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Several single-use plastic items will be banned in India from 1st July 2022

In an attempt to escalate the target of phasing out single-use plastic from India by 2022, the central government ordered to ban several single-use plastic items from 1st July. The regulation passed under the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021 prohibits manufacturing, importing, stocking, distribution, sale and use of identified single-use plastic items, which have low utility and high littering potential, all across the nation.

Japan plans to slow down the target of achieving 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

A report published by Reuters highlighted that Japan is planning to pull back from the zero-emission vehicle target by 2030 at the G7 summit. As per the proposed draft, Japan has asked to remove the reference

Norwegian embassy supports India’s decision of single-use plastic ban

In support of India's ban on single-use plastic products, the Norwegian Embassy has decided to stop the use of water bottles and other such plastic items.

Even if we realize the zero-carbon target tomorrow, there is no going back and ‘Our present state will be NEW NORMAL’: Prof. K AchutaRao

Mayank Mishra (Green Planet Portal) held a candid discussion with Prof. K AchutaRao, lead author of Chapter-3 titled, ‘Climate Information for Risk Assessment and Regional Adaptation’, in the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of Working Group 1 of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Prof. K AchutaRao candidly spoke on different dimensions of concern related to climate change, its impact, and the way ahead.

Tropical Cyclones Improve Productivity of Mangrove Forests: Research

Contemporary research literature available on the impact of cyclones on mangrove forest productivity indicates that nutrient fertilizations aided by tropical cyclones enhance the productivity of mangrove forests. These include enhanced organic carbon and nitrogen levels attributed to storm-induced nutrient reflexes and freshwater supply available during tropical cyclones.

Special Fungi May Help Forests Absorb More Carbon

A study conducted by the scientists of Imperial College London has revealed that a certain kind of fungi may enhance trees’ capacity of absorbing carbon dioxide.

Gujarat-based cafe accepting plastic waste as payment

In an attempt to spread awareness regarding the negative impacts of plastic waste, a Gujarat-based cafe has started accepting plastic waste as a mode of payment. The cafe run by Sarvodaya Sakhi Mandal highlighted that the customers can bring in the plastic waste and redeem it with the food items listed on the menu. The food items will be sold as per the weight of the plastic waste the customers will bring.

Climate change poses a threat to tomato production across the globe

A new study published in the Nature Journal has warned that the production of tomatoes across the globe could be worsened due to the impacts of climate change. Tomato is the staple consumed all over the world and it's the main ingredient used in the manufacturing of ketchup.

Air pollution cutting short lives by 10 years

Human-induced activities in every sector are currently affecting the environment in one way or the other. Developmental projects and rapid urbanization are resulting in rising emissions around the world and have worsened the Air Quality Index (AQI) across the world.

Climate refugees in India

Climate change has become a pressing issue that requires immediate attention and action. With the sea on fire, the skies heating up, glaciers melting and oceans acidifying, climate change has catalysed different forms of displacement around the world.According to statistics published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, every year since 2008, an average of 26.4 million persons around the world have been forcibly displaced by floods, windstorms, earthquakes or droughts.

Frequent Droughts in Future will Cause Food Shortage: Courtesy Rising Temperature

Whether anthropogenic climate change has affected the nature, intensity and frequency of natural disasters? It used to be a polarising issue in the scientific community. Not anymore, it is becoming more and more evident that climate change driven primarily by human activities is changing the pattern and intensity of natural disasters.

India to launch National Green Hydrogen Mission in 2 months

The central government has announced that they are going to announce a National level Green Hydrogen mission in the nation to promote the green hydrogen policy finalized in the month of February this year.

India’s 2030 Renewable energy roadmap

The recent report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report revealed some of the most worrying assessments of how the increasing global temperature is affecting our whole ecosystem. In the AR6, the scientists focused on the mitigation aspect as they have already highlighted the causes and impacts of climate change in their first and second publications.

India lost 2.3 million lives from pollution in 2019 says Lancet study

According to a new Lancet study, more than 2.3 million Indians died prematurely in 2019 making it the highest among the other countries. The latest Lancet Commission on pollution and health report laid out some shocking numbers highlighting that about 9 million people lost their lives due to pollution.

Explained: How the sudden increase in heatwaves is affecting India

India is breaking records again, but these new highs are no reason to celebrate! People living in India's northern and central regions are experiencing severe heat waves. The temperature in Delhi crossed 45 degrees celsius, while UP’s Banda district registered a record high temperature of 49 degrees celsius. Although, high temperatures are typical in April and May, this year’s temperatures are unprecedented. India is witnessing its hottest summer in 122 years. Climate experts are pointing towards compound events as the major reason behind the increased frequency of heatwaves in the past few years. A compound event is one where two or more weather events which may not be necessarily dangerous occur together to create severe impacts. The heatwaves result from the compounding effect of global warming, weather pattern changes and existing weather cycles. An IPCC report released in August 2021 warned India might experience more frequent heatwaves. This was confirmed by a recent report by NASA which observed urban ‘heat islands’ in the Delhi NCR region. Although concrete is considered a good material for construction, it is notoriously known for absorbing and reflecting large amounts of heat. These concrete structures create heat islands that aggravate the impact of heatwaves where even the nights seem to offer no relief to the common people. While Delhi and its neighbouring areas recorded night time temperatures of 35 degrees celsius, the rural fields cooled off to 15 degrees celsius. The major differentiating factor was the lack of green spaces in urban areas.

Climate change could induce more COVID like outbreaks!

As we all are aware that human induced activities that are meddling with the natural ecosystem are impacting our planet in so many ways. The global temperature is rising alarmingly and directly affecting humans. The rise in sea levels, frequency of natural calamities, and other negative impacts on several sectors are pointing towards the urgency for immediate action.

India's Record Renewable Energy Output

India succeeded in fulfilling its surging energy demand because of the record output from green energy sources in the month of May.

A renewable approach: Climate change and Women

Climate change, which is a global phenomenon in contemporary times, has been impacting proportionally every element as per its vulnerability on the planet. Though climate change has affected every human being and different species on the planet, its impact varies disproportionately among men and women. And women and girls being one of the most vulnerable sections of society get hit the most.

India’s hunger risk population to rise by 23% says a new report

The International Food Policy Research Institute has released a new report predicting that India’s food production could decline by 16% due to climate change impacts. The new report on climate change and food systems also projected that the population at hunger risk could also see a spike of 23% by 2030.

Tata IPL: A Carbon Neutral Cricket Match

On 11th of May, the Tata IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals will be the first carbon neutral cricket match. Schneider Electric in partnership with Rajasthan Royals announced that they will offset the carbon emissions from the match by planting 17,000 trees in the next six months so the trees suck equivalent amount of carbon by the year 2052 as the cricket match would have resulted in