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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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Climate Change Might Trigger El Niño-like Pattern Over Indian Ocean by 2050: Study

By : Sustainability ..., May 15, 2020

Global warming continues to impact the weather patterns across the world in myriad ways. Now, a new study has revealed that in the upcoming years the Indian Ocean will experience an unprecedented increase in the sea temperature due to global warming. The warming could be so...

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1.2 bn Indians will live in places as hot as Sahara if emissions not curbed

By : Sustainability ..., May 7, 2020

More than 1.2 billion people in India would live in places as hot as the Sahara within 50 years if the greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. Overall, home to one-third of the world’s population will become as hot as the desert. This was brought to the fore in the latest...

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Govt to do away with mandatory washing of coal for thermal power units

By : Sustainability ..., May 6, 2020

The Centre is planning to do away with the mandatory requirement of washing of coal before it is transported to thermal power stations. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), in a discussion note, suggested that coal washing should be done away with...

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Another scientist writes to govt, warns about climate change impact in Dibang Valley over hydro projects

By : Sustainability ..., Apr 29, 2020

Another scientist studying rivers in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley has warned the government about climate change-induced natural hazards that hydropower dams may not be able to withstand. Chintan Sheth’s letter to the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Union ministry...

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