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  • India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields
    on 2020-08-08 at 07:00 at 07:00

    Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘self-reliant India’ comes at a terrible price for its indigenous populationOver the past decade, Umeshwar Singh Amra has witnessed his homeland descend into a battleground. The war being waged in Hasdeo Arand, a rich and biodiverse Indian forest, has pitted indigenous people, ancient trees, elephants and sloths against the might of bulldozers, trucks and hydraulic jacks, fighting with a single purpose: the extraction of coal.Yet under a new “self-reliant India” plan by the prime minister, Narendra Modi, to boost the economy post-Covid-19 and reduce costly imports, 40 new coalfields in some of India’s most ecologically sensitive forests are to be opened up for commercial mining. Continue reading…

  • UK weather: 36.4C recorded on hottest August day for 17 years
    on 2020-08-07 at 16:39 at 16:39

    Expert warns of health implications of climate emergency as Britons flock to beachesAs people flock to beaches and parks this weekend after the hottest August day in 17 years, a leading health expert has warned that such heatwaves will become more regular – and highly dangerous – if nothing is done to curtail the climate emergency.Temperatures reached 36.4C (97.5F) in Heathrow and Kew Gardens on Friday, the highest on any day in this month since 2003, the Met Office said. The hot weather in some parts of the country is expected to give way to thunderstorms early next week.(January 1, 1959)  Continue reading…

  • Canadian ice shelf area bigger than Manhattan collapses due to rising temperatures
    on 2020-08-07 at 15:07 at 15:07

    Last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic lost more than 40% of its areas in two days at the end of JulyThe last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July.The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. Related: Canada’s high Arctic glaciers at risk of disappearing completely, study finds Continue reading…

  • US hurricane experts predict ‘extremely active’ storm season
    on 2020-08-07 at 13:07 at 13:07

    Noaa forecasts 25 possible storms with winds of 39mph and up‘We expect more, stronger, and longer-lived storms than average’The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NoaaA) has predicted an “extremely active” hurricane season in the US in an already record-breaking year for storms. Related: Coronavirus US: death toll tops 160,000 as relief package impasse continues – live updates Related: Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is climate breakdown to blame? Continue reading…

  • Covid-19 lockdown will have ‘negligible’ impact on climate crisis – study
    on 2020-08-07 at 09:00 at 09:00

    Drop in emissions was a blip, say scientists, and a green recovery is vital to halt global heatingThe draconian coronavirus lockdowns across the world have led to sharp drops in carbon emissions, but this will have “negligible” impact on the climate crisis, with global heating cut by just 0.01C by 2030, a study has found.But the analysis also shows that putting the huge sums of post-Covid-19 government funding into a green recovery and shunning fossil fuels will give the world a good chance of keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C. The scientists said we are now at a “make or break” moment in keeping under the limit – as compared with pre-industrial levels – agreed by the world’s governments to avoid the worst effects of global heating.China produces the most heat-trapping pollution, followed by the US. But historically, the US has contributed more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than any other nation. The US also has high emissions per capita, compared to other developed countries. And Americans buy products made in China, therefore supporting China’s carbon footprint.  Related: Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions Continue reading…

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