Livelihoods, Ecology and Climate Change, 15th September 2018

A concept you learned in middle school math could save us from climate disaster

The world has around 3 million (30 lakh) buses.

Most run on diesel and compressed natural gas. The global fleet of electric buses now totals around 385,000 vehicles – and 99% of those are in China.

China is adding a London-sized electric bus fleet every five weeks

Every five weeks, 9,500 brand new electric buses take to the roads in China.

That’s the equivalent of the entire London bus fleet, says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

NDTV News: US to miss Paris climate pact target by a third: Report.

Economic Times: Can the trapped Paris Climate Agreement be rescued?

Our dangerous indifference to the world’s richest ecosystem: Natural wetlands

Did you know that wetlands cover more than 12.1 million kilometres worldwide? Wetlands are a vital source of life. Still, wetlands are grossly misunderstood and dangerously underappreciated.

The world’s wetlands support 1 billion livelihoods. They provide fresh water. They deliver 266 million jobs. They’re an important source of food, that feeds 3.5 billion people.

The Carolinas’ toxic stew: Florence approaches a region rife with Superfund sites, chemical plants, coal ash — and thousands of industrial hog farms with lagoons filled with pig waste.

Hurricane Florence is a climate change triple threat

If we don’t act on climate change, the destruction potential of slow-moving storms such as Harvey and Florence will only get worse.

Climate change means Hurricane Florence will dump 50% more rain

Japan and climate change – leader turned laggard

In 1997, Japan was at the forefront of climate action. Today, it’s a laggard hyper-actively financing coal in Asia. Just as bad, it has ambitions to build 40 new coal-fired power plants at home, on top of 100 existing ones.

With Europe working toward minimum cuts of 40% in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels) by 2030 and China aiming for non-fossil power to account for more than 50% of total power generation by the same date, Japan needs to sharpen up its act or risk getting left behind in terms of efficiency and technology, as well as the environment.

Fortunately, many of the country’s largest corporations are pursuing a low-carbon future.

Sustainable construction could be a solution to India’s plastic waste crisis.

In India, 15,000 tonnes of plastic are dumped in the streets everyday due to unsuitable recycling alternatives But guess what? India could construct buildings from recycled plastic and solve its plastics crisis

The study, in partnership with colleagues from Goa Engineering College India, demonstrated that replacing 10 per cent of sand in concrete with plastic waste could simultaneously solve a national sand shortage and reduce the growing amounts of rubbish on the streets.

UN warns climate change is driving global hunger

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns that climate change is driving world hunger.

1 in 9 people worldwide go hungry. That is 821 (over 82 crores) MILLION. Yet there is enough food to feed EVERYONE.

A drying Ganga could stall food security and prevent achieving SDGs

A study forecasts that in the absence of interventions, groundwater contribution to Ganga river’s water flow would continue diminishing in the summer for the next 30 years.

The dwindling of Ganga river would severely affect water available for surface water irrigation, with potential future decline in food production. This decline in river flow also has implications for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Experts, not associated with the study, also pointed to the combined blow of surface and groundwater misuse has beleaguered the Ganga river basin. Agricultural inefficiency is a chink in the chain, they say, when it comes to sustainable water use.

A women’s group in Ladakh is fighting to save the region’s environment, help conserve water

Women’s Alliance of Ladakh, which had earlier enforced a plastic ban, is now encouraging farmers to go back to traditional practices owing to water scarcity.

Opinion: Why Are Himalayan and North Eastern States staring down the barrel of a water crisis? 

The recent NITI Aayog’s recent report titled, ‘Composite Water Management Index’ (CWMI)’ showed a dismal performance of the Himalayan and North Eastern states on water use and conservation. Why are Himalayan and North Eastern states staring down the barrel of a water crisis? WaterAid India’s Nirma Bora tries to answer in this article in NDTV. 


The frequency of extreme weather events is increasing, and the Kerala floods point to a key tension in India’s disaster relief framework.

Women farmers suffer due to unequal land rights

Although they are often the actual cultivators, the lack of land rights among women farmers in Odisha has resulted in chronic distress because they are unable to get government loans or compensation over crop loss.

Google Earth Voyager’s website – (computing resource intensive)

Explore sea level rise and the fate of coastal cities, now featured on Google Earth’s Voyager website. 

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