UK Becomes First Parliament to Declare Climate Emergency

The United Kingdom parliament has declared an environment and climate emergency. The UK is the first national government to declare such an emergency. Declaration of the climate emergency is one of the prime demands of the Extinction Rebellion- a protest group that has been using non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues in UK.… Continue reading UK Becomes First Parliament to Declare Climate Emergency

Glaciers from half of world heritage sites to disappear by 2100

A study published in the American Geophysical Union’s journal Earth’s Future has predicted that glacier would completely melt by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found. The study has noted that even under a low emission scenario, eight of the 46 World… Continue reading Glaciers from half of world heritage sites to disappear by 2100

Antarctic penguins suffer huge breeding failure

Antarctica’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins- the Halley Bay- has suffered a “catastrophic” breeding failure. This is because nearly all chicks born over three years died as their icy Antarctic habitat shrunk. Halley bay in Weddell Sea is the second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica, after Coulman Island in the Ross Sea. Until recently,… Continue reading Antarctic penguins suffer huge breeding failure

Warming imperils clouds that deter ‘hothouse’ conditions

According to a recent research published in the journal Nature Geoscience, stratocumulus clouds could disappear if the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increases threefold. This could result in steep increase (by about 8 degree Celsius) in Earth’s temperature in addition to the global warming that comes from increased greenhouse concentrations. This would further lead to… Continue reading Warming imperils clouds that deter ‘hothouse’ conditions

Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations

Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations News: United Nation’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved more than $1 billion in new investments to tackle climate change after a four-day meeting in Bahrain. Important Facts: About UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF): The GCF was established at the Sixteenth Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention… Continue reading Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations

China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries

China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries News: Baishui No. 1 Glacier in China has lost 60% of its mass and shrunk 250 m since 1982, according to a 2018 report in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Important Facts: As an impact of climate change, the glacier has lost 60 percent of its mass… Continue reading China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries

Our time begins now

Our time begins now News: The article discusses about India’s vulnerability to climate change and a road map to transit quickly to a near-zero carbon economy. Important Facts: 2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recently released a report in Seoul  highlighting the impacts that developing countries like India would face if global warming touches… Continue reading Our time begins now

Environment pollution more hazardous than climate change, say experts

Environment pollution more hazardous than climate change, say experts News: According to experts from CARE (The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment), unsafe environment poses greater risk to health than climate change. Important Facts: Extent of the problem Globally, there are an estimated five million potentially- contaminated sites that threaten… Continue reading Environment pollution more hazardous than climate change, say experts