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December 8 – December 16, 2021
Dear readers,

Last year, Verkhoyansk, a town in Siberia, recorded a temperature of 38°C June 20, 2020 — the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic region.

Climate change worsens wildfires, affects food prices, and spreads diseases.

In India, much more action is needed to address the climate crisis. But some positive signs are appearing, as this case study on salt makers in Little Rann and the case of MGNREGS in Tamil Nadu show.

Last week, India voted ‘no’ on a UN resolution to “securitize climate action”, a move that was also vetoed by Russia.

To make sense of these and other climate trends, pre-order the State of India’s Environment 2022 book now.
WMO confirms 2020 heat record in Siberian town, 16 December 2021
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Down To Earth Tornadoes and climate change: What a warming world means for deadly twisters and the type of storms that spawn them, 14 December 2021
World’s coldest regions have been on fire in 2021, even in winter: Copernicus, 10 December 2021
Wildfires in 2021 mostly occurred in Siberia, North America, North Africa and the Mediterranean
Delivering climate action: The road ahead for India after CoP26, 16 December 2021
We need many more important and concrete measures to drastically reduce emissions
French Revolution, Arab Springs and food price due to climate change, 08 December 2021
Loss in food production increases prices; that, in turn, influences people’s food intake and fuels conflicts
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Great change for Little Rann: Finance for solar panels and the road ahead, 15 December 2021
Salt farmers cannot apply for bank loans to buy pumps and subsidies promised are delayed
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Mainstreaming climate resilience through MGNREGS: Learning from Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai, 14 December 2021
The district set a record for creating 1,121 farm ponds in 30 days in September 2021, in line with the recently launched state climate mission
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Great change in Little Rann: How solar revolution helped cut salt industry’s carbon tracks, 14 December 2021
Several rounds of research and help from non-profits, solar pumps suitable for salt makers’ needs was designed
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Russia blocks UN resolution on climate change fearing unwarranted western intervention, 14 December 2021
On Monday, India voted ‘no’ as well, while China abstained from voting
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Mosquitoes in a warming world: Aedes the menace, 11 December 2021
Latest Zika outbreaks indicate mosquito-borne diseases are fast spreading to new populations and regions & are no longer restricted to monsoon. Aedes mosquitoes, that transmit a range of diseases, are particularly invasive in a rapidly warming world
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Tracking extreme weather: Warmer-than-usual December for US, 09 December 2021
Only Washington and Oregon will have a higher chance of experiencing a cooler-than-normal December
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Mosquitoes in a warming world: The 3 fearsome diseases
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Australia:From wettest spring in a decade to extreme heat waves, all in a month's time
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