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L&T Infra Finance gets USD 50 mn from AIIB for renewable energy funding

By : Chetanya Mehra, Jul 8, 2020

L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (LTIFCL) on Tuesday said it has received the first tranche of USD 50 million of the total USD 100-million ECB loan...

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Scientists study why India faced 5-decade long rainfall decline till 2000

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 15, 2020

In novel approach to understand natural variability factors behind five-decade long rainfall decline till the year 2000 in India, a group of scientists has now examined the differing trends in pre- and post-2000 Indian summer monsoon (rainfall), its decline and recovery. The...

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DU to set up School of Climate Change and Sustainability

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 15, 2020

The Delhi University will be setting up a School of Climate Change and Sustainability (DSCC&S) under the Institute of Eminence Scheme, which will take up research in priority areas related to the environmental challenges. Professor C R Babu, an acclaimed Environmental...

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India gets its first climate change assessment report

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 15, 2020

The average temperature in India is projected to rise by 4.4ºC, frequency of heat waves to be 3-4 times higher, intensity of tropical cyclones to increase substantially and sea level to rise by 30cm by the end of this century as compared to the recent 2-3 decades, shows the...

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Changing climate creates ideal conditions for devastating locust swarms

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 5, 2020

Scientists, agricultural officers and farmers are struggling to protect crops from a fresh wave of desert locusts. Earlier swarms overran the Horn of Africa region in December 2019, and the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted a second wave would emerge....

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India ranks near bottom of all countries, with particularly low scores on air quality, climate change mitigation

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 5, 2020

India ranks 168th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) according to researchers at Yale and Columbia universities who produce this biennial scorecard of national results on a range of sustainability issues. Commenting on the rankings, Yale...

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Climate change poses the biggest economic threat, covid-19 continues to increase challenges: Report

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 5, 2020

With the ongoing challenge of tackling covid-19, Down to Earth’s state of the environment report released on Thursday says that climate change poses the biggest economic threat in the world both in terms of impact and likelihood in the next decade. A day before world...

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Kashmir’s retreating glaciers could be influenced by local land use change

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 2, 2020

Kolahoi Glacier, the largest glacier in Kashmir Himalayas which feeds two major tributaries of the River Jhelum – Lidder and Sindh – has further reduced in area over three years, a new research paper has revealed, as it compared its recent findings to that of a 2017 study....

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2020 could be the hottest year since records began, experts warn

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 1, 2020

The year 2020 has been marked by astounding events globally, from nearly the entire planet gripped in the clutches of Covid-19 disease, super cyclone Amphan ravaging the Bengal coast, locust attack in parts of India and other countries to the scorching heatwave. Scientists...

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‘Badly-timed, serious infestation’: Official on locust attack

By : Sustainability ..., May 27, 2020

With a locust outbreak ravaging parts of western India, a Union Environment Ministry official said on Tuesday that it was a very badly-timed “serious infestation” that has occurred when the country is already in the middle of a pandemic. “Locusts are a regular feature in the...

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