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August 18 – August 24, 2021
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Climate change may be killing the world’s largest wetland, making extreme events worse in Latin America and the Caribbean, and damaging the Sundarbans. One of the major impacts is drought and water scarcity which has caused desertification and has affected over one-fifth of India, including Gujarat and Nagaland and the water reservoirs of North and Central India domestically, and countries like Kenya abroad.

On the energy front, the fossil fuel industry is seeing the beginning of its end, especially since the knowledge of emissions from oil refineries becomes well known. PM Modi’s comments on India’s energy independence are analysed a few months before India is projected to miss its goal of reducing crude oil import dependence by 2022.

Lastly, we learn about how pineapple agroforestry can help tackle climate change, and how farmers in several districts of Bengal engaged in cultivating paddy, vegetables, sesame and groundnut have incurred heavy losses due to this year’s truant monsoon.
IPCC report warning: 4.5°C rise in Kolkata by century-end, rise in cyclones, sea level,
24 August 2021
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Down To Earth Drought scare looms large over a fifth of India,
24 August 2021
It’s only getting worse: New WMO report flags intensifying climate crisis in Latin America & Caribbean, 18 August 2021
2020 was a year of unprecedented heatwaves, droughts, forest fires, cyclones and food insecurity for the region
Climate change is an infrastructure problem: Map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why, 24 August 2021
Uneven, limited charging infrastructure is a major roadblock to rapid electrification of vehicle fleet in the US, considered crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Despite PM Modi’s assurance, land degradation, desertification increasing, 20 August 2021
Some 29.7 per cent of India’s land is degraded, according to a new ISRO atlas
BHP’s offloading of oil and gas assets shows the global market has turned on fossil fuels, 18 August 2021
BHP, which was founded in 1885 and plans to be around for the long term, has seen the writing on the wall. It is getting out while it can
Making India energy-independent by 2047: A look at PM Modi’s blueprint, 18 August 2021
The PM’s remarks come a few months before India is projected to miss its goal of reducing crude oil import dependence by 2022
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Close shave: Giant iceberg grazes Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf, 24 August 2021
A chunk bigger than A-74 would have been knocked off the iceshelf had the impact been stronger
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Low rain spurred 10% of 1970-2000 migration increase: Report, 24 August 2021
Water shocks affect not only the number of people who move but also the skills they bring with them
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Bihar floods: Lives of thousands upended in north districts as water refuses to recede, 24 August 2021
The standing floodwater damaged crops across hectares
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Global emissions can decline 10% this decade if refineries clean up their act: Report, 23 August 2021
CO2 emissions from oil refineries were 1.3 Gt in 2018 and could reach up to 16.5 Gt from 2020 to 2030, if low carbon measures are not adopted
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Sparse monsoon 2021: Should Gujarat prepare for drought?, 23 August 2021
Amid a derailing COVID-19 pandemic, after Cyclone Tauktae devastation, comes a deep deficit in rainfall
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‘Drought-like’ Nagaland stares at water scarcity, low harvest, 23 August 2021
Seven of Nagaland’s 12 districts had ‘deficient’ rainfall till August 19
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Kenya drought: Half the country to experience food insecurity till December 2021, 20 August 2021
The drought will put around 2 million people in need of assistance till December
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How this year’s ‘monsoon with a difference’ is impacting farmers in Bengal, 20 August 2021
Farmers in several districts of Bengal engaged in cultivating paddy, vegetables, sesame and groundnut have incurred heavy losses due to this year’s truant monsoon
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Monsoon 2021: Skewed withdrawal again; do we blame climate change?, 20 August 2021
The southwest monsoon season may withdraw later than normal in 2021, an event that would happen for 11th year in a row
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Deficient rainfall leads to low storage in water reservoirs of north, central India, 20 August 2021
The total volume in 130 reservoirs monitored is 61 per cent of their overall capacity
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Arid Americas: Are Pantanal, Colorado in a ‘post-drought’ stage, 19 August 2021
The Pantanal wetland in South America and the Colorado river basin in North America have experienced extreme drought in the last few years, which according to experts may not be even called that
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Pineapple agroforestry can help tackle climate change, biodiversity loss: Study, 19 August 2021
Can be an alternative to jhum cultivation, which has become unsustainable due to a reduced fallow cycle, in northeast India
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Smoke from wildfires may have added over 700 COVID-19 deaths to US toll, 18 August 2021
More than 19,742 COVID-19 cases are associated with spike in PM 2.5 levels due to wildfires
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Is climate change killing Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands?

During a climate crisis, the world’s largest tropical wetlands must be saved before it is too late

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