Amazon forest fires: Missing the forest for the trees
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 11:35 AM
Brazil is drawing the world's, especially Europe's, flak over Amazon-forest-fires. But history shows forest cover declined in Europe on a far-larger-scale as organised farming, manufacturing and urbanisation took off in the continent. This fact mirrors the larger-argument on global-warming emerging economies resist steeply reduced emissions norms on the grounds that the West didn't have to contend with an environmental constraint when it rapidly industrialised.
Everest region bans single-use plastic
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7:43 PM
Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the vast amounts of waste left by trekkers and mountaineers, Nepali authorities said. In addition to seeing a record number of climbers this year, a government-led cleaning initiative on Everest the world's highest mountain also collected over 10 tonnes of trash. The region receives over 50,000 tourists every year, including climbers and trekkers.
Climate change behind weathers extreme mood swings in India
Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 8:45 PM
The deluge that swept Mumbai this week is part of an ominous trend of extreme weather events including short bursts of devastating rain after a dry patch phenomena whose frequency is rising because of climate-change, scientists say. Mumbai is in such a geographical position that once there is an active monsoon condition, it will get extremely heavy rainfall, IMD's director general of meteorology said.