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Science & Environment / The Times of India

North India's tea industry faces major crisis with production down 60 million kilos amid extreme weather

The Tea Association of India has expressed concern over a significant drop in tea production across North India due to severe drought and excessive heat during the current season. Estimates suggest a 60 million kilogram reduction by June 2024 compared to last year, threatening industry viability. Adverse weather, including heavy rainfall from the southwest monsoon, has compounded production challenges in key tea-growing states.

20 Jun 2024 8:40 am
Carbon credits protecting forests use flawed calculations: Study

A new study published on Tuesday renewed concerns about the efficiency of carbon credits, which are bought by polluting industries like airlines to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. The peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, looked at how these credits are measured.

13 Jun 2024 1:40 pm
China hit by searing temperatures as Asia braces for extreme summer

Temperatures in parts of north and central China are reaching unprecedented highs this week. A severe drought in the east is also posing a threat to crops, as nations across Asia prepare for another summer marked by extreme weather conditions. China is experiencing several days of intense heat. Northern India is also in the middle of a prolonged heat wave, with temperatures exceeding 50C in late May.

12 Jun 2024 8:27 am
Global leaders urged to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy for climate resilience

A new report by Christian Aid warns world leaders to stop fossil fuel expansion and invest in renewable energy to mitigate $41 billion damage from extreme weather since Cop 28.

11 Jun 2024 7:21 pm
EU puts digital Earth in orbit for climate-change fight

A software model of Earth, meant to simulate and monitor environmental hazards while findings ways to mitigate climate change, began its monitoring and predictive mission on Monday, the EU Commission said. Florence Rabier, head of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, called Destination Earth a game-changer, not least because people would let people ask the model for responses to questions on climate change.

11 Jun 2024 7:03 pm