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2020 ties with 2016 as world’s hottest year on record: EU climate change service

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Brussells/London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:04 PM IST
After an exceptionally warm winter and autumn in Europe, the continent experienced its hottest year on record in 2020, while the Arctic suffered extreme heat and atmospheric concentrations of planet-warming carbon dioxide continued to rise.
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A wooden boat used by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded on the beach at the southeastern coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.(AP)
A wooden boat used by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded on the beach at the southeastern coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.(AP)

2020 was Europe’s warmest year on record

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Rising global temperatures are tied to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Chief among them is carbon dioxide, which is released by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.
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A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell’s Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)
A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell’s Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)

Second-warmest year on record cost the world $210 billion

By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:43 PM IST
Six of the most expensive disasters happened in the US, including a destructive derecho in the Midwest, a record number of tropical storms and hurricanes strikes and an all-time high acreage burn in California. US damages totaled at least $95 billion, with $67 billion of that in insured losses, said Munich.
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Here’s how grasslands changed our climate

By Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Washington DC
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:53 PM IST
Grasslands are managed worldwide to support livestock production while remaining natural or semi-natural ones provide critical services that contribute to the wellbeing of both people and the planet.
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The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds.(Yahoo)
The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds.(Yahoo)

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale | London
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:17 AM IST
The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds.
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Sanitisation underway at Chhatbir Zoo in Mohali district near Chandigarh.(Gurminder Singh/HT file photo)
Sanitisation underway at Chhatbir Zoo in Mohali district near Chandigarh.(Gurminder Singh/HT file photo)

Zoos on alert across the country after bird flu deaths in Himachal

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Central Zoo Authority rolls out advisory after large-scale death of migratory birds in Kangra’s Pong Dam wetland due to avian influenza and poultry in Panchkula’s Barwala belt.
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India will overtake China to become the most populous country in 2023, when its population will reach 1.42 billion.(Reuters)
India will overtake China to become the most populous country in 2023, when its population will reach 1.42 billion.(Reuters)

The number theory: Imagining India, 10 years from now

By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa, Abhishek Jha and Vineet Sachdev | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:18 PM IST
India’s first climate change assessment by the ministry of earth sciences (MoES), published in 2020. said that the climate change seen in the country since the middle of the 20th century is expected to continue in the future.
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Activist Greta Thunberg gestures in a photo which was posted with a message thanking her supporters for their well wishes for her 18th birthday, in this undated picture taken from social media.(@GRETATHUNBERG via REUTERS)
Activist Greta Thunberg gestures in a photo which was posted with a message thanking her supporters for their well wishes for her 18th birthday, in this undated picture taken from social media.(@GRETATHUNBERG via REUTERS)

Greta Thunberg, Swedish teenage climate activist, turns 18

By Reuters | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Thunberg began a climate change campaign that swelled from a one-person school strike to a worldwide movement, drawing in millions of school children, as well as adults.
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If current indications are anything to go by we are witnessing the revival, even intensification of the ecologically-damaging production and consumption patterns which have landed us in this predicament. Carbon emissions are rising once again as economies begin to revive. Environmental safeguards are being relaxed on the plea that industries badly hit by the pandemic cannot bear the burden of such regulation at least for some time.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
If current indications are anything to go by we are witnessing the revival, even intensification of the ecologically-damaging production and consumption patterns which have landed us in this predicament. Carbon emissions are rising once again as economies begin to revive. Environmental safeguards are being relaxed on the plea that industries badly hit by the pandemic cannot bear the burden of such regulation at least for some time.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

The climate crisis needs a vaccine too

By Shyam Saran
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:02 AM IST
The pandemic has starkly exposed the perils of the rampant degradation of our planet’s fragile ecology
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The components of a biofuel supply chain create a circular rural economy that results in substantial environmental, socio-economic and health benefits for communities(AFP)
The components of a biofuel supply chain create a circular rural economy that results in substantial environmental, socio-economic and health benefits for communities(AFP)

How biofuels can double farm incomes

UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:26 AM IST
A total of Rs 1 lakh crore worth of biofuel will be purchased every year by oil marketing firms in the future for blending. This money will be ploughed back to the rural economy
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A man rows a boat along a flooded street caused by heavy rain in Indonesia’s Bandung on December 25, 2020. (Photo by Timur Matahari / AFP)(AFP)
A man rows a boat along a flooded street caused by heavy rain in Indonesia’s Bandung on December 25, 2020. (Photo by Timur Matahari / AFP)(AFP)

2020 weather disasters ‘boosted’ by climate change, says report

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Karan Manral | Paris
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:58 AM IST
The annual tally from global NGO Christian Aid, entitled “Count the cost of 2020: a year of climate breakdown,” showed that the ten costliest weather disasters worldwide this year saw insured damages worth $150 billion, topping the figure for 2019.
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The paper examines 203,313 households in 623 districts of India.(HT file photo)
The paper examines 203,313 households in 623 districts of India.(HT file photo)

Green activists must work on reducing Carbon footprint

By Bharati Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 03:08 AM IST
Research by Jemyung Lee and others, and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan, published, in the Journal for Environmental Change suggests middle class environmentalism will serve the planet best by reducing its own carbon footprint.
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The water levels are falling and also causing massive problems.(Unsplash)
The water levels are falling and also causing massive problems.(Unsplash)

Climate crisis is causing lakes to shrink

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington [US]
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:08 PM IST
While global sea levels are rising due to the climate crisis and threatening near-coastal infrastructures, higher temperatures in other areas are having exactly the opposite effect.
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A synthetic track for walkers and joggers at Nehru Park in New Delhi, India.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A synthetic track for walkers and joggers at Nehru Park in New Delhi, India.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Forest dept pulls up municipal agency over synthetic tracks at Nehru Park

By Soumya Pillai and Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:31 AM IST
Deputy conservator of forests (south division), Amit Anand, issued a notice to the NDMC on December 17 stating that Nehru Park is a deemed forest, which means that any non-forest activity, such as construction is not permitted and also in violation of the Forest Conservation Act (1980).
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Rescuers work at the site of a mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in Idukki district, Kerala, August 7, 2020(AP)
Rescuers work at the site of a mudslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in Idukki district, Kerala, August 7, 2020(AP)

The rise in extreme climate events

PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:54 PM IST
It is not just the Centre; states have a key role too. The State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCCs) need upscaling and capacity enhancement
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Dr. Katharine Wilkinson (left) and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, co-editors of All We Can Save, and co-founders of The All We Can Save Project.(Bloomberg)
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson (left) and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, co-editors of All We Can Save, and co-founders of The All We Can Save Project.(Bloomberg)

This Book About Climate Change Will Give You Hope

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kale
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:27 PM IST
Before 2020 collapses, it’s worth noting some of the positive things that came out of the year. A book that was published this fall, All We Can Save, is something that will help us navigate a nerve-wracking future.
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Rising global health risks driven by climate change will hit the poorest, most vulnerable people the hardest - and failure to prepare for those threats will mean more deaths and suffering.(Unsplash)
Rising global health risks driven by climate change will hit the poorest, most vulnerable people the hardest - and failure to prepare for those threats will mean more deaths and suffering.(Unsplash)

Climate risks to health set to worsen inequity, harm children

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale | London
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:11 PM IST
Rising global health risks driven by climate change will hit the poorest, most vulnerable people the hardest - and failure to prepare for those threats will mean more deaths and suffering, according to a leading environmental health scientist.
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Biden has promised to make tackling climate change one of the pillars of his Democratic administration.(AP)
Biden has promised to make tackling climate change one of the pillars of his Democratic administration.(AP)

Biden to introduce team tasked with ambitious climate agenda

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:29 PM IST
The climate team will be formally introduced in Biden’s home state of Delaware on Saturday, during a press briefing where he’s expected to tease further details of his climate plan.
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The report released on Friday, estimates that climate migration will treble in South Asia alone, a region badly affected by climate disasters, including floods, droughts, typhoons and cyclones.(AFP (Representative Image))
The report released on Friday, estimates that climate migration will treble in South Asia alone, a region badly affected by climate disasters, including floods, droughts, typhoons and cyclones.(AFP (Representative Image))

Over 4.5 crore in India will be forced to migrate from homes by 2050: Report

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:57 PM IST
“Political failure to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius as per the Paris agreement goal is already driving 18 million climate migrants from their homes in 2020,” the report said.
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Joe Biden’s climate team will turn the crisis into an unprecedented opportunity to create millions of good paying union jobs in communities across the country; powering the economy with clean energy.(REUTERS)
Joe Biden’s climate team will turn the crisis into an unprecedented opportunity to create millions of good paying union jobs in communities across the country; powering the economy with clean energy.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden names key members of his climate team

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:15 AM IST
Biden is scheduled to be inaugurated as the 46th US President on January 20. He has vowed to rejoin the Paris climate deal on the first day of his presidency.
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The increase in stubble burning incidents notwithstanding, Delhi’s air has witnessed significant improvement compared to the past few years.(HT File Photo)
The increase in stubble burning incidents notwithstanding, Delhi’s air has witnessed significant improvement compared to the past few years.(HT File Photo)

Supreme Court ‘not satisfied’ with work of air quality commission so far

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:50 AM IST
As the Supreme Court is monitoring air pollution in Delhi caused by stubble burning and other reasons, a bench headed by CJI Bobde sought to know the work done by the commission till date.
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A woman and child seen in warm clothes on a winter day at Connaught Place in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A woman and child seen in warm clothes on a winter day at Connaught Place in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Chilly spell in Delhi-NCR intensifies, no relief till Dec 21: IMD

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:15 AM IST
Scientists say temperature numbers alone are not able to capture the bitter chill most people are experiencing through the day because the “perception of the temperature” is likely even lower due to the icy cold winds.
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Brazil’s Amazon region has suffered more deforestation this year than any in the past decade.(Unsplash)
Brazil’s Amazon region has suffered more deforestation this year than any in the past decade.(Unsplash)

Why it’s hard to stop Amazon deforestation, starting with beef industry

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kale | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Brazil’s Amazon region has suffered more deforestation this year than any in the past decade.
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Nearly a third of that is going to sectors that affect carbon emissions and biodiversity - energy, industry, waste management, transport and farming - but the researchers identified only $567 billion as green spending.(AP (Representative Image))
Nearly a third of that is going to sectors that affect carbon emissions and biodiversity - energy, industry, waste management, transport and farming - but the researchers identified only $567 billion as green spending.(AP (Representative Image))

Few major economies investing in nature-friendly Covid-19 recovery

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:11 PM IST
In the stimulus packages analysed, including the European Union’s, funding for action to improve biodiversity and preserve ecosystems amounted to only about $108 billion so far, compared with $219 billion linked to pollution or habitat destruction.
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Lance Lau, 11, Elise Hon, 11, Rose Netherton, 36, and other climate activists hold placards as they pose for pictures during a climate strike and a beach clean-up at San Tau Beach on Lantau island in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters file photo)
Lance Lau, 11, Elise Hon, 11, Rose Netherton, 36, and other climate activists hold placards as they pose for pictures during a climate strike and a beach clean-up at San Tau Beach on Lantau island in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters file photo)

Hong Kong sets new climate disclosure rules, aligns with global standard

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 02:06 PM IST
Investors in Hong Kong and around the world say uncertainty about the quality and comparability of companies’ climate-related disclosures limits their ability to make informed decisions.
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A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)
A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)

Natural disasters cost insurance industry $76 billion in 2020: Officials

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | Zurich
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:53 PM IST
The 40% increase from $54 billion in 2019 dwarfed the $7 billion in man-made losses during 2020, the reinsurance company said in its sigma estimate for the year.
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French President Emmanuel Macron announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment into the French Constitution.(Reddit)
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment into the French Constitution.(Reddit)

French President wants to add climate goals in constitution

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale, Paris | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:02 PM IST
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment into the French Constitution.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended her country’s climate change policies, saying that comments by activist Greta Thunberg suggesting the country lacked ambition referred only to part of New Zealand’s goals on climate change.(Yahoo)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended her country’s climate change policies, saying that comments by activist Greta Thunberg suggesting the country lacked ambition referred only to part of New Zealand’s goals on climate change.(Yahoo)

New Zealand PM defends climate change goals after emergency declaration

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale, Sydney | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:32 PM IST
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended her country’s climate change policies, saying that comments by activist Greta Thunberg suggesting the country lacked ambition referred only to part of New Zealand’s goals on climate change.
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Scientists from IMD and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology cautioned that the impact of climate crisis on the Himalayas will increase in the form of cloudbursts, extremely heavy rain, landslides, glacial lake outburst flood(AP File Photo / Representative image)
Scientists from IMD and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology cautioned that the impact of climate crisis on the Himalayas will increase in the form of cloudbursts, extremely heavy rain, landslides, glacial lake outburst flood(AP File Photo / Representative image)

Centre to help study climate crisis impact on Himalayas

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:58 AM IST
IMD is likely to have 10 weather radars for the Himalayan region in India by next year and also an airborne lidar observation to measure glacier volume periodically.
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The Energy Conservation Act 2001 came into existence to monitor and measure energy efficiency in the private and public sector at all levels.(Shutterstock)
The Energy Conservation Act 2001 came into existence to monitor and measure energy efficiency in the private and public sector at all levels.(Shutterstock)

National Energy Conservation Day today: What is the day all about

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 06:23 PM IST
BEE uses the occasion to spread awareness amongst the masses regarding energy efficiency and the need to go green.
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