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November 19 – November 25, 2020
Dear readers,

This week Canada made news on its climate action plan which includes unproven and expensive practices such as carbon capture. In the United States, John Kerry is Joe Biden’s frontrunner to lead the nation on climate change, and we take a look at what he could do to rebuild America’s global climate leadership. In the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson’s 10-point Green Industrial Revolution plan holds promise, and among other things pledges a ban on fuel powered vehicles in the UK from 2030 onwards.

In India, the SECI auction could have a positive impact on the trajectory of the solar sector. In the district of Wayanad, we take a look why research on climate change and rice production is important.

The impacts of climate change can be seen widely, mostly with the frequency of occurrence of extreme weather events like cyclones. Cyclone Gati, the strongest that Somalia had experienced so far, has cleared the ground for a potential locust attack as torrential rainfall proves to be beneficial for the breeding of locusts. Here at home, Cyclone Nivar could cause severe destruction especially to agriculture across South India.

Lastly, the WMO noted that the global reduction in emissions due to the Covid-19 lockdown is just a minor blip – we need a sustained flattening of the curve.
Cyclone Gati spurs locust outbreak threat in Somalia| 25 November 2020
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Down To Earth Cyclone Nivar storm, rain may hit agriculture across south India| 25 November 2020
Cyclone Nivar may hit harder than we think. Here’s why| 24 November 2020
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Canada’s latest climate plan bets on expensive and unproven carbon capture technologies| 26 November 2020
Bill C-12, if passed, commits Canada to “binding” targets every five years as of 2030 with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
How Biden and Kerry could rebuild America’s global climate leadership| 25 November 2020
John Kerry’s decades of experience and the international relationships he developed as a senator and secretary of state may give him a chance of making real progress
Will Boris Johnson’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ be enough for a net-zero UK| 23 November 2020
The British Prime Minister’s 10-point plan aims to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2030; 40 GW offshore wind power for homes
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Why SECI auction paints optimistic picture for Indian solar sector| 25 November 2020
SECI needs to sustain favorable project conditions for developers and engage further with state distribution companies to clear backlog
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Why climate change studies on rice production are important in Wayanad| 25 November 2020
Area under rice cultivation has been declining rapidly in north Kerala district between 2004-05 and 2018-19
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COVID-19 cut carbon emissions but not enough to dent global warming| 23 November 2020
The lockdown-related fall in emissions is just a tiny blip on the long-term graph. We need a sustained flattening of the curve - WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas
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What does Boris Johnson’s plan to ban fuel-powered vehicles mean for UK| 23 November 2020
Several other countries may follow suit in the coming years to phase out petrol- and diesel-run vehicles
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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