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23 February - 1 March 2021
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This week we report the disastrous effects of global warming on biodiversity that has caused forest fires and changed the migration pattern of birds in the state of Odisha. We also learn about the global oceans’ ability to absorb carbon.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm conference, countries need to evaluate their consumption and production trajectories and find a way to tackle increasing greenhouse gas emissions, ecological exploitation, and global inequalities in a comprehensive and synchronized manner. Meanwhile, progress towards the next UN climate meeting in Glasgow remains slow as countries offer revised pledges that are unambitious.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, while governments are attempting to formalize the charcoal sector, a number of challenges persist – but the solar sector has been growing. Climate change is also exacerbating the Lake Chad conflict.

In India, the wind power sector has seen slow progress due to COVID-19. We also learn about why a proposed glaciology centre in Uttarakhand was shelved.

Our flagship report, State of India’s Environment 2021,sheds light on the poor performance of Indian states in sustainable development goals like health, sanitation, water access, and preserving biodiversity.

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Hottest in India: Angul boils at 40°C in February, 01 March 2021 Soaring temperatures spark forest fires across Odisha, officials say loss ‘extensive’
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Down To Earth Migratory birds leave Chilika early as summer sets in, 26 February 2021 Eastern Odisha’s average maximum temperature for February has gone up by 3-4 degrees Celsius
Stockholm+50: How do we prepare for the next half century, 01 March 2021
When we mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm conference, we need to discuss consumption and production in a globalised world
State of India’s Environment 2021: People and planet in peril, 24 February 2021
COVID-19 may become endemic, or will continue to erupt but in limited ways in certain geographies. But its trails are already disrupting the world
Why efforts to clean up charcoal production in sub-Saharan Africa aren’t working, 24 February 2021
The average person in sub-Saharan Africa consumes 0.69 cubic metres of charcoal per year, 2.5 times more than the amount of wood fuel an average person consumes globally
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Paris Agreement goals: UN urges countries to update emission targets, 01 March 2021
Sixteen of the world's biggest emitters have not increased their emission reduction targets substantially or at all
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Chamoli disaster: Why proposed glaciology centre in Uttarakhand was shelved, 25 February 2021
A glaciology centre was approved for construction in the Himalayan region in 2009; in 2020, it was merged with another institute there
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Wind power in India: Report blames COVID-19 pandemic for slowest growth in decade, 24 February 2021
India added just 1.1 gigawatt of onshore wind projects in 2020
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Why a net-zero future depends on the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon, 24 February 2021
The oceans moderate the world’s climate through the absorption of heat and carbon. And just how much carbon the ocean will continue to absorb for us remains an open question
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Nine African nations on track to join solar ‘gigawatt club’, 23 February 2021
Algeria emerging as the continent's third ‘solar champion’ after South Africa and Egypt
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Climate change, conflict: What is fuelling the Lake Chad crisis, 23 February 2021
Climate change, religious conflicts and economic crisis have taken toll on people and environment
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