Join the watch and track the latest developments around the climate crisis. Here, we feature environmental stories as they have appeared in leading news publications around the world.
Join the watch and track the latest developments around the climate crisis. Here, we feature environmental stories as they have appeared in leading news publications around the world.
Scientists assessed a 3,000-km-long section in equatorial East Indian Ocean and found temperature fluctuations between 2005 and 2016, with a decadal warming trend that “substantially exceeds previous estimates.” By one estimate, the ocean could be warming by nearly 70% more than had been believed.
India has the only population of the Great Indian Bustard in the world. There are two breeding grounds in the country, one in Rajasthan and the second in the Ballari district of…
The report found that due to lockdowns, the daily level emissions of greenhouse gases went down by 17% in comparison to 2019 in the month of April. But, as the world came back to work, emissions rose by June and that was 5% of the previous year.
The disappearance of the glaciers will affect river channel flow dynamics in downstream areas and impact human settlements, including Bihar, in the long run, say experts.
roper management of plastic waste is lacking in Indonesia’s coastal communities, where the use of plastics is outpacing mitigation efforts, according to a newly published study. The paper found that nearly 6,700…
Between 1970 and 2016, wild populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish shrank by 68% on average, according to a new report by WWF and the Zoological Society of London. The…
As mystery shrouds sixty-four elephant deaths, Tamil Nadu Forest Department constitutes an expert panel to investigate conservation threats and human-elephant conflicts. Poisoning and disease emerge as prime suspects. Pushed out from degrading…
The extent of modification of the oceans by human construction is said to be comparable to the extent of urbanised land. It goes beyond the global area covered by some natural marine systems.
The notification, which experts say gives easy clearances to developmental projects, is being seen as a grave violation of environmental norms and has triggered protests across India.
As a massive road-widening project continues to roll through the Indian state of Uttarakhand, residents battle landslides and the future of the environment is unclear.
Onam, a traditional harvest festival in Kerala and a day celebrating happiness, peace and prosperity, has been marred by natural disasters and economic crises in the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic…
About 500 traditional fishermen from the Sankizahan village in the Sundarbans region migrate to other coastal states in India for the better part of the year. This migration, that seems to have…
The study estimates that 20-55% of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans have shown an emergent man-made signal and it is likely to increase to 40-65% and up to 80% by 2080.
While the NGT has directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to conduct public hearings in compliance with the norms, farmers’ rights stand to be compromised.
Red pandas and pangolins are being trafficked into extinction – and exclusionary conservation policies are making this worse in India’s Singalila National Park, argues a researcher.
Since 2000, Greenland has been losing more than 500 gigatons of ice each year on an average. In the 1980s and the 1990s, lost ice hovered around the 450 gigaton mark every year.
Harvard University has plowed $450 million of its $40 billion endowment in Brazil, most of it to buying up at least 405,000 hectares (1 million acres) of land in the Cerrado. This…
Floods in India are turning more severe, unpredictable and rather intractable. In 2018 alone, India suffered damages worth over Rs. 950 billion due to floods. Number of urban floods is on the…
There is strict control on tourists visiting national parks or tiger reserves but pilgrimage inside a protected area is one easy way to enter such areas. Over the years, pilgrimage tourism inside…
Monsoon flooding in Mumbai has become an annual phenomenon. This year though the floods reached areas that have never witnessed flooding. The activists and some experts blamed ongoing infrastructure projects like the…
The August 7 landslide at Pettimudi in Kerala’s Idukki district in which 49 plantation workers were buried alive necessitates a micro-level landslide hazard mapping for the state apart from relocation and rehabilitation…
A ship that ran aground on a coral reef has leaked about 900 tons of fuel oil into the waters off the southeastern coast of Mauritius. The incident occurred on July 25,…
‘Experts say most of the fires have been deliberately lit by people, but they are now raging due to drought, lack of rainfall and low river levels.’
On Aug. 5, spurred by a deadly Brazilian dam disaster in early 2019, a partnership between the U.N. and industry leaders released new guidance for companies to manage their mining waste safely.…
Distribution of relief material in the Sundarbans, post cyclone Amphan that hit the east coast in May, has brought in tonnes of plastic packaging, which is banned in the region. Environmentalists fear…
India targets to reduce carbon emissions by 20,000 tonnes by blending 10 million litres of ethanol in the fuel. However, the availability of biomass for ethanol production is far less than the…
A comparative study by the research wing of the state’s forest department showed a success rate of Miyawaki and ANR at 100% while that of traditional method from 30-40% in the hills and 50-60% in the plains.
Maharashtra witnessed lowest fish catch in 45 years in 2019. Fishers have also reported a 50% decline in their annual fish catch, attributing recurring cyclones for reducing their fishing window. Nationally, the…
Odisha has excellent habitat and vast forests for tigers to live and flourish. However, rampant poaching of prey base and tigers is taking a toll on their population.
Floods which are a recurring phenomenon in the northeast Indian state of Assam have hit the state heavily this year but healthcare workers have risen to the occasion serving the people by battling both flood and novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The police issued a notice under the UAPA to block Fridays For Future India’s website because their ‘unlawful activities may disturb peace, sovereignty of India’, only to later claim that it had been sent mistakenly.
HCP’s plan to reorder the tree “palette” on the Central Vista according to Lutyens’ colonial plan is not only proof of the project’s blindness to today’s climate change and environmental realities that many Delhiites already experience.
The draft EIA Notification 2020, activists say, is a major setback for environmental justice as it weakens public consultation and dilutes compliance norms for corporates.
Seventeen authorities from the higher economic sector released a letter in opposition to the environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.
Though there have been community protests against these projects, the state government is using the prevailing lockdown as an excuse to move forward all these projects, which would create long term impacts on the state’s environmental and social equilibria.
An analysis has revealed that approximately 120 projects were recommended, 90 were deferred, 30 projects returned and only two projects were rejected during the Expert Appraisal Committee and Forest Advisory Committee meetings held during the lockdown.
The EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, finalized a year ago has been facing opposition from the EU after Brazil’s destructive environmental policies and its failure to respect the Paris Climate Agreement.
As per recent study, palm oil may not be the only consumable oil that causes destruction to biodiversity. We know little about the environmental footprint of other consumable oil crops.
Tigers are a keystone species at the top of the ecological pyramid, and their survival is pivotal to the well-being of several animals, including humans.
COVID-19 has heightened existing climate vulnerabilities and caused climate action to take a backseat. Here’s how the government can think ‘green’ for the recovery of the economy.
While many projects with huge environmental and social costs have been opposed, the TDP is different, for even government-nominated experts had wanted it scrapped.
The draft EIA 2020, which was unveiled in March has raised objections from environmentalists, who consider it as a serious dilution to the earlier version.
The three proposed projects would require cutting down over 50,000 trees and diversion of 216 hectares of forest and private land.
The recent incident of a female wild elephant in Kerala falling prey to crude bait meant for wild boar sheds light on the widespread issue of human-wildlife conflict in the state.
A safe haven for biodiversity and wildlife, India’s protected areas are losing to the environment ministry’s clearance spree where coal mining, road construction, and other projects are being approved within ecologically sensitive areas.
Scientists said that rapid retreating of Kolahoi and other glaciers in the region is largely attributable to global factors and climate driven by the local land-use changes.
Uneven heating could have major impact on marine wildlife, as species that rely on each other for survival are forced to move.
Hidden in the fallout from the virus are lessons to make the world a better place. Reducing pollution and re-imagining transportation are strong places to start.
In a new paper, a group of 30 scientists offers suggestions for industry, land managers, governments and individuals to protect insects in the face of a global decline.
Here are four things that need to be done to bring the current environmental impact assessment regime in line with the basic principles of environmental management.
Brazil’s Cameli family, who owns the timber companies, was ordered to pay the Ashaninka tribe a $3 million settlement, which will be used to protect the Ashaninka tribe and the Amazon.
On time scales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years, carbon dioxide concentrations in the air have varied hugely, and so has global climate.
Cited by environmentalists as one of the worst human interventions in nature, building damns on the Indus delta has led to adverse ecological consequences.
As the climate crisis threatens bee populations around the world, Slovenian beekeepers see an opportunity to be more than just stewards of a beloved tradition.
In a worst-case scenario of accelerating emissions, areas currently home to a third of the world’s population will be as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years.
Even with the global economy at a near-standstill, the best analysis suggests that the world is still on track to release 95 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted in a typical year.
Embracing the notion of “biophilia”- the innate human affinity with nature- while locked down inside may improve your productivity and even your health.
From spiderweb-inspired shampoo to a hotel whose architecture is based on the thermal properties of toucan beaks, scientists and companies in Brazil are betting on nature’s intelligence to create innovative solutions that reduce impacts on the planet.
Coronavirus-induced lockdown is changing the daily rhythm of urban life, shining a light on emboldened animals that usually prefer to remain hidden.
If you are working towards climate change solutions, you can use this opportunity to work with top climate pioneers in the field!
“This method will hopefully provide a stepping stone for satellites and drones to be used to tackle the marine plastics problem at the end of the product life cycle.”
The tech giant’s pledge to go carbon negative by 2030 leans heavily on nascent technology such as machines that suck carbon out of the air.
While the levels of microplastics are relatively low, it suggests that even Earth’s most remote continent is not immune from the perils of plastic pollution and human-made trash.
Scientists believe that at least 80 per cent of the Amazon’s trees need to stand in order to sustain the forests, and continue their hydrological water cycle.
If we are to reorient the environmental movement’s goals and actions to avert crisis, we must reassess how we assign value to different ecosystems and human communities.
Discovering clean energy technologies has become the goal of companies and think tanks around the world, and it requires thinking outside of the box.
The consumption of the world’s wealthiest 10 percent produces up to 50 percent of the planet’s consumption-based CO₂ emissions, while the poorest half of humanity contributes only 10 percent.
“Why is Amazon so scared of workers talking with each other? No company should punish their employees for showing concern for one another, especially during a pandemic!” Costa said in a statement.
“The truth is, all the individual actions together can’t be scaled up in time to make the fundamental difference in fossil-fuel emissions that we need. That’s why governments are so important.”
Dirty air in the United States is linked to higher death rates from COVID-19, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard’s school of public health.
When we are faced with immediate, unambiguous threats, we all focus on what’s confronting us right now. The loss of winter snow in five or ten years looks trivial against images of hospitals pushed to breaking point now.
A simple Google search returns over one billion combined results, proving that phrases that, 30 years ago, were virtually unknown have now become ingrained into the English language.
Global nature of the Covid-19 crisis is making us realise that we are connected to each other. This can help build momentum for strong climate action.
Pushed out of their village by a drought and lack of food, a group of Nepalis are fighting to amplify the voices of those forced to relocate by the planet’s warming.
This year’s United Nations-sponsored climate talks, widely regarded as the most important climate meeting of the past four years, were postponed on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The whole planet will feel climate change’s impacts over coming decades. But some cities will see more dramatic changes in temperature or precipitation than others.
The coronavirus epidemic will lead to “a global recession of a magnitude that has not been experienced before” but will eventually allow humanity to reset its values, according to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.
It can be hard to imagine a silver lining to the all-consuming cloud that is the current and ongoing spread of SARS-CoV-2 across the planet, but, as cities and lives are pulled to a standstill by communicable disease, our skies and rivers are revealing an unexpected positive to the pandemic.
The bamboo water bottles have been ordered from Assam through Sikkim Rajya Sabha MP Hishey Lachungpa. Sikkim was the first state in the country to take steps against the use of plastic, bringing in restrictive measures as far back as 1998.
Thirteen towns across four countries, including five from India (Mussoorie, Devprayag, Singtam, Kalimpong and Darjeeling), in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, are facing increased water insecurity, said a study, published in the journal Water on Sunday.
In the past month, the world has seen a remarkably large drop in emissions of carbon dioxide, the main driver of global warming. The reason isn’t something to celebrate, though.
New research suggests ancient methane—like that trapped in an Alaskan lake—won’t flood the atmosphere as the climate warms in the coming decades.
According to India State of Forest Report, 2019, the country has 62,466 wetlands covering 3.83% of its recorded forest area.
The vegan diet is widely regarded to be better for the planet than those that include animal products, but not all plant-based foodstuffs have a small environmental footprint.
Residents and farmers have alleged that the dyeing and bleaching units in the city discharge dangerous chemical effluents directly into the river under cover of darkness or when it’s raining.
A rash of newly approved mines could destroy swathes of the Hasdeo Arand forest – and with it the biodiversity local villagers depend on for survival.
Australians take pride in winning against the odds but we have to move quickly to slow global warming and the extreme weather it creates.
According to the report, “given the very low rates of recycling we see today, we believe that even with much tighter regulation, it’s unlikely that global recycling rates could reach 50% by 2030”
An offer to plant trees to offset carbon emissions isn’t a solution – it’s a licence to continue with business as usual.
Like other central banks, the European Central Bank, which met on Thursday, is scrambling to prepare for what a report warns could be a coming economic upheaval.
The Australian fires were on everyone’s mind at the Golden Globe Awards last night. Several winners mentioned the disaster and its ties to climate change in their acceptance speech, while others made the bolder choice to skip the event entirely
Global policymakers have proposed extending protections to at least 30% of terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems around the world.
Early this month, scientists announced a surprising discovery: The “fingerprint” of climate change is now detectable in everyday weather. In fact, evidence of global warming can be found in the planet’s weather every day, minute, and second since 2012.
The Amnesty poll, released on Human Rights Day, asked more than 10,000 people aged 18-25, in 22 countries across six continents, to pick up to five major issues from a list of 23.
Wherever you live, the climate crisis is having an impact on your health. Here are nine charts that show how it is damaging the collective health of humanity.
Two of the worst storms ever recorded hit developing nations this year, supercharged by rising global temperatures. Now there’s an international push to link the billions of dollars in devastation to climate change and compel rich, industrial nations to pay.
Climate change doubters have a favourite target: climate models. But now, the most sweeping evaluation of these older models—some half a century old—shows most of them were indeed accurate.
The Swedish retailer follows competitors Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters, which tapped into the billion-dollar rental market earlier this year.
The European Parliament voted on Thursday to declare a “climate and environment emergency” in a symbolic gesture just ahead of the latest UN global crisis summit.
The Inter Ikea Group has said it will invest 200 million euros ($220 million) to accelerate its transition into what it describes as a “climate positive business.”
The manufacture, sale and storage of one-time use plastic items will be banned in Kerala from January 1, 2020. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting here on Thursday
Coldplay will not go on a world tour to promote its latest album, citing environmental concerns. The British band said it won’t tour again until the shows can be done in a sustainable way.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, pledged his government would ensure firms are “pulling their weight” to tackle the “existential threat” to the planet.
More than five lakh people died in India in 2016 due to dangerous levels of outdoor air pollution, says Lancet report on health and climate change
In what has been described as a “major first,” Ireland’s parliament was taken over by 157 young people from across the country on Friday as they discussed the climate crisis in Ireland’s first Youth Assembly.
The climate crisis is already hurting our health and it could burden generations to come with lifelong health problems by challenging already overwhelmed health systems and undermining much of the medical progress that has been made in the last century.
From sustainable fashion to sustainable foods, Adidas sustainability initiatives have shown the company’s deliberate strides towards creating a more circular economy.
The world is not doing enough to limit the rise in global temperature, notes an analysis of 184 pledges made by countries in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Coca-Cola was named the world’s number one global plastic polluter for the second year in a row, followed by Nestlé and Pepsico, according to an audit conducted by Break Free From Plastic.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in Parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords.
In a worst-case scenario, climate impacts could set off a feedback loop in which climate change leads to economic losses, which lead to social and political disruption, which undermines both democracy and our capacity to prevent further climate damage
The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.
According to their 2018 sustainability report, Carlsberg’s current goals include aiming for zero carbon emissions at their breweries by 2030, hoping to already achieve a 50% reduction by 2022.
The U.N. says the clothing industry is responsible for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes more energy than aviation and shipping combined.
Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.
Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat—but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine