CAN South Asia in the News

Power Cuts, Coal Shortage, Heatwaves: The Vicious Cycle Ruining India’s Climate | 29 Apr 2022

“The dead hand of the past clutches us by way of living people who are too frightened to accept change.”
This is a quote from author Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future – a fiction almost coming true as an unusually early, unusually hot heatwave, hangs over India and its neighbours.
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Disaster deaths, sinking: Unprepared Kolkata face multiple climate risks, warns IPCC report | 21 March 2022

Kolkata is among eight megacities most vulnerable to disaster-related mortality, noted the recent United Nations (UN) report on climate change.The city also features among the 20 largest coastal cities with potentially the highest flood losses by 2050, warned the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 
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India’s first social plan for closed coal hubs aims for ‘honourable’ lives | 07 March 2022

There are more than 290 abandoned or closed coal mines in India, government data shows. But with few alternative options, most people still depend on the planet-heating fossil fuel for a living despite years of mining destroying their crops and polluting local water and air.
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India’s women and children highly vulnerable to climate change yet missing in climate policies | 01 March 2022

As the number of vagaries of climate extremes increases, so has the disproportionate burden on women and children, finds growing evidence. Policies, however, are yet to catch up and reflect the sensitivities of the unique impact of climate change on women and children.
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Along India’s eastern shore, coastal erosion is forcing people to abandon their home | 14 February 2022

While some living in vulnerable areas voluntarily moved as tidal waves hit their homes, others were resettled by the government. Uppada is a coastal village in the East Godavari district, around 18 km north of the Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.
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Budget 2022 Is Bad News for India’s Climate Action | 02 February 2022

The Union Budget for financial year 2022-23 is out of the bag or the ceremonial red Bahi Khata pouch to be more precise. However, just like the red pouch, the shades of green were also ceremonial with little to offer in terms of substance.
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What 2021 looked like for global climate change 
The Indian Express | 31 December 2021

2021 was supposed to be a year of hope for climate activists but instead, it turned out being a wasted opportunity for governments. The year was marked with climate disasters ranging from extreme wildfires in the American Southwest to record levels of flooding in Europe.
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Politicians are waiting for more loss and damage: Sanjay Vashist, Director – Climate Action Network, South Asia
Climate Channel | 25 December 2021
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Climate migration in South Asia set to treble by 2050 due to political inaction on global warming | 18 December 2020

More than 62 million South Asian people will be forced to migrate from their homes due to climate disasters by 2050, according to new research from ActionAid International and Climate Action Network South Asia. Political failure to limit global warming to below 2°C, as per the Paris agreement goal, is already driving 18 million climate migrants from their homes in 2020. New analysis, released today, estimates climate migration will treble in South Asia alone, a region badly affected by climate disasters including floods, droughts, typhoons and cyclones. 
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Registering fossil fuels a key ingredient for a fair energy transition | 6 December 2021
The COVID-19 crisis has caused more disruption to the global energy system than any other event in recent history according to the International Energy Agency, leaving countries and communities most dependent on fossil fuels further vulnerable to demand and price shocks. This adds to the threat of stranded assets beyond the fossil fuels era, as the adoption of climate policies and access to cost competitive renewable energy continues to grow. 
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Phase Out or Phase Down, Just Transition Away from Fossil Fuels remain critically lacking in Global Climate Discourse
The Weather Channel  |  23 November 2021
Once the final gavel struck at COP26, many quickly pointed fingers at India for watered-down language to “phasing down” coal rather than “phasing out”, one being the reduction versus total elimination. The accusation is an attempt to make India a convenient scapegoat. It misdirects attention away from those who did the most to delay and deny the need for action on fossil fuels.
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Coal power stand at COP26 climate talks lend India time to transition
Economic Times | 18 November 2021
Far from Glasgow, in the coal hub of Ranchi in eastern India, labour union leader D. D. Ramanandan followed the COP26 climate summit closely, scanning tweets by experts and news reports to check for any imminent “threat to coal” in his count.
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COP26: Experts welcome Modi’s 2070 ‘net-zero’ date but brand move political 
Down To Earth | 2 November 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced October 1, 2021 that India aims to become a ‘net-zero’ carbon emitter by 2070, jumping on the bandwagon of setting a carbon neutrality deadline. He was speaking at the leaders’ meeting during the 26th Conference of Parties (CoP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 
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COP26: ‘Last-Chance’ Climate Summit Commences in Glasgow, UK
The Weather Channel India | 1 November 2021
Since 2015, the year Paris Agreement was conceived to tackle the threat of human-induced climate change, the world has watched in horror extreme weather events ravaged Asia, China, Africa, Europe and North America. Floods, fires, heatwaves, drought, and cyclones have left a trail of disaster, killing hundreds, displacing millions and causing damage worth billions.
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‘Emissions climbing to pre-pandemic levels in G20 countries’
Times of India | 14 October 2021
 With lockdowns and restrictions gradually being eased, greenhouse gas emissions are rebounding to pre-pandemic levels across G20 countries, with India, Argentina, China and Indonesia projected to exceed their 2019 emissions this year.
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Dhulikhel in Nepal is the first city in Global South to endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty | 7 October 2021
The small town of Dhulikhel, located on the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty today, becoming the first city in Global South and South Asia to vote in favor of a groundbreaking initiative to phase out fossil fuels and fast track a fair global energy transition. The endorsement comes just weeks before the climate summit in Glasgow where 196 countries will revisit their progress toward meeting Paris Agreement commitments
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‘Tiger on my farm’: Indian coal mining hub brings new dangers for villagers
Thomson Reuters Foundation | 9 September 2021 
India is the world’s second-largest coal producer and is ramping up mining to meet energy needs – but impacts are mostly negative for local communities, environmentalists say.
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Health Professionals Call For Phase Out Of Fossil Fuels To Avert the Twin Crisis Of Air Pollution And Climate Change
Planet Outlook | 7 September 2021
Doctors and medical practitioners representing some of the largest associations and networks of public health professionals today called upon South Asian Governments to phase out fossil fuels – oil, gas and coal – to avert the twin crisis of air pollution and climate change. They also endorsed the Fossil Fuel Treaty and called for a just and fair transition that puts people’s health first.
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Twin benefits of mangrove plantation in Sundarbans: building resilience to climate change and supporting rural livelihood
Gaon Connection | 27 August, 2021
A joint effort by rural women in the Sundarbans and a non-profit is helping restore mangrove cover. The initiative is expected to reduce the impact of cyclones while it is also an income source to the women who are both planting and guarding the mangrove saplings.

‘Cotton cultivation may shift to northern areas’
@Our Correspondent | 26 August 2021
On the question of what Pakistan is doing about the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-26), Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has said that Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is a rude awakening for the whole world.

Speakers call for climate action to avert disasters – The Express
@etribune | 24 August 2021.
Special Adviser to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said that climate change impacts were continuously creating global chaos and climate action has become imperative to avert various kinds of disasters including frequent floods, droughts, wildfires, and heatwaves in different parts of the world.

Pakistan Gets Global Attention For Right Climate Actions: Amin
@DailyUrduPoint |  23 August 2021
Special Adviser to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam on Monday said the climate change impacts were continuously creating global chaos and Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report had highlighted this reality quite elaborately.
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Coal ash: ‘White prawns turned into ash prawns; fishers pushed into poverty’
Gaon Connection |  19 July 2021
In a webinar themed on the adverse effects of fossil fuels on the indigenous communities living around power plants, participants from various regions of India shared how both human health and livelihoods are impacted. They underlined that the communities must be at the focus of planning and decision making.
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