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May 7- May 16, 2022
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Dear readers,

Delhi’s heat weave led to record land surface temperatures this month. The heat affected much of northwestern India and Pakistan.

As some relief, the monsoon may be coming sooner to India.

The WMO estimates that given the current trajectory, the world may temporarily breach the 1.5C limit of the Paris Agreement sometime in the next five years. India must prepare for extreme heatwaves in the near future, experts warn. In Ahmedabad, innovative cool roofing is becoming popular among the urban poor.

India’s growing power crisis is also discussed this week. Some states like Jharkhand require a planned transition away from coal.

Our e-book State of India’s Environment 2022: In Figures is now available on the CSE Store.
Unyielding heatwaves: Temperatures may soar to 50°C as conditions worsen over northwest India, Pakistan, 13 May 2022
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Down To Earth World may temporarily breach 1.5°C in the next five years: WMO, 10 May 2022
Move over record air temperatures, Delhi’s scorched land surface is making waves, 09 May 2022
Delhi’s land surface temperature almost doubled in a little over a month, aggravating heatwave conditions
For a greener future: Jharkhand needs a planned transition from coal, 12 May 2022
Jharkhand accounts for close to 300,000 individuals employed within the illegal coal mining industry
Literature from the Congo Basin offers ways to address the climate crisis, 11 May 2022
Literature offers ways to communicate about complex issues like the current global climate emergency
Famine in Ethiopia: the roots lie in Eritrea’s long-running feud with Tigrayans, 10 May 2022
Entire region is classified “hard to reach” for aid convoys
India’s growing power crisis: Newer, efficient plants lying idle may have role to play, 10 May 2022
Newer plants that are idle or underutilised have cumulative capacity of 11,140 MW
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Kenya’s fuel crisis: how the country’s subsidy system works, 16 May 2022
The eastern African country has faced fuel shortage since the beginning of April
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Monsoon coming sooner to India, courtesy cyclones Asani and Karim, 12 May 2022
The cyclones will likely act as a counter mechanism to global warming, which has been often pushing back the monsoon in the country during recent years
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Climate shocks, conflicts worsen displacement in Mozambique: UNHCR, 12 May 2022
Mozambique dealing with climate-induced migration in south, conflict-induced migration in north
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Sweltering summers: India must safeguard workforce from heatwaves, warn experts, 12 May 2022
Proper implementation of government relief schemes, the impact of heat on workers, flexible working hours, should all be looked into, say experts
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Desertification: ‘Droughts reduced India’s GDP by up to 5% in 20 years’, 11 May 2022
The world has a new ‘water-scarce’ generation growing up, with women and girls spending as much as 40% of their calorific intake carrying water in dry lands
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Climate change pushing pine beauty moth northward in Finland 50 years ahead of predictions, 10 May 2022
The insect pest has spread into northern Finland, up to 68°51’N, according to a new study
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Desertification: Food systems under scrutiny as 12 million Ha of lands lost annually, 10 May 2022
The Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification started May 9 to chalk out plans to restore 1 billion Ha of degraded land in the next eight years
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Twins: Cyclone Karim brews in southern Indian Ocean as Asani circles north of equator, 10 May 2022
Twin tropical cyclones spin at roughly the same longitude but in opposite directions
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Can agroforestry help achieve sustainable developmental goals?, 10 May 2022
The net carbon sequestered in agroforestry is 11.35 tonnes of carbon per ha
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Why innovative cool roofing is becoming popular among Ahmedabad’s urban poor, 09 May 2022
The city’s residents strategically use shade, ventilation and building materials to keep their homes comfortable; and it does not cost the earth
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