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Vehicles trapped in flood water due to heavy rain after a cloudburst, at Mcleodganj near Dharamshala. (PTI)

Sharp rise in cloudbursts due to climate crisis, say experts

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2021 04:36 AM IST
This monsoon has seen a spate of cloudbursts and mini cloudbursts over the Western Himalayas and the west coast revealing the deadly, unpredictable face of monsoon rains.
The study examined past weather conditions simulated under scenarios with and without anthropogenic or human-caused emissions.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
The study examined past weather conditions simulated under scenarios with and without anthropogenic or human-caused emissions.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Climate change behind one in three heat-related deaths globally: Study

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2021 04:21 PM IST
  • Heat-related mortality was defined as the number of deaths attributed to heat, occurring at exposures higher than the optimum temperature for human health, which varies across locations.
Yaas and Tauktae won’t be the last cyclones to maraud us as climate change intensifies. We have been dealt an unfair hand, but we must face it. (PTI)
Yaas and Tauktae won’t be the last cyclones to maraud us as climate change intensifies. We have been dealt an unfair hand, but we must face it. (PTI)

Need to revisit growth path amid climate crisis

By Bharati Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2021 03:00 AM IST
  • Our model till date has prevented loss of life and help impacted persons to rebuild. India cannot afford this anymore, because we will be hit by more frequent, more severe cyclones in the coming years.
Members of the environmental group MilieuDefensie celebrate the verdict of the Dutch environmental organisation's case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc, outside the Palace of Justice courthouse in The Hague.(Bloomberg)
Members of the environmental group MilieuDefensie celebrate the verdict of the Dutch environmental organisation's case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc, outside the Palace of Justice courthouse in The Hague.(Bloomberg)

Climate crisis: Dutch court tells Shell to cut emissions

Reuters | , The Hague
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 05:52 AM IST
At a court room in The Hague, judge Larisa Alwin read out a ruling which ordered Shell to reduce its planet warming carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels.
Covid-19 is neither the first nor the last health disaster we will experience. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI)
Covid-19 is neither the first nor the last health disaster we will experience. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI)

Covid is neither first nor last health disaster we’ll experience

By Bharati Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 05:19 AM IST
  • Future crises may paralyse city infrastructure. Decentralization of some pollution control can reduce the risks to our health.
“We need to do everything possible to lower greenhouse gas emissions faster than planned so far,” Svenja Schulze, Germany's environment minister, said.(AP | Representational image)
“We need to do everything possible to lower greenhouse gas emissions faster than planned so far,” Svenja Schulze, Germany's environment minister, said.(AP | Representational image)

Germany, China to increase cooperation on climate change

PTI | | Posted by Srivatsan K C, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 05:27 AM IST
Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze said she and her Chinese counterpart Huang Runqui discussed how Beijing can bring forward the year when it will start reducing emissions and cuts its use of coal
US climate envoy John Kerry said the country will help deploy the technologies needed to rapidly reduce the sector's emissions.(Reuters file photo)
US climate envoy John Kerry said the country will help deploy the technologies needed to rapidly reduce the sector's emissions.(Reuters file photo)

US to join global effort to decarbonize shipping industry, says Kerry

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 02:32 AM IST
The global sector emits 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, according to the Ocean Conservancy, on par with Germany's annual emissions.
Time is fast running out to tackle the climate crisis, the UN warned, with the pandemic having failed to put the brakes on “relentless” climate change.(Representative image)
Time is fast running out to tackle the climate crisis, the UN warned, with the pandemic having failed to put the brakes on “relentless” climate change.(Representative image)

World running out of time to save climate: UN

AFP | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 08:06 AM IST
The call comes alongside a major report ahead of US President Joe Biden’s climate summit on Thursday and Friday.
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry addressing a press conference in Seoul. (AFP)
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry addressing a press conference in Seoul. (AFP)

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2021 08:12 AM IST
China and the US, together with other countries, are committed to cooperating with each other on tackling the climate crisis, to be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands, the joint statement said.
“No one country can solve the problems of climate crisis,” John Kerry said.(AFP)
“No one country can solve the problems of climate crisis,” John Kerry said.(AFP)

US envoy John Kerry discusses climate challenges in Bangladesh

PTI | , Dhaka
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 04:54 PM IST
John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, to hear what the South Asia delta nation has done to cope with weather extremes and rising sea levels ahead of a virtual summit on climate change that Biden is hosting this month.
Chinese and US flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.(Reuters)
Chinese and US flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.(Reuters)

China, US to work on climate, Beijing says after rancorous meeting

Reuters | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 07:42 AM IST
The top Chinese and US diplomats, in their first meeting of Joe Biden's presidency on Thursday and Friday, publicly rebuked each other's policies at the start of what Washington called "tough and direct" talks in Alaska.
Russia will launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday,(Getty Images(Representative Image))
Russia will launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday,(Getty Images(Representative Image))

Where climate scientists see danger, Russia sees an opportunity

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 05:10 PM IST
  • Russia will do its best to profit from the opportunities unveiled by the melting ice, even as it struggles to deal with the impacts of climate change in its own territory.
That's the finding of researchers at Colorado State University who say booming indoor marijuana production in the United States is a major and growing source of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.(Unsplash)
That's the finding of researchers at Colorado State University who say booming indoor marijuana production in the United States is a major and growing source of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.(Unsplash)

Does smoking cannabis fuel the climate crisis?

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 11:57 AM IST
Is a beer, a cup of coffee or a spliff more damaging for the climate? If the cannabis is cultivated indoors on a commercial scale, the answer is probably the joint.
The Supreme Court. (HT archive)
The Supreme Court. (HT archive)

News updates from HT | 'Not sedition': SC rejects plea against Farooq Abdullah

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:45 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Representational image. (AFP)
Representational image. (AFP)

Climate crisis transformed Indian summer; the worst, say experts, is yet to come

By Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:19 PM IST
The outlook for 2021 is worrying. According to IMD’s Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System , the forecast suggests above-normal seasonal maximum and minimum temperatures are likely over most of India
In a strategy update, Shell outlined plans to grow rapidly its low-carbon businesses, including biofuels and hydrogen, but spending will stay tilted towards oil and gas in the near future.(Reuters file photo)
In a strategy update, Shell outlined plans to grow rapidly its low-carbon businesses, including biofuels and hydrogen, but spending will stay tilted towards oil and gas in the near future.(Reuters file photo)

With oil past peak, Shell vows to eliminate carbon by 2050

Reuters | , London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 02:42 PM IST
  • The Anglo-Dutch company is in the midst of its largest overhaul yet as it prepares to expand its renewables and low-carbon business in the face of growing investor pressure on the oil and gas sector to battle climate change.
Fossil fuels were partly squeezed out of the electricity generation mix in 2020 and global CO2 emissions from the power sector decreased around 7 per cent.(AP)
Fossil fuels were partly squeezed out of the electricity generation mix in 2020 and global CO2 emissions from the power sector decreased around 7 per cent.(AP)

Study shows Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the end of fossil power generation

ANI | , Potsdam
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 07:16 PM IST
  • This is the key result of a new study by a team of economists that looked at Covid-19's impact on the energy system and demand for electricity. Their findings show that the pandemic has opened a window of opportunity to make this current trend of decreasing coal use irreversible.
The new observations show about a half-meter of sea rise by the end of the century can now be expected with just a 0.5 degree Celsius rise in temperatures. Oceans could rise more than 1 meter at 2 degrees Celsius, a trajectory that will be easily passed under current climate policies. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The new observations show about a half-meter of sea rise by the end of the century can now be expected with just a 0.5 degree Celsius rise in temperatures. Oceans could rise more than 1 meter at 2 degrees Celsius, a trajectory that will be easily passed under current climate policies. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Sea levels rising faster than most pessimistic forecasts

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 11:26 AM IST
The revised estimates published Tuesday in Ocean Science impact the two-fifths of the Earth’s population who live near coastlines. Insured property worth trillions of dollars could face even greater danger from floods, superstorms and tidal surges.
US President Joe Biden revoked permits for the oil pipeline on his first day in office
US President Joe Biden revoked permits for the oil pipeline on his first day in office

Cancelled Keystone XL Pipeline may yield 48,000 tons of scrap

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 07:42 PM IST
About 150 kilometers of pipe had been installed and an additional 2.2 kilometers had been completed at the Canada-US border. That would amount to nearly 48,000 tons of steel, assuming standard dimensions of line pipe, according to Bloomberg calculations based on industry criteria.
Washington : FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden reacts to a reporters question after signing executive orders in the State Dinning Room of the White House, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, right, look on. AP/PTI(AP01_23_2021_000009B)(AP)
Washington : FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden reacts to a reporters question after signing executive orders in the State Dinning Room of the White House, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, right, look on. AP/PTI(AP01_23_2021_000009B)(AP)

Oil industry reels as Joe Biden targets fossil fuels in first days

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:25 PM IST
  • Officials are worried that technical permitting decisions are being placed in the hands of political appointees, rather than expert regulators in the field. And they’re concerned permits -- or simply changes to them -- will be delayed for existing drilling operations.
UNEP called for a drastic scale-up of public and private finance for adaptation, as well as increased investment in nature-based solutions such as protecting and sustainably restoring ecosystems.(Reuters/ File photo)
UNEP called for a drastic scale-up of public and private finance for adaptation, as well as increased investment in nature-based solutions such as protecting and sustainably restoring ecosystems.(Reuters/ File photo)

UN says nations failing to fund climate adaptation to help vulnerable countries

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:13 PM IST
The deal requires signatories to implement adaptation measures through national planning, but also through funding to at-risk countries.
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

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
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.
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
The world cannot solve the climate crisis without India’s active participation. We will need to seek an equitable outcome based on climate justice that also provides for financing and space for our transition(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The world cannot solve the climate crisis without India’s active participation. We will need to seek an equitable outcome based on climate justice that also provides for financing and space for our transition(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Indian diplomacy’s climate test, writes Syed Akbaruddin

By Syed Akbaruddin
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:28 PM IST
India has been an overachiever on Paris — but the road ahead is strewn with challenges
India must be ready for a new world of climate that will be as much about cooperation as it will be about competition(AP)
India must be ready for a new world of climate that will be as much about cooperation as it will be about competition(AP)

Beyond the Paris pact | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 07:43 PM IST
There is both urgency and hope. India deserves accolades for its record
The agreement has been able to bring together the vulnerable countries and high-emitting players to tackle a collective problem, and has enabled us to move to the successful first step in the decarbonisation discourse(AFP)
The agreement has been able to bring together the vulnerable countries and high-emitting players to tackle a collective problem, and has enabled us to move to the successful first step in the decarbonisation discourse(AFP)

What the Paris Agreement means for the climate crisis

By Ajay Mathur and Ritu Ahuja
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:15 PM IST
India is well-equipped for a new chapter of climate collaboration and competition. The Paris Agreement gives it an opportunity to build on this and create a template for climate change behaviour and action in developing countries
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks at samples at the Lateral Flow Testing Laboratory during a visit to the Public Health England site at the Porton Down science park, near Salisbury, Britain on November 27.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks at samples at the Lateral Flow Testing Laboratory during a visit to the Public Health England site at the Porton Down science park, near Salisbury, Britain on November 27.(REUTERS)

Let’s deepen ties in 2021: Boris Johnson tells Narendra Modi

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:36 PM IST
A Downing Street spokesperson said the two prime ministers discussed joint efforts to find treatment and vaccines for Covid-19, and welcomed the collaboration between the two countries’ leading scientists
President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, US on November 24.(Reuters)
President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, US on November 24.(Reuters)

America is ready to lead, says Biden as he unveils his foreign policy team

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:37 AM IST
Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an African American diplomat with 35 years in the foreign service, summed up the new team’s ethos and purpose with a similar sentiment: “America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back.”
As Britain tries to redefine its role on the global stage after leaving the European Union, Johnson has a lot riding on green policies(AP)
As Britain tries to redefine its role on the global stage after leaving the European Union, Johnson has a lot riding on green policies(AP)

Climate crisis is Boris Johnson’s chance to woo Joe Biden

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 12:10 AM IST
The British prime minister said that it was “extremely exciting” to discuss the global response to the environment.
In a speech on Saturday, Joe Biden identified the climate crisis as one of his top priorities, saying Americans must marshal the “forces of science” in the “battle to save our planet.”(AFP)
In a speech on Saturday, Joe Biden identified the climate crisis as one of his top priorities, saying Americans must marshal the “forces of science” in the “battle to save our planet.”(AFP)

What a Biden tenure means for climate

UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 11:32 AM IST
The election of Joe Biden as the president of the United States is good news for the environment
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