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March 16 -March 22, 2021
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Climate change has led to the emission of ozone-depleting gases from oceans, depletion of agrarian migrant livelihoods in Ghana, and acceleration of sea-level rise in major cities. It has also affected food security in Lesotho and altered Kashmir’s flowering season. The levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are on a staggering rise — 2021 is expected to be the first year on record that sees CO2 levels of more than 50 percent above pre-industrial levels.

Elsewhere, a study finds that conserving nature may yield a greater economic well-being than by carrying out activities like agriculture, and a UN report states that the Asia-Pacific region may achieve just 10% targets of sustainable development goals. Cruise tourism is on the decline as its detrimental impacts become widely known. Japan is building a number of projects to reach its net zero goal.

On the ground in India, MGNREGA is accelerating rural development by creating smart villages including the construction of check dams, water storage structures, and promoting changes in crop patterns. This video focuses on a case study in Bundelkhand.
Climate crisis: Oceans may emit more ozone-depleting gases, 18 March 2021
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Atmospheric CO2 levels may rise 50% higher than pre-industrial levels: Recent estimates, 17 March 2021
Atmospheric CO2 levels exceeded 417 parts per million (ppm) for several days in February and March 2021 — way above the pre-industrial levels of 278 ppm
How MGNREGA is promoting climate-smart villages, 22 March 2021
The works include constructing percolation tanks, households living in the catchment area for construction of check dams, afforestation, contour bunding, etc
Cruise tourism in India: Sailing into troubled waters, 17 March 2021
The shipping industry contributes around 3.01 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions annually; a single ship emits particulate matter equivalent to 100 million cars
Climate change is affecting agrarian migrant livelihoods in Ghana. This is how, 16 March 2021
The impact of climate events will be worse on poor communities in the global south because most of them depend on environmental resources
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Conserving nature leads to higher net economic value: Study, 9 March 2021
It also pointed out that conservation and restoration did not universally provide greater net value than intensive human usage
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Sea levels are rising fastest in big cities – here’s why, 17 March 2021
Dealing with subsidence is complementary to dealing with climate-induced sea level rise and both need to be addressed
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Asia-Pacific may achieve just 10% targets of sustainable development goals: UN report, 16 March 2021
Only 9 / 104 targets achievable by 2030 at current pace: UN report
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To what extent does climate change affect food insecurity? What we found in Lesotho, 16 March 2021
The food security situation in Lesotho can be classified as precarious. The country produces only 30 per cent of maize, the main staple food, domestically
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Japan has rolled out a bevy of projects to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Are they enough?, 16 March 2021
Achieving the net-zero emissions target would require a major push to build clean energy infrastructure
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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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