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Past articles by Amitabh:

COP27: India’s proposal on fossil fuel phase-down gets US backing, but missing from first informal draft

A reference to the phase-down of all fossil fuels and creation of a loss and damage finance facility are considered important markers of success of this climate change conference. → Read More

Promises at G20 over 1.5°C target, loss and damage may guide COP27 resolves

The G20 declaration says it would like to see the countries “make progress on loss and damage at COP27”. It does not mention the possibility of setting up a separate fund to address loss and damage, an active matter of disagreement at the COP27 meeting. → Read More

Don’t preach if you don’t practice, BASIC group tells developed countries

Developed countries are still not showing leadership or responding with a matching progression of effort on mitigation or finance, the BASIC group, comprising India, China, Brazil and South Africa, said. → Read More

Asian region warmed faster than global average in 2021: WMO report

The State of Climate in Asia report also says that the economic losses from the consequent extreme weather events like floods and droughts amounted to more than US$ 35 billion in 2021, including at least US$ 7.5 billion in India. → Read More

‘Not just coal’: India bats for phase-down of all fossil fuels at COP27

India also called out the duplicity of the developed countries, arguing that selective labelling of some energy sources as ‘green’ had no basis in science. → Read More

COP27: UN to set up system to track methane emissions from space

The Methane Alert and Response System, or MARS, will integrate data from a large number of existing and future satellites that have the ability to detect methane emission events anywhere in the world, and send out notifications to the relevant stakeholders to act on it. → Read More

With discusions over loss and damage on COP27 agenda, European nations pitch in

At least three European nations -- Germany, Austria and Belgium -- announced new commitments for loss and damage, totalling a little more than 220 million euros. → Read More

COP27: Bright start to UN climate meet with inclusion of loss & damage to formal agenda

However, this was just the first step as it might be several years before money actually begins to flow in to compensate poorer countries for the damages they suffer due to climate disasters. → Read More

COP27: Countries agree to discuss compensation mechanism for disaster-affected regions

The issue of loss and damage, as it is referred to in the climate negotiations, was included in the formal main agenda of the climate conference for the first time ever, after being discussed in a separate track for years. → Read More

As Ukraine war, energy crisis threaten gains, climate huddle begins today in Egypt town

This year’s UN climate summit, known as COP27, is being held under the shadow of an ongoing war in Europe, which, among other things, is contributing to a serious economic downturn and the straining of countries’ capabilities to urgently respond to the climate crisis. → Read More

India’s space debris back to levels before 2019 anti-satellite test, lowest among major space-faring nations

India’s contribution to space debris had increased sharpy in 2019 after the country’s first-ever anti-satellite test, during which India had demonstrated its capability to strike at an enemy country’s space assets. → Read More

Explained: What is XE variant of coronavirus, and why you need not worry about it — at least for now

XE variant of coronavirus: Suspected to have infected a patient in Mumbai, it is a sub-variant of Omicron. So far, there is no indication that it is more dangerous that other variants. → Read More

Explained: Why is China seeing a spike in Covid infections, and should India worry?

On Wednesday (March 30), local authorities in Shanghai reported nearly 6,000 new infections in a 24-hour period, a new record according to a report in the South China Morning Post. This is significantly higher than the 326 cases discovered just a week ago. → Read More

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter makes new discovery about distribution of gas in moon’s atmosphere

New data from CHACE-2 mass spectrometer on Chandrayaan-2 show distribution of Argon-40 gas in lunar ‘exosphere’, beyond the areas this was known to exist, a statement from the ISRO said → Read More

Explained: Russian space agency’s threat on International Space Station amid Ukraine crisis

In a threatening series of tweets, Russian space agency chief Dimitry Rogozin said that Russia could respond to the US sanctions by letting the ISS fall from space. → Read More

Explained: The importance of the EOS-04 launch, ISRO’s first of 2022

As many as 19 launches are planned this year, including a few big-ticket ones like the Chandrayaan-3 and the uncrewed Gaganyaan mission. → Read More

Explained: Rise in Covid-19 cases, slower growth

After dipping in Delhi and Mumbai, the daily case count has risen again on Wednesday. Nationally, deaths outside of Kerala have jumped. And cases are still climbing, although the rate of growth has declined. → Read More

Explained: Worries remain, but India and the world are better prepared

🔴 The Omicron variant has emerged at roughly the same time this year that the Delta variant, its immediate predecessor, had been first detected last year. But unlike Delta, Omicron was identified and flagged quickly thanks to improved genetic surveillance. → Read More

Covid-19 numbers explained: US has 15% of all deaths, 75% of these above 65 years

🔴 The country has been reporting over 1,000 deaths every day on an average. → Read More

India votes against move to enable climate change talks at Security Council

India and Russia were the only countries to have opposed the draft resolution; China abstained. → Read More