Explained: Island discovered off Greenland is the new speck on the world map

What is the news? Recently, a new island has been discovered off the coast of Greenland. About the island The newly discovered island measures 60×30 metres. It is three metres above sea level and has now become the new northernmost piece of land on Earth. Before this, Oodaaq was marked as the Earth’s northernmost terrain.… Continue reading Explained: Island discovered off Greenland is the new speck on the world map

Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming

Source: This post is based on the article “Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming“ published in Down to Earth on 2nd September 2021. Syllabus: GS3 – Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. Relevance: Protecting land is important in the fight against global warming. Synopsis: The world is not… Continue reading Let’s talk land sinks: Are they enough to beat global warming

Global emissions can decline 10% this decade if refineries clean up their act

Source: Down To Earth   What is the news? As per the report published in One Earth, global cumulative emissions could be reduced by 10% during 2020-2030 if refineries adopt low carbon measures.  Findings  Emissions have increased: It estimated that emissions from the refineries in 2018 were about 1.3 gigatons (Gt) which would increase to 16.5 Gt of CO2 in 2020-2030 if refineries do not adopt low carbon measures.  Number… Continue reading Global emissions can decline 10% this decade if refineries clean up their act

India can do more, hints climate official (On upcoming COP26)

Source: The Hindu What is the news? Alok Sharma, president-designate of United Nations Conference of Parties (COP26), said he hoped India would consider more ambitious emissions targets. He is visiting India as part of a larger international tour, building consensus among nations for concrete outcomes ahead of the 26th round of climate talks. Major issues… Continue reading India can do more, hints climate official (On upcoming COP26)

India’s climate mitigation plans face a threat as Earth warms

Source: Business standard Relevance: Implications of climate change on the renewable energy sector in India. Synopsis: Threats posed by climate to India’s renewable energy sector and possible solutions. Context India recently renewed its target for renewable energy installation to 450 GW by 2040 from earlier 175 GW by 2022. But this plan is threatened by… Continue reading India’s climate mitigation plans face a threat as Earth warms

The message from the IPCC report

Source: The Hindu, Livemint Relevance: Fighting the climate-change crisis Synopsis: In light of the recent IPCC 6th Assessment Report, measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change and the ways to prevent further damage to our environment are discussed. What needs to be done? Focusing on definite cumulative emission targets, keeping equity and historical responsibility… Continue reading The message from the IPCC report

The climate crisis: An opportunity for India

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Fighting climate change. Synopsis: Global warming threat has opened a new path to growth for India that will only advance its economic prospects. Background IPCC’s 6th Assessment report has unambiguously stated that various significant impacts of climate change have already taken place. These may in fact be irreversible. Also, that the… Continue reading The climate crisis: An opportunity for India

Can we offer a credible strategy for the reduction of emissions?

Source: Livemint Relevance: Understanding India’s strategy for COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference) meeting at Glasgow in Nov 2021. Synopsis: With the recent IPCC report highlighting code red for our planet, India needs to evolve its emission reduction strategy too. A brief look at the India’s current strategy, why it needs changing, associated challenges and potential… Continue reading Can we offer a credible strategy for the reduction of emissions?

China impacted by temperature rise higher than the global average: Govt. Blue Book

Source: AIR What is the News? China’s China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has published a Blue Book on Climate Change in China 2021. About the Blue Book: The Blue book provides the latest monitoring information on climate change in China and globally. It also provides data on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, terrestrial biosphere and driving factors… Continue reading China impacted by temperature rise higher than the global average: Govt. Blue Book

Time to set ourselves a carbon-neutrality goal

Source: Livemint Relevance: Future course of action to for India in keeping its Paris commitment Synopsis: India should take steps to fix itself specific carbon neutrality targets so that we can have a healthy carbon market in India. Background Right now, our average mercury reading is at least 1.2° Celsius higher than it was before… Continue reading Time to set ourselves a carbon-neutrality goal