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June 16 – June 22, 2021
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Climate change, according to experts, has caused monsoon variation in India and throughout the world, with surplus and heavy rainfall in Bihar, deficits in northeastern states, lengthy periods of flood and drought in Southern Ethiopia, and post-summer rainfall in eight countries. Odisha plans to increase mangroves along the coast to curb cyclones. Elsewhere, scientists believe we have already walked on a minefield as Arctic sea ice retreated at an alarmingly fast rate in spring 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have negatively impacted the economy, but it has not deterred India from increasing its renewable energy capacity, as well as Africa from recently launching the Renewable Africa project.

According to a study, switching to energy-efficient appliances can lower energy demands.

The UN has recently launched the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, while UNESCO suggests the inclusion of the Great Barrier Reef in the danger list. With rising anthropogenic emissions, it has been suggested how changing investors' strategies can curb fossil fuel emissions.

To make sense of these climate trends, buy CSE’s recently launched book Climate Change: Science and Politics from the CSE store, and the new State of India’s Environment 2021: In Figures from the DTE website.
Surplus June rainfall in Bihar may be an outcome of climate change, claim experts, 22 June 2021
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Down To Earth Rainfall variation resulted in long periods of droughts, floods in southern Ethiopia: Study, 18 June 2021
Monsoon update: Northeastern states report deficit rainfall, 17 June 2021
Three weeks into the monsoon, 72% meteorological divisions have had normal and above normal rainfall
COVID-19 did not deter renewable power-generating capacity addition in 2020: Report, 17 June 2021
India placed third among countries that added the most solar water heating capacity in 2020
Africa’s drylands are getting more support. How to make the most of this, 17 June 2021
The UN recently launched the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide
Climate change: What G7 leaders could have said but didn’t, 16 June 2021
One of the greatest unmentionables at climate summit after climate summit is just how badly we keep track of contributions to global warming
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Retreating monsoon rains a global phenomenon, can help study climate change, 21 June 2021
Eight regions across the world experience post-summer rainfall like India, says study
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Energy demand can be lowered with efficient appliances, behavioural change: Study, 18 June 2021
If old fans are exchanged for efficient 5-star ones, it can help households in saving money and reduce the load on the power grid, the study said
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Barrier to cyclone storms: Odisha plans to plant mangroves along its coast, 18 June 2021
The proposal is to raise mangroves and casuarinas in around 109 and 4,000 hectares of land along the coastal belt
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Renewable Africa: Turbine for first Sudanese wind plant arrives from the Netherlands, 18 June 2021
The project is expected to serve as a role model for other African countries keen on enhancing their renewable energy capacity
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Early floods in Bihar after heavy rainfall in catchment areas of Gandak in Nepal, 17 June 2021
Bihar usually gets heavy rains in July and August; floods in June are an unusual occurrence, experts said
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Court ruling on Shell’s climate impact and votes against Exxon and Chevron add pressure, but it’s the market that will drive oil giants to change, 17 June 2021
It is not the courts that will force the fossil fuel industry to curb emissions; a change in investors’ strategies will
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We have already stepped on the minefield: Scientist on reversing global warming, 16 June 2021
Arctic Sea ice retreated record fast in spring 2020; also, the summer sea ice was only half as large as decades ago
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State of India’s Environment 2021: In Figures (E-book)   Climate Change: Science and Politics
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