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July 7 – July 13, 2021
Dear readers,

This week we look into why the Indian monsoon has stalled, and the extreme temperatures and precipitation, diseases, flash floods and lightning strikes caused by heightening global warming. At this rate coastal areas may be unliveable by 2100, and the number of deaths will heighten.
On the renewable energy front, Chinese solar module prices have risen, and Europe bans disposal of decommissioned wind turbine blades in landfills.

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Why the monsoon stalled in 2021: Blame it on anomalous world weather, 12 July 2021
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Down To Earth Lightning strikes linked to climate change: 1,697 killed in a year in India, 12 July 2021
Extreme temperatures kill 5 million a year: 20-year study, 09 July 2021
Intense cold caused more deaths than intense heat but this is changing
Rise in Chinese solar PV module price: The implications on global solar growth story, 12 July 2021
Rising prices may force state-owned power giants in China to push projects into 2022; delays may make 2021 first year of negative growth in global solar installations in 17 years
Europe bans disposal of decommissioned wind turbine blades in landfills: A step towards life cycle sustainability, 07 July 2021
Wind turbines are an excellent source of clean power; but how will they be sustainable if they end up in a landfill?
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Flash floods in Dharamshala after heavy rains in Kangra district, 12 July 2021
Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, where Dharamsala is located, recorded actual rainfall of 79.4 millimetres within 12 hours whereas the normal is 21.2 mm
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Global warming can put billions at risk of malaria, dengue: Study, 09 July 2021
Policy makers should prepare appropriate strategies to build resilience to major mosquito-borne diseases in a warmer and more urbanised world, the study said
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Human activities do cause extreme precipitation events, says UCLA study, 08 July 2021
Before the study, research had been conducted regionally; but the UCLA research team used machine learning to create a global data set
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Carbon storage hub along US Gulf Coast can reduce emissions viably: Study, 08 July 2021
A high concentration of power generation industries exist in Texas and Louisiana, making it a good spot to build up a carbon storage hub
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Climate crisis intensifies: Coastal areas may become unliveable by 2100, flags report, 07 July 2021
Scientists say under RCP 8.5 scenario, a temperature increase of about 4.3 degrees Celsius by 2100 relative to pre-industrial temperature may happen
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