Category: Climate Change
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Earth’s average surface temperature in 2022 tied with 2015 as the fifth warmest on record, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, global temperatures in 2022 were 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.89 degrees Celsius) above the average for NASA’s baseline period (1951-1980), scientists from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) […]
By Smitha Verma
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United States President Joe Biden on Sunday declared a major disaster in California as a succession of storm systems blew into the state bringing heavy flooding to already waterlogged regions and threatening snowfalls of up to six feet. The continuous floods for the last 11 days bring back to memory the devastating floods of 1997. […]
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By LMB Staff
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What is ‘Blue Halo S’? The term ‘Blue Halo’ can be divided into two parts. ‘Blue’ refers to the resources from oceans, and ‘Halo’ refers to the benefits. In simple words, when the resources from the ocean are protected, and well-managed, it benefits the environment and impacts our livelihood.  The government of Indonesia, with the […]
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By LMB Staff
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According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the poorest and most powerless in Bangladesh, especially women are the most vulnerable to climate change. They are also more vulnerable to child marriage and trafficking. In this episode, we get to know more about how women are affected disproportionately due to climate change from […]
By Bhadra Mahapatra
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Climate Change looks like small words but the impact it has on the planet is unmissable. In 2022, we saw the worst of wildfires and flash floods, landslides and heatwaves. We heard people asking “What can I do about climate change?” Let Me Breathe told you what we can do together. The need to act […]
By Smitha Verma
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According to a World Bank report, natural disaster effects are not gender neutral and women mortality is higher during climate disasters.In this episode of For Her Future, Lizana Riquelme, a youth climate activist from Chile, talks about how women are affected disproportionately in the wake of climate change.Chile is 14 times more vulnerable to natural […]
By Lizana Riquelme
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Terai Arc Landscape is an 810km stretch spread across India and Nepal. Nepal’s forests occupy roughly 45% of the land, with the forests of Terai serving as a source of livelihood for people.“Forests provide not only the timber we use but also other ecological services. They also help to build the resilience of the particular […]
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By LMB Staff
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Meet Daphne Kay, who belongs to an indigenous community that is currently bearing the brunt of climate change and they are the first to suffer directly from the effects of climate change. In a conversation with LetMeBreathe Daphne says, “Indigenous people have always been disproportionately impacted by climate change. We are at the forefront of […]
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By LMB Staff
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On December 19, the biggest biodiversity conference COP15 came to a historic conclusion.  In a landmark decision aimed at safeguarding biodiversity, nations have agreed to protect a third of the planet for nature by 2030. The most significant part of the agreement is a commitment to protect 30% of land and water considered important for […]
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By LMB Staff
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Ambient air pollution is a public health crisis for South Asia, not only imposing high economic costs but also causing an estimated two million premature deaths each year, according to the World Bank report. The report released last week cites how nine out of ten most polluted cities are from South Asia.  Countries like India, […]
By Bhadra Mahapatra
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Koli fishing communities have been living and working along the coastal waters of Mumbai in Maharashtra in India, for over 500 years. Today, climate change has dealt a severe blow to their livelihood. For them, no fish means no food on the plate. “There’s only dirty sewage water and garbage, there’s no fish. This year […]
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By LMB Staff
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From rising sea levels to natural disasters and coastal erosion, climate change has hit many small islands severely and St. Kitts and Nevis hasn’t been spared either. The twin-island federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, set in the Lesser Antilles, is threatened both by the sea level rise and the region’s increasingly frequent and severe […]
By Smitha Verma
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In 2020, Sai Karthik Sunkara, a student of NIT- Srinagar, started working with the Ocean Engineering Department of IIT-Madras, as the institution was researching the same idea of generating electricity from sea waves. Together they developed a device called, ‘Ocean Wave Energy Converter’, or Sindhuja-1, to generate power from the waves. In November 2022, they […]
By Bhadra Mahapatra
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Bianca Centeno is working with the Socio-Environmental Fund of Peru, which provides funding to indigenous communities and assists them in implementing their solutions.Indigenous communities are the front-line witnesses to climate change; they have received very little attention from the government and they have been fighting largely alone. Bianca’s primary focus is on putting a circular […]
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As India’s National Capital Region remains gripped in severe air pollution,750 school students from Gurgaon and Faridabad got together on December 13, 2022, to celebrate ‘Aravalli Day’. The young ones were joined by their teachers, Dr Rajendra Singh popularly known as the Waterman of India, Diwan Singh from the Ridge Bachao Andolan, Haji Ibrahim from […]
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Meet 16-year-old Maya Anandan, who has come up with an innovative idea of providing hyperlocal air pollution data to the people impacted by its effects. Delhi will remain one of the top three polluted cities in the world and population exposures to PM 2.5 are likely to increase by over 40 percent by 2050. “With […]
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People from the Indigenous community braced the harsh cold winter of Canada, to represent their voice and rights of their communities at the ongoing COP15 in Montreal. Indigenous peoples are among the most affected by biodiversity loss and other environmental harm because of their close relationship with and reliance on nature, states the United Nations […]
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By LMB Staff
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At COP27, the climate clock was unmissable. Climate Clock? What’s that? The Climate Clock’s Loss and Damage Lifeline calculate the debt wealthy, high-emission G20 countries owe for the catastrophic harm their excessive carbon emissions have caused to other developing nations. It also emphasises that there are only about six years left for humanity to keep […]
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The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is well on its way to become a climate smart state. On Thursday,  Chief Minister MK Stalin inaugurated a two-day Climate Change Summit in Chennai and laid down the roadmap on how he intends to turn the state into a ‘climate smart state’ in the coming years.  The flagship […]
By Bhadra Mahapatra
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As COP15 enters into its third day, a coalition has called upon the world leaders to protect primary forests as part of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The Primary Forest Alliance (PFA) demanded a moratorium on industrial development in primary forests  The day also saw 46 countries signing a statement that said “collaborate and conclude […]
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Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi, a climate activist from Nigeria, educates people about the adverse impacts of fossil fuels and how they increase air pollution. To fight climate change, his only ask is to end the licensing of new oil contracts.  “We just have been saying stop licensing new oil deals, stop the over-reliance on oil and […]
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The stage is all set for the 15th conference of UN conventions on biological diversity or COP15 on December 7 in Montreal, Canada. The agenda of the convention is going to be around taking a call post-2020 global biodiversity.Representatives from 192 countries will be framing guidelines for the next decade. The focus will remain on […]
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If there’s any country that has been clearly vocal about the need for loss and damage fund at this COP, then it has been none other than Pakistan. The country faced devastating floods and other extreme weather events this year. Meet Rida Rashid, a 19-year-old climate activist from Pakistan, who has lost five members of […]
By Rida Rashid
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India formally took over the G20 presidency, which rotates annually between members, of the Group of Twenty countries on Thursday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo had officially handed it over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of the G20 summit in November. “The previous 17 Presidencies of the G20 delivered significant results—for ensuring macro-economic […]
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By LMB Staff
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Sonika Manadhar is a computer engineer turned entrepreneur. She links female electric bus drivers with low-interest loans. Her team developed a system that uses digital tokens to close the trust gap between lenders and borrowers, by using these tokens women would be able to apply for micro loans from organisations.Sonika wants to prove that a […]
By Sonika Manadhar
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Climate disasters seem to have ‘hit the freeway, with an unfortunate break failure’, and they won’t stop. Floods have repeatedly hit Nigeria so bad that almost all the states are submerged in water or crippled by it, the situation is dire and there’s been so much loss of lives and property.  The Nigerian Emergency services […]
By Halima
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Air pollution travels around the globe and crosses national borders in various forms that are both unseen and seen. Vehicular emissions, air pollution from coal-fired power plants and from factories circle the earth together with vaporised mercury, methane and sulphate aerosols and other airborne toxic chemicals and pesticides. From a health perspective, deaths from toxins […]
By Padu S Padmanabhan
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Evelyn Acham from Uganda had a clear cut goal when she was headed for COP27. She wanted developed nations to pay for the climate change disasters that had rocked her country. The annual UN climate conference for the first time added loss and damage in its official agenda this year. “We want loss and damage […]
By Smitha Verma
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Hager Elsayed, a young climate activist from Egypt, is worried for Alexandria, a Mediterranean port city in Egypt and her home, which may disappear due to sea-level rise. She is attending the COP27 to build a climate resilience, assure that her community is well represented in the climate change policies and that their voices are […]
By Hager Elsayed
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India has been ranked amongst the top five countries in the world, and the best among the G20 countries, based on its climate change performance. India jumps two spots higher, and is now ranked 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network International […]
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By LMB Staff