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August 24 - August 30, 2022
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Due to a scant monsoon, Jharkhand farmers give up on paddy harvest– it is the lowest amount of rainfall in the last decade.

The Southwest monsoon will now likely extend till October, with further detrimental impacts on Indian agriculture. Flash floods in Pakistan have killed over a 1000 people since June 2022.

We also discuss how cyclones in the monsoon may have become the new ‘normal’ and what cloudbursts are.

On the global energy front, the world is on a cusp – countries can choose to reinvent the fossil fuel-based system or reinvest in it, says Sunita Narain.

But 51 countries have doubled the amount of expenditure on fossil fuels, according to an analysis by OECD and IEA.

Research show that global warming is real can cause 6-fold rise in fish mass die-offs by 2100.

India could experience regular heat waves, even if global warming is capped at 2°C.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Green Schools Programme will host a Climate Convocation in September 2022.
Rare 3rd consecutive La Nina event underway, could impact agriculture, 26 August 2022
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Have cyclones in monsoon become the new ‘normal’?, 24 August 2022
The tropical cyclones of category 4 have wind speeds between 157 and 200 kilometres per hour
New energy conundrum, 30 August 2022
As countries reconcile their energy supply options with climate change, will they reinvent the fossil fuel-based system or reinvest in it?
What’s going on with the Greenland ice sheet?, 30 August 2022
It’s losing ice faster than forecast and now irreversibly committed to at least 10 inches of sea level rise
Drying planet: Drought has become a truly planetary disaster in 2022, 26 August 2022
Climate change is fuelling the intensity of drought in already vulnerable regions while tightening its grip on not-so-vulnerable areas
Climate change will cause more African children to die from hot weather, 24 August 2022
There were between 12,000 and 19,000 heat-related child deaths per year in Africa from 2011 through 2020
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Climate goals at stake: State support for fossil fuels almost doubled in 2021, 30 August 2022
51 countries doubled the amount of expenditure on fossil fuels, according to an analysis by OECD and IEA
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Global warming is real: Research predicts 6-fold rise in fish mass die-offs by 2100, 29 August 2022
These die-offs may have detrimental effects on the functioning of our ecosystem and food security
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Exploratory clean energy project in Ladakh begins by polluting, 29 August 2022
Geothermal fluid discharged during ‘exploratory drilling’ released into Puga nullah
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Good news! Recovery of ozone layer achieves significant milestone, 26 August 2022
Levels of ozone-depleting substances in 2022 are back to those observed in 1980 before ozone depletion was significant
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Hot century ahead: India can’t beat the heat even if global warming is capped at 2°C, 26 August 2022
Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat to experience extremely hot days (over 51°C) every year through 2100
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Wildfires destroy twice the forest cover today compared to 2 decades ago, 25 August 2022
9.3 million hectares of tree cover was lost globally in 2021
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July heatwave triggers air pollution in UK, 25 August 2022
Ozone levels increased significantly and exceeded World Health Organisation recommendations, the researchers found after drawing on a national network of air pollution monitoring sites
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How temperature & rainfall are complicating Africa’s fight against malaria, 25 August 2022
Six countries — Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola and Burkina Faso — accounted for about 55% of all Malaria cases globally
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Monsoon 2022: Jharkhand farmers give up on paddy harvest due to scanty rains, 24 August 2022
Lowest amount of rainfall in the last decade; climate change to blame, says Met
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Nitrogen-fixing plants are more diverse in arid environments; but will they survive climate change?, 24 August 2022
Findings contradict the widely accepted belief that nitrogen-fixers are more diverse in soil with limited nitrogen
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Global warming: Forests, grasslands getting depleted of nitrogen; can impact animal growth, 24 August 2022
Low-nitrogen forests are more likely to have plants growing slowly with fewer leaves
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Is it heatwave that troubles farmers: Experts explain the reasons behind paddy stunting in Punjab, Haryana, 24 August 2022
Early-sown plants have been affected more than timely or late-sown plants
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