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A Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) employee walks past storage tanks for contaminated water at the company's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan | Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Don’t ignore the nuclear option just because it’s controversial

Nuclear power may be controversial. But it’s also a reliable source of clean power that can replace fossil fuels.
Representational image for the lockdown in national capital Delhi | Photo: Bloomberg

India’s carbon emissions fell in 2019-20 – the first time in 4 decades

Emissions dropped by 1.4% in 2019-20, thanks to slowing demand for coal and oil, Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air said.
Amazon rainforest fire

Evidence of brain surgery in ancient Greece, a sharp spike in methane emissions in 2019

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
Trees sway as heavy wind induced by Cyclone Bulbul hits Bakkhali, in South 24 Parganas district. | PTI

Planting a trillion trees will not stop climate change

People may be mistaking tree planting as a substitute for cutting carbon emissions. Trees would buy time but alone they won’t be enough to stop global warming.
Emissions from a factory (Representational Image) | Flickr

Global energy emissions stall, but India & China are still adding to the problem

Global emissions stalled for the first time in three years. This would mean India, whose emissions are growing rapidly, will have to embrace the economy-wide limits European countries are adopting.
A worker stands in front of steel tubes at the Steel Authority of India Ltd in Rourkela, Odisha | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Carbon emissions by India’s steel sector to triple by 2050

India currently has 977 steel plants and is one of the few brights spots for demand globally as PM Modi's govt rolls out a plan to spend about $1.5 trillion to upgrade infrastructure.

The 2010s wrecked the planet. But it’s not all over yet

There’s a surprising amount of evidence that the needed transformation to deal with carbon emissions has started to play out — especially in power generation.
Air pollution in Delhi, India | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India has an air pollution problem — fighting it may lead to more greenhouse gas emissions

The environment ministry in 2015 imposed caps on emissions of toxic gases from power plants, allowing operators two years to retrofit facilities. That deadline has been extended due to financial challenges.
Economy In Town At Threat As Tata Steel Ltd. Considers Selling Its U.K. Business

How Europe’s steel industry made millions from the climate crisis

Steel is responsible for about 7% of global emissions but even today the sector is mostly shielded from having to buy carbon pollution permits in Europe.
Electrical buses - Kolkata

How Kolkata with electric buses and ferries plans to fight air pollution

Kolkata averaged a PM 2.5 concentration of 85.4 micrograms per cubic metre of air in 2018, more than eight times the recommended limit.

On Camera

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

Ahead of talks with China, question for India: Settle geography or wait for history to unfold?

China changed the geography in 1959 by claiming Tibet. But it would be naïve to think China can now force India to settle the border issue to its advantage.

40 Covid apps across India: Lack of coordination or needed for micro-management?

India now has nearly 40 Covid-19 apps, including Aarogya Setu. The purpose of these apps range from contact tracing to providing health information and issuing e-passes.

Defence

Ladakh shows Modi is risking relations with China by getting too close to Trump

India-China border tensions must be seen in the backdrop of Beijing’s deteriorating international relations during the coronavirus outbreak, experts say.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.