NEW DELHI (AP) — The former chairman of the U.N. climate panel has been removed from his job as head of a top energy institute in India following allegations of sexual harassment.
The governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute announced late Thursday that Rajendra Pachauri would be replaced as director-general of the renowned environment think-tank by Arun Mathur, an energy efficiency expert.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a report published Tuesday.
The findings — gleaned from a new global model for how changes in outdoor air pollution could translate into changes in disease rates — highlight a demographic quirk of Asia's two fastest-growing economies, where young populations have so far kept pollution-related mortality relatively low even amid breakneck economic development at steep environmental cost.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Dizzying temperatures killed hundreds more Indians over the past day, causing water shortages in thousands of villages and driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826 by Friday.
Meteorological officials called the heat wave "severe" and warned that it would continue for at least two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country from Tamil Nadu in the south to the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.
Meteorological officials said the heat would likely last several more days — scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.
Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" or "Clean India Mission," Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal.
A rare joint statement from India and China on climate change calls on wealthier countries to cut their carbon output even more and to honor their $100 billion commitment to help developing nations reduce emissions, The Guardian reports.
BEIJING (AP) — They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations — and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
In a rare personal touch, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the Indian prime minister in his hometown of Xi'an for Thursday's start of Narendra's Modi's three-day visit, highlighting warming ties between the Asian giants despite their continued rivalry and contrasting political systems.
India President Pranab Mukherjee plans to discuss civilian nuclear power cooperation when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a five-day visit to Moscow that began Friday, India Today reports.
SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) — At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.
But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn't make sense.
Some companies that have backed the Obama administration plan to limit power plant carbon emissions – due to be made public within days -- are pressing for the rule to include provisions for carbon trading, Bloomberg reports.
The journal Geological Society of America Today predicts that coastal changes will cause land in the Washington D.C. area to drop at least 6 inches over the next 100 years, while sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region have been rising faster than anywhere else on the Atlantic seaboard, the Huffington Post reports.
A judge has handed a victory to Bill Gates’ firm Cascade Investment in its face-off against Blackstone Group, by approving a plan for Optim Energy LLC to emerge from bankruptcy still in control of Cascade, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An unexpected Energy Information Administration report of a stockpile drop has halted oil’s July price slide in its tracks. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 8 cents to $48.87 a barrel early Thursday in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 39 cents to $53.77, Dow Jones reports.
Despite Miller Energy Resources reporting its net loss soaring to $111 million in the second quarter on falling crude prices, CEO Carl Giesler says the exploration company isn’t planning to file for bankruptcy protection, FuelFix reports.
As Williams Partners reported an increase of its second quarter net income to $300 million, parent Williams Cos. said it’s still evaluating options regarding its future, which include a buyout offer from Energy Transfer Equity or merging its own subsidiaries, FuelFix reports.
Three ski areas operated by New York state – Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre – will be using solar energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Borrego Solar announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, News10 reports.
Dropping allowable ozone levels would choke off economic growth, according to a letter 269 business groups sent to President Obama Wednesday, in a move organized by the National Association of Manufacturers, The Hill reports.