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March 31 - April 6, 2023
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Welcome to the Climate Weekly newsletter by the Centre for Science and Environment’s Climate Change programme and Down to Earth.

The transport sector has the fastest growing emissions globally. CSE’s new report Decarbonising Transport lays out the state of play for India’s transport sector with detailed insights on vehicle technologies, electrification, urban mobility, freight, railways, and aviation.

In related news, this week CSE’s Executive Director and the report’s lead author Anumita Roychowdhury comments on the new regulations for real driving emissions (RDE). This is a critical step forward to check gaps between emissions performance during certification in laboratory and in the real-world driving conditions, she says.

Mrinal Tripathi of CSE’s Sustainable Mobility Programme writes about the FAME II scheme for electric vehicles. The scheme should be phased out gradually rather than be subject to a sudden withdrawal, since further support is needed for India’s fledgling EV industry, she says.

Elsewhere, the El Nino phenomenon is on its way, and will likely impact monsoon, according to experts. It could also cause heatwaves and droughts in India, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, the Pacific Islands. We also learn how climate change is affecting India’s food security.

This month, CSE’s Climate Change programme 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?
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By - Avantika Goswami
Climate Change, CSE
In Maps: What the future holds for our warming world, 06 April 2023
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Down To Earth El Nino on its way, will likely impact monsoon: Experts, 04 April 2023
Sizzling summer: IMD forecasts ‘above normal’ temperatures in most of India for April-June, 01 April 2023
The average rainfall during April across India will most likely be normal
An idea that lasted, 05 April 2023
CSE and DTE have continued the tradition of bringing out an annual report card on the environment for four decades; the latest edition has news to be cheerful and concerned about
Better, not faster transport: Decarbonising mobility shouldn’t be dysphoric, 03 April 2023
India needs to rethink if faster transport can be the only solution to changing travel behaviour
Zero-emission mass transport in hills: Lessons from Himachal, 31 March 2023
Hill states need a different demand-aggregation model for procurement of electric buses to meet their unique requirements
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Climate change is the architect of new human species, 07 April 2023
Fossil records tell us that physical changes typically take 500,000 years to appear
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Countries agreed to ban ozone-depleting chemicals in 1980s — but 5 CFCs are increasing to record levels in atmosphere, 04 April 2023
The 1987 Montreal protocol restricted the release of chlorofluorocarbons to the atmosphere
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Food security: Climate change is affecting the seeds that India depends on, 05 April 2023
An increase in number of days with extreme temperatures or rain has caused a decline in quality and size of seeds across India
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Climate’s clear connect: It is time for Africa to move beyond mitigation measures, 03 April 2023
Must build climate-resilient systems in response to Africa’s disease outbreak surge
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Climate’s clear connect: Africa needs to come together to curb its health crises fanned by global warming, 03 April 2023
The resource-constrained scenarios faced by most governments warrant pooling of resources
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Climate’s clear connect: Healthcare systems resilient to global warming are a challenge for Africa, 31 March 2023
Extreme weather events triggered by climate change are a drag on the capacity of Africa’s already-stretched healthcare systems
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India has registered a global first of a plant fungus infecting humans; climate change, AMR will exacerbate it, 02 April 2023
Fungi can now evade the process by which the body defends itself; global warming, which narrows the thermal difference between humans and their surroundings, will facilitate their contact and spread in humans
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A milestone: India to regulate real driving emissions from new vehicles today onwards, 01 April 2023
Vehicles will get tested for real driving emissions in real traffic conditions from today onwards to ensure durable emissions performance and to prevent emissions cheating
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Climate impact: Study finds juvenile black rockfish fared better than expected in unusually high ocean temperatures, 31 March 2023
Fish growth and development were positively related to temperature, but survival to settlement was not directly related to ocean conditions
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Extend FAME II: Phase-out, rather than discontinuation of EV subsidy makes more economic sense, 31 March 2023
In 2022-23, only 5.6% of all vehicle registrations were for EVs
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