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Ratification of Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol signify that India is ready to compete in the market for low-global warming potential and climate-friendly refrigerants, which would spur domestic innovation and attract international investments.(Bloomberg)

What India's move to cleaner gases means for global climate action plan

By Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2021 10:43 PM IST
The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol has the potential to avoid 0.5°C of warming of the atmosphere by the end of the century by phasing out hydrofluorocarbons.
In this 2018 photo, plumes of smoke rise from Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland.(AP Photo)
In this 2018 photo, plumes of smoke rise from Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland.(AP Photo)

Unpacking pre-2020 climate commitments

By Council on Energy, Environment and Water
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2021 02:02 PM IST
The study has been authored by Sumit Prasad, Spandan Pandey, and Shikha Bhasin.
Methane is a hydrocarbon that is a primary component of natural gas.(Representative Photo/AP)
Methane is a hydrocarbon that is a primary component of natural gas.(Representative Photo/AP)

Worried about CO2 warming up Earth? This invisible gas traps 80 times more heat

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2021 12:13 PM IST
The recently-released IPCC report said that consuming fossil fuels has combined with agriculture to push methane and nitrous oxide to records for at least the last 800,000 years. These greenhouse gases have elevated the global average temperature by about 1.1 degrees Celsius.
India and China, the world’s two biggest emitters have opposed net zero, saying it would go against the United Nations Climate Framework that provides for differentiated responsibility among developed and developing world and equity to carbon space.(AP | Representational image)
India and China, the world’s two biggest emitters have opposed net zero, saying it would go against the United Nations Climate Framework that provides for differentiated responsibility among developed and developing world and equity to carbon space.(AP | Representational image)

Climate report unlikely to lead to extra efforts

By Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2021 02:37 AM IST
A senior environment ministry official, who has been part of the climate negotiating team for long, said the IPCC report will not alter India’s climate negotiating strategy.
Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5 degree C or even 2 degree C will be beyond reach.(Reuters)
Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5 degree C or even 2 degree C will be beyond reach.(Reuters)

‘Global warming can’t be limited without drastic changes’

By Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2021 05:33 AM IST
Swapna Panickal, climate scientist and co-author of the report said without immediate and large-scale reduction in global greenhouse emissions, even the 2 degree C warming threshold will be exceeded.
A man watches as wildfires approach Kochyli beach near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece.(AP)
A man watches as wildfires approach Kochyli beach near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece.(AP)

Code red: UN report rings climate alarm

By Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2021 02:26 AM IST
One of the report’s authors, Linda Mearns said it more evocatively during the release: “ I don’t see any area that’s safe... Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.”
The 3,000-plus-page report from 234 scientists said warming is already accelerating sea level rise, shrinking ice and worsening extremes such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms.
The 3,000-plus-page report from 234 scientists said warming is already accelerating sea level rise, shrinking ice and worsening extremes such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms.

Global warming is likely to blow past Paris limit: UN report

AP |
PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2021 01:40 PM IST
  • Under each scenario, the report said, the world will cross the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming mark in the 2030s, earlier than some past predictions. Warming has ramped up in recent years, data shows.
A man takes pictures as waves lash over onto a damaged shoreline during Cyclone Yaas. (AFP)
A man takes pictures as waves lash over onto a damaged shoreline during Cyclone Yaas. (AFP)

Intensity of severe cyclonic storms increased in past 4 decades, say scientists

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2021 04:16 PM IST
  • Scientists pointed out that global warming has a role to play in bringing about the increasing trend
The meeting was called by COP26 president-designate, Alok Sharma and India was invited following the G20 joint ministerial on energy and climate last week.
The meeting was called by COP26 president-designate, Alok Sharma and India was invited following the G20 joint ministerial on energy and climate last week.

India skips key meet on climate change

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2021 01:50 AM IST
The meeting was closed-door ministerial conference which was meant to take stock of global efforts to fight the climate crisis and the efforts to limit warming.
Pedestrians shelter from the sun under umbrellas during a heatwave in Frankfurt, Germany.(Bloomberg)
Pedestrians shelter from the sun under umbrellas during a heatwave in Frankfurt, Germany.(Bloomberg)

Record-shattering heatwaves caused by pace of warming: Study

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2021 11:34 PM IST
  • The findings, reported in Nature Climate Change, suggest that humanity is likely to see a lot more deadly scorchers in the coming decades.
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Here's how toxic pollution, climate risks directly harm human health

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2021 11:31 AM IST
In other words, countries that are most at risk of the impacts of climate change are most often also the countries facing the highest risks of toxic pollution.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)
Russian president Vladimir Putin (Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)

As Moscow bakes in record heat, Putin changes tune on climate change

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2021 07:19 AM IST
Moscow has reached near-record temperatures in the recent weeks amid a heatwave that is sweeping western Russia. President Vladimir Putin, notorious for his denial of man-made climate change, is gradually changing his approach to find a shared interest with the US, news agencies reported.
The Antarctic Peninsula is among the fastest-warming regions of the planet, almost 3°C over the last 50 years, the UN agency said. (Pauline Askin / REUTERS)
The Antarctic Peninsula is among the fastest-warming regions of the planet, almost 3°C over the last 50 years, the UN agency said. (Pauline Askin / REUTERS)

Antarctica hits record temperature of 18.3°C, UN confirms report

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2021 06:12 AM IST
According to the UN agency, the high temperatures in Antarctica are a result of a large high-pressure system creating "fohn conditions", which are downslope winds creating significant surface warming.
Search and rescue operations for the missing in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, after a cloudburst in February this year. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
Search and rescue operations for the missing in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, after a cloudburst in February this year. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

Study flags ‘unfortunate location’ of power projects, climate crisis

By Jayashree Nandi, New delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2021 04:48 AM IST
The paper, published in the journal Science on June 10, underscored the risks of rapid expansion of hydropower projects in unstable regions that are already affected by global warming.
The highest percentages of heat deaths caused by climate change were in cities in South America.(HT Archive)
The highest percentages of heat deaths caused by climate change were in cities in South America.(HT Archive)

Global warming responsible for 1 in 3 heat-related deaths: Study

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2021 06:11 AM IST
Dozens of researchers who looked at heat deaths in 732 cities around the globe from 1991 to 2018 calculated that 37% were caused by higher temperatures from human-caused warming, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Experts have previously warned that Iceland's glaciers are at risk of disappearing entirely by 2200.(Reuters | Representational image)
Experts have previously warned that Iceland's glaciers are at risk of disappearing entirely by 2200.(Reuters | Representational image)

Iceland loses 750 sqkm of glaciers to global warming in 20 years, study shows

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2021 12:57 AM IST
The glaciers, which cover more than 10 percent of the country's land mass, shrank in 2019 to 10,400 square kilometres, the study in the Icelandic scientific journal Jokull said.
The 2015 Paris Climate Accord set the long-term 1.5°C warming threshold.(HT archive)
The 2015 Paris Climate Accord set the long-term 1.5°C warming threshold.(HT archive)

Key 1.5°C warming mark likely within 5 years

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 12:58 AM IST
The figure is significant because most global leaders committed to taking actions that would limit global warming to 1.5°C and well below 2°C by the end of the century while signing the Paris Agreement in 2015.
Average temperatures are likely to be at least 1°C warmer in each of the coming five years
Average temperatures are likely to be at least 1°C warmer in each of the coming five years

Global average temperature could pass 1.5° Celsius within the next 5 years

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 07:47 AM IST
  • Last year tied with 2016 for the warmest on record, with temperatures 1.2°C above pre-industrial times. The past seven years have been the warmest seven ever recorded, a sign that climate change is accelerating.
"Ice shelves are important buffers preventing glaciers on land from flowing freely into the ocean and contributing to sea level rise," said Ella Gilbert from the University of Reading in the UK.(Unsplash)
"Ice shelves are important buffers preventing glaciers on land from flowing freely into the ocean and contributing to sea level rise," said Ella Gilbert from the University of Reading in the UK.(Unsplash)

Third of Antarctic ice shelf area at collapse risk due to global warming: Study

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 09:27 PM IST
Over a third of the Antarctic's ice shelf area may be at risk of collapsing into the sea if global temperatures reach four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to a study.
New Delhi: Power Minister RK Singh during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI02_09_2021_000207B)(PTI)
New Delhi: Power Minister RK Singh during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI02_09_2021_000207B)(PTI)

Power minister calls for joint approach at global level to fight global warming

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 11:04 AM IST
Power minister RK Singh said, "We (India) are fastest (among all nations) in establishing renewable capacities. But, till all countries don't come together, we can't reduce global warming."
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)

Climate crisis to cost $100 billion to Indian firms in next 5 years: Report

By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 06:16 AM IST
The report, titled “Building Back Greener”, said the numbers were based on responses by 42 of 220 Indian companies that responded to investor requests and disclosed climate data.
Overall, the planet was about .05 degrees (.03 degrees Celsius) warmer for the year because the air had fewer cooling aerosols, which unlike carbon dioxide is pollution you can see. (Unsplash)
Overall, the planet was about .05 degrees (.03 degrees Celsius) warmer for the year because the air had fewer cooling aerosols, which unlike carbon dioxide is pollution you can see. (Unsplash)

Study: Pandemic's cleaner air added heat to warming planet

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 01:36 PM IST
Earth spiked a bit of a fever in 2020, partly because of cleaner air from the pandemic lockdown, a new study found.
Activist Mya-Rose Craig, 18, sits on an ice floe in the middle of Arctic Ocean demanding action on climate crisis. (REUTERS File)
Activist Mya-Rose Craig, 18, sits on an ice floe in the middle of Arctic Ocean demanding action on climate crisis. (REUTERS File)

Earth’s ice loss now in worst-case zone

Agencies | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 05:45 AM IST
  • Altogether, an estimated 28 trillion metric tons of ice have melted away from the world’s sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers since the mid-1990s.
The WMO report included data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UK Met Office, both of which ranked 2020 as the second-warmest year on record.(BLOOMBERG)
The WMO report included data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UK Met Office, both of which ranked 2020 as the second-warmest year on record.(BLOOMBERG)

Global temperatures in 2020 among highest on record: WMO report

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:25 AM IST
The heat came even as a global economic slowdown from the Covid-19 pandemic cut deeply into emissions from fossil fuels, adding evidence that carbon dioxide concentrations already in the atmosphere have set the planet on a warming track.
Describing the loss as “staggering”, scientists warn that the sea level rise could reach a metre by the end of the century.(Reuters)
Describing the loss as “staggering”, scientists warn that the sea level rise could reach a metre by the end of the century.(Reuters)

Since 1994, Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 01:16 PM IST
The scientists analysed the glaciers, mountains and ice sheets between 1994 to 2017, to measure the loss of ice coverage and to identify the impact of global warming.
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Cool plan: Better aircon can slow global warming

Berlin | By Associated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 06:24 PM IST
Making air conditioners and fridges more energy efficient and using more climate-friendly refrigerants can significantly slow global warming, according to a UN-backed report.
Climate scientists continue to debate the unusually hot results from the latest generation of climate models, which started producing worrisome forecasts last year. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Climate scientists continue to debate the unusually hot results from the latest generation of climate models, which started producing worrisome forecasts last year. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Global Warming: The climate science you missed

By Bloomberg | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 02:07 PM IST
A deep dive into ­population data and warming projections suggest that our 6,000-year era of just-right temperatures may be coming to an end. Barring mass migration, a third of humanity may live in Sahara-like conditions by 2070.
The rise in sea-level could be avoided if countries fulfilled their 2015 Paris Climate agreement promises to cut emissions of the gases that are heating the planet.(AP File / Representational Photo)
The rise in sea-level could be avoided if countries fulfilled their 2015 Paris Climate agreement promises to cut emissions of the gases that are heating the planet.(AP File / Representational Photo)

Sea-levels could rise up to 4 ft by end of century due to global warming, warn scientists

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 01:36 AM IST
If the new estimates of rise in sea-level were to come true, it could affect around 770 million people or about 10% of the world’s population that lives less than 16 feet or five metres above sea level.
Indians watch a televised address to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hyderabad, India.(AP)
Indians watch a televised address to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hyderabad, India.(AP)

PM Modi announces stimulus package of Rs 20 lakh crore for Covid-hit economy. Read full speech text here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 11:57 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the coronavirus pandemic has presented India with an opportunity to become self-reliant and to emerge as the best across the world.
Actor Bhumi Pednekar is currently busy learning the science of hydroponics farming
Actor Bhumi Pednekar is currently busy learning the science of hydroponics farming

Bhumi Pednekar: I fear post lockdown, people are going to go crazy by going back to the same rut

Hindustan Times | By Sangeeta Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 12:17 PM IST
On World Earth Day today, the actor hopes that the world after the Covid-19 crisis comes out stronger and people adapt to a sustainable way of living
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