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November 12 - November 18, 2020
Dear readers,

This week we congratulate the Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), and Editor of Down to Earth, Sunita Narain for winning the prestigious Edinburgh medal this year, for her contributions to science.

Elsewhere in another significant moment, 13 public development banks have come together for the first time in history, to pledge to end hunger and poverty. On the continent of Africa, we take a look at the threat of fire to the natural environment of Mount Kilimanjaro, and drought risks facing South African cities.

Climate impacts are becoming more visible around the world, and are affecting the world’s largest island, Greenland, as well – its three largest glaciers have contributed to sea level rise, which threatens coastal areas around the world.

At home in India, a study by the Central Electricity Authority calls for relaxation of SO2 norms for coal-based thermal power plants, and this has been disputed by CSE. And finally, on an optimistic note, the International Energy Agency expects India to double its renewable energy capacity next year from 2020 levels.
Down To Earth Greenland is melting: We need to worry about what’s happening on the world’s largest island| 18 November 2020
CSE disputes CEA’s study urging relaxation of SO2 norms for thermal plants| 12 November 2020
‘The study is incomplete and its findings invalid’
Fires shaped Mount Kilimanjaro’s unique environment. Now they threaten it| 12 November 2020
An expert provides a glimpse into the natural environment of Africa’s tallest mountain and the challenges it faces
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CSE Director General Sunita Narain wins Edinburgh Medal 2020| 18 November 2020
The Edinburgh Medal is given each year to women and men who made significant contributions to science and technology
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Cape Town ‘Day Zero’ drought risk lurking around the corner: Study| 17 November 2020
South African cities should prepare themselves for similar drought conditions, warned the study
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COVID-19: In a first, public development banks pledge to end hunger, poverty| 16 November 2020
Commitment by PDBs significant for over 500 million small landholders
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India can push up renewable energy the most after COVID-19: IEA| 12 November 2020
The agency expects India to double its green energy capacity addition next year from 2020 levels
This Weekly Newsletter is published by Down to Earth and the Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based global think tank advocating on global south developmment issues.
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