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Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

a family in Delhi ride through the thick smog
A family in Delhi ride through the thick smog. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day

November 7, 2017 — A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day. Continue reading Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of rajghat
Rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of Rajghat. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian

India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet

November 6, 2017 — “It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” Continue reading How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

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UN climate talks will resume in Bonn on Monday (Photo:Axel Kirch/CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

China, India and other emerging economies are opposed to any mandatory raising of national climate pledges before 2020

November 3, 2017 — As negotiators from 195 countries head to Bonn, Germany, for annual climate talks, tensions are emerging over the timetable for raising ambition. Continue reading Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

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Indian workers remove religious offerings from the Yamuna river in Delhi. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty

Environmentalists say holy ceremonies such as 10-day Durga Puja overwhelming already polluted Yamuna river

October 3, 2017 — Sections of a major river in Delhi are choking with plastic, flowers and debris after an annual Hindu festival in which hundreds of idols were immersed in Indian waterways. Continue reading Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

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Last winter, Delhi was placed under a state of emergency as smog settled over the city (Photo: Jama Masjit)

India has emerged as the world’s largest importer of petroleum coke, an oil byproduct that is now a major cause of pollution in the capital

September 28, 2017 — Come winter and the Indian capital, New Delhi, is preparing to once again struggle beneath the noxious fumes that have become a perennial crisis. Continue reading US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

Giant Snails’ Century-Old Shells Recorded Monsoon Rainfall

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The giant African land snail can grow larger than the size of an adult human hand, as seen here. The species, which has invaded habitats in many parts of the world, may help scientists retrace the rainfall history of monsoons across the Indian subcontinent. Credit: Paul Brown/Rex Features via Associated Press

Researchers explored past precipitation in India using shells from very large land snails collected there in 1918 and preserved in a British museum

September 25, 2017 — The shells of a large, invasive snail in India can provide exceptionally fine grained records of past precipitation in the region, a new study finds. By measuring isotope ratios in shells from some of these snails from as long ago as 1918, the researchers have demonstrated that they could reconstruct the subseasonal rainfall rate of past monsoon seasons. Continue reading Giant Snails’ Century-Old Shells Recorded Monsoon Rainfall

6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

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Authorities in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim say the 6 died when their home was swept away by a landside following a monsoon deluge

MUMBAI, India (Sept. 21, 2017) — Six people were killed on Wednesday, September 20, in a landslide in northeast India, while heavy rain in the western city of Mumbai caused havoc after a plane skidded off the runway and became stuck in mud. Continue reading 6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

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A passenger bus moves through a waterlogged road in Mumbai. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade

Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region

August 31, 2017 — Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. Continue reading South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

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‘Investment in new coal power across the globe has peaked and is on the verge of a steep decline.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

August 24, 2017 — The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that Continue reading Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

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MASSIVE FLOODING. Indian villagers attempt to cross floodwaters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding

NEW DELHI, India (Aug. 21, 2017) — The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, August 20, officials said. Continue reading At least 700 killed in South Asia floods