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September 1 – September 7, 2021
Dear readers,

Record rainfall caused 8 deaths in New York, while on the other hand parts of India have seen poor August rainfall leading to arid conditions. Rainfall patterns are also changing inplaces like North East India.

Along with these shifts, the world, especially Africa, is witnessing a migration wave due to lack of water.

Algeria reports devastating wildfires that have caused 90 deaths. Wildfires can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, according to new research.

Editors of over 200 medical journals have called upon high-income countries to go beyond their outstanding commitment to provide $100 billion a year in climate finance to developing countries, to restore biodiversity and combat climate change in the interest of public health.

In energy, we see how Nigeria’s new petroleum industry act is attractive to more investors and how Ghana’s purely donor-funded renewable projects are facing limitations.

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Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, leading to catastrophic flooding. Here’s how, 08 September 2021
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Down To Earth Climate crisis in North East India: Why are rainfall patterns changing?, 07 September 2021
Renewable energy projects in rural Ghana have some built-in limitations, 08 September 2021
Purely donor-funded renewable energy projects involve only renewable energy companies
Out of Africa flashback: Is the world witnessing a migration wave due to lack of water?, 06 September 2021
Dry spells account for up to one-tenth of the increase in world migration
New law will make Nigeria’s petroleum industry attractive to investors, 06 September 2021
Among the main objectives of the Petroleum Industry Act are to define the relationship between the society, investors; create regulatory and policy institutions
Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them, 02 September 2021
Dozens of forest fires have raged through forest areas across northern Algeria. At least 90 people have reportedly died so far
Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming, 01 September 2021
Despite caution from scientists, policymakers and corporates still assume that natural carbon sinks like forests will mop up their fossil fuel emissions
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Act responsibly on climate emergency to protect public health, editors urge leaders, 07 September 2021
Over 200 editors from across the world call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity and protect health
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Climate crisis in North East India: How geography, rainfall variations define calamity course, 06 September 2021
DTE analyses geography of 8 northeastern states and shows what changing climate and rainfall patterns mean for the region
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Dung beetle experiment suggests carbon dioxide is bad for insects too, 06 September 2021
Beetles exposed to eCO₂ have reduced chance of making it to adulthood, say report
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IPCC report warning: Mumbai will be worst hit among Indian metros, 03 September 2021
The city is set to experience the highest increase in total annual rainfall among other metropolitan cities in the 21st century; mean temperature and sea-level rise will increase too
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At least 8 dead due to record rains in New York, 02 September 2021
A state of emergency has been declared across New York City after remnants of Hurricane Ida bring record rainfall to the US Northeast
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A third of deaths due to extreme events occurred in Africa over 50 years: WMO, 02 September 2021
Africa accounted for only one per cent of global economic losses due to weather, climate and water extremes in 50 years
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Poor August rainfall makes way for arid conditions in India, 02 September 2021
As many as 638 out of 733 districts experienced ‘mild’ to ‘severe’ arid conditions in the country
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Monsoon 2021: Is it time for severe drought in India’s northeast and northwest?, 01 September 2021
September rain will not be enough to compensate for deficient rainfall in northwest and northeast states of India, says IMD
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More power to you: Why Botswana should go green, 01 September 2021
IRENA bats for solar, wind to increase energy access in Botswana
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Looming drought: Naveen asks Odisha babus to prep crop contingency plan, 01 September 2021
Rainfall between June 1 and August 15 in the eastern state has been 30 per cent less than normal
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Hurricane Ida turned into a monster thanks to a giant warm patch in the Gulf of Mexico — here’s what happened, 01 September 2021
Edies during the hurricane season can spell disaster for coastal communities around the Gulf
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