The Sundarbans dilemma: Islands swallowed by water, and nowhere else to go

Located in West Bengal state in eastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh, the Sundarbans forest system is a cluster of low-lying islands and represents the largest mangrove ecosystem in the…Continue readingThe Sundarbans dilemma: Islands swallowed by water, and nowhere else to go

‘A matter of survival’: India’s unstoppable need for air conditioners

The vast amount of electricity that India’s growing number of ACs will require presents a significant challenge. Already during peak summertime hours, ACs have accounted for 40% to 60%…Continue reading‘A matter of survival’: India’s unstoppable need for air conditioners

Here are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change

Heat waves have always been part of summer, but the familiar short periods of oppressive conditions have grown into weeks to months of sweltering heat. Research has shown that…Continue readingHere are the places that could become too hot for humans due to climate change

Death toll from heavy rain in north India rises to almost 60

Flooding and landslides are common and cause widespread devastation during India’s treacherous monsoon season, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency and severity. In Himachal Pradesh, 50…Continue readingDeath toll from heavy rain in north India rises to almost 60

The ‘kidneys of Kolkata’: Indian wetlands under threat

The wetlands system processes about 60 percent of Kolkata’s sewage free of charge, saving the city over $64 million a year. Farms in the wetlands provide about 150 tons…Continue readingThe ‘kidneys of Kolkata’: Indian wetlands under threat

Deadly flooding hit several countries at once. Scientists say this will only be more common

Extreme rainfall accompanied by deadly flooding hit the United States and several other countries over the weekend and last week. In the U.S., flooding claimed five lives in Upper…Continue readingDeadly flooding hit several countries at once. Scientists say this will only be more common

Global warming is supercharging weather events, say scientists

Schools in Delhi closed after monsoon rains caused landslides and flash floods on Monday. More than 50 people died across northern India, including in the Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand…Continue readingGlobal warming is supercharging weather events, say scientists

In rural India, summer’s heat can be deadly. Ambulance crews see the toll up close.

Extreme heat is fast becoming a public health crisis in India, with more than 150 people dying during the latest brutal heat wave in June. Prolonged heat waves, sometimes…Continue readingIn rural India, summer’s heat can be deadly. Ambulance crews see the toll up close.

Dozens die as northern India swelters under heatwave

Twenty-three deaths were reported on Thursday and another 11 died on Friday, Ballia’s Chief Medical Officer Jayant Kumar said. “All the individuals were suffering from some ailments and their…Continue readingDozens die as northern India swelters under heatwave

Shanghai records hottest day in May in 100 years

The temperature at the bustling station climbed to 36.7˚C later in the afternoon, Shanghai’s meteorological service said. Parts of India saw temperatures reach 44˚C (111˚F) in mid-April with at…Continue readingShanghai records hottest day in May in 100 years

Study shows warming planet is leading to an increase in ‘atmospheric river’-associated flooding in India

AR events impacted the country 596 times, 95% of which occurred during a monsoon season. They also found that 54% of the biggest AR events occurred over the past…Continue readingStudy shows warming planet is leading to an increase in ‘atmospheric river’-associated flooding in India

Severe heatwave engulfs Asia causing deaths and forcing schools to close

Extreme temperatures described as ‘worst April heatwave in Asian history’ as records threatened in India, China, Thailand and Laos.Continue readingSevere heatwave engulfs Asia causing deaths and forcing schools to close

PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina inaugurate India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (IBFP) today in a virtual mode. The foundation stone for the…Continue readingPM Modi and Sheikh Hasina inaugurate India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline

Air India unveils ‘historic’ orders for 470 Boeing, Airbus jets

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ONGC invest $3.5bn to keep up production

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC, owned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India) is in talks with global oil majors to infuse state…Continue readingONGC invest $3.5bn to keep up production

Indian Oil unveils $25 billion investment plan to achieve net zero by 2046

State-owned oil and gas company Indian Oil has unveiled a $25 billion investment plan to achieve net-zero operational emissions by 2046. Indian Oil chairman S M Vaidya said: “IndianOil…Continue readingIndian Oil unveils $25 billion investment plan to achieve net zero by 2046

Spot Australian thermal coal has surged

The spot price of Australian thermal coal is higher than that of coking coal, an unprecedented situation that highlights just how the global market for the polluting fuel has…Continue readingSpot Australian thermal coal has surged

Many countries continue to invest in coal

To understand why it is proving so hard to break up with coal, we worked with an international team of around 35 researchers to investigate the political economy drivers…Continue readingMany countries continue to invest in coal

Rosneft starts production drilling at Payakhskoye field in Russia

Moscow-based integrated energy company Rosneft has started production drilling at the Payakhskoye field on the Taimyr Peninsula in Russia. The field is part of Rosneft’s Vostok Oil strategic project,…Continue readingRosneft starts production drilling at Payakhskoye field in Russia

Asia goes nuclear

Japan has begun restarting nuclear plants that have been idle since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledging to get at least nine reactors up and…Continue readingAsia goes nuclear

Gautam Adani ramps up share of coal imports as power crisis grips India

India’s thermal coal imports hit a monthly record in June of 20.9 million tonnes, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government called for increased purchases in order to overcome a…Continue readingGautam Adani ramps up share of coal imports as power crisis grips India

‘All is lost’: Floods in India’s Assam leave trail of destruction

Millions in Assam have been affected by the floods since heavy pre-monsoon rains first hit the region last month, inundating large parts of the valley. After the initial deluge…Continue reading‘All is lost’: Floods in India’s Assam leave trail of destruction

In India, waiting for the monsoon

The summer monsoon, which typically arrives in June and continues till September, is life and livelihood. More than 75% of India’s annual rainfall occurs during this period. Monsoon rains…Continue readingIn India, waiting for the monsoon

NASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

A relentless heat wave has blanketed India and Pakistan since mid-March, causing dozens of deaths, fires, increased air pollution, and reduced crop yields. Weather forecasts show no prospect of…Continue readingNASA’s ECOSTRESS detects ‘heat islands’ in extreme Indian heat wave

India relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave

India has relaxed environmental compliance rules for coal mines seeking to ramp up production as power outages exacerbate a sweltering heatwave, a government notice showed. Coal makes up more…Continue readingIndia relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwave

India tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price

Typically, heat waves in India affect only part of the country, occur in the summer and only last for a week or so. But a string of early heat…Continue readingIndia tries to adapt to extreme heat but is paying a heavy price

India, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

The devastating heatwave that gripped India and Pakistan over the last two months is unprecedented, but worse—perhaps far worse—is on the horizon as climate change continues apace, top climate…Continue readingIndia, Pakistan must brace for even worse heatwaves

Heat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, with acute power shortages affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to record levels. Supplies of coal…Continue readingHeat wave sparks blackouts, questions on India’s coal usage

The great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

From the U.S. to China, in Europe, India and Japan, fossil fuels are staging a comeback, clean energy stocks are taking a hammering, and the prospects for speeding the…Continue readingThe great climate backslide: How governments are regressing worldwide

India monsoon death toll climbs

Climate change is warming the Arabian Sea. The higher water temperatures are causing the air above to become warmer and hold more moisture. “We are seeing a three-fold rise in…Continue readingIndia monsoon death toll climbs