Scroll.in reports: India diverts Rs 56,700 crore from the National Clean Energy and Environment Fund, allocated for the fight against climate change, to the Goods and Service Tax regime to compensate state governments. A CSE report shows crop insurers have only settled 32.45% of claims, made Rs 10,000 crore profit amid the ongoing agrarian crisis.
From IndiaSpend: A new report has analysed the impact of environmental hazards on global health across 194 countries. These deaths –avoidable if governments and citizens adopted sustainable environmental practices– accounted for 30% of all deaths in India that year. In comparison, 25% and 23% deaths, in Pakistan and Bangladesh, respectively, were attributable to the environment.
Enviro News reports: Seaborne cesium 134, the so-called “fingerprint of Fukushima,” has been detected on US shores for the first time, researchers from the WHOI, a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project. It has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific from the demolished Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan.
From The Times of India: Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year – a new research study has found. Researchers found that almost 10 per cent of the world’s total catch in the last decade was discarded due to poor fishing practices and inadequate management.
From Yes! Magazine: By August 2, the world’s 7.5 billion people will have used as much of Earth’s biological resources —or biocapacity— as the planet can regenerate in a year. During the remaining five months of 2017, humans will be drawing down Earth’s reserves of these natural resources and depleting its ability to regenerate them.
From Carbon Brief: The world added a record amount of energy from renewable sources in 2016 and global coal use fell again, according to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, released this week. This helped to keep global CO2 emissions flat for the third year in a row, even as energy demand rose.
Live Mint reports: Five farmers were killed and others were injured in firing during a protest in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, on Tuesday. The government has ordered an investigation into the incident. The farmers in the state have been protesting since last week. They want fair prices for their produce and loan-waiver from the BJP government.
The Independent reports: India has cancelled plans to build nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations with the price for solar electricity “free falling” to levels once considered impossible. According to analyst Tim Buckley, 13.7GW of planned coal power projects have been cancelled so far this month–in a stark indication of the pace of change.
The Guardian reports: It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside a Norwegian island the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter.
From The Times of India: India’s central biotech regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee on Thursday cleared the genetically modified (GM) Mustard for commercial cultivation and recommended its approval to the environment ministry. The GM mustard, developed by a Delhi University institution, is only the second food crop which got its clearance from the central regulator.
The Independent (UK) reports – Every car sold in India will be powered by electricity by the year 2030, according to plans unveiled by the country’s energy minister. The move is intended to lower the cost of importing fuel and lower costs for running vehicles, coal and mines minister Piyush Goyal said in New Delhi.
Deccan Herald reports: India lost more than 57,000 sq km of jungles – an area larger than Himachal Pradesh- in forest fire in 2014, says India’s first scientific estimation of forest fire losses. The total burnt area under vegetation cover was 57,127.75 sq km, which in 2014 accounts for almost 7% of India’s forest cover.
The Washington Post reports: Scientists have documented what they’re describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change. They found that the retreat of a very large glacier in Canada’s Yukon territory led to the rerouting of its vast stream of meltwater from one river system to another.
BBC News reports: There are 60,065 species of trees in the world, according to a comprehensive study of the world’s plants. Botanical Gardens Conservation International, which compiled the tree list by using data gathered from its network of 500 member organizations, hopes it will be used as a tool to identify rare and threatened species.
Scroll reports: In what might be the first heat casualties of 2017, Maharashtra government has announced the deaths of three people due to sunstroke in the last three days. The Meteorological Department has been issuing heat wave warnings across northern, western and central regions of India, particularly in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and northern Maharashtra.
Carbon Brief reports: The Arctic and Antarctic have experienced record lows in sea ice extent so far in 2017, according to the latest data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre. The new satellite data confirms that there is less sea ice globally than at any time in the entire 38-year satellite record.
The Guardian reports: A new paper uses a new strategy to improve upon our understanding of ocean heating shows we are warming about 13% faster than we previously thought. Not only that but the warming has accelerated. Moreover, it is only since about 1990 that the warming has penetrated to depths below about 700 meters.
iNews reports: The world is facing the “largest humanitarian crisis” since 1945, the United Nations has warned, with over 20 million people facing famine and starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Stephen O’Brien, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, has called for international assistance to avoid a “catastrophe” that could see widespread death and devastation.
The Economic Times reports: At least Rs 4 lakh crore of debt held by India’s top borrowers faces the risk of being written off as these companies face an issue with cash flows because of a build-up in non-productive assets during the last five years, credit rating agency Indian Ratings and Research said on Tuesday.
Down to Earth reports: As conflict and instability continue, the food security situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is deteriorating. Some 7.1 million people are now severely food insecure across the four countries. Among them are 515,000 children, who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).