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5 January – 11 January 2021
Dear readers,

In the New Year, we hope for renewed action and determination in the fight against climate change, and invite you all to participate in any way you can. While we may be catching up with the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollouts gradually begin globally, the climate crisis continues with 2020 being the joint hottest year on record globally along with 2016, and extreme weather in the form of severe cold hitting parts of the world. Several species of insects are on the brink of extinction, while marine organisms are struggling to adapt to the changing climate as well.

On societal impacts, Uttarakhand is on track to suffer from forest fires around the year, while UP and Bihar have recorded a large number of deaths due to extreme weather events in 2020.

While these effects on society and natural life have been devastating, our understanding of our footprint on the planet has been evolving. We learn about the impacts of fashion on climate change and the carbon cost of a cup of coffee. We also learn about the Antarctic ozone hole, and the importance of preserving soil carbon in grasslands is critical to the planet.

Lastly, we take a look at the impact of climate change on the LGBTQIA+ community, who are vulnerable to exclusion, violence and exploitation because of the cumulative impacts of social stigma, discrimination and hatred.

We will be announcing new trainings, events and programmes on climate change this year, and we invite you to follow our updates regularly.
2020 was the hottest year globally despite cooling La Niña, 08 January 2021
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Down To Earth Sudden stratospheric warming may be behind recent cold weather, 06 January 2021
How climate change is affecting the LGBTQIA+ community, 11 January 2021
Social stigma, higher unemployment and inadequate safe living spaces makes them more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes
Why insects are crucial for ecological balance, 08 January 2021
Several species of insects are at the brink of extinction; this can have a cascading effect on upper levels of the food pyramid and shake ecological balance
How the planet pays for fashion, 06 January 2021
The production of a kilogram of cotton takes up around 10,000 litre to 20,000 litre of water INTRO
Coffee: here’s the carbon cost of your daily cup – and how to make it climate-friendly, 05 January 2021
Using less fertiliser, managing water and energy use more efficiently during milling and exporting the beans by cargo ship rather than aeroplane can slash your coffee’s carbon footprint
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Global warming: Mollusc species collapsing in eastern Mediterranean, finds study, 07 January 2021
Marine organisms that cannot adapt to rising temperatures migrate to cooler water areas or die
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Greenhouse gas emissions from man-managed grasslands similar to global croplands, 07 January 2021
Study highlight need to use sustainable management to preserve and enhance soil carbon storage of grasslands
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Antarctic ozone hole — one of the largest, deepest — closes, 7 January 2021
The annually occurring ozone hole over the Antarctic had rapidly grown from mid-August 2020 and peaked at around 24 mln sq km
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Climate crisis: Uttarakhand may see forest fires round the year, 06 January 2021
It is winters but state forests are on fire. Experts say lack of soil moisture due to insufficent rainfall aided spread
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UP, Bihar hit hardest by adverse weather in 2020, 05 January 2021
More than 350 deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar each in 2020, mainly due to thunderstorms, lightning and cold wave events
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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