Human stress on the environment has long been debated and different views about the human drivers of greenhouse-gas emissions have emerged. Now research synthesizes the debate by looking at empirical evidence and offers new insights on the role of human population, affluence, urbanization, trade, culture and institutions on greenhouse-gas emissions trends.

The objective of this report is to provide an independent assessment of the impact of the CDM across a broad range of metrics and possible effects.

The Earth Summit was a historical opportunity to set the world on the correct development trajectory. Negotiators from 191 countries came together to chart a road map for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The theme was green economy. But developed and developing countries refused to bury their differences. Developed countries were not ready to let go of their extravagant lifestyle, while developing countries were expected to take on green commitments. The countries could not even reach a consensus on the definition of green economy.

The objective of this report is to provide an independent assessment of the impact of the CDM with respect to promotion of sustainable development in host countries and transfer of technologies from the developed world to developing countries.

The UNEP Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project has released a guidebook on climate change adaptation financing, titled “Assessing International Funding for Climate Change Adaptation: A Guidebook for Developing Countries.”

Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region.

Developing Asia is the driver of today’s emissions intensive global economy. As the principle source of future emissions, the region is critical to the task of global climate change mitigation.

India has slammed the advanced world for paying mere “lip service” to the needs of developing countries, while not doing much in reality to give them finances and transfer technology to help them pursue high growth while protecting the environment.

“Lot of lip service has been paid and is being paid by the developed countries to the idea that we are living in an increasingly inter-dependent world and that the developed countries have an obligation to help the developing countries. In practice, the overall situation on the ground, as I have pointed out in my speech at the Rio Conference, is not very flattering,”

Document for sustainable development drafted by negotiators from 194 countries

Negotiators of 194 countries have come out with a document for sustainable development, but missed the crucial point of funding and technology transfer by developed countries to help the developing and the poor nations embrace green development. This prompted India to express it was “a little disappointed” over a weak political commitment by developed countries for sustainable development.

India on Thursday expressed disappointment with the “weak” political will of developed countries to provide developing nations with enhanced means to implement objectives of Green Economy, which it said will also be a “green-wash” if the process is not democratised.

As around 100 world leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gathered here for the Rio+20 Summit, India also firmly rejected unilateral measures and trade barriers under the guise of Green Economy, which was the buzz ahead of the deliberations here.