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Rice is fortified by adding a micronutrient powder that sticks to grains in layers with a vitamin and mineral mix in form of a coating. (Getty Images)

A fifth of world's food-output growth has been lost to climate change

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 09:15 AM IST
  • That’s equal to losing the last seven years of productivity growth, according to research led by Cornell University and published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study was funded by a unit of the US Department of Agriculture.
Renewable power capacity will have to expand more than ten-fold by mid-century, accompanied by a 30-fold increase in the electrification of transport, the report found. (Representative Image)(Unsplash)
Renewable power capacity will have to expand more than ten-fold by mid-century, accompanied by a 30-fold increase in the electrification of transport, the report found. (Representative Image)(Unsplash)

Invest $131 trillion in clean energy by 2050 to hit climate goals: Study

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 12:41 PM IST
In its annual flagship report, the International Renewable Energy Agency underscored the scale and pace of change needed to cap the rise in average global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the 2015 Paris climate accord.
Jeff Bezos announced the Earth Fund in February 2020. (Reuters File Photo )
Jeff Bezos announced the Earth Fund in February 2020. (Reuters File Photo )

Jeff Bezos plans to spend $10 billion on climate change by 2030

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 06:14 AM IST
Jeff Bezos, who announced plans to step down as Amazon’s CEO last month to focus on philanthropic and science interests, cited Steer’s decades of experience in environmental and climate science.
An Indian man carries a container of water on his head as he walks in a dry pond in a hot afternoon on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar in this file picture from 2014. (Arabinda Mahapatra/ Hindustan Times Archive)
An Indian man carries a container of water on his head as he walks in a dry pond in a hot afternoon on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar in this file picture from 2014. (Arabinda Mahapatra/ Hindustan Times Archive)

Study says summers in northern hemisphere could last for half a year by 2100

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 02:53 PM IST
The research, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that the Mediterranean region and the Tibetan Plateau have experienced the greatest changes to their seasonal cycles.
"As climate change continues to make water sources volatile and scarce, women and marginalised groups stand to lose the most due to their position within water dynamics."(Unsplash)
"As climate change continues to make water sources volatile and scarce, women and marginalised groups stand to lose the most due to their position within water dynamics."(Unsplash)

Feminist perspective needed in environmental studies to combat climate crisis

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:03 PM IST
Women are disproportionately affected by the ongoing climate crisis since they directly manage natural resources in most communities via activities such as water collection and food production.
The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest region on the north east coast of Queensland, Australia. (Shutterstock)
The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest region on the north east coast of Queensland, Australia. (Shutterstock)

Two-thirds of tropical rainforests destroyed or degraded globally: Data

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 02:51 PM IST
The forest loss is also a major contributor of climate-warming emissions, with the dense tropical forest vegetation representing the largest living reservoir of carbon.
She said the four most common and interlinked assumptions found are: women are innately caring and connected to the environment; women are a homogenous and vulnerable group; gender equality is a women's issue and; gender equality is a numbers game.(Unsplash)
She said the four most common and interlinked assumptions found are: women are innately caring and connected to the environment; women are a homogenous and vulnerable group; gender equality is a women's issue and; gender equality is a numbers game.(Unsplash)

Gender assumptions have harmful impact on climate adaption and resilience

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:46 PM IST
The findings of a recent study suggests that outdated assumptions regarding gender continue to hinder effective and fair policymaking, along with the action for climate mitigation and adaptation.
As the warming world faces raging forest fires, rising seas and increasingly erratic weather, the United States has seen a boom in books about climate change.(Unsplash)
As the warming world faces raging forest fires, rising seas and increasingly erratic weather, the United States has seen a boom in books about climate change.(Unsplash)

Worried about climate change? There's a book for that.

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:24 PM IST
Books titled “Trees in Trouble” and “How We’re F—ing Up Our Planet” scream out from the shelves of Barnes and Noble’s nature and wildlife section between reassuring tomes on hummingbirds and wildflowers.
Scientists have previously calculated that CO2 emissions fell by 7% during the full year 2020 as people stayed at home because of the pandemic.(File photo for representation)
Scientists have previously calculated that CO2 emissions fell by 7% during the full year 2020 as people stayed at home because of the pandemic.(File photo for representation)

Global energy-related emissions rise in December despite pandemic shutdowns

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:08 PM IST
Figures released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency show emissions from the production and use of oil, gas and coal were 2% higher in December 2020 than a year earlier.
Climate extremes seen harming unborn babies in Brazil's Amazon(Pexels)
Climate extremes seen harming unborn babies in Brazil's Amazon(Pexels)

Climate change is harming unborn babies in Brazil, says research

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:46 AM IST
The findings of a new research show a connection between extreme rains and lower birth weights and even premature births in Brazil's Amazon region.
In many participating countries, it is the first time that large-scale polling of public opinion has ever been conducted on the topic of climate change.(Pixabay)
In many participating countries, it is the first time that large-scale polling of public opinion has ever been conducted on the topic of climate change.(Pixabay)

Idea of climate action should not be to move climate ambition goal post to 2050

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:49 PM IST
The year 2050 is when nations have been called on to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions.
Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze.(AP)
Biden is seeing his disaster management skills tested after winter storms plunged Texas, Oklahoma and neighboring states into an unusual deep freeze.(AP)

Extreme weather testing Biden's disaster management skills

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 02:04 PM IST
Part of the job of being president is responding to the destruction left behind by earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters, or events like deadly mass shootings, or even acts of terrorism.
Of a total of $14.9 trillion in stimulus spending announced globally since the pandemic began, so far $1.8 trillion is being used to mitigate the impact of polluting sectors such as energy, transport, industry, farming and waste. (Pixabay)
Of a total of $14.9 trillion in stimulus spending announced globally since the pandemic began, so far $1.8 trillion is being used to mitigate the impact of polluting sectors such as energy, transport, industry, farming and waste. (Pixabay)

Global spending on green economic stimulus slowly tracking upwards: Study

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 04:32 PM IST
Massive post-pandemic stimulus packages are mostly failing to support action to tackle climate change or halt the loss of biodiversity, but the amount of green spending is slowly tracking upwards.
The changing climate and habitat destruction in Asia had driven virus-carrying species into ever closer contact with human populations.(PTI file photo)
The changing climate and habitat destruction in Asia had driven virus-carrying species into ever closer contact with human populations.(PTI file photo)

Climate change may have had 'key role' in coronavirus pandemic: Study

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 07:05 PM IST
Since each bat species carries an average of 2.7 coronaviruses, the researchers said 100 strains of coronavirus were now concentrated in this "hotspot" area.
"There is no doubt we are all in a tough spot right now," Patricia Espinosa said.(AP)
"There is no doubt we are all in a tough spot right now," Patricia Espinosa said.(AP)

UN climate chief urges world 'in a tough spot' to keep fighting warming

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 11:59 PM IST
The new coronavirus has ignored national borders and "climate change respects them even less", Patricia Espinosa said in an online lecture for the London School of Economics (LSE).
The examination of long-term river dynamics and ancient irrigation networks showed the changing climate and dryer conditions may have been the real cause.(Unsplash | Representational image)
The examination of long-term river dynamics and ancient irrigation networks showed the changing climate and dryer conditions may have been the real cause.(Unsplash | Representational image)

‘Climate change, not Genghis Khan, destroyed central Asia’

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 06:48 AM IST
A new research led by the University of Lincoln, UK, reconstructed the effects of climate change on floodwater farming in present southern Kazakhstan.
US Secretary of State Tony Blinken(AP File Photo )
US Secretary of State Tony Blinken(AP File Photo )

US-China can work together on areas like climate change: Tony Blinken

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:17 AM IST
“It is not a secret that the relationship between the United States and China is arguably the most important relationship that we have in the world going forward,” US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said.
US President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, US on January 21, 2021. (Reuters Photo )
US President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, US on January 21, 2021. (Reuters Photo )

Joe Biden administration to unveil climate change policies, adviser says

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Joe Biden, a Democrat, has already issued executive orders on climate issues including canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoining the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
“She [Harris] has a voice in all of those. She has an opinion in all those areas,” Harris’ chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders.(AFP)
“She [Harris] has a voice in all of those. She has an opinion in all those areas,” Harris’ chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders.(AFP)

After roof shattering victory, Kamala Harris faces daunting challenges

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 06:55 PM IST
The incoming administration has set out four key priorities of turning around the economy, tackling Covid-19, addressing climate change and racial justice.
Last week, Gurugram was engulfed by a massive dust storm.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo (Representational image))
Last week, Gurugram was engulfed by a massive dust storm.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo (Representational image))

Cities must preserve natural infra to survive climate change crisis

UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 08:00 AM IST
Climate change is real and cities have a big role to play in surviving and addressing this crisis.
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