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March 30 - April 5, 2021
Dear readers,

This week we discovered how global warming has led to record high temperatures in Odisha, affected honey output from Similipal, and also contributed to low arctic winter sea ice in 2021. Studies also predict it will intensify cyclones in the next century. Yet responses to climate action have been politicized and thereby hindered.

US President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan promises too little in climate action, despite measures such as higher offshore wind targets. It also needs stronger protections against future extreme events such as hurricanes and flooding.

In India, the Talcher thermal power plant shut down recently. To keep up electricity sector emissions reductions, wind energy will be key. Globally as well, wind power needs to be accelerated to reach net zero emissions.

Lastly, we learn how using green transport can prevent over 38,000 deaths in Africa’s Accra.
Arctic winter sea ice in 2021 joint seventh-lowest on record, finds NASA, 02 April 2021
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Down To Earth Intensity of tropical cyclones to increase next century due to climate change: Study, 01 April 2021
Not yet April, but mercury at 44.6 in Odisha’s Baripada,  31 March 2021
Some 18,500,748 trees were felled in Odisha in the last 11 years, according to the state government
Joe Biden’s climate plan is investing too little in climate action, 04 April 2021
While the spending figure needs to be much higher, there is scope to keep up the pressure, both from domestic groups as well as international entities
How to make sure Biden’s infrastructure plan can hold up to climate change — and save money, 02 April 2021
Several US cities are now considering hurricane defense systems, and the future protection they will actually need to prevent flooding is unknown at this point
Decarbonisation in a fraught geopolitical landscape, 01 April 2021
The production of the technologies necessary to decarbonise and digitalise the global economy has unfortunately been drawn into the battlefield of geopolitics, the most prominent of which is the US-China rivalry
The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets: What will it take to meet them?, 01 April 2021
The Biden administration calculates that its new wind power goal would avoid 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, roughly equivalent to takin cars off the road for a year
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Forest fires, soaring heat to affect honey output from Similipal, 02 April 2021
Honey gathering is one of the main occupations of tribal people in the Similipal Biosphere Reserve
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Talcher thermal power plant shuts down, NTPC says modern unit will replace it, 02 April 2021
The 460-megawatt power plant was commissioned in 1967
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Using green transport can prevent over 38,000 deaths in Africa’s Accra: WHO, 02 April 2021
Accra is one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa
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Wind-dominated renewables will be key to limit electricity sector emissions: Report, 31 March 2021
India’s carbon emissions from electric power industry can be held at the 2018 levels in 2030 at costs comparable to a fossil fuel-dominated grid — without affecting the sector
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Wind power capacity needs to grow at thrice the current speed to reach net zero: Report, 30 March 2021
The world needs to instal a minimum of 180 GW of new wind energy capacity every year
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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