Forest fires are a routine during the Australian summer, but what’s happening now is on an unprecedented scale. A look at the extent of damage, and how the likely causes bear out long-time climate concerns.

For more than three weeks now, striking photographs from Australian towns and villages, bathed in an orange background, have been making global headlines, and circulating on social media. The gloomy orange background is because of smoke from an unprecedented spate of forest fires in large parts of Australia for more than three months now. Forest

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Why EU Green Deal matters

The European Union has come up with a climate action plan when the global climate talks failed to reach key objectives. What is the EU’s plan, how does it compare to others’, and how much remains to be done? The annual climate talks ended in Madrid last week with a disappointing outcome. The talks were

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The rising threat to Mumbai

On October 29, 2019, the journal Nature published an important paper identifying the dangers climate change poses specifically to Mumbai and other coastal cities. The research, carried by many newspapers including The Indian Express, indicates that anthropogenic climate change will inundate significant sections of Mumbai by 2050. Unless the city takes significant action in the

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Pollution can be linked to mortality: Against Prakash Javadekar’s comments

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said last week that no Indian studies have shown a “direct correlation” between pollution and mortality. International studies estimating that thousands have died from causes linked to air pollution have caused a “fear psychosis among people” when the situation is actually not so bad, Mr. Javadekar said. Why are his

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