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July 28 – August 3, 2022
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Dear readers,

This summer there were simultaneous heatwaves across five continents. In the UK, they were 10 times more likely due to climate change, according to a study.

In India, some 85% districts in India now face arid conditions - at least 196 districts are in the grip of a ‘severe’ degree of dryness and 65 of these are in Uttar Pradesh. The March-April heatwave impacted agriculture in 9 Indian states, says a report by ICAR report.

India’s updated climate pledge to Paris Agreement got a nod from the Union Cabinet nod. Overall, compliance to the Paris Agreement is still not enough.

Current climate reports might have underestimated the consequences of the climate crisis. We also learn this week that climate change is likely to trigger frequent and severe volcanic eruptions.

The evidence of climate change, the existential threat to humanity is clearly seen in the data that is emerging every year – this data, if visualised well, can become an effective basis for actions to arrest climate change or adapt to it.

Join the Centre for Science and Environment this month for the four-days residential “Annual Environment Data Camp: Environmental Data and Statistics, 2021-22”. Our inaugural data camp will unravel for you what the numbers really say, the stories that can be told using them, and help you visualise them using state-of-art visualisation and communication tools and methods.
Blame climate change! UK heatwaves became 10 times more likely, 29 July 2022
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Down To Earth Simultaneous heatwaves across 5 continents: What’s unfolding in front of us, 29 July 2022
Climate change: Why we can’t rely on regrowing coastal habitats to offset carbon emissions, 29 July 2022
Sediments beneath mangrove forests, saltmarshes and seagrass meadows are rich in organic carbon
Water-wisdom for climate change: We must become much more efficient with every drop, 28 July 2022
The country has learnt critical water lessons through the years — now is the time to put it to practice
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India’s updated climate pledge to Paris Agreement gets Union Cabinet nod, 03 August 2022
50% installed power capacity to be from non-fossil sources, not just renewable ones, unlike PM's COP 26 declaration
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Half of Europe at risk of drought, power generation hit too: Report, 03 August 2022
EU member states urged to reduce gas consumption, lower dependence on Russia
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Forest losses occur primarily in lower-income tropical countries: Study, 03 August 2022
Tropical countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo are losing forests quickly
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Monsoon 2022: Driest July on record for east and North East India, 01 August 2022
Both regions will continue to be in deficit for August and September, according to IMD
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Monsoon 2022: Himachal sees 7 cloudbursts, 31 flash floods in a month, 01 August 2022
Cold desert region affected; 133 deaths due to calamities reported in state
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Should a drought in Bihar be declared? Experts say yes, govt says wait, 01 August 2022
Following central guidelines on declaring drought, good rainfall on Aug 4-5 predicted, say govt officials
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NDC compliance not enough, world may still be 2.5°C warmer by 2100: Study, 01 August 2022
IPCC reports also have limited coverage of temperature rise of 3°C or higher
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Climate change likely to trigger frequent and severe volcanic eruptions: Studies, 31 July 2022
Rainfall can destabilise the lava domes of a volcano leading to eruptions; it can also infiltrate the subsurface, causing magma to rise
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Wet regions may behave like drylands: Study blames heatwaves, droughts, 29 July 2022
Europe, US might see desert-like changes due to current heatwaves, authors suggest
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Erratic pre-monsoon, monsoon rainfall impacts North East agriculture, 29 July 2022
Kharif cultivation of paddy delayed in Assam, Tripura, Nagaland; Boro harvest was affected too
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UK likely to face drought in August; Residents urged to use water wisely, 28 July 2022
Drought group readies action plan as Met forecasts another severe heatwave
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Some 85% districts in India now face arid conditions, 28 July 2022
At least 196 districts are in the grip of a ‘severe’ degree of dryness and 65 of these are in Uttar Pradesh
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March-April heatwave impacted agriculture in 9 Indian states: ICAR report, 28 July 2022
Heatwaves resulted in poor vegetative and retarded growth, pest infestation like fall army and whitefly attacks and viral infections in crops and livestock
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Monsoon 2022: Northwest India to get heavy rain from July 28; rest of country to take a break, 28 July 2022
The monsoon trough will move north, where a western disturbance will also move in; the combined effect may bring torrential rains to the plains and hills
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Severe heatwave in Mediterranean Sea for 70 days, mass mortalities in marine life expected, 28 July 2022
At 27ºC, sea temperatures now close to late Cretaceous period of dinosaurs
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