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January 10 - January 18, 2023
A weekly digest on impacts, politics and science of the climate emergency; from the Global South perspective. Access our extensive coverage on climate. You can find this newsletter in the web here.
Dear readers,

In 2022, 314 days of extreme weather events affected India, killing 3,026 people.

Natural disasters and extreme weather were identified as the second-most severe global risk in the short term at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

But the largest emitters continue to grow their greenhouse gas emissions - emissions in the US are up 1.3% in 2022 despite coal displacement by gas and renewables.

The UAE, the host of the next UN climate summit, have appointed an oil company’s CEO as the President of the summit – a move that has been called ‘fox in the henhouse’ by climate activists.

A study has found that the world’s leading financers who pledged Net Zero are still backing fossil fuel expansion.

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3,026 people, 2 million ha crops: How 314 days of extreme weather events affected India in 2022, 17 January 2023
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Can India double its renewable energy capacity by 2027?, 18 January 2023
Solar PV can account for 75% of this growth, onshore wind 15% and biomass and hydropower aiding the rest
‘Green’ steel, cement for clean energy? Not yet there, says IEA; here’s why, 13 January 2023
In order to achieve net zero emission target, battery manufacturing capacity for electronic vehicles has to multiply by six times the present capacity by 2030
England may be set to flood at the end of winter — here’s why, 10 January 2023
Driven by a La Niña event, exacerbated by urban development in areas prone to flooding and the impacts of climate change, the effects could be severe
Climate action can help address crop loss in Central India, 10 January 2023
Small and marginal farmers in the central plateau are gradually finding agriculture non-viable
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Angola’s peatlands trap carbon and clean the region’s water — how we mapped this newly found landscape, 18 January 2023
High quality peatland extent data are only available for a small selection of countries and regions
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Plans for deep seabed mining pit renewable energy demand against ocean life in a largely unexplored frontier, 18 January 2023
Less than 10% of the deep seabed has been mapped to understand its basic structure and contents
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Leading financers who pledged Net Zero are still backing fossil fuel expansion, finds report, 17 January 202
Over 100 major coal, oil and gas players given $269 billion by financial institutions part of GFANZ
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Davos 2023: Can AI make wildfire mitigation efficient? WEF’s FireAId initiative shows how, 17 January 2023
Successful pilot in Turkey reduced both response time and risk to firefighters; can be scaled up: WEF report
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India’s vehicle industry needs EV mandate, finds CSE study, 16 January 2023
Mandate for production and sale of e-vehicles will help manufacturers increase supply, diversify e-vehicle models
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‘Fox in the henhouse’: African climate activists decry Sultan Al Jaber’s appointment as COP28 president, 16 January 2023
Oil company CEO’s appointment as COP28 president will embolden fossil fuel lobbies and derail global climate action, said experts
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Threat by monster waves to grow by 2100, coastline caution needs consideration, study suggests, 13 January 2023
Current estimates on climate change’s impacts on monster waves across 80% of the world’s oceans are unclear
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Exxon knew: Big Oil’s scientists documented accurate climate predictions since 1970s, 1980s, 13 January 2023
ExxonMobil publicly denied climate change, funded misinformation campaign, shows new paper
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Countdown to Davos 2023: Industry leaders pledge to halve real estate emissions by 2030, 13 January 2023
Real estate emissions account for nearly 40% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to World Economic Forum
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US emissions up 1.3% in 2022 despite coal displacement by gas & renewables: Report, 12 January 2023
Despite some positive trends such as a greater share of renewable power generated, there is no justification for the world’s second largest emitter to be on an upward emissions trajectory
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Atmospheric rivers over California’s wildfire burn scars raise fears of deadly mudslides, 11 January 2023
Wildfire burn scars are particularly risky because wildfires strip away vegetation and make the soil hydrophobic — meaning it is less able to absorb water
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Farmers need resilient value chains to combat climate impact, 11 January 2023
Emerging social entrepreneurs are helping restore forest and farmland ecosystems by supporting smallholder farmers without access and critical knowledge
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