International Impacts & Adaptation : CLIMATE HIMALAYA

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Other nations may benefit from climate changes. The capacity to adapt to climate change can influence how climate change affects individuals, communities, countries, and the global population. Impacts on Basic Needs: Food …

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Virginia Lawmaker Says ‘Sea Level Rise’ Is A ‘Left Wing Term,’ Excises It From State Report On Coastal Flooding

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Virginia’s legislature commissioned a $50,000 study to determine the impacts of climate change on the state’s shores.

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Entangled Histories: Climate Science and Nuclear Weapons Research – Slashdot

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Harperdog writes “Paul N. Edwards has a great paper about the links between nuclear weapons testing and climate science.

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Bio-Fuels And Climate Change Mitigation : CLIMATE HIMALAYA

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Link button by Linksku. Science20.com: Global climate change has stimulated efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Photosynthetic organisms use solar energy to generate reducing equivalents and incorporate atmospheric CO2 …

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CAG to be out of bag on Aug 16, may cause tumult

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NEW DELHI: With the government likely to table three-much awaited CAG reports, August 16 could be the first tumultuous day of the ongoing monsoon session, which, going by contemporary standards, has been unusually peaceful.

The audit reports on allocation of coal mines or Coalgate, diversion of excess coal from blocks earmarked for the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project and the concessions allegedly given to the promoters of IGI airport in Delhi may spell fresh trouble for the government, while coming handy for the opposition.

Sources said the reports may be tabled once Parliament resumes — possibly on August 16 — after the Independence Day break. The delay in tabling the reports in Parliament triggered controversy, with the opposition accusing the government of trying to keep “scams” under wraps.  Read more




CoalMin to deduct bank guarantee for delay in mine development

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To fast-track the development of captive coal blocks, the government has finalised a policy for deduction of bank guarantees of mine holders if they do not start production from allotted mines within the stipulated time frame.

The coal ministry has framed guidelines on bank guarantee deduction. To begin with, the ministry will deduct the bank guarantee of 18 firms which have delayed the production from the captive mines allocated to them,” a source close to the development told PTI.

The policy was finalised in the last meeting of an inter-ministerial group held recently, the source added. Read more

Govt not to reconstitute GoM on opening up of coal sector

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The government has decided not to reconstitute the Group of Ministers (GoM) which was formed to evolve a consensus on opening up of coal sector for commercial mining.

The group was being headed by former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

“The Cabinet Secretariat has said that the GoM (constituted to obtain a general agreement on opening of coal sector for commercial mining) is not being reconstituted,” a top official in the Coal Ministry said.

The Cabinet Secretariat had conveyed this to the Coal Ministry almost a fortnight back, the official said.

At present, only PSUs are allowed to undertake mining. Private firms are permitted to extract coal for captive use.

The six-member ministerial panel, formed in 2009, consisted of former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Mines Minister Dinsha Patel, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia among others.

Earlier, Coal Minister Jaiswal had said the government, as part of the energy sector reforms, is trying to evolve a consensus on commercial coal mining to promote development of the sector.

Several meetings of the GoM, to consider re-introduction of a bill to amend the existing Act governing coal mining were postponed earlier. The bill to amend the Act to allow private participation has been pending in Parliament for the last 10 years for want of political consensus amid opposition by trade unions.

The private sector is allowed coal mining for meeting their captive requirements in sectors like power, steel and cement etc.

The need to liberalise the sector was also felt in the wake of widening demand-supply gap of the dry-fuel.

According to government estimates, India faced a supply shortage of 161.5 million tonnes of coal in the last financial year. PTI SID KSR




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