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November 26 – December 2, 2020
Dear readers,

This week the World Meteorological Organization brought to our notice that the year 2020 is registered to be one of the warmest years on record due to human-induced global warming. Conversely, the India Meteorological Department has anticipated that this year winter in India will be colder than the past years due to the influence of La Nina which steers the cold winds from Siberia and South China to enter into the Indian subcontinent, which can affect the agricultural practices in the country.

An Apex committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement has been formed by the Indian government which will oversee the implementation of the country’s climate goals and also be responsible for the regulation of carbon markets. Following Cyclone Nivar, another storm is looming over the state of Tamil Nadu. Nearby, Cyclone Burevi is speeding its way towards the Sri Lankan coast and is likely to cause havoc in the island country.

In addressing the climate crisis, we see that local solutions need to be called upon owing to their simplicity and cost-effectiveness, and should be brought into the fore front to spread awareness and combat the dangerous effects of climate change. The threats of non-urgent climate action are many, including the collapse of some of our vital ecosystems – a process that is irreversible once it occurs.

Lastly, the Centre for Science and Environment is happy to present a new factsheet on the repowering of the wind energy sector in India that can play an important role in its low-carbon energy future.
Global warming is real and 2020 is among 3 warmest year ever| 02 December 2020
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Down To Earth La Nina influence: Indian winter to be colder than normal| 01 December 2020
Harnessing people’s power for climate action| 30 November 2020
As people join hands to increase awareness on climate change and call for action to reduce its impacts, we need to vouch for local solutions that are simple, cost effective and allow communities to engage and deliver
One-fifth of ecosystems in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like| 26 November 2020
Recovering an ecosystem’s original state may be impossible because the external conditions that it depended upon simply no longer exist
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Cyclone Burevi hurtling towards Trincomalee on Lanka’s east coast| 02 December 2020
The cyclone will make a second landfall on December 3-4 along the Tamil Nadu coast
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Centre constitutes committee for implementation of 2015 Paris Agreement| 30 November 2020
The committee will also act as a national authority for the regulation of carbon markets in India
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Cyclone Nivar isn't over but is Tamil Nadu in for another one?| 26 November 2020
The state was last hit by back-to-back cyclones, Nada and Vardah, in December 2016
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Cyclone Nivar: Chennai shut as rains cause flooding in several parts| 26 November 2020
Around 0.1 million people, including 28,161 children, were evacuated to 1,694 relief camps across Tamil Nadu from low-lying areas
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Repowering of the Indian Wind Sector
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