Green nod granted to Centre’s ambitious Rs 72,000 crore project in Greater Nicobar Island
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 17 Nov, 2022 06:02 PM

MoEF grants green clearance to multi-development projects in Greater Nicobar Island

Havelock, Andaman Island. Photo for representation only (Source: Vikramjit Kakati from Pixabay)
India joins Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC) at COP27
News this fortnight Posted on 17 Nov, 2022 01:34 PM

India joins the newly formed Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC)

Mangroves in Sunderbans (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Protecting children from climate change impact not child's play
In 2020, 559 million children were affected by four to five heatwaves a year; numbers could increase four-fold by 2050, as per a report by UNICEF Posted on 06 Nov, 2022 05:45 PM

On October 25 2022, UNICEF released a report titled "The Coldest Year of the Rest of Their Lives: Protecting Children from Escalating Impacts of Heatwaves".

Heat-related mortality is four times higher among children under 1 year of age than in persons aged 1–44 years (Image: Taqver, Wikimedia Commons)
Climate predictions and tipping points
United in science 2022: The world is heading in the wrong direction Posted on 05 Oct, 2022 09:59 PM

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2 O) continue to rise.

Cities – responsible for up to 70% of human-caused emissions – will face increasing climate impacts (Image: cocoparisienne, Pixabay)
New landslide reporting tool uses social media and artificial intelligence
The system can detect landslide reports with a precision of 76% Posted on 16 Sep, 2022 10:57 AM

When landslides occur, their impacts are usually not discovered immediately beyond the attention of first responders or government agencies. Reliable spatial data becomes available to users based on the satellite return path and the route that it takes, image quality and processing time.

Social media data has great potential for near-real-time reporting of landslide events and their associated impacts (Image: Eurico Zimbres, Wikimedia Commons)
UN's Human Development Report calls for a shift in direction
New this fortnight Posted on 15 Sep, 2022 02:17 PM

Global Human Development Index declines for two years in a row: UN Report

India ranks 132 in latest Human Development Report (Image source: IWP Flickr albums)
Societal Thinking: Pathway to exponential change (Part-1)
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Posted on 13 Sep, 2022 01:26 PM

Social problems are large, complex and tend to grow much faster than our individual ability to solve them. Societal Thinking provides a set of values and design principles to reimagine and redesign the core interactions between key actors of society in a way that induces exponential change.

“ Exponential change ~ when every change induces more and rapid changes”

IFC fosters climate action in South Asia
Focus is on sustainable and inclusive growth Posted on 08 Aug, 2022 01:04 PM

IFC Fosters Climate Action with a Focus on Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in South Asia as New Regional Vice President for Asia and the Pacific Begins Work

IFC works on accelerating the transition to low-carbon development in a wide range of sectors (Image: Kai Stachowiak)
Carbon removal using ‘blue carbon’ habitats “uncertain and unreliable”
New study from the University of East Anglia challenges the widely held view that restoring areas such as mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass can remove large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere Posted on 29 Jul, 2022 12:17 PM

Restoring coastal vegetation – so called ‘blue carbon’ habitats – may not be the nature-based climate solution it is claimed to be, according to a new study. 

Mediterranean seagrass (Image: David Luquet, CNRS-Sorbonne University)
Transitioning from risk to resilience with SDG localisation
There is a need to boost transformative adaptation action and resilience building measures Posted on 25 Jul, 2022 11:52 PM

Floods are a recurring phenomenon in Bangladesh and the adjoining state of Assam, India. The ongoing large-scale flooding here is not an exception. Floods often trigger landslides and large-scale river-bank erosion.

ESCAP is supporting monitoring and implementation of climate and disaster-related Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Image: Fazlul Alam, Pixahive)