The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that the last decade, that is, 2011–2020 was the warmest decade on record,in a persistent long-term climate change trend. United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Mr António Guterres cautioned that substantiation by the WMO about the year 2020 as one of the warmest years on record is yet another stark reminder of the relentless pace of climate change, which is destroying lives and livelihoods across our planet. The report, United in Science 2020, being a multiorganization high-level compilation of the latest climate science information, also highlighted the increasing and irreversible impacts of climate change on glaciers, oceans, nature, economies, and its cost on people across the globe.
Cataclysmic Events and Mounting Global Temperatures
In the past 5–6 years, the world has witnessed several catastrophic weather events across the continents and in 2020 record fires and hurricanes and near-record low Arctic Sea ice extents were observed, which were probably the consequences of increasing global temperatures.
Hundreds of Siberian, Australian and western Unites States’ wildfires, Atlantic hurricane, low Arctic Sea ice extents were among few conspicuous features of the year 2020. There observed ‘transnational-transfer’ of smoke generated due to Australian bushfires of 2019 and 2020, which accounted burning of over 20 per cent of the Australian temperate forest biome. Pyrocumulonimbus events, that is, fire-induced thunderstorms crossed into the stratosphere widely and circumnavigated as well. Similar fireburns in California also destroyed over a million acres. In certain parts of Siberia, peculiar kind of ‘zombie fires’ reignited in areas with permafrost, which can continue from the previous year.
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River Yamuna to Get Bubble Curtain
Geocycle—the global waste management arm of Lafarge-Holcim, that manufactures building materials, will implement the innovative ‘bubble curtain’ technology for the first time in India to stop plastic from entering the Yamuna River.
Sustainable Nitrogen Management
Desideratum of the Decade and Afar. In this article, Dr Anil Pratap Singh highligths that there is an urgent need for sustainable nitrogen management as nitrogen pollution threatens to become a major environmental challenge in the years to come.
Prevents Pollution and Animal Cruelty. The leather industry is not only death for animals but also extremely dangerous for us as the rivers are polluted with toxic chemicals. The industry is a major contributor to global warming. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi writes about plant-based leather or vegan leather, the ethical and cruelty-free alternative to traditional leather.
New NASA Earth System Observatory to Help Address Climate Change
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes.
‘Paani Bachao, Paisa Kamao' Scheme
Another Innovation in Punjab. To address the electricity–water–agriculture nexus problem in Punjab that has long confined the farmers, power utilities, consumers, and governments, an innovative approach was the need of the hour. In this article, Apoorva Bamal, Prajnasish Swain, and Amit Kumar tell us about the innovative ‘Paani Bachao, Paisa Kamao’ scheme in Punjab.
Who Killed Assam's 18 Asiatic Elephants?
Thunderbolt or Man–Animal Conflict? Can a herd of wild Asiatic elephants be killed by a thunderbolt? What would be its impact on the soil and trees if such a massive lightning strike at all hit the planet? Why the surrounding villages could not experience the sound of thunder along with bright rays of light? In this article, Nava Thakuria tries to find answers to these questions.
Restore Land; Sustain Lives; Promote Equality
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. In this article, Biba Jasmine helps deconstruct various ways in which the rate of land degradation and desertification can be seized. Given an understanding, desertification has an impact on the land area causing poverty rise, food insecurity, and high mortality rates, among other hardships, further leading to impoverishment, migration, and conflict. It is imperative to gauge ways in which land degradation and desertification have implications on ecosystem functioning and livelihoods. Let us come together this World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought and identify need for the concurrent attainment of social equity, environmental health, and economic wealth through addressing the challenge of land desertification, and degradation.
“CDRI Promotes Resilient Infrastructure to Withstand Climate and Disaster Risks”
Sandeep Poundrik is the Director-General, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). Here, he is in an exclusive email conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.
Inviting Birds of All Feathers
What We Must Do for the Birds. Urbanization poses a major threat to bird diversity. Preeti Mehra tells us about a study backed by Azim Premji University that suggests ways to help combat it.
Sultanpur National Park
A Paradise for Birds and Birdwatchers. In this series of articles, Amarjeetsingh Bishnoi and Shakti Bishnoi share their wonderful experiences with their family in the lap of nature in Sultanpur National Park in Haryana. Last month, you read that they went to visit the sanctuary from their home in Delhi during the winter season. Now, read more about their vivid experiences there from winter to summer season…