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October 22 - October 28, 2020
Dear readers,

Recently, United States’ President Donald Trump claimed that the air in India is filthy, despite the fact that US is the highest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. The US is also the worst performer on the Climate Change Performance Index of 2020, as discussed in a round-up of climate progress on the International Day of Climate Action.

The US is not the only country that needs to be held accountable on developmental promises, rich countries as a group have fallen short of giving about $5.7 trillion in aid to the globe’s poorest, a new report by Oxfam finds.

India’s air quality issues are not to be taken lightly however; Sunita Narain comments on Delhi’s current pollution scenario, that is driven chiefly by vehicular emissions. A third of the capital’s power also comes from coal-based power plants that do not follow emission norms.

In science news, we learn about unseasonably late freezing of Arctic sea ice, warming of waters in the Andaman Sea, the value of seeds to our food and agricultural systems, and the endangering of the majestic snow leopard due to climate change.

Lastly, the deadline to register for our online training An Introduction to Climate Change: Science, Politics, and Impacts is fast approaching. Register by November 11, 2020. The workshop runs from November 18 to December 1. Write to us at if you have any queries.

Down To Earth Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters| 28 October 2020
Delhi and the winter air: Hold your breath, it’s still unsafe| 27 October 2020
The rush of traffic is a key cause of air pollution — let's not lose sight of this. Dust exacerbates the problem, but vehicles create it
Filthy India? Have you looked at your own country, President Trump| 23 October 2020
India’s historical emissions have been far lower and the gap between India and the US widens by a large factor when considering per capita emissions
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Internal tide mixing keeps deep Andaman Sea warmer than Bay of Bengal: Study| 27 October 2020
Deep waters in the Andaman Sea are about 2 degrees Celsius warmer than in the Bay of Bengal
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Good food: Seeds of health| 27 October 2020
Seeds hold the promise of life, and hence they are so carefully stored in seed banks across the world
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International Day of Climate Action: All talk, no show on Paris Agreement targets| 24 October 2020
Countries may have announced grandiose plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they are unlikely to meet the global target to become carbon neutral by 2050
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How clean is Delhi’s electricity? Not much, finds CSE study| 23 October 2020
A third of the Capital’s power is from coal-fired plants that don’t follow emission norms
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50 years of international aid: World’s richest countries owe $5.7 trillion debt to poor, says OXFAM | 24 October 2020
Substantial debt owed to world’s poorest people 9 times more than sub-Saharan Africa’s stock of external debt at 2019-end
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