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10 February - 16 February 2021
Dear readers,

The impacts of climate change are being felt around the world with higher temperature trends being observed in northern Africa and the USA, and heavy rainfall in Southern India.

Indirect impacts are visible in events such as the Chamoli glacier burst and crop losses in India, and heat-related deaths in the UK.

For India in particular, fossil fuel combustion is the primary driver of climate change and pollution, leading to premature deaths, and poor air quality especially in cities with formerly clean air such as Mumbai. Despite this, India’s energy use, the source of most of which is coal, is projected to increase.

In Africa, nitrogen dioxide pollution has reduced across the North, while South Africa grapples with a lack of data on climate finance while navigating its climate policy goals.

The USA has John Kerry at the helm of its climate policy, and this inspires confidence in many.

To make sense of the climate trends associated with such news, join our online training titled Demystifying Climate Data this month.
Temperatures in northern Africa likely to rise between February and April despite La Nina, 11 February 2021
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Down To Earth Rain check: What caused south Indian deluge in early January?, 10 February 2021
January 2021 ninth-warmest month for US on record: NOAA, 10 February 2021
Below-average precipitation experienced in several regions; peak ice coverage declined
How John Kerry can bring US back in climate fight ring, 15 February 2021
The US is on track to re-join the Paris Agreement. Kerry brings to table the clout and connections associated with being former president Barack Obama’s top diplomat
Chamoli glacier burst: Himalayan blunders compounded, 11 February 2021
The issue is about carrying capacity of the fragile region, which is even more at risk because of climate change
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Massive coal use in Mumbai’s industrial clusters worsening city’s air quality: CSE study, 15 February 2021
Inaction may lead to Mumbai’s air turning as toxic as Delhi’s, warn
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Coal burning responsible for heavy air pollution in India: IEACCC study, 15 February 2021
Implementing emission norms, running clean coal power need of the hour, the study says
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Fossil fuel combustion caused 2.5 million premature deaths in India in 2018, 12 February 2021
Pollution levels used for simulation are of 2012 levels, which means the actual number of deaths as of 2018 could be higher
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Nitrogen dioxide pollution reduces across north equatorial Africa in dry season: Study, 12 February 2021
The researchers found that the area's socioeconomic development aided the dip in NO2 levels
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India lost crops on 18 million hectares to extreme floods from 2017-2019: Govt, 11 February 2021
Madhya Pradesh hardest-hit; figures show gross underestimation of crop losses due to floods
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India at the center of world energy stage, will experience gains: IEA director, 11 February 2021
The report stated that as China moves towards a service-based economy, India could pivot its growth in the energy sector
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Lack of finance data hampers climate goals in South Africa: Report, 10 February 2021
South Africa is the world’s 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide. Its national climate change response policy calls for inclusion of financial services sector
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12 million in UK face health risks due to climate change: Study, 10 February 2021
Heat-related deaths among people over 65 years rose 21 per cent between 2004 and 2018
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