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Irrigation could be delaying monsoon in India, cautions IPCC study -TV Jayan

ding to a global modelling study published in 2016, irrigation in India is increasing rainfall in the Horn of Africa. This IPCC special report, authored by over 100 scientists, looks mainly at how Human use of land is driving climate change. According to the report, the use by Humans is directly affecting about 70 per cent ice-free land surface on the planet. One of the chapters in the report dealing

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Poor agri, dietary practices have intensified climate change: IPCC -Tarun Gopalakrishnan

The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land shines a spotlight on food consumption, modern agricultural practices and desertification where serious action has long been deferred Humanity's agricultural tunnel vision has undermined climate equilibrium on a planetary scale, according to the latest report on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on August 8, 2019. While forestry has long been a focus of c

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

n requires sustained efforts. * Conservation of flora and fauna is a global concern in the light of adverse climate change. At the same time the right to livelihood of forest dwellers is a genuine Humanitarian issue. What steps are being initiated to strike a balance? The two are not antithetical. In fact numerous studies show that forests have been preserved best where tribal communities reside. FRA has been enacted on this premise and recognis

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NRC and the work permit formula -Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

up in India, the validity of which could be extended for a period of two years. The workers would not enjoy political rights, such as the right to vote, buy property or settle in India, but will have Human rights and could approach courts and labour commissions in case their rights were violated…. However, the work permit formula has its inherent problems. One is of political consensus. While Congress has never backed the idea, the BJP alway

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Climate on the farm

bal food system is responsible for 21 to 37 per cent of the world’s GHG emissions. About a quarter of the Earth’s ice-free land area is subjected to what the report describes as “Human-induced degradation”. Rapid agricultural expansion has led to destruction of forests, wetlands and grasslands and other ecosystems. Soil erosion from agricultural fields, the report estimates, is 10 to 100 times higher than the soil formation

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Legal Scholar, IP Rights Expert Shamnad Basheer Passes Away

in the country, SpicyIP. With countless feathers in his cap, Basheer had been a champion for some of the most underrepresented legal fields in the country. In 2012, when he was the Ministry of Human Resources and Development’s chair professor for intellectual property, Basheer led a first-of-its-kind academic intervention in the landmark Novartis-Gleevec patent hearing at the Supreme Court. Swiss drug maker Novartis had approached the

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Planting forests no panacea for the climate crisis: IPCC -Tarun Gopalakrishnan

ycle is classically described in terms of ‘sources’ and ‘sinks’ of emissions. The electricity sector, which converts fossil fuels into light and heat, is a source (as are most Human activities since the dawn of the industrial age). Identifying sinks is trickier. We know that, as a general principle, more forest cover equals more carbon sequestration (or sink) potential. It is much more difficult to put a number on how much c

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Activities that put food on our table cause 37% of all greenhouse emissions: IPCC report -Amitabh Sinha

how land systems are contributing to global warming and are in turn being impacted by the resultant climate change. It also suggests more sustainable land management pathways. The report says that Human beings use nearly 70 per cent of the global ice-free land for various purposes. Activities on land, like agriculture or forestry, are sources of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the soil, trees and vegetation also absorb carbon dioxide, t

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India has 20 river basins, all over-exploited -Sushmita Sengupta & Rashmi Verma

s after the country got its first plan to rejuvenate the rivers, not a single basin has been spared from overexploitation All the 20 river basins of the country share the story of the Cauvery: how Human interference has changed every river’s form and flow pattern over the past few decades. Water in the country’s three major rivers — the Indus, the Brahmaputra and the Ganga — has plummeted drastically. Central Water Commis

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Judgement day -Vikram Patel

;s descent into mental illness. Unremitting fear is the most damaging of all emotional experiences. A vast body of science provides compelling proof of how fear seeps into the deepest recesses of the Human brain and leads to profound disturbances in our mental health and, ultimately, in the way we respond to our environments. Its poisonous influence is greatest during childhood; indeed, scientists use the term “toxic stress” to describe th

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