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August 11 – August 17, 2021
Dear readers,

Earlier this month, the UN’s climate science body, the IPCC published a groundbreaking report on the future of climate change – it represents a call to action, according to Sunita Narain. The report found that we may exhaust our carbon budget in a decade without rapid emissions cuts, and believes that indigenous knowledge will be key in this fight. It also produced specific insights for Africa and Indian cities. Some of its insights can be visualized through NASA’s new tool.

We also learn how rising wet bulb temperatures due to climate change can pose health risks for humans.

On the renewable energy front, India hits 100 GW of renewable energy, the Delhi government is successfully installing rooftop solar on schools, and renewable-rich states are facing system integration issues.
Africa warming faster than rest of world: IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, 12 August 2021
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Down To Earth Climate emergency: It is time to prepare for severe floods that will hit South Asia, 12 August 2021
Second-generation bioethanol: It is time to launch it headlong, 17 August 2021
Reactive pipeline technology could be a game changer for bioethanol production; it can reduce crude oil imports and bolster India’s energy independence
Rooftop solar generation: Why Delhi government schools fare better than others, 17 August 2021
Delhi government has set up rooftop solar in its 150 schools; similar projects in Rajasthan and Haryana are yet to take off
IPCC Report: Joining forces and using indigenous knowledge could avert disaster, 12 August 2021
In its first major climate report since 2013, the IPCC offers its starkest warning yet: Serious impacts of global warming are now unavoidable
Renewable energy integration in India: Ways to maximise solar, wind power system, 11 August 2021
India’s renewable-rich states have a higher share of variable renewable energy than most countries. As a result, many are already facing system integration challenges
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Deficient rainfall affects paddy, triggers drought fears in Odisha, 16 August 2021
As many as 19 districts have recorded large deficits of rainfall in August
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India’s renewable energy capacity at 100GW, still far away from 2022 target, 13 August 2021
The country added less than one gigawatt of renewable energy generation capacity a month on an average since the beginning of 2021
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What the new IPCC AR6 report means for Indian cities, 12 August 2021
The Sixth Assessment Report recognises compound extremes, multiple climate change drivers working together to maximise disaster impacts
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IPCC Sixth Assement Report: Insights for African countries, 11 August 2021
The continent will likely experience drier conditions with an exception of the Sahara and eastern Africa
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NASA’s new tool makes it possible to see future sea level rise, 11 August 2021
The tool makes it possible to access details based on projections of IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report released August 9
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Carbon budget will exhaust in 10 years at current emission levels: IPCC report, 11 August 2021
The world can emit approximately 400 billion tonnes more of carbon dioxide before hitting the 1.5°C limit, the report said
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Rising wet-bulb temperatures due to climate change pose health risks for humans
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IPCC AR6: Science has spoken now climate actions must follow, Sunita Narain
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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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