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February 22 - March 1, 2023
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Dear readers,

This week, Sunita Narain argues that coal should not be singled out in the climate fight, countries of the western world, which have already appropriated the giant share of the carbon budget, should not be given a free pass on the continued use of natural gas.

In other continents as well, the dash for gas is on - 7 new countries have entered the African gas markets finds the Global Energy Monitor.

A new analysis by CSE finds that countries are introducing policies in the name of climate change, which can spark trade wars.

India’s iron and steel industry is capable of emitting less and producing more, says a study by CSE.

In Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, additional irrigation may not save the wheat Rabi crops, due to irrigation and groundwater level concerns.

Western disturbances are one of the factors for the temperature spikes in North India this February.

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La Niña is finishing an extremely unusual three-year cycle — here’s how it affected weather around the world, 28 February 2023
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Down To Earth Aphid, thrips threaten vegetable crops, pulses as February temperatures soar across north India, 24 February 2023
Do not just single out coal, 27 February 2023
Why should countries of the western world, which have already appropriated the giant share of the carbon budget, be given a free pass on the continued use of natural gas?
Africa’s first heat officer is based in Freetown — 5 things that should be on her agenda, 24 February 2023
Significant proportion of urban dwellers who are poor and those whose living conditions do not provide adequate shelter from heat risks make Africa deserving special attention
Cyclones in southern Africa: five essential reads, 22 February 2023
Over the past 30 years, as the world’s oceans have become warmer, the locations of where tropical cyclones form and intensify have been shifting
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Fight against climate change will worsen existing inequality in global trade: CSE and DTE, 01 March 2023
In the name of climate action, countries are introducing policies which can spark trade wars
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India’s iron and steel industry is capable of emitting less and producing more: CSE, 01 March 2023
CSE underlines the need for better planning, new technologies and adequate finance to help the sector make the much-needed shift in today’s climate-stressed world
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Dash for gas: 7 new countries enter African gas markets, 27 February 2023
84% new reserves to come up in the 7 countries that have no history of fossil gas exploitation, finds Global Energy Monitor
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Extreme weather events, Russia-Ukriane war escalating onion prices globally, 27 February 2023
Countries banning exports to stabilise prices; posing threat to food security and nutrition
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Climate change? Experts are not sure as Olive Ridley ‘Arribada’ starts a month early at Odisha’s Rushikulya, 25 February 2023
Suitable climatic and beach conditions are the reasons for the early mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles this year, according to experts
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Wheat crisis: Additional irrigation may not save Rabi crops; here is why, 24 February 2023
Additional moisture to save wheat and maize from high temperatures not feasible due to irrigation and groundwater level concerns, say Punjab and Madhya Pradesh farmers
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A year of Russia-Ukraine war: Global fossil fuel ‘bonanza’ may lead to more conflicts, warns Greenpeace, 24 February 2023
‘Neo-colonial models of extracting fossil fuels at any cost have to come to an end’
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Carbon tax: Kenya to charge motorists ‘traffic jam fee’ to curb emissions, 24 February 2023
Under the plan, the government seeks to introduce a fee on automobiles driven in zones marked as heavy traffic areas
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Cyclone Freddy travelled from Australia to batter Madagascar, one of the most climate-vulnerable nations, 23 February 2023
The world’s fourth-largest island is suffering a drought since 2018; cyclones and also the first famine caused by climate change
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For Rajasthan farmers, pest attacks mean loss of income, debt burden, 22 February 2023
Frequency of attacks, increased due to climate change, is severely affecting the yield and meteorically escalating production costs
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Nord Stream spill is biggest methane leak ever, but minuscule compared to global release of the greenhouse gas: UNEP, 22 February 2023
Arresting methane release is crucial in combating climate change
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The global superpowers are abandoning free trade to fight climate change. Armed with massive subsidies and tariffs, the US and EU are leading this charge towards protectionism. This may change the global trade system as we know it. But will developing countries and the climate gain from it?
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