As the need for a clean fuel source grows, researchers have turned to small pellets of compressed wood. They are harvested from pine and hardwood tree forests in the South American South. After being collected they are dried, compressed, and converted into pellets that are as long as an inch. They are combusted as fuel in electric power plants, mainly in the United Kingdom and Europe, to supply power to homes and businesses.
Niti Aayog released the first ever list of Sustainable Development Goals Urban Index on Tuesday, and it was topped by Shimla. The Central government's public policy think tank analyzed urban local bodies (ULBs) across 56 cities based on 77 SDG indicators. The research was aimed at the local application of SDGs and ensuring their effective monitoring at city level .
According to a new study published in the Journal Nature Geoscience, global climate change is going to impact the usual occurrence of natural disasters such as cyclones and hurricanes as they will hit the more populated regions in the near future and put thousands of lives under threat.
Heavy rain in Bengaluru in the month of December has left its mark behind as the continuous pouring led to the collapse of several old households. The citizens living in the low-lying areas are the ones worst affected as their homes were flooded with the continuous and unexpected heavy rain and left many homeless as several buildings came down during this unfortunate event.
In the early 2000s, the gender empowerment consultations and workshops I attended had one constant in all of them - Men used to sit on the chairs and women on the floor. Such was the irony! The vision was gender equality/equity, and visible physical manifestation was the antithesis of the idea being promoted.
The recent dust storms witnessed by Mumbai in the month of January & February which has worsened the air quality of the city is now being identified as the effects of human-induced activity, global warming & climate change.
The Global Assessment Report (GAR2022) released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) revealed an alerting possibility that the world could face about 560 disaster events annually which is 1.5 per day by 2030.
A new report ‘Drought in numbers’ published by the UN has warned that the world is going to witness more severe cases of droughts due to the rising global temperature. The human-induced activities are already causing water scarcity and affecting billions of people across the world and the new data is pointing out that the situation is going to get worse in the near future, the report added.
The Fiji Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu during the Asian security summit draws the attention of the world as he mentioned that climate change is a greater threat to the country than war.
Bangladesh is suffering from heavy rains and severe flooding, although seasonal monsoon does bring rains but scientists believe climate change is making the situation extreme.
The flood situation in Assam is worsening day by day as the death toll today surged to 190 and millions are affected due to this catastrophic climate calamity. As per the Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s latest report, 8,88,177 citizens in Assam are impacted in several districts of the state.
Climate researchers and scientists worldwide have warned that the ongoing human-induced activities worsening climate change are pushing the entire planet toward doomsday. The consequences that the planet is witnessing in the form of climate disasters such as floods, tsunamis, wildfires, avalanches, and landslides are just the beginning. But, there must be an adequate system and stringent policies in place to minimize the loss these disasters can have on each sector of the economy. The Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDR Mami Mizutori highlighted a similar approach and said, “Disasters can be prevented, but only if countries invest the time and resources to understand and reduce their risks”.
The Regional Center of Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) has started two new courses. Along with helping the youth find jobs, these courses will also help in dealing with natural calamities. The last date for admission and registration is August 25.
In the last few days, floods have wreaked havoc in Pakistan. Due to heavy rains and floods, more than 1,000 people have died in the neighbouring country so far. More than 30 million people have been affected, and 1 million houses have been damaged due to this climate catastrophe.
Natural factors have been responsible for migration more than socio-political causes since the past few years, but the adaptation seems to be getting less attention than the mitigation strategies.
The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) in collaboration with the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority (USDMA) to assess mountain hazards to mitigate landslides.
According to the recent Urban Climate Vulnerability Assessment (UCVA) study backed by the Union Ministry Of Environment indicates that Ahmedabad tops the charts as far as the cities vulnerable to climate change demographically are concerned. The surprising results mentioned that Ahemdabad surpasses the major metropolitan cities of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai which are generally at risk from climate change.
The terrible monsoon rains and severe floods are causing mayhem in Pakistan. As per Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (PNDMA), more than 330 million people are affected, one million houses have been damaged and about one-third of Pakistan is submerged in water. So far, more than 1350 people have been killed in Pakistan this year, and an estimated $10 billion of damage has been done.
A recent study published in Nature Geoscience highlighted that melting of Antarctica's 'Doomsday Glacier' could lead to a major rise in the world's sea level. This glacier is named because of its rapid melting, which could lead to a major disaster. Its original name is Thwaites Glacier. Now scientists are concerned that the rate of its melting may be faster than expected, which will lead to a big change in sea level.
High-profile builders, developers, and tech parks are now at the target of the anti-encroachment drive in Bengaluru. These encroachments were believed to be the reason for the recent floods in the city. The Bengaluru administration has already demolished buildings in many places.