NEW DELHI (AP) — The country's top environment official unveiled a government program Friday that will eventually measure air quality across India, home to some of the most polluted cities in the world.
Over the next five years, the government will begin measuring eight major pollutants that affect respiratory health in cities with populations above 1 million, and then gradually expand the air quality index to the rest of the country, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. The index will warn residents when pollution levels rise past dangerous levels.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length.
Following their first formal meeting, Obama hailed Modi for his energetic approach to addressing India's challenges since taking office. The president singled out the prime minister's focus on addressing "the needs of the poorest of the poor," as well as making India a source of peace and stability in the region.
5th US-India Energy Partnership Summit Day 1. Speakers include Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman, Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg, State Department Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein. Through Wednesday.
5th US-India Energy Partnership Summit concludes. Speakers include Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, Energy Department Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Jonathan Elkind, State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation Robert Ichord, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President Barack Obama for the first time at the White House, the welcome will be very different from the response Modi got nearly a decade ago when he wanted to visit the U.S. His visa request was denied.
But his election in May as the new leader of the world's largest democracy has transformed Modi into a welcome visitor. The two leaders will first break the ice over dinner Monday as they seek to reinvigorate soured relations between their countries.
Meetings between India's recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama next week will likely yield agreements on clean energy and climate change, senior administration officials said Friday.
The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, held back details of what they called the expected "deliverables" from the two-day bilateral summit, but said energy and security are among the main topics they will seek to advance.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.
The world pumped an estimated 39.8 billion tons (36.1 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air last year by burning coal, oil and gas. That is 778 million tons (706 metric tons) or 2.3 percent more than the previous year.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages, officials said Friday.
Govinda Pokhrel of Nepal's national planning commission said a Cabinet meeting endorsed a draft agreement late Thursday to allow the company to build the $1.15 billion power plant with a 900 megawatt capacity.
GMR executives are expected to fly to Nepal Friday and sign the final agreement with Nepalese officials.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Every summer, when Minoo Phakey's water runs out, she does what most people do in her middle-class neighborhood: She calls the mafia.
Within an hour, a man in a tanker arrives, carrying a load of dubious water drawn illegally from the city's groundwater. With India's capital gripped by its annual hot season water shortage, the city's so-called tanker mafia is doing a roaring trade. An estimated 2,000 illegal tankers ply New Delhi's roads every day, lifelines to millions whose taps have run dry, and symptoms of a much bigger problem — the city's desperately dysfunctional water system.
Brent crude for December extended its rebound to rise 34 cents to $86.16 a barrel as Goldman Sachs speculated that the recent steep drop in price was excessive. West Texas Intermediate gained 5 cents to settle at $82.75 a barrel, Bloomberg reports.
Officials from several OPEC members outside the Persian Gulf are calling for a reduction in production in response to falling oil prices, as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states seek to keep the ceiling high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the global economy could collapse if the price of oil stays near $80 a barrel for an extended period but downplayed arguments that low prices will significantly devalue Russia's currency, Business Insider reports.
As global oil prices trend downward, 80 of the oil industry's largest crude oil tankers are headed for Chinese ports, marking the largest number of shipments in nine months and indicating China may be boosting purchases, Bloomberg reports.
An Environmental Protection Agency study has found that neonicotinoid pesticides, linked to the death of bees and other insect pollinators, have had little effect to boost the size of soybean yields, The Globe and Mail reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz praised Abengoa's new plant-waste biofuels plant in Kansas as the future of the ethanol production, as it doesn't force competition between ethanol producers and food suppliers, The Associated Press reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a greenhouse gas permit for Natgasoline's proposed methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas, ending the final regulatory hurdle for the project that could cost as much as $1.8 billion, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.
Entergy officials estimated that the cost to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be $1.24 billion, and the company has about half the needed value in its decommission fund, The Associated Press reports.