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March 23 - March 30, 2023
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Dear readers,

Welcome to the Climate Weekly newsletter by the Centre for Science and Environment’s Climate Change programme and Down to Earth.

Hydrogen is one of the current buzzwords in energy. An alarming report by the Corporate Europe Observatory caught our attention recently, and Rohini Krishnamurthy of DTE did a deep-dive on it. Green hydrogen is often called the "holy grail" of the energy transition, but it is far from perfect, she says. What is less discussed is that it could lead to human rights issues. And yet, nations have been betting big. She explains further in this video.

Elsewhere, experts have said that global warming, weak western disturbances and a strong subtropical jet stream could have caused the unseasonal rains and hailstorms that flattened crops in India.

A new study finds that Indian heat action plans do not take humidity, hot nights and duration of continuous heat into consideration, and are poor at identifying and targeting vulnerable groups.

In more positive news, this week the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling the world’s highest court to opine on state responsibilities towards climate protection.

Recently, CSE-DTE released the annual State of India’s Environment report for 2023 – it covers a wide gamut of topics like climate change, agriculture and industry to water, plastics, forests and biodiversity.

CSE’s Climate Change programme also invites you to watch our online discussion on April 19th. CSE’s Director-General Sunita Narain joins other global experts to deliberate on the following question: why should developed nations be allowed to use natural gas unhindered, while the developing world gets called out for using coal – when both the fossil fuels contribute to global warming?

By - Avantika Goswami
Climate Change, CSE
India ranks fifth in national contribution to warming: Study, 29 March 2023
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Down To Earth Here is the science behind unseasonal rains and hailstorms that flattened crops in India, 24 March 2023
Food prices are expected to rise more, and cost may be too heavy to bear for many, 29 March 2023
Climate crisis may undo last century’s achievement in curbing extreme hunger
Climate doomism is bad storytelling — hope is much more effective at triggering action, 29 March 2023
Looking at individual solutions can seem trivial, but it is a great way to tap into the power of self-efficacy
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Climate justice takes centrestage at UN, top European court in historic firsts, 30 March 2023
UN General Assembly passes resolution calling world’s highest court to opine on state responsibilities towards climate protection; European Court hears case filed by over 2,000 senior women against Swiss government
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Why tornadoes are still hard to forecast — even though storm predictions are improving, 29 March 2023
Radar is still the biggest tool for determining when to issue a tornado warning
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Fossil fuel lobby behind EU’s dash for not-so-green hydrogen: Report, 28 March 2023
Germany propelling hydrogen agenda, critical players are from or have links with fossil fuel and other polluting industries
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Myanmar, India’s gateway to ASEAN, can solve its power issues by shifting to renewables, 28 March 2023
The estimated potential for wind energy is 33.83 GW & for solar energy, it is 26.96 GW; effective tapping of these resources can reduce carbon footprint here
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Most heat action plans in India are not suited to local contexts: Study, 28 March 2023
Indian heat action plans do not take humidity, hot nights and duration of continuous heat into consideration; they are poor at identifying and targeting vulnerable groups
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Is ‘climate anxiety’ a clinical diagnosis? Should it be?, 28 March 2023
In the absence of official diagnoses or recognised treatments, collective action against climate change may therefore be an effective solution to climate anxiety
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India slipping on way to meeting UN-mandated SDGs: CSE-DTE, 27 March 2023
Country facing challenges in 11 of the 17 SDGs; states’ individual performances ranked as well
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UN sustainable development goals: Countries need bottom-up approach, urgent actions to meet targets, 27 March 2023
‘It is high time countries took urgent, extraordinary actions towards a just & inclusive recovery’
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Maharashtra grape farmers worried as unseasonal rains, hail wipe out 50,000 acres of vineyards, 24 March 2023
Almost 25 per cent of the export has been affected, claim farmers
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Climate change is causing Western Disturbances to weaken; here is how, 24 March 2023
The warming of the Arctic and the Mediterranean Sea mean that Western Disturbances are striking India less in winter and more in summer; with catastrophic consequences
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Uncertain economy: ‘Green goods’ grew last year despite a slowdown in global trade, says UNCTAD, 24 March 2023
Trade stagnated for Q1 of 2023, but second half of year shows promise; underdeveloped and developing countries performed poorly
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More domestic renewable energy generation, regional ties can help Thailand’s green transition, 24 March 2023
Around 54% of the energy was generated through natural gas, while 17% was done using coal and lignite
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CSE-DTE release 2023 State of India’s Environment report, 23 March 2023
The annual report covers wide gamut of topics like climate change, agriculture and industry to water, plastics, forests and biodiversity
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Climate-resilient water, sanitation & hygiene policies need of hour to meet global agenda of 2030, 23 March 2023
The 10 African countries most water-insecure & climate-impacted need immediate attention
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