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June 9 – June 15, 2021
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Rising temperatures could result in a 0.5-meter global sea-level rise. The increased warming might also melt the glaciers of the Hindu Kush mountain range. The Mediterranean is warming thrice as fast as oceans, according to a recent study. After Cyclone Yaas the Sunderbans are under threat as well as Kerala. and learnings from Odisha can help minimize future casualties. IIT Kharagpur researchers have found a way to detect tropical cyclones earlier than satellites in the North Indian Ocean.

Climate change has also become a threat to Africa’s transport system. Globally, COVID-19 has widened the gap in universal access to energy and clean cooking fuels. In the agriculture sector, switching to organic fertilizers may substantially reduce direct GHG emissions. Over $1 trillion is needed by 2030 to put the world on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. In the absence of meaningful change, India risks losing 3-10% of its GDP annually by 2100.

CSE’s newly launched book Climate Change: Science and Politics can be brought from the CSE store and the State of India’s Environment 2021: In Figures (E-book) can be accessed from the DTE website.
Ice shelves of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier may go earlier than expected, 15 June 2021
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Down To Earth Sea surge on Kerala coast: Why experts are calling for nature-based solutions, 14 June 2021
The Mediterranean is warming three times more than the oceans: Study, 10 June 2021
The warming is twice as fast in inland and high areas
The way ahead for low-emission agriculture, 14 June 2021
Direct emission of greenhouse gases reduces substantially by switching to organic fertilizers
Closing the loop on COVID-19, wars and climate change: Maybe we were never that great, 11 June 2021
It is a strange situation waiting to happen: The attackers are aliens, but we have unleashed these aliens. We have welcomed zoonotic pathogens through our unbridled, wanton lifestyle
Climate change is a threat to Africa’s transport systems: What must be done, 11 June 2021
Worst-case disruptions to Tanzania’s multi-modal transport networks could cause losses of up to $1.4 million per day
Over $1 trillion needed by 2030 to put the world on track to reach net-zero by 2050, 10 June 2021
Unless much strong action than current investment levels is taken, energy-related CO2 emissions in emerging economies will grow by five billion tonnes over the next two decades
Cyclones to heatwaves to starvation deaths: The Odisha model for survival, 10 June 2021
It's important to remember what happens when a government lets people die in a disaster
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Chief executives, investors write to world leaders: Need bold climate action, 10 June 2021
Need to change rules of the game to prompt corporate action, the open letter said
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COVID-19 widened the gap in universal access to energy, clean cooking fuel: UN report, 10 June 2021
In 2030, an estimated 2.4 billion will be without clean cooking fuel and 660 million people will still not have access to electricity
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Detecting tropical cyclones in North Indian Ocean earlier than satellites: IIT-Kharagpur researchers find a way, 09 June 2021
The technique could help in early detection of the development of tropical cyclones in the atmospheric column over ocean surface in the North Indian Ocean
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Glacier melting in the Hindu Kush: 2 billion people may face food, water shortage by 2100, 09 June 2021
Hindu Kush Himalayan mountain ranges could lose up to two-thirds of its ice by 2100, according to UNDP
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After Cyclone Yaas, Sunderbans brace for massive floods again, 09 June 2021
A low-pressure area brewing over north Bay of Bengal might coincide with spring tides on June 11 and prolong flooding
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State of India’s Environment 2021: In Figures (E-book)   Climate Change: Science and Politics
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