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Climate Change
EurekAlert, 2021-04-14
If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic. This is the central finding of an analysis by a team of German researchers that compared more than 30 state-of-the-art climate models from all around the world. The study predicts more extremely wet years in the future - with potentially grave consequences for more than one billion people's well-being, economy, food systems and agriculture.
CGTN, 2021-04-14
New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law that will require banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business, the country's minister for climate change James Shaw said on Tuesday.
Hindustan Times, 2021-04-14
Javadekar was speaking at a panel organised at the Embassy of France to mark the Official Visit to India of Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to reinforce Indo-French strategic, cultural and economic ties
Mirage News, 2021-04-14
Massive scientific efforts to tackle the impact of cattle burps on climate change has only tinkered around the edges of this major environmental problem, say Macquarie University researchers.
Insurance Journal, 2021-04-14
The residents of Irkutsk, one of Russia’s coldest regions, are used to harsh winters. But when the temperature dropped to negative 60 degrees Celsius (-76 Fahrenheit) last January, even they had to submit to the elements. “Please stay at home unless absolutely necessary,” Governor Igor Kobzev pleaded on Instagram.
Indian Express, 2021-04-14
New Zealand is considering a new legislation that would require banks, insurers and asset managers to disclose the impacts of climate change on their businesses, according to CNN.
CNBC, 2021-04-14
Climate change appears to be high on the agenda for tech billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates but some are questioning whether they’re focusing their efforts on the right areas.
Global Times, 2021-04-14
As ties between China and the US have been frayed in various fields, US climate envoy John Kerry's visit to China on discussion of climate issue is believed by Chinese observers to be a positive signal, though the impact of the visit on bilateral ties is still limited.
Relief Web, 2021-04-14
The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supported capacity building efforts in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau, which in turn helped to secure $10.4 million in climate change-related grants from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This funding will help the people of these two countries to be safer and more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Climate change is an existential threat to both nations.
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-04-14
Twice a day for the past half a century, a weather balloon to measure atmospheric conditions was released from a research station situated on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Faced with advancing seas that are set to devour it, the outpost has now been abandoned.
BBC News, 2021-04-14
A former UN climate chief says that delaying the critical Glasgow meeting this year would be preferable to risking a failed conference.There have been doubts over the wisdom of having thousands of delegates attending the event - known as COP26 - while concerns linger over Covid-19.
Aljazeera, 2021-04-14
As livelihoods diminish in the world’s largest delta, activists report a spike in cases of child marriage due to poverty.In April last year, 17-year-old Rani Khatun, a resident of Sagar Island in the Sundarbans, would spend most of her day in school, preparing for the upcoming board exams. She wanted to be a teacher one day.
Mirage News, 2021-04-14
To illustrate the effects of climate change on nature at a glance, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now presenting Green Warming Stripes for the first time. Annette Menzel, Professor of Ecoclimatology at the TUM, explains in an interview how we can interpret them and what they mean.
Agriculture and Biodiversity
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-04-14
Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, says the US food system is built on injustices but there is hope where people are prioritizing the right to food
Chemicals and Pollution
CNA, 2021-04-14
Plastic is in pretty much everything that we use, and it’s become a major source of pollution, particularly in the world’s oceans. Money Mind looks at how some organisations are helping to stem the tide.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness
Your Story, 2021-04-14
Bay of Life Surf School in Chennai not only teaches surfing and other sports, but also cleans and maintains the Kovalam beach and the water bodies.
Forest Biodiversity
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-04-14
The UK’s native woodlands are reaching a crisis point, with just 7% in good condition, according to the first comprehensive assessment of their health.
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-04-14
As the temperatures begin to rise, Spain is braced for another summer of the forest fires that over the past 10 years have destroyed about 741,000 hectares (1.8m acres) of forest.
Governance, Law and Policy
The Leaflet, 2021-04-14
THE Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition Of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, also called the Forest Rights Act or FRA is being criticised by several environmental and wildlife activists across India. They believe giving land rights to tribal and forest-dwelling populations will destroy natural resources, forests, and wildlife.
CBC (Canada), 2021-04-14
MLAs passed Nova Scotia's beleaguered Biodiversity Act late Tuesday night after more than three hours of debate that included pointed criticism from the opposition parties and the lands and forestry minister pushing back against the suggestion that not enough consultation went into drafting the bill.
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Fiji Times, 2021-04-14
One million of the eight million global animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, says director for environment Sandeep Singh.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Science Codex, 2021-04-14
As the Rhode Island legislature considers designating the Northern Star Coral an official state emblem, researchers are finding that studying this local creature's recovery from a laboratory-induced stressor could help better understand how to protect endangered tropical corals.
Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation
Nature World News, 2021-04-14
In the last decade, more than 4 million square kilometers of land have been declared as protected areas around the world, with little evidence of how good these areas are at being protected., 2021-04-14
Lessons learned from the world's protected forests: Just declaring a plot of land protected isn't enough—conservation needs thoughtful selection and enforcement.
Research and Science
Gizmodo, 2021-04-14
Aboard an Australian research vessel, the RV Investigator, we sailed for 63 days from Antarctica’s ice edge to the warm equator in the South Pacific and collected 387 water samples.
Tourism and Biodiversity
Business Traveller, 2021-04-14
The Red Sea Project, envisioned as an uber-luxurious tourist destination, is a part of Saudi Arabia’s broader strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and fortify its tourism sector by 2035. This project will complement the newly opened heritage site, AlUla, and smart city Neom in the country.
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j)
Mongabay (India), 2021-04-14
Over the past 20 years, the conservation sector has increasingly recognized the contributions Indigenous communities have made toward achieving conservation goals, including protecting biodiversity and maintaining ecosystems that sustain us. Accordingly, some large conservation NGOs that a generation ago were heavily focused on establishing and fortifying protected areas are today advocating for Indigenous rights and helping communities secure land tenure.
Pacific Daily News, 2021-04-14
In April, we celebrate the earth and participate in activities such as tree plantings. Earth month is about the interconnectedness of people and nature, especially on Guam. The Chamoru people hold a deep connection to the land as I taotao tåno, and have traditional practices tied to plants and animals. However, with connections comes interferences.
Vox, 2021-04-14
Why a reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of an ecological catastrophe is so badly needed. You can probably guess the three global threats that topped a recent list from the World Economic Forum.
Guardian (International Edition), 2021-04-14
A Sydney couple received a fright when they discovered a rare venomous snake in a bag of supermarket lettuce – but recovered and later used the fresh produce in a salad wrap.