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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.
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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.
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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.