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April 27 - May 3, 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.

The head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Sultan Al Jaber, has been appointed head of the world’s most important intergovernmental climate conference this year – COP 28. In anticipation of pushback from activists that his country’s oil and gas interests will compromise efforts to push for global climate ambition, his comments so far have been measured and cautious. At a summit in Berlin this month, he spoke about the importance of climate finance, and the need to quickly scale up renewable energy. He also threw his weight behind technologies that could capture carbon released from fossil fuel industries– such as CCS, that many are critical of. Read on as I report on his speech at the event.

Extreme and unpredictable weather events continue to make headlines as the World Meteorological Organization warns of a possible El Nino event developing this May-July.

Meanwhile, farmers across India fear the worst as unseasonal showers leave crops lying in mandis and IMD predicts more rainfall.

CSE’s Rohan Malhotra from the Sustainable Mobility team writes about why India should deepen its global partnerships on critical minerals.

As the chorus gets louder on the need for an energy transition, NTPC records 148% growth in coal production compared to April last year. Meanwhile, an IIT study suggests digital literacy helps coal-dependent youth move to other fields of employment.

Finally, do not forget to register for CSE’s Global Online Certificate Course on Demystifying Environment Data for Communication and Impact, link is here.
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By - Trishant Dev
Climate Change, CSE
Likelihood of warming El Nino this year increasing: WMO, 03 May 2023
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Down To Earth Heatwaves, droughts, extreme rain may be near permanent in 20 countries at 1.5°C warming, 03 May 2023
Drought to deluge: Horn of Africa experiencing floods after six seasons of failed rains, 01 May 2023
Flash floods that damaged large areas of cropland likely to deal the hunger-plagued eastern Africa region a major blow
Horn of Africa drought made 100 times more likely by climate change, 27 April 2023
Low rainfall and high evapotranspiration would not have led to droughts without global warming, study shows
Why so few people are worried about Thwaites, 01 May 2023
The worry about Thwaites is not just the estimated rise in sea-level but an unknown and sometimes incomprehensible cascade that its melting can unleash
Clean energy: India should deepen its global partnerships on critical minerals, 28 April 2023
COVID-19, coupled with Russia’s war on Ukraine, disrupted the supply chains of critical minerals; global partnerships are the way out
‘Statistically impossible’ heat extremes are here — we identified the regions most at risk, 27 April 2023
At-risk regions include Afghanistan, several countries in Central America and far-eastern Russia
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NTPC records 148% growth in coal production from its mines compared to April last year: Power ministry, 03 May 2023
NTPC recorded 23.2 million tonnes of coal production last financial year (FY) 2023 against 14.02 million tonnes of FY 2022
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COP28 head calls for ramping up renewables, carbon capture and climate finance, 03 May 2023
Comments indicate a focus on abatement technologies at Dubai summit over fossil phase-out
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In a bad fire year, Australia records over 450,000 hotspots, 03 May 2023
These maps show where the risks have increased over 20 years
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Here is all you need to know about debt-for-climate swaps, 03 May 2023
Offering debt relief in lieu of climate action could allow rich countries to pay for their acts of historical injustice, while helping the poor ones manage mounting public borrowings and climate change challenges
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Unseasonal showers, crops lying in mandis: Farmers across India fear the worst as IMD predicts more rainfall, 02 May 2023
Around 46% of wheat purchased this season is lying unlifted at the mandis and are at risk of water damage
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IMD predicts low-pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal, 02 May 2023
The storm will move north-northeastwards towards the east-central Bay of Bengal till May 11, skirting the Andaman Islands
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Deadly heatwaves threaten to reverse India’s progress on poverty and inequality — new research, 02 May 2023
India has suffered over 24,000 heatwave-related deaths since 1992
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Just transition: Digital literacy can help youth dependant on coal sector move into other fields, finds IIT study, 02 May 2023
Digital media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube can also be used to educate the youth on just transition
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2022 Durban floods were most catastrophic natural disaster yet recorded in South African province, 01 May 2023
New research suggests flooding events in KwaZulu-Natal have doubled over the last century or more
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WMO report shows 2015 Paris Agreement failed to deliver, fossil fuel treaty needed to complement it, 01 May 2023
State of the Global Climate report proves there have not been many climate actions post the 2015 agreement
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Arctic sea ice loss and fierce storms leave Kivalina’s volunteer search and rescue fighting to protect their island from climate disasters, 27 April 2023
Indigenous governments, nonprofits, hunters and first responders from Iñupiaq, Yupik and Unangan communities across Alaska have long been preparing for today’s climate hazards
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Harappa, Rakhigarhi, Dholavira: 200 years of droughts may have erased these Indus megacities, says study, 27 April 2023
The prolonged droughts forced the civilisation to reorganise their settlements & switch to drought-resilient crops
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