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New threat: city heat -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Heat trapped by tarred roads and dense clusters of buildings may have added nearly 2 degrees to temperatures in the world's most populated cities, including Calcutta, Delhi and Mumbai, over and above the effects of Global Warming, researchers said today. Their study, described as the first to quantify the combined impacts of Global Warming and the "urban heat island effect", suggests that the overheated cities will face double...

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An unequal burden -Sujatha Byravan

-The Hindu The Paris Climate Agreement recognises that all countries have responsibilities. However, the developed world needs to shoulder the major funding requirement The Paris Climate Agreement (PA) was signed in December 2015 in an attempt to limit the release and the effects from greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Ahead of the meeting, various countries developed and submitted pledges or national commitments, referred to in climate parlance as Nationally Determined Contributions...

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Green tribunal to host meet on climate

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal will co-host a "world environment conference" here next weekend to discuss climate change, Global Warming, dwindling forests, energy resources, loss of biodiversity and other related issues. Parliamentarians, judges, environmentalists, scientists, lawyers and academicians will be among delegates from across the globe slated to attend the World Conference on Environment-2017, being co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and various Indian government agencies. The conference...

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India's five hottest years since 1901 came in past 15 years, IMD data shows -Prerna Kapoor

-Livemint.com India’s top five warmest years since 1901 have been recorded only in the last 15 years New Delhi: The latest data released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reveals that 2016 was the warmest year for India in the last 116 years since 1901.Not just that, IMD’s “Statement on Climate of India during 2016” also reveals that India’s top five warmest years since 1901 have been recorded only in the last...

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Green farms and clean air

-The Hindu The massive pollution cloud enveloping northern India every year is a good example of the disconnect between official policy and ground realities. It has been known for long that burning of agricultural waste in the northern States significantly contributes to the poor air quality in large parts of the Indo-Gangetic Basin, with local and cascading impacts felt from Punjab all the way to West Bengal. Harmful fine particulate matter...

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