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Delhi's scorching heatwaves call for urgent heat action plans

Published on Jun 17, 2024 07:21 PM IST

An in-depth look at the persistent heatwave in Delhi, how heatwaves are classified, and the measures included in the city's heat action plan

New Delhi, India - June 13, 2024: A view of Mirage seen amid heatwave at India Gate in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

Bonn talks fail to rise up to escalating climate crisis

HT reported on June 12 that the rich countries or the Annex 1 nations were reluctant to acknowledge that their emissions are rising instead of declining rapidly

Delegates walk at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 8, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 11:25 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

At Bonn, talks hit climate finance roadblock ahead of Baku summit

The agenda of COP29 this November is to negotiate a new financial goal to be set from the floor of $100 billion for the post-2025 period

Street artists paint a mural on climate change. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 09:15 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Bridge to Busan: The ultimate session in Busan needs to reflect ambition

The global plastics treaty requires significant ambition to meet its intended goals, but the path to Busan is fraught with challenges

The prominence of ‘plastic’, a material that was once invented for convenience and utility, has now shifted from innovation to pollution (pic for representation)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 12:13 AM IST

How bird watching boosts mental health; 7 incredible benefits of observing birds

Bird watching brings us closer to the nature and helps beat stress and promote mental well-being. All the benefits explained.

Bird watching involves observing birds, with or without binoculars or telescopes or listening to the sound of birds(Freepik)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 01:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rising AC sales escalate India's environmental challenges

The peak electricity demand, largely driven by cooling needs, has hit about 250 gigawatts, mostly generated from coal, thus worsening climate impacts

As the country experiences hotter summers, ACs have transitioned from luxury items to necessities(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Spotted deers spell doom for mangroves in Andamans

Wildlife Institute of India researchers find that invasive spotted deer might be irreversibly damaging mangrove ecosystems in the Andamans.

This proliferating population of spotted deer is damaging mangroves in the Andaman Islands, reports an April 2024 study by researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India. (Representative Image/Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By | Edited by Anish Yande

Kerala's failure to learn from extreme weather events since 2018

Climate experts pointed out possible cloudbursts as the reason for several landslides and flash floods in the hilly regions of the state

Monsoon clouds hover over the city skyline on a rainy day in Kochi, southern Kerala state, India, Sunday, June 2, 2024. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)(AP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 07:30 AM IST

What looming La Nina means for global temperatures | Explained

La Nina sees the eastern Pacific Ocean cool for a period of about one to three years, generating the opposite effects to El Nino on global weather.

In the context of a warming planet due to human-caused climate change, scientists say that cooling effect may be minuscule. (Reuters/File)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 03:26 PM IST
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How extreme weather events are leading to severe consequences for food security

Extreme weather events such as heatwaves and droughts are affecting agriculture across the world, leading to reduced crop yields and potential food shortages.

An olive farmer in Portugal (Rafael Marchante / REUTERS)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 10:00 AM IST

Why IMD flagged Mungeshpur's record-breaking temperature reading as an “error”

The incident underscores the need for accurate weather data to guide public safety measures amid escalating heatwaves.

A man stands near an automatic weather station at dusk on a hot summer day in Mungeshpur, a suburb in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid the ongoing heatwave. Power usage in India's capital surged to a record high Wednesday as residents of the sprawling megacity struggled to keep cool during a crushing heatwave with temperatures sizzling above 45 degrees Celsius (over 113 Fahrenheit). (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 02:58 AM IST
By | Edited by Anish Yande

ECB to impose first-ever fines on banks for climate failures

As many as four lenders face penalties after not meeting deadlines set by the ECB for assessing their exposure to climate risks.

The European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. (Reuters)
Published on May 29, 2024 11:51 PM IST
Bloomberg |

A record-holding Sherpa guide concerned about garbage on higher camps on Mount Everest

A record-holding Sherpa guide concerned about garbage on higher camps on Mount Everest

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Updated on May 29, 2024 02:02 PM IST
AP |

Hollywood movies rarely reflect climate change crisis. These researchers want to change that

Hollywood movies rarely reflect climate change crisis. These researchers want to change that

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Updated on May 29, 2024 12:40 AM IST
AP |

Electric heavy-duty vehicles unlock pathway for reduction of GHGs in India

A recent study highlights the significant potential of electric HDVs in reducing emissions compared to diesel and natural gas vehicles.

The flagship electric truck of the Company IPLT Rhino 5523 in operation.(Infraprime Logistics Technologies (IPLTech))
Published on May 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Mass fish death in Periyar: Kerala govt to call meeting based on sub-collector's report

Mass fish death in Periyar: Kerala govt to call meeting based on sub-collector's report

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Updated on May 26, 2024 05:38 PM IST
PTI |

How one of the oldest professions in India is facing effects of climate change

The plight of India's pastoralists amidst climate change calls for sustained efforts to restore degraded lands and support adaptive practices.

A nomadic pastoralist of the Changpa community with a goat walks along the barren Tsaga La Pass in India's union territory of Ladakh on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 26, 2024 10:30 AM IST

Heat Waves: 23 states have heat action plans but are they being implemented?

Only four heat action plans identified the elderly, children, and pregnant women as being vulnerable to heat-related illness, an independent analysis said

A woman covers her child with a scarf to save him from heat wave on a hot summer day in Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)(AP)
Published on May 26, 2024 01:09 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Weather Bee | How bad is the heat in India this May?

The answer depends on an analysis of average maximum weekly temperatures, with heat moving from the southern parts of the country to the northern parts

New Delhi, India - May 20, 2024: Visitors brave the Heat Wave in hot summer at Kartvaya Pathlawns , in New Delhi, India, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on May 23, 2024 08:30 AM IST
By | Edited by Anish Yande

Mass fish death in Periyar river sparks protests in Kochi

Mass fish death in Periyar river sparks protests in Kochi

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Published on May 22, 2024 02:50 PM IST
PTI |

Climate change: Small island states hail ocean court victory

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea said emissions from fossil fuels that are absorbed by the oceans count as marine pollution.

Judge Albert Hoffmann from South Africa, President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), opens a session of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, issues a legal opinion on measures to protect the oceans from climate change, in Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, May 21, 2024.(AP)
Published on May 21, 2024 10:36 PM IST
Reuters |

The German chancellor tours flooded regions in the southwest in a show of solidarity

The German chancellor tours flooded regions in the southwest in a show of solidarity

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Published on May 19, 2024 12:30 AM IST
AP |

Study reveals how ‘upside down’ trees thrived across oceans, defying extinction

Upside down tree: The research suggests that the ancestor of eight baobab species originated in Africa's Madagascar about 41.1 million years ago.

The various names, including ‘mother of the forest’ in the Malagasy language, the ‘upside-down tree,’ and the ‘tree of life,’ because of their unique features, which you will explore as you read this.(Getty Images via BBC)
Updated on May 18, 2024 10:36 PM IST
By | Written by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Climate change to intensify heatwave in India: Scientists

Night-time temperatures are unlikely to fall below 34C for the period, making this event “particularly alarming,” Pershing added.

A man takes shelter under an umbrella from the scorching sun on a hot summer afternoon in New Delhi (HT_PRINT)
Published on May 17, 2024 11:18 PM IST
Bloomberg |

India’s east coast cities faced unprecedented heat stress in April, shows study

Cities along India's east coast experienced a significant increase in heat stress, with some areas enduring extreme conditions for over 15 days in April 2024.

IMD identifies heat stress in terms of heatwave conditions, which are declared based on specific temperature thresholds(AP photo)
Published on May 16, 2024 09:15 PM IST

Weather Bee | Temperature alone cannot predict distress as monsoon approaches

The combination of humidity and temperature can pose health risks, emphasising the need for caution beyond just thermometer readings

A person splashes water on his face from an irrigation pipe to beat the intense heat wave in Lucknow. (File Photo/AP)
Published on May 16, 2024 04:45 PM IST

Extreme heat in April made worse by climate crisis: Study

In the larger South Asia region, an extremely warm April is a somewhat rarer event, with a 3% probability of happening in a given year

A woman splashes water on her face to get some respite from the scorching heat in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)
Published on May 15, 2024 09:07 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Verdict in for wildlife mystery in Nevada where DNA tests show suspected wolves were coyotes

Verdict in for wildlife mystery in Nevada where DNA tests show suspected wolves were coyotes

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Published on May 15, 2024 04:14 AM IST
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Summer 2023 was the hottest in past 2,000 years: Study

Last summer, they found, was 2.2 C warmer (4 F) than the estimated average temperatures for the years of 1 to 1890.

Women cover themselves to protect from the sun on a hot summer day(ANI)
Published on May 14, 2024 09:04 PM IST
Reuters |

Science suggests multiple eco organs of Earth may be failing, says top scientist

Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, warns that things are changing faster than expected and the risks are increasing

Kenya is grappling with one of its worst floods in recent history, the latest in a string of weather catastrophes, following weeks of extreme rainfall scientists have linked to a changing climate. (Credit: AFP)
Updated on May 13, 2024 09:01 PM IST
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