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April 13 - April 20, 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. Developing countries are not only reeling from the aftermath of COVID, the Russia-Ukraine war and inflation, they are also facing record high debt levels, and inadequate investment in climate mitigation and adaptation. These issues were raised at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring this month. The multilateral institutions are under pressure to provide more funding for poor and vulnerable countries. I summarized some of the discussions relevant to climate change.

Trishant Dev of CSE’s Climate Change Programme discusses how G7 countries – US, UK, European Union, Japan, Australia, and Canada - set a target for renewable energy expansion this month, but could not agree on a date to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

Elsewhere, CSE's Kiran Pandey reports on the early arrival of heat waves this year, with 22 Indian States and Union Territories already recording above normal maximum temperatures.

Rohini Krishnamurthy from DTE, reports findings from a new study which shows that India is currently underestimating the impacts it will face from heatwaves.

DTE’s Akshit Sangomla explains the impact of the El Niño on India - watch the video here.

CSE’s Climate Change programme hosted a webinar last week on the critical topic of an equitable global energy transition, during which Sunita Narain (CSE), Rahul Tongia (CSEP), and Greg Muttitt (IISD) discussed key issues. You can view the recording and the presentations here.
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By — Ananya Anoop Rao
Climate Change, CSE
Heatwaves arrive early in 2023; hit 11 states from March 3 to April 18, 20 April 2023
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G7 sets renewables target, no timeline for fossil fuel phase out, 18 April 2023
Gas investments and nuclear energy remain in play while urgent action is needed to phase out fossil fuels
Poorer countries must be compensated for climate damage. But how exactly do we crunch the numbers?, 18 April 2023
Most nations signed up to an agreement to establish a so-called loss and damage fund last year
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Wind, solar cleaner for energy transitions than other renewables: Report, 20 April 2023
Clean energy coalition of WWF, IRENA says shift to renewable energy must protect nature; all forms of renewable power are
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Bats dying of heat stroke: Experts fear mass population collapse, zoonotic diseases, 20 April 2023
Live bats don’t cause harm as they’re immune to viruses, but their carcass coming in contact with domestic animals may increase the probability of zoonotic diseases
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Debt crisis and gap in affordable climate finance in focus at IMF, World Bank meeting, 20 April 2023
Spring Meetings 2023 took place from April 10-16, 2023 in Washington DC
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El Niño is coming, and ocean temps are already at record highs — that can spell disaster for fish and corals, 19 April 2023
El Niño tends to trigger intense and widespread periods of extreme ocean warming known as marine heat waves
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Methane emissions from US oil and gas fields 70% higher than reported: Study, 18 April 2023
Methane is 86 times more effective at trapping heat over a 20-year-period than carbon dioxide
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Food race: These space seeds can help grow climate-resilient crops, 18 April 2023
This is the first feasibility study by global agencies to determine the effect of cosmic radiation, microgravity and extreme
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Investing in early warning, agrifood chains needed for resilient food systems: Report, 17 April 2023
Global food policy report calls for beyond short term fixes to build food systems that are more resilient
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Climate cover: $140 million insurance scheme in Kenya to protect herders against frequent droughts, 17 April 2023
Scheme part of a project sponsored by World Bank targetting livestock farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti
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World’s 60 largest banks pumped $5.5 trillion into fossil fuels after the Paris Agreement: Report, 14 April 2023
$673 billion spent on fossil fuel financing in just 2022; clean energy finance has been largely stagnant
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Volcanic eruptions lower capacity to make near-term climate predictions: Study, 13 April 2023
The model that excluded volcanic eruptions got its prediction right
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Shift to clean energy means race for minerals is accelerating, 13 April 2023
Swift growth in energy transitions necessitates increased mineral supply investments
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