New bacteria will help fight climate change, soil pollutants: Researchers

New bacteria is adept at breaking down organic matter, including cancer-causing chemicals, according to researchers Researchers from the Cornell University have found a new species of soil bacteria that is particularly adept at breaking down organic matter, including cancer-causing chemicals that are released when coal, gas, oil and refuse are burnt. Dan Buckley, professor of Read More …

Getting Amazon to pay its taxes could be Jeff Bezos’ biggest climate action

Climate justice demands democratic oversight over efforts to overcome mankind’s biggest challenge Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal in January 2020 issued a thinly veiled threat to the Washington Post for its recent coverage of the current Indian regime. He pointed out that Amazon Inc, owned by Jeff Bezos like the Washington Post, was Read More …

Earth getting greener, NASA’s new maps confirm

A significant increase in green cover in boreal and Arctic regions was observed in the updated maps Earth has continued to grow green since the turn of the century and this could help moderate global warming, according to new maps released by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA). High levels of carbon Read More …

Earth getting greener, NASA’s news maps confirm

A significant increase in green cover in boreal and Arctic regions was observed in the updated maps Earth has continued to grow green since the turn of the century and this could help moderate global warming, according to new maps released by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA). High levels of carbon Read More …

Blame climate change for a sweltering Kerala

Kerala has been sweltering since the second week of February 2020, with temperatures 2-3 degrees Celsius (°C) above normal. Scientists blame climate change for this. Rise in sea surface temperature, due to global warming, drove up humidity. This, in turn, pushed temperatures higher, according to Rajeevan Erikkulam, a meteorologist with a central government science institute in Read More …

Water supplies dry up as Thailand reels under worst drought in decades

Delayed and short monsoon, abnormally high temperatures have exhausted major reservoirs, salt water intrusion is a growing concern Data from NASA’s SMAP mission shows the severe dry conditions being experienced in Thailand and neighboring countries. Photo: NASA Earth Observatory A shorter-than-normal monsoon, below-average rainfall, and El Nino condition leading to abnormally high temperatures drove Thailand Read More …

2020 Climate Targets: The Paris Agreement legally requires better targets this year

Climate justice can grow out of science and law, but it requires political leadership to take these twin dictates seriously Countries submitted their first round of national climate targets — Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) — in 2015. They are legally obliged to increase their individual and cumulative level of climate ambition in 2020. This is not Read More …

WWF Global Futures pushes ‘nature-based solutions’ agenda

They are not only a distraction from reducing consumption and decarbonising all sectors of the domestic economy, but also promises to intensify the trend of consumption in developed countries The recent Global Futures report estimated that the world economy will lose $10 trillion between 2011 and 2050 due to the loss of ecosystem services — equivalent to what Read More …

Obituary: Rajendra Kr Pachauri: (20 August, 1940 – 13 February, 2020)

Failings apart, his was the scientific face of fight against climate change as well as its messianic activist face “What do we do with the art of monstrous men?” screamed a recent blog in the Paris Review, referring to the cinema of sex-crime accused Woody Allen and child-rape convict Roman Polanski. The question assumes relevance Read More …

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