A coal train in West Virginia. (Photo by Cori Martin, CC License)

Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.   The executive order signals a sharp shift in federal climate change rules, standards and work procedures. This was ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

Asia’s Coal Plans Promise Development, Deliver Premature Death

Over 70% of China's electricity is supplied by coal-fired power plants. One of the most noticeable features of these power plants is the cement cooling towers. (Photo by V. T. Polywoda, Creative Commons License)

A new report from Greenpeace and Harvard says Chinese-financed coal projects in Asia could lead to 70,000 premature deaths a year. Read More »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

Farmers Start Adapting to Climate-related Risks in South Asia

Dried saffron safflower.

Attempts to tackle the declining production of saffron, the iconic spice of Kashmir, is symptomatic of the various agricultural adaptations that are required across south Asia to adjust to climate change. Read More »

India-Pakistan Tensions Hit Climate Finance

Biafo glacier in northern Pakistan. (Photo by Ben Tubby, Creative Commons License)

After objections by the Indian representative, the Green Climate Fund has kept on hold a project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods in northern Pakistan. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Green Climate Fund’s activities include funding adaptation plans such as the one to protect coastlines in Tuvalu, a country that climate change threatens with extinction. (Photo by Joe Hitchcock, Creative Commons License)

The Green Climate Fund is supposed to finance the world's shift away from fossil fuels. But fossil fuel-funding banks are eager to get on board. Read More »

Coastal Flooding Threatens Cities Across World

Flood waters from swollen rivers in Kuakata in south eastern Bangladesh.  (Photo by  Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight. Read More »