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Exclusive: Hearing of climate crisis petition of six youngsters begins

Updated on Sep 27, 2023 02:03 PM IST

Prompted by the wildfires that ravaged Portugal in 2017, six Portuguese youths have challenged the actions of 32 European nations seeking climate justice

 European Court of Human Rights(CherryX / Wikimedia Commons)

Landmark case: 6 young activists take on 32 European nations over climate action

The plaintiffs — who are between 11 and 24 years of age — will need to convince judges that they have been sufficiently affected to be considered as victims.

Six young people from Portugal are arguing on Wednesday, Sept. 27, that governments across Europe aren't doing enough to protect people from the harms of climate change at the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/File)
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 10:00 AM IST
AP |

Human actions are key contributors to so called 'act of god' disasters

Our collective burning of fossil fuels is intensifying and increasing the frequency of storms and droughts, heat waves and wildfires. But that’s not all.

A volunteer uses a tree branch trying to prevent a forest fire from reaching houses in the village of Casal da Quinta, outside Leiria, central Portugal, July.(AP)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 01:38 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Red Sea's coral face new threat: Sea urchin deaths linked to mystery disease

In Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat, which borders Jordan and Egypt, Schmidt recalled the moment she and her colleagues first witnessed the population collapse.

The long-spined creatures feed on algae that can suffocate corals, their die-off could
Published on Sep 24, 2023 01:15 PM IST

The importance of the National Green Tribunal in times of climate crisis

The guardians of our greens, this statutory body has played a pivotal role in protecting the Indian environment. Here are some of its landmark judgements

National Green Tribunal (File Photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 07:19 PM IST

Number Theory: How big is $100 billion in terms of climate finance?

What does the amount of $100 billion mean for climate finance? Here are four charts which explain this in detail.

HT Image
Published on Sep 22, 2023 10:26 AM IST

Climate change to increase frequency and severity of wet-hot extremes: Study

Simultaneous rainfall and heat extremes will become more frequent, severe, and widespread due to climate change.

Wet-hot extremes will also cover a larger area and be more severe than dry-hot extremes.
Published on Sep 16, 2023 05:09 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

Centre exempts extended reach drilling from forest clearance

The nod came a year after the Union environment ministry granted a conditional in-principal approval to the proposal by the Directorate General of Hydrocarbon

For representational purposes only. (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 11:35 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Greta's Fridays for Future strikes brought change in 30% of Swiss citizens

Around 30 per cent of Switzerland's residents said that they had brought in changes to their transportation, buying and recycling habits in light of protests.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is carried away by police officers after she took part in a new climate action in Oljehamnen in Malmo, Sweden. (AFP)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 10:21 AM IST

Invasive species are threatening India's coastal biodiversity

A closer look at the spread of non-native species significantly altering ecological functions of marine ecosystems

Dome-like growth of K. alvarezii which suppresses the growth of the native corals in Gulf of Mannar (Photo Courtesy: Dr. S. Chandrasekaran, Department of Plant Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 09:53 PM IST

Punjab flooding threatens endangered gharial, migratory birds in Harike wetlands

Flooding in Harike wetlands has disrupted the natural food chain of flora and fauna, potentially impacting the population of migratory birds and gharials

Gharials at Harike(Gitanjali Kanwar/ World Wildlife Fund for Nature-India)
Published on Sep 01, 2023 09:18 PM IST
ByVishal Joshi

Which animals should a modern-day Noah put in his ark?

An economic interpretation of a biblical tale

Unlike Noah, contemporary conservationists face constraints(Pixabay)
Published on Aug 31, 2023 11:50 PM IST
The Economist

Plastic levels in Lake Geneva as high as world's oceans

Oceaneye, a Geneva-based non-profit, has turned its attention closer to home to landlocked Switzerland.

Pascal Hagmann, founder and director of NGO Oceaneye, and Laurianne Trimoulla, head of communication, look at the samples of weeds and plastic fragments that were collected in the water of Lake Leman in Founex, near Geneva, Switzerland August 21.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 25, 2023 02:08 PM IST
Reuters |

The sudden demise of Indian vultures killed thousands of people

Without “nature’s sanitation service” pathogens spread into the water supply

Historically, vultures were widespread in India. (representational image).(Unsplash)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 05:55 PM IST
The Economist

Study finds how oceans release microplastics into atmosphere

The scientists analysed the air samples using pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Microplastics and mesoplastic debris are pictured at the Almaciga Beach, on the north coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife, on July 14, 2018, during a cleaning operation organized by the NGO 'Canarias Libre de Plasticos' (Canary Islands free of plastics).(AFP)
Published on Aug 20, 2023 03:30 PM IST

Canada’s wildfires have burnt an area 16 times larger than normal

American air quality may have improved, but the fires are still going

FILE PHOTO: A satellite image shows wildfires burning near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada August 16, 2023. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo(via REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 01:31 AM IST
The Economist

The coming years will be the hottest ever

The world could soon breach its 1.5°C target for global warming

Optimists point out even if the 1.5°C threshold is breached in the coming half-decade, temperatures will likely fall back again, at least for a while. (AFP)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 01:38 AM IST
The Economist

Bhutan becomes country with ‘net zero carbon emissions’

Bhutan is one among 196 nations that committed to Paris Agreement during the UN Climate Change Conference

 Bhutan’s unique success as the first nation to achieve net zero emissions is rooted in its population of 800,000 and its remarkable forest coverage of 70%. (Unsplash)
Published on Aug 16, 2023 08:11 AM IST
ANI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

2% rain deficit in country as El Nino drags monsoon

Rainfall during August is likely to be ‘below normal’ ranging between 90% and 94% of the long period average, the IMD had forecast on July 31.

The June-September rainy season is vital for the country’s agriculture, which has an 18% share in India’s GDP at current (inflation-unadjusted) prices.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 04:40 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, , New Delhi

Can British seaweed farms bloom?

A nascent industry in which the country has some natural advantages

Britain has a long way to go to get a foothold in a global seaweed industry worth $13.3bn(Heather Spalding/College of Charleston via AP)
Published on Aug 13, 2023 12:21 AM IST
The Economist

Meghalaya govt ditches thermal power plans after ?500 cr solar project launch

Meghalaya cabinet scraps 500 MW thermal power project after NEEPCO expresses interest in green energy.

Representative Image(TWITTER/ @projects_today.)
Published on Aug 12, 2023 05:41 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Singh Rahul Sunilkumar

Hawaii wildfires: 55 killed as US state battles with biggest disaster

The governor described the incident as the state’s largest-ever natural disaster.

Wildfire wreckage is shown Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)(AP)
Published on Aug 12, 2023 01:37 AM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Role of language in turning down the temp of heated climate change discourse

The connection between ecology and language, may provide key insights into how to better articulate effective climate responses.

One of the challenges of climate change is representing the scale and magnitude of it in an easily understandable way, especially when it comes to how it affects humans and non-humans alike. (Shutterstock/Representative image)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 11:21 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Lingamgunta Nirmitha Rao

The case for an environmentalism that builds

Economic growth should help, not hinder, the fight against climate change

To those who want humans to flourish on a planet they can care for, the idea of an environmentalism that builds must be a call to action.(HT file)
Published on Aug 10, 2023 01:23 AM IST
The Economist

Severe storms ravage Eastern US: 2 dead, thousands of flight cancelled

The National Weather Service said more than 29.5 million people were under a tornado watch Monday afternoon.

An umbrella is blown inside out as a person crosses the street during a storm in Washington, DC, on August 7, 2023. (AFP)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 09:23 AM IST
AP | | Posted by Nisha Anand

Huge blue whale washes up on beach in southern Chile

Residents of the city of Ancud, on Chiloe island, first spotted the giant marine mammal Saturday on a Pacific ocean beach.

Handout picture released by Defendamos Chiloe environmentalist organization showing a Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) stranded on the beach of Ancud, on Chiloe island, Los Lagos region, Chile.(AFP)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 06:40 AM IST

Beijing rains heaviest since records began 140 years ago

Heavy rains began pummelling China's capital and surrounding areas on Saturday, with average rainfall for the month of July dumped on Beijing in just 40 hours.

Rescue workers wade through floodwaters after remnants of Typhoon Doksuri brought rains and floods in Beijing, China August 2, 2023. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 02, 2023 11:16 AM IST

Australia's Great Barrier Reef off UNESCO danger list but…

Great Barrier Reef: The UN panel, in its latest report, "noted with appreciation" the commitments and initial actions by the Australian government.

A green turtle swims through corals on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, Australia.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 08:32 AM IST

Europe's most vital trade route Rhine River at risk due to climate change

Low waters are becoming more frequent and forcing costly and cumbersome workarounds to keep supply lines open.

Transport vessels cruise past the partially dried riverbed of the Rhine river in Bingen, Germany.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 31, 2023 12:29 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Nisha Anand
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