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September 29 – October 5, 2021
Dear readers,

Indian cities are at high risk of extreme heat exposure, and August 2021 was one of the hottest months in over a 100 years.

Heavy rainfall was experienced in some states in September, especially West Bengal where Cyclone Gulaab killed two.

Droughts are likely to occur over the next five years in East Africa, and many African countries will need heavy investments to fight against climate change.

As COP 26 approaches, we take a look at the progress made by countries on their climate goals – notably China has said that they will no longer build overseas coal power plants.

Join our upcoming event this month titled Climate Change in India's Northeast.
Above-normal rainfall, cyclones: Why September 2021 was a unique month for India, 05 October 2021
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Down To Earth Indian cities among places with highest rise in exposure to extreme heat: Study, 05 October 2021
August 2021 is the sixth-warmest in 142 years: US climate agency, 30 September 2021
August 2021 is the 440th consecutive month the planet has reported above average temperature, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Climate crisis in North East India: An outlier in Arunachal, Upper Siang now experiences increased rainfall, 29 September 2021
Increased rainfall leads to decline in rice productivity: New diseases have emerged, pest attacks on the rise
Scientists sound the alarm over drought in East Africa: What must happen next, 05 October 2021
The next five years will very likely bring a strong El Niño causing more drought disasters
Marine heatwaves during winter could have dire impacts on New Zealand fisheries and herald more summer storms, 04 October 2021
These marine heatwaves can have devastating impacts on ocean ecosystems
Renewable Energy Certificates: How new amendments provide safety net to renewable power developers, 01 October 2021
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, India’s apex power sector regulator, will monitor to ensure that no RECs are hoarded
China will no longer build overseas coal power plants — what energy projects will it invest in instead?, 29 September 2021
China has taken the first step to stop funding coal. It’s now time to adopt policies that support the overseas activities of its renewable energy developers
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Climate change: 14% coral reefs lost since 2010, says study, 05 October 2021
Corals reefs occupy less than 1% of the ocean floor but over one billion people benefit from them
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Denmark legally binds farmers to reduce GHGs emission by half in 9 years, 5 October 2021
Denmark had adopted this plan in December 2019; 3 sectors — transport, energy and agriculture — account for the country’s most greenhouse gas emissions
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Indo-Gangetic Plain, Meghalaya will need to use flood protection for 1,000 years: DTE analysis, 04 October 2021
DTE analysed the need for flood protection measures in India in response to a study on the subject published in Nature
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What is it like inside Hurricane Sam? Saildrone footage gives a glimpse, 04 October 2021
The drone in the Atlantic Ocean will help understand hurricanes better to reduce loss of human life
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Investment to fight climate change: Three African countries need $280 billion by 2050, 30 September 2021
South Africa will require the largest share of this investment, followed by Ethiopia and Kenya
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CoP26 progress: China, South Africa boost climate action momentum, but global ambition remains inadequate, 30 September 2021
South Africa, China have either announced new NDCs or are targeting reduced investment in fossil fuels, but overall progress falls short of Paris Agreement's goals
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Cyclone Gulaab: Heavy rain lashes West Bengal, 2 dead, 29 September 2021
Large swathes of land in Murshidabad, Nadia, Birbhum, Bankura and the coastal areas inundated
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