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March 16 - March 22, 2023
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The IPCC published its Synthesis Report on March, which collates five years of research in climate science and policy and presents a clear roadmap to a livable future. Here are 6 of its key messages collated by us. And here is a short video explaining the report.

The report says that the adaptation limit has been reached in some parts of the world.

It also provides evidence of maladaptation in some case.

Carbon dioxide removal would be necessary to achieve net-negative CO2 emissions, the report said, but it comes with risks.

It also points to the fact that the vulnerable are suffering the maximum losses and damages.

Elsewhere, a study finds that methane emissions from wetlands rose by 5-6% since 2000-2006.

In India, unseasonal rains and hailstorms have damaged over 18,000 hectares of agricultural land in Maharashtra.

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Down To Earth Climate Crisis: IPCC Synthesis Report says the vulnerable are suffering the maximum losses and damages, 20 March 2023
Extreme weather events led to 8 deaths, destroyed almost 390,000 hectares of cropped area in Jan-Feb 2023, 20 March 2023
Haryana saw most damage to cropped area; Karnataka saw extreme cold events after a gap of over four decades
Climate Crisis: 6 key messages from IPCC Synthesis Report, 20 March 2023
Report collates five years of research in climate science and policy and presents a clear roadmap to a livable future — political will is the only barrier
Stuck on coal: CSE finds little progress by Delhi-NCR power plants in using biomass pellets, 16 March 2023
New notification by MoEF&CC has given plants more leeway to delay meeting the co-firing directives; supply demand gap may be fuelling slow progress
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Energy storage has a vital role to play in the green transition of BIMSTEC countries, 22 March 2023
The growing energy demands in the emerging economies of countries in the region will require that the energy transitions in the region be resource-efficient and based on the timely need for energy
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Methane emissions from wetlands rose 5-6% since 2000-2006: Study, 22 March 2023
Methane is responsible for roughly 30 per cent of the rise in temperature since the pre-industrial period
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Deepening green tech divide between Global North, South to worsen economic inequality, warns UN, 22 March 2023
Without decisive action by governments, developing countries may miss out on economic opportunities from green tech
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Greening of MSMEs key in India’s journey towards climate-resilience, 22 March 2023
Lack of awareness, limited training, capacity gaps, and insufficient knowledge about green finance markets, low-carbon technologies hinder MSMEs’ ability to adopt greener methods
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Absence of free trade agreement poses hurdles for German investment in Indian renewables: German politicians, 21 March 2023
The need for skilled workers to enable this transition to clean energy technologies is one place where India and Germany can cooperate more deeply, according to Social Democratic Party
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MoEFCC’s actual expenditure reduced by nearly 20% of budget estimates: Parliamentary report, 21 March 2023
The committee noted a drastic reduction under the National Coastal Mission 2023-24
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Climate Crisis: Carbon capture tech faces multiple challenges, says IPCC Synthesis Report, 20 March 2023
Carbon dioxide removal would be necessary to achieve net-negative CO2 emissions, the report said
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Climate Crisis: Adaptation limit reached in some parts of the world, shows IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report, 20 March 2023
The report calls for accelerated actions to bridge funding gap, challenges ‘myth of endless adaptation’
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Climate Crisis: Increased evidence of maladaptation, says IPCC Synthesis Report, 20 March 2023
India has many examples of maladaptation, making vulnerable communities becoming more helpless to climate impact
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Earth sciences ministry’s revised budget estimate reduced by 22%, multiple delays cited as reasons, 20 March 2023
Ministry cited delays in procuring high-power computing devices, constructing a National Centre for Seismology building & acquiring land to set up Advanced Marine Biology Station as the reasons
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Dirt cheap backup: Why Finland’s installation of the world’s 1st sand battery may be a game-changer, 18 March 2023
Sand batteries can ensure round-the-year availability of clean energy
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Kenya: Meta, Netflix-subscribed carbon offset project replacing local grazier practices with commercial ranching, 17 March 2023
Project running on land of Samburu, Borana and Rendille and other indigenous peoples without their consent, claims report
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Unseasonal rains, hailstorms damage over 18,000 hectares of agricultural land in Maharashtra, 17 March 2023
IMD predicts conditions to continue through March 19
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More children in central Sahel will face severe hunger in June-August 2023: Survey, 17 March 2023
The number of hungry people in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso is projected to cross 7.5 million
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