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Flooding along with unseasonal storms are a clear indication of the impact of climate change in Mumbai.(HT Photo)

Mumbai Story: From sea unto sea?

Hindustan Times | By Smruti Koppikar
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 12:09 AM IST
The city’s geography and future is being threatened by rising sea levels as an outcome of global warming
Dadar is said to be at critical risk, according to the Climate Central’s study of the effects of sea level rise globally.(HT PHOTO)
Dadar is said to be at critical risk, according to the Climate Central’s study of the effects of sea level rise globally.(HT PHOTO)

Flooding threat 2050: No construction in low-lying areas, protect mangroves, say experts

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 07:05 AM IST
A report by the American organisation Climate Central shows that coastal cities might be inundated sooner than estimated
Warming oceans could put India’s costal cities such as Mumbai at risk(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Warming oceans could put India’s costal cities such as Mumbai at risk(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

What we can do to tackle extreme weather events | Analysis

By Anjal Prakash
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 07:51 PM IST
India is making an effort. Our choices now will determine the future of oceans, cryosphere, and all life on earth
Receding glaciers and ice sheets have increased the rate of sea level rise, an intergovernmental panel on climate change has reported.(AP Photo)
Receding glaciers and ice sheets have increased the rate of sea level rise, an intergovernmental panel on climate change has reported.(AP Photo)

Oceans and glaciers bearing ‘unprecedented’ impact of climate change: IPCC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 03:34 PM IST
The “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” by IPCC has projected that global glacier mass loss in the next few decades till 2050 will increase river runoff and related hazards like landslides, avalanches and floods.
Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood
Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood

Global temperature may rise 2°C more than estimated by end of century

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2019 10:35 PM IST
By 2100, average temperatures could rise 7.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels if carbon emissions continue unabated, separate models from two leading research centres in France showed.
PM Narendra Modi also announced that India would raise its target for restoring degraded land from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares by 2030.(File photo: PTI)
PM Narendra Modi also announced that India would raise its target for restoring degraded land from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares by 2030.(File photo: PTI)

‘Time to say goodbye’: PM Modi goes global with campaign against single-use plastic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 02:21 PM IST
PM Modi cited India’s experience with Swacch Bharat campaign that expanded sanitation cover from 38 % to 99% in five years to underscore that real change would not come by introducing new frameworks but would be powered by teamwork on the ground.
India has promised to convert nearly 50 lakh hectare degraded land into “fertile land” in the next 10 years.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
India has promised to convert nearly 50 lakh hectare degraded land into “fertile land” in the next 10 years.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

UN convention with focus on land degradation begins today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 05:24 AM IST
Out of the 196 countries, 122 countries including India have agreed to become land degradation neutral (LDN) by 2030, as specified in the goal 15.3 of the sustainable development goals.
Ending the degradation of land can play an important role in securing a liveable planet by cutting emissions, providing sustainable food and reducing poverty. The threat of land degradation is real for India(AP)
Ending the degradation of land can play an important role in securing a liveable planet by cutting emissions, providing sustainable food and reducing poverty. The threat of land degradation is real for India(AP)

India must step up efforts to tackle climate change

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2019 07:15 PM IST
The UN report indicates the need for more climate-sensitive food and less wastage
Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the United Nations before a news conference by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), after its 50th session ends in Geneva, Switzerland August 8, 2019.(REUTERS)
Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the United Nations before a news conference by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), after its 50th session ends in Geneva, Switzerland August 8, 2019.(REUTERS)

Climate change: Heading towards emptier plates

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 08:46 AM IST
The 2016 Paris Agreement said it would “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.
Asia is among areas worst affected by land degradataion, the report has said.(AP file photo)
Asia is among areas worst affected by land degradataion, the report has said.(AP file photo)

Land degradation to increase hunger, food prices: IPCC report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 02:53 PM IST
IPCC’s Climate Change and Land report’s summary for policy makers released in Geneva on Thursday revealed that since the pre-industrial period, the land surface air temperature has risen nearly twice as much as the global average temperature.
Civil society groups at Bonn said Saudi Arabia allegedly tried to stall the process of involving the 1.5 degree report in formal negotiations.(AFP/ Representative Image)
Civil society groups at Bonn said Saudi Arabia allegedly tried to stall the process of involving the 1.5 degree report in formal negotiations.(AFP/ Representative Image)

Bonn climate meeting fails to address threat of 1.5 degree C warming

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 10:16 AM IST
A scientific and technological body of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took note of Saudi Arabia’s dissent and concluded that its engagement with the 1.5 degree is complete.
Politicians can no longer talk about, say, agriculture without the need to protect birds and bees responsible for pollination and organisms responsible for soil health(Shutterstock)
Politicians can no longer talk about, say, agriculture without the need to protect birds and bees responsible for pollination and organisms responsible for soil health(Shutterstock)

Make nature an election agenda in the 2019 polls

By Richa Tyagi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 08:56 AM IST
Internationally, politicians have started talking about nature. But as India faces multiple threats from climate change and biodiversity loss, it becomes increasingly important for political parties in India to talk about them in elections
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ample opportunities in hospitality sector

PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2019 03:36 PM IST
If you are interested in a career in accounting and auditing then it is best to take up work in a CA firm, or any good financial consulting company
Greta Thunberg (yellow jacket) at a protest next to Sweden’s Parliament in Stockholm on March 8, 2019.(Reuters)
Greta Thunberg (yellow jacket) at a protest next to Sweden’s Parliament in Stockholm on March 8, 2019.(Reuters)

Delhi kids to join global bunk school protest against climate change

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2019 03:20 AM IST
Students aged between 10 and 16 will participate in the strike. At least seven city schools have allowed students to skip school for a few hours for the cause.
A Tibetan Buddhist monk uses his phone camera as he walks with another in the snow in Dharmsala, February 27, 2019.(AP)
A Tibetan Buddhist monk uses his phone camera as he walks with another in the snow in Dharmsala, February 27, 2019.(AP)

Get used to a thousand mini climate cuts

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 05:37 PM IST
The policy prescription to avoid such recurring damages has been clear for a long time: lower emission, a push for sustainability in whatever we do and climate-proof cities and agriculture. Every time a freak weather phenomenon hits us, we need to go through this policy prescription and ask ourselves: Are we doing enough to save ourselves from the effects of climate change?
COP24 President Michal Kurtyka and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa pose with the heads of delegations after adopting the final agreement during a closing session of the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018, Katowice, Poland, December 15(REUTERS)
COP24 President Michal Kurtyka and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa pose with the heads of delegations after adopting the final agreement during a closing session of the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018, Katowice, Poland, December 15(REUTERS)

The Katowice summit has been a resounding failure

By Prem Shankar Jha
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2018 08:44 AM IST
To save the future the world does not need carbon dioxide capture and removal. All it needs is a ban on the setting up of new coal-based power plants, and stable price agreements with producers of synthetic fuels.
Protesters hold banners during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)(AFP/Representative Image)
Protesters hold banners during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)(AFP/Representative Image)

COP24 talks: Some countries unhappy with Paris rulebook, say it doesn’t mention urgency of climate change

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2018 09:26 AM IST
There are some bright spots in the text, though. It talks about setting a new collective finance goal post 2020, higher than the current goal of 100 billion USD per year. The text also urges developed country parties to channel more grant based resources for adaptation to climate change as against loans.
Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth(AFP)
Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth(AFP)

Climate change: There is no room for complacency

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 12:10 PM IST
Countries need to ramp up their investments in low-carbon technologies
Starting with his pioneering paper in 1977, “Economic Growth and Climate: The Carbon Dioxide Problem”, William Nordhaus has over the last 40 years developed and refined a tool for cost-benefit analysis of climate policies(REUTERS)
Starting with his pioneering paper in 1977, “Economic Growth and Climate: The Carbon Dioxide Problem”, William Nordhaus has over the last 40 years developed and refined a tool for cost-benefit analysis of climate policies(REUTERS)

Saving the planet: Is half a Nobel Prize better than none?

By Shreekant Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 03:35 PM IST
The decision of the Nobel Prize committee to recognise William Nordhaus is welcome since it focuses attention on practical solutions to global warming
In the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released at Inchon, South Korea has cautioned that to avoid ‘far-reaching’ effects of global climate change, the international community must act with greater urgency.(Reuters)
In the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released at Inchon, South Korea has cautioned that to avoid ‘far-reaching’ effects of global climate change, the international community must act with greater urgency.(Reuters)

How climate change can affect national security

By Bikram Singh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2018 01:31 PM IST
As predicted, parts of the earth would become too hot to sustain life and the rising sea levels would submerge islands and low-lying coastal areas of various countries. Resultantly, the rising seas, droughts, food and water shortages will trigger large scale relocation of people both within their countries as also trans-international borders.

Global race to create better climate change simulations: Indian-origin scientist

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Sibi Arasu
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 08:16 PM IST
India-origin scientist V Balaji is part of the team engaged in developing models that simulate climate change and its effects and are used in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has also ensured that Indian and South African models figure in the next global ‘competition’ of climate models which is currently underway and whose assessment be available by 2021
People take part in protests ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 2, 2017(REUTERS)
People take part in protests ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 2, 2017(REUTERS)

There are no technical fixes to deal with ecological changes

By Shyam Saran
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 05:53 PM IST
The IPCC Report acknowledges that “the pathways to avoiding an even hotter world would require a swift and complete transformation not just of the global economy but of society too.”
The questions are blowing in the smog, in the heat waves, in the angry monsoon.(HT Photo)
The questions are blowing in the smog, in the heat waves, in the angry monsoon.(HT Photo)

Climate change is here. What’s Mumbai doing about it?

Hindustan Times | By Smruti Koppikar
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 12:03 AM IST
Where are the institutional arrangements Mumbai needs? What governance mechanisms exist? What financial resources have been committed? Indeed, what are Mumbai’s goals to reduce emissions?
According to scientist Swapna Panickal, the current global models have larger uncertainty when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change on the South Asian monsoon.(HT Photo)
According to scientist Swapna Panickal, the current global models have larger uncertainty when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change on the South Asian monsoon.(HT Photo)

Indigenous climate model for monsoon trends in IPCC report

Hindustan Times | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 11:34 PM IST
R Krishnan and Swapna Panickal, from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, are documenting how climate change will impact global meteorological trends and the South Asian monsoon.
We must devise policies to provide protection to existing carbon sinks such as corals along with developing an adaptation frameworks for others.(AFP)
We must devise policies to provide protection to existing carbon sinks such as corals along with developing an adaptation frameworks for others.(AFP)

The world must do much more to save coral reefs

By Parveen Kaswan and Akash Deep Badhawan
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 11:40 AM IST
Despite occupying only 0.1% of the ocean’s area, coral reefs support about one-fourth of marine species in the world. About 500 million people in the world are dependent on them for food and fisheries
A protest ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, July 2017(REUTERS)
A protest ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, July 2017(REUTERS)

Why Nobel laureate Nordhaus’s work on climate change is crucial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 05:54 PM IST
The IPCC report’s findings can be used to find fault with William Nordhaus’s body of work
A heat map developed by Carbon Brief based on IPCC projections suggests Delhi has warmed by 1°C so far and may experience a warming of 1.3°C to 5.2°C by 2100 depending on how emissions continue to grow.(HT/File Photo)
A heat map developed by Carbon Brief based on IPCC projections suggests Delhi has warmed by 1°C so far and may experience a warming of 1.3°C to 5.2°C by 2100 depending on how emissions continue to grow.(HT/File Photo)

Big Indian cities stare at acute heat spells, rise in pollution: Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 07:59 AM IST
An IPCC report states that there are lower risks projected for heat-related morbidity and mortality in case of 1.5-degree rise compared to a 2-degree rise in global warming. But urban heat islands will often amplify the effects of a heat wave in cities, the report says.
All countries must make rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes across sectors to keep the increase to within 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels to stop the devastating consequences of climate change, said the UN report in its most dire risk assessment ever(AP)
All countries must make rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes across sectors to keep the increase to within 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels to stop the devastating consequences of climate change, said the UN report in its most dire risk assessment ever(AP)

UN report on climate change sets off alarm bells

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2018 08:19 PM IST
Investing in climate change makes ecological and economic sense. Keeping emissions down will boost economic growth and save the expenditure on its catastrophic fallouts
A picture shows a giant roll of more than 2500 laminated postcards displayed for an exhibit test of an action against climate change, in the Aletsch Glacier near the Jungfraujoch in the Swiss Alps on August 13.(AFP Photo)
A picture shows a giant roll of more than 2500 laminated postcards displayed for an exhibit test of an action against climate change, in the Aletsch Glacier near the Jungfraujoch in the Swiss Alps on August 13.(AFP Photo)

If Earth gets warmer by 2 degrees Celsius, India could see deadly heatwaves: IPCC report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2018 06:49 PM IST
The report by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change said at +2°C warming, Karachi (Pakistan) and Kolkata (India) could expect annual conditions equivalent to their deadly 2015 heatwaves (medium confidence).
Residents collect food and water from a truck distributing relief materials to those stranded by floods in Pandanad in Alappuzha district, Kerala, August 21, 2018(AFP)
Residents collect food and water from a truck distributing relief materials to those stranded by floods in Pandanad in Alappuzha district, Kerala, August 21, 2018(AFP)

Biggest lesson from Kerala: The developmental agenda should be sustainable

By Kusala Rajendran
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 08:03 PM IST
We all know that development comes with a cost, but as such tragedies strike, the poor suffers the most and they seem to pay a higher price.
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