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Water wars: Disputes over sharing natural resources

Published on Jul 11, 2023 01:05 PM IST

The water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is one of several tussles between different states. A deeper dive into what's at stake for neighbours

A water-sharing dispute concerning the river Pennaiyar was settled a decade after a tribunal settled a long legal battle over the Cauvery River between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka (HT Archive)

Heat waves are here to stay, it's time we prepare for them

Climate disasters need mitigation efforts, relief measures and most importantly, meticulous data collection. We're still not alert for deaths caused due to heat

Heat wave-related deaths are a cause for concern, as it is difficult to put a number to the deaths due to heat stress because most are not even documented.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 03:35 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Should you be worried about solar storms? Debunking the viral myth

Reports of an impending 'internet apocalypse' caused by solar storms are unfounded and misleading, according to experts.

Debunking reports of an impending 'internet apocalypse' caused by solar storms(Nasa)
Published on Jul 10, 2023 01:28 PM IST

Lighthouse lights are losing their sweep

Efficiency is gained. Poetry is lost

Hundreds of people walk near the lighthouse in Peggy's Cove, N.S., Tuesday, July 4, 2023. (Darren Calabrese /The Canadian Press via AP)(AP)
Published on Jul 10, 2023 12:08 AM IST
The Economist

Japan can now release Fukushima's ‘radioactive water’ into ocean

The Japanese government has announced that the release of this radioactive water will commence before the end of summer.

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan on March 14, 2011 after the explosion following an earthquake and tsunami.(via AP)
Published on Jul 08, 2023 08:04 PM IST

Cause and Effect | The unjust climate crisis burden on Africa

Africa is reeling from the climate crisis, despite contributing 3.8% of the world’s emissions

Africa, a continent of 30,365,000 square km land area and 1.4 billion people — around 17% of the global population — is responsible for just 3.8% of the world’s total greenhouse-gas emissions.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 06:53 PM IST
ByTannu Jain

Chinese scientists are saving the melting Dagu glacier from the sun. Here's how

The experiment in the Tibetan Plateau could help preserve thousands of jobs, though it’s a temporary solution as global temperatures continue to rise.

European ski resorts have been using white blankets to protect their snow for nearly two decades. But China has only just begun experimenting with the approach. (Representative)(AFP)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 10:27 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Global temperatures smash records, underscore danger of greenhouse gas emissions

The average worldwide temperature reached 17C (63F) on Monday, just above the previous record of 16.9C in August 2016.

The heat this summer has already put millions of people around the world at risk. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2023 03:55 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Sreelakshmi B

UN chief urges shipping industry to go Carbon neutral by 2050

The MEPC's 80th session is hopeful to reach a consensus among the member states to set out a carbon-neutral goal by 2050.

UN chief Antonio Guterres. (AFP)
Published on Jul 03, 2023 07:04 PM IST

Hundreds of sea animals wash up dead in California amid toxic algal bloom

The algae, Pseudo-Nietzsche, produces a neurotoxin called domoic acid, which can be poisonous to seabirds and fish once ingested.

A sick sea lion is marked with paint and left on a beach, unable to be rescued due to overcrowded facilities, as toxic algae is being blamed for causing sickness to sea lions and dolphins along the coast of Southern California, in Redondo Beach, California, U.S.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 02, 2023 07:25 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Hasdeo mines: An explainer

At the heart of the conflict over mining in Hasdeo Arand forests is whether Gram Sabha consent was obtained before final nod was granted to the Parsa coal mine

Tribals and activists have been opposing coal mining in the Hasdeo Aranya forests, saying it will damage the biodiversity of the region
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 11:26 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Antarctic sea ice has shrunk by an area nine times the size of Britain

Today’s coverage is far below the average between 1981 and 2010. What will be the consequences?

Whatever is making the Antarctic more volatile—and thus vulnerable—is cause for concern.(AFP)
Published on Jun 28, 2023 12:14 AM IST
The Economist

Human ancestors butchered and ate each other, study reveals

As per the study, a 1.45-million-year-old hominin bone had cuts similar to butchery marks that have been found on animal bones from around the same time.

While the marks looked nothing like animal bites, they did resemble those that had been made by stone tools. (File)
Published on Jun 27, 2023 11:09 PM IST

Our Planet II’ Director experiences near death experiences - Shark Attack

Nowlan alongside his crew who showed up for the filming in one of Hawaii's most remote islands. The shoot lead to the tiger sharks being predators of them.

The Tiger Shark(Men's Journal)
Published on Jun 25, 2023 11:57 AM IST
ByVedanth Shinde

What would the perfect climate-change lender look like?

Welcome to a second Bretton Woods

John Maynard Keynes addressing the Bretton Woods conference on Post War reconstruction and economic order, 1944. It was at this conference that the World Bank was conceived.(UIG via Getty Images)
Published on Jun 25, 2023 12:03 AM IST
The Economist

Saving the rainforests would be a bargain

Far more money is needed to make conservation more profitable than slash and burn

Yet still the world’s trees are disappearing. The area covered by primary rainforest has dwindled by 6.7% since 2000. (Unsplash)
Published on Jun 25, 2023 12:02 AM IST
The Economist

Cause and Effect | The hidden threat of heat-related deaths

With over 100 deaths in India, extreme heat's impact becomes evident. The heat wave's hidden dangers demand immediate action to mitigate heat stress.

Women walk as they carry pitchers filled with drinking water on a hot summer afternoon in Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh, on June 17.(AP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 05:42 PM IST
ByTannu Jain

Dogs likely to bite on hot, sunny, smoggy days: Harvard study

The study was conducted to check whether “day-to-day rates of dogs biting humans is influenced by environmental factors”.

As a part of the study, 69,525 reports of dogs biting humans which were sourced from public or ER records were analysed. (File)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 05:41 PM IST

Iceland suspends whale hunt on animal welfare concerns

Animal rights groups & environmentalists hailed the decision, with Humane Society International calling it “major milestone in compassionate whale conservation”

A recent monitoring report by Iceland's Food and Veterinary Authority on the fin whale hunt found that the killing of the animals took too long based on the main objectives of the Animal Welfare Act.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 20, 2023 09:43 PM IST

A new way to clean up the steel industry

Carbon dioxide emissions could be cut by more than 90%

Cleaner ways of producing steel are being explored. Mostly, these are based on the use of hydrogen instead of coke as the reagent which extracts the oxygen from iron-oxide ore.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 20, 2023 01:09 AM IST
The Economist

Berlin to face water shortages owing to Germany’s decision to end use of coal

An unintended consequence of climate reform means the Spree River may get 75% less water

With Berlin already facing less rainfall due to the climate crisis, the end of lignite mining in nearby regions means groundwater pumped out to extract the fossil fuel will no longer feed the Spree.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 17, 2023 01:12 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Sreelakshmi B

Cause and Effect | The undeniable increase in Earth's energy imbalance

Why do temperatures continue to surge across the globe? Why does energy imbalance continue to drive climate change? A look at heat and its impact on climate

Climate activists during a
Published on Jun 16, 2023 04:04 PM IST
ByTannu Jain

Alia Bhatt chills with Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal at airport lounge, fans react

Internet had a lot to say after a video of Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal chatting with Alia Bhatt at the airport lounge surfaced online. Watch it here.

Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal at Mumbai airport.
Published on Jun 16, 2023 09:02 AM IST

Global temperatures in early June warmest on record for the time of the year

The heat has also caused temperatures to exceed pre-industrial levels by more than 1.5C this month, the scientists warned.

The WWA study concentrated on the three areas worst hit by the drought: southern Ethiopia, Somalia and eastern Kenya.(Representational)
Published on Jun 15, 2023 07:24 PM IST
Bloomberg |

Switzerland to vote on key climate law amid melting glaciers

Until now, many of Switzerland's 26 cantons have imposed some of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world.

FILE PHOTO: The snow-covered peaks of Bernese Oberland are seen behind Lake Zug and the city of Zug, Switzerland August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 15, 2023 02:59 PM IST

Youth environmentalists bring Montana climate case to trial after 12 years

This trail on climate change accountability is being followed by global legal scholars for potential precedent-setting government duty to protect citizens.

The plaintiffs' youth has little direct bearing on the legal issues, and experts say the case likely won't lead to immediate policy changes in fossil fuel-friendly Montana. (Shutterstock/Representative image)
Published on Jun 11, 2023 03:35 PM IST
AP |

Demand for chocolate causes more illegal deforestation than people realise

New maps show the extent of the destruction in big cocoa-producing countries

Could cocoa demand be causing deforestation?(Representative Image)
Published on Jun 10, 2023 02:12 AM IST
The Economist

Explained: How Arctic ice melt raises the risk of far-away wildfires

The thawing of the polar region from climate change helps produce conditions that make distant forests more likely to burn.

Surfing swell is photographed at snowy beach of Unstad, Norway on Lofoten Island, Arctic Circle, on March 9, 2016.(AFP)
Published on Jun 09, 2023 11:08 PM IST
Bloomberg |

Extreme weather events claimed 233 lives in India between January-April: Report

Such events impacted 32 states and Union territories this time as against 27 last year.

Rajasthan and Maharashtra reported the maximum number of extreme weather days (30 each), followed by Himachal Pradesh (28) and Bihar and Madhya Pradesh (27). (File)
Published on Jun 09, 2023 05:53 PM IST

A Finnish firm thinks it can cut industrial carbon emissions by a third

Running a turbine backwards can produce green heat

Steam rises from the coal-fired power plant near wind turbines Niederaussem, Germany, as the sun rises on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Germany cut its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 2% last year, beating previous estimates but still falling far short of the cuts needed to meet its medium-term climate goals. (AP Photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2023 09:30 PM IST
The Economist
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