eft: November 2017, courtesy Utpal Giri. Right: January 2014
In a Bengal school swallowed by the sea, a lesson for the world
When a group of us visited Boatkhali Kadambini Primary School four years ago, classes were on in full swing. This primary school is at one edge of Sagar island in the Sunderbans. That entire stretch, including the Boatkhali school, has now been swallowed up by the sea, including the house in which we had stayed….
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In the eye of Hurricane Irma lie the fingerprints of global warming – and inequality
From The Wire: The recent hurricanes have made some raise an obvious question: to what extent does global warming have a role to play? To which I would add one voiced less frequently: why should those least responsible for global warming have to constantly face its effects? And what does it bode for the future?…
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Flooding in Assam, India in 2012
Nagraj Adve: When the floods hit
From Jacobin Magazine: Increasingly, extreme weather events including the annual floods are being recognized as the new normal. Less commonly noted is how this “new normal” tends to disproportionately hit the underclasses—the urban poor, agriculturalists, coastal communities, and poor women. In short, the greatest victims of global warming will be those least responsible for it….
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Why India must heed the cracking of a Haryana-sized ice shelf in Antarctica
In West Antarctica, a huge ice shelf called Larsen C has developed a rift 175 kilometres long and half-a-kilometre wide, which could soon set loose an iceberg the size of Haryana, at over 5,000 sq. km. We need to pay more attention because it could potentially gravely impact India in the near and long term….
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Trump or no, climate change action will take a beating from long-term economic forces anyway
Nagraj Adve writes: In any economy primed to continuously expand, technological improvements alone can only help so much. While being stunned by Trump’s victory, let’s neither underestimate nor render invisible the inherent, long-term economic tendencies that prevent greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide from declining as the science demands they should. In fact, they may well rise again….
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The agreement limits the future use of chemical refrigerants used in ACs, fridges and cars
The Kigali Agreement on HFCs is nothing to celebrate; here’s why
The agreement has been welcomed because it would slow down what many fear would be an exponential rise in the greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons, what with the increased use of refrigerators, ACs and cars in China and India in the years to come. But, IPCC data suggests we need to keep our excitement in check….
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Here’s why most of India is still sweating in October
According to an authoritative new report, some of the heat that accumulates in oceans over the years can get released back to the atmosphere. In a nutshell, the oceans were behaving less like heat sponges over the last year or more, instead releasing heat to the surface, and hence the spike in average global temperatures….
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India’s heat waves spell doom for the working poor
Deaths due to heat waves in India have been in the thousands–in the years 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2015 in particular. Numbers, which are how the deaths are usually reported, are class- and gender-neutral. It’s one of the grave ironies of global warming that those least responsible for it are affected the most by it….
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Sea level rise has washed away more than 50% of Ghoramara island, Sunderbans
Nationalists take note – its nature that draws borders, not nation-states
If any of us have fixed geographical notions of the nation-state, the rise and fall of sea levels everywhere ought to give us pause. Not just in warnings about the future, but also lessons from the past. Once, England and France were contiguous landmass… our borders are drawn not by us, but by the oceans….
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COP21 Could See a Political Victory But There’s a Reason to Be Very Cautious
The figure quoted most often in climate change literature is a further warming of 0.6 ºC. This is unavoidable warming-in-the-pipeline, over and above the 1ºC rise the world has touched in 2015. This is not to minimise the political significance of the demand of 1.5 ºC, but to point out that it has already been breached….
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An image from flooded Kotturpuram
Climate Change Brought the Rains, Our ‘Development’ Brought the Chaos
Chennai experienced exceptionally heavy rainfall in 1969, 1976, 1985, 1996, 1998, 2005 and now in 2015. Even a decadal frequency is higher than the occurrence of extreme rain events in the first half of the 20th century. It’s likely that at least some of these six extreme rain events had the fingerprint of climate change….
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Nagraj Adve on climate change and species migration
These migrants need attention, too When species shift northward or higher, not all in an ecosystem may move, disrupting the interconnectedness that has evolved over decades Nagraj Adve, The Hindu Our fish are moving north. Until about the mid-1980s, important fish species such as mackerel and oil sardines used to be present no further north…
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