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April 21 - April 26, 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.

Heat is once again in focus. 13 Indian States and one Union territory have faced heatwaves since March 3, writes DTE’s Akshit Sangomla. The UN’s climate science body, the IPCC, stated “unequivocally” in 2021 that human activities are causing global warming, which is worsening the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like heatwaves.

The World Meteorological Organization – a body older than the IPCC – said last week that in 2022 the planet was 1.15 C warmer, on average, than it was in the period between 1850-1900 (often called the preindustrial period). The years 2015-2022 were the eight warmest since 1850, says the WMO, as DTE’s Rohini Krishnamurthy highlights. This is despite three years of a weather phenomenon known as La Niña, during which global temperatures tend to be lower. We are now heading into the El Niño, the opposite phase, which tends to be warmer and generally causes more intense heatwaves in India, as it did in 2015 and 2016. 

You can also watch Rohini’s video explainer this week on flash droughts.

There is a lot of noise around carbon markets, and this week CSE’s Trishant Dev maps out some of the actors in the voluntary carbon market – a worrying observation is the growing influence of intermediaries involved in the chain, each of whom claims a cut of the proceeds in any transaction.

And some interesting trivia relevant for climate politics observers: Western countries that banned Russian oil imports have instead imported oil commodities worth €42 billion since the war started, from places like Indiathat import Russian crude, leading to the term “laundromats”.
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By — Avantika Goswami
Climate Change, CSE
Climate change worsened extreme weather events in 2022: State of the Global Climate report, 21 April 2023
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Down To Earth A looming El Nino may bring more heatwaves in India, 21 April 2023
Environmental & social responsibility of financial institutions must go beyond green initiatives, 26 April 2023
Most Indian banks and financial institutions do not have any environmental and social safeguard mechanisms
Decoding carbon markets: Role of intermediaries in the web of transactions, 24 April 2023
Rising interest in carbon markets has increased the number of intermediaries and stakeholders involved
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Extreme heatwaves can strike regions that were ‘lucky’ to escape record temperatures so far: Study, 26 April 2023
Interventions such as establishing cooling centres or reducing work hours for outdoor workers can help
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Unusual spring heatwave in Spain portends drought conditions in coming months, 26 April 2023
The country has been suffering from drought since summer last year
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Apple orchardists in Himachal worry after unseasonal rain and snow kill Italian honeybees, 24 April 2023
Apple, stone fruit growers rent Italian bees from apiarists for pollination of their crops in April
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Oil hypocrisy: Countries that imposed crude oil sanctions on Russia used India, others as ‘laundromats’ for refined products, 24 April 2023
Two Gujarat ports exported the highest seaborne refined oil to Price Cap Coalition countries
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What is ‘heat dome’, the phenomenon causing record temperatures across US?, 22 April 2023
‘Heat domes’ have also been associated with unusually warm periods in India, Bangladesh, China and some other Asian countries
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State of the Global Climate report: 58% of ocean suffered at least one marine heatwave event in 2022, 21 April 2023
Around 25% of ocean surface also affected by marine cold spells
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2022 saw record-breaking weather events despite 3-year run of La Niña: State of the Global Climate report, 21 April 2023
There were continuous droughts in East Africa, record rainfall in Pakistan & record heatwaves in China & Europe in 2022
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Heat-stressed: Europe warming twice as fast as global average, shows new report, 21 April 2023
Impact on human health huge as southern Europe saw record number of days with ‘very strong heat stress’
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Climate change increases the risk of extreme wildfires around Cape Town — but it can be addressed, 21 April 2023
Extreme wildfire events occur almost exclusively under extreme fire weather conditions
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UN calls for overhaul of global governance to tackle climate crisis, 21 April 2023
It also outlined an ambitious plan to strengthen multilateral systems to address the crises of rising inequality, lack of finance for sustainable development, gender divide and threats to democracy
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Greenland, Antarctica lost 7,560 billion tonnes of ice sheet mass in last 3 decades, accounted for quarter of global sea-level rise, 21 April 2023
The polar ice sheets store 99% of Earth’s freshwater ice on land
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