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IMD predicts high temperatures for Kerala, issues yellow alert

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow alert in various districts of Kerala on Saturday, predicting scorching temperatures and challenging conditions for people from April 6 to April 10.

According to the weather department, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 40 C in the Kollam and Palakkad districts.

“In Thrissur and Kannur districts, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 38 C” added IMD.

The department also stated that the maximum temperature is likely to be 37 C in Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts.

“In Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram and Kasaragod districts, the temperature is likely to be 36 C (2 to 4 C above normal),” said the India Meteorological Department.

Hot and uncomfortable weather is very likely over these districts except in hilly areas from April 6 to April 10, 2024, due to high temperature and humidity

Heatwave grips Tamil Nadu

As heatwave hits Tamil Nadu, Karur and Dharmapuri breached the 40-degree mark, as per India Meteorological Department’s Chennai office.

These districts reported maximum temperatures of 41.0 degrees Celsius and 40.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Heatwave is a condition of air temperature which becomes fatal to human body when exposed. It is defined based on the temperature thresholds over a region in terms of the actual temperature or its departure from normal. In certain countries, it is defined in terms of the heat index based on temperature and humidity or based on the extreme percentile of the temperatures.

Heatwave is considered if maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40 degree C or more for Plains and at least 30 degree C or more for Hilly regions.

IMD had also forecast that heatwave conditions were likely to prevail over parts of east and peninsular India till today.

Regions that were likely to see heat waves were Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, North Interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Rayalaseema and Telangana.

IMD advised people to avoid heat exposure, wear lightweight, light colour, loose cotton clothes, cover head, use a cloth, hat or umbrella.

Guidelines issued in Odisha

As the mercury level is rising and temperature expected to sour in Odisha and other parts of the country, Director of Public Health Odisha, Dr Niranjan Mishra, said that guidelines have been issued to all districts on what has to be done to combat the summer.

A fresh guideline by the Director of Public Health was issued after eight people were admitted to different hospitals in Odisha due to heat-related illnesses.

Dr Niranjan Mishra said, “The temperature is rising in Odisha. We have to remain prepared for all heat-related illnesses. This heat-related illness is the spectrum of diseases that can include heat exhaustion, heat cramps. We have issued guidelines to all districts on what has to be done and we have recently conducted a training of doctors covering all the districts.”

He further said that heat wave is expected to remain for 18 days in Odisha this year, compared to 14 days last year.

“Due to high temperatures, there can be loss of body fluid. There can be drop in blood pressure and this can reach to extreme fatigue, vomiting and patient can go to shock and become unconscious,” he further added.

Notably, on Saturday, IMD predicted ‘no major change’ in temperature in Odisha in the next 24 hours. The Met Department, however, predicted a dip in temperature on April 7 and 8 due to rainfall.

Odisha is on high alert as the state is bracing for an intense heatwave, bringing challenging conditions for residents. With the mercury soaring to unprecedented levels, authorities are urging citizens to take immediate precautions to safeguard against the adverse effects of the blistering heat.

Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a heatwave warning for Odisha, predicting temperatures to soar above 40-45 degrees Celsius in many parts of the state.

Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist IMD Bhubaneswar said, “Several parts of Odisha recorded 40 degree Celsius and above on Friday. The highest temperature has been recorded at Boudh and Malkangiri. Seven stations have recorded 41 degrees Celsius and above. We are expecting a further 2-degree rise in the coming two days. We have issued a yellow warning for heat waves. Night temperature is also likely to rise by 2 to 3 degrees celsius.”

He further stated that hot and humid conditions are going to prevail over coastal Odisha.

“People are advised not to go out between 11 am and 3 pm. As it is election season it should be monitored. People are advised to take plenty of liquid. Farmers are advised to drizzle water over their vegetables and food crops,” he added. (ANI)

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‘Saba Sanabel’ flour boasting the highest protein content

Saba Sanabel flour is grown using a chemical-free process and is fertilised only with natural manure, it has earned five quality and safety accreditation certifications…. reports Asian Lite News

The Sharjah Department of Agriculture and Livestock (SDAL) has announced that the wheat farm located in Mleiha yields “Saba Sanabel” flour boasting the highest protein content globally, exceeding 19 percent.

The success of Sharjah wheat is credited to the initiatives and supervision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, according to Dr. Engineer Khalifa Al Tunaiji, Chairman of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.

“Saba Sanabel” is now considered the best type on the planet thanks to its exceptionally high protein content and lack of any fertilisers, pesticides, or other potentially dangerous compounds.

Al Tunaiji attributed the high percentage of Sharjah wheat “Saba Sanabel” produced at the Mleiha wheat farm to the organic farming system. This system helps improve the fertility and content of the soil, which in turn ensures that the wheat grains are of higher quality and type.

He also stressed the need to use desalinated water for irrigation, which is free of contaminants. This results in an increase in grain production and protein content because water speeds up the transfer of dry matter from stems and leaves to grains, a key component in plant development.

Since SDAL’s “Saba Sanabel” flour is grown using a chemical-free process and is fertilised only with natural manure, it has earned five quality and safety accreditation certifications.

Thus, Sharjah wheat is free of toxins and chemical components that could change its nature as a food ingredient or make it more productive. It meets the quality and safety criteria applicable in the UAE, which boosts customer trust and helps it compete in the markets. As a result, it is the first national product to get the “Made in the UAE” logo.

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 UAE partners with UN Climate Security Mechanism

The initiative also includes unearmarked funding for the CSM itself, allowing for versatile use in supporting global efforts for climate, peace and security…reports Asian Lite News

The United Arab Emirates, a long-standing advocate for climate, peace and security and addressing global challenges related to climate change, announced a new US$1.2 million partnership with the United Nations Climate Security Mechanism (CSM).

The partnership entails a two-year annual contribution of US$600,000 from the UAE, demonstrating the nation’s commitment to strengthen the UN’s capacity to address the interlinkages between climate change, peace, and security. The UAE is the first donor from the Global South to contribute to the CSM.

Abdulla Balalaa, Assistant Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainability Affairs, said, “The UAE has consistently sought to address the enormous risks of climate change on the UN Security Council, and through the UAE’s presidency of COP28, to foster regional and global peace, justice, and sustainable development. Today, we take another important step in our commitment to proactive diplomacy and international collaboration on pressing global issues. This partnership with the UN Climate Security Mechanism reinforces our support for the multilateral system by supporting vital climate peace and security programming around the world, as well as dedicated funding for a climate advisor in Afghanistan to assess and mitigate the serious climate security risks in the country.”

As part of this partnership, the UAE will fund a Climate Security Advisor position at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), aiming to assess climate-related security risks and help develop risk prevention and management strategies. The initiative also includes unearmarked funding for the CSM itself, allowing for versatile use in supporting global efforts for climate, peace and security.

Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab, Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN, said, “Afghanistan is one of the top 10 climate vulnerable countries on the globe – experiencing water shortages, floods, and other natural disasters that the country has little to no capacity to manage. We also know that targeted policy interventions and scaling up of climate adaptation measures can help address food insecurity and decrease humanitarian needs that are driven by climate change. Our partnership with the CSM is a testament to the UAE’s long-term commitment to advancing climate, peace and security and fostering climate adaptation, especially in the areas most vulnerable to climate change. It is also in line with the UAE’s unwavering dedication to the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan and its people, particularly its women and girls.”

Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said, “We are delighted that the UAE is now part of the Climate Security Mechanism. This partnership promises a positive impact on global climate, peace and security initiatives, including those for Afghanistan. The commitment of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the Climate Security Mechanism to implementing the COP28 UAE Climate, Relief, Recovery and Peace Declaration is steadfast.”

The UAE remains committed to advancing the climate, peace and security agenda across the UN system and around the world.

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Heatwave likely across South India: IMD

The most prone areas to increased heatwaves are Gujarat, Maharashtra, North Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, North Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh…reports Asian Lite News

As the country battles scorching heat and the arrival of summer, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a possible heatwave in multiple states across South India.

The weather agency predicted heatwave conditions over peninsular India from April 3 to April 6.

Hot and humid weather is very likely to prevail over Coastal Karnataka, Kerala & Mahe, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry & Karaikal, from April 2 to April 6, over Telangana, South Interior Karnataka from April 2 to April 4 and over Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam and Rayalaseema on April 2 and April 3.

The IMD said heatwave conditions are very likely in isolated pockets in north interior Karnataka this week, from April 3 to April 5. Further, parts of Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh are also expected to experience heatwave conditions.

It also predicted above normal heatwaves in most parts of the northern plains of the country from April to June.

The most prone areas to increased heatwaves are Gujarat, Maharashtra, North Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, North Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

The Director General of Meteorology at IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, said at a press briefing that normal rainfall is also expected during the month of April across the country.

He was addressing a briefing on the seasonal outlook for the hot weather season of April to June.

“Above normal maximum temperatures are likely over most parts of the country, especially with high probability over central India and western peninsular India,” Mohapatra said.

Mohapatra informed that normal to below-normal maximum temperatures are likely to occur in some parts of the western Himalayan region, north-east states and north Odisha.

On heatwave conditions, Mohapatra said: “Above normal heatwave days are likely over most parts in the country. 10 to 20 days of heat wave expected in different parts against normal of 4 to 8 days.” (ANI)

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Ecosystem Destruction Triggers Landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan

Calamities due to climate change is not a new problem in Gilgit-Baltistan, the area frequently faces climatic hazards that are caused by the destruction of local ecosystem….reports Asian Lite News

The outburst in the Hussaini-Ghulkin Glacier, situated in Gilgit-Baltistan, has now become a problem for the locals. As the flooding of the glacier started, a landslide blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH) near Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the accounts of the residents, the flooding, which started on Saturday at midnight, continues and has damaged many critical water supply lines. This now creates a problem of survival for the local people, as the agriculture in the area gets affected due to the lack of water, which is a major source of income for the locals.

A resident from Hunza stated, “Our supply routes have been damaged, and the water network for our village now remains non-functional. We demand that the local administration must take action in due time so that the local community remains undisturbed.”

“There is a huge possibility that this problem which started due to climate change and the destruction of the local ecosystem will grow in the near future. Up till now, the water has not turned its way towards the residential areas, but there is no assurance that this would not happen. Hence, we demand Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) related departments to take this matter seriously,” he added.

Calamities due to climate change is not a new problem in Gilgit-Baltistan, the area frequently faces climatic hazards that are caused by the destruction of local ecosystem. Previously, the Abbottabad area near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), faced a massive forest fire, which destroyed the Olive forests of PoK.

The forest fire had spread over large areas and remained unattended, turning hundreds of tonnes of priceless olive wood into ash creating massive clouds of smoke.

A local resident of the area, Sajjad Naqvi, explained the issue, saying, “This is the result of mere foolishness, nuisance, and ignorance of some uneducated individuals who don’t understand the massive impact their actions could cause. These forest fires are not only destroying the natural vegetation and the land resources but are also destroying the ecosystem for animals.”

Naqvi also stated that these forest fires have also impacted the cycle of rain in the area causing severe problems for the local people.

“The people just try to protect their own houses, they do not care if the whole forest gets burnt down. And the forest fire cannot be controlled, as no system of fire brigade has been established here. Not even the authorities are worried or care about this forest fire. This is just a matter of consideration all of us should consider that we need these forests for everything,” he added. (ANI)

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‘Urgent Course Correction Key to COP28 Renewables Goal’

In contrast, fossil fuels received US$1.3 trillion in subsidies in 2022, equivalent to the annual investment required in renewable generation capacity to achieve a threefold increase by 2030…reports Asian Lite News

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) confirms that achieving the global target set at COP28 to triple renewable power capacity by 2030 relies heavily on establishing conducive conditions for such growth. Tripling renewable power capacity by 2030 is technically feasible and economically viable, but its delivery requires determination, policy support and investment at scale.

The report titled ‘Tracking COP28 outcomes: Tripling renewable power capacity by 2030’ highlights that 2023 has set a new record in renewable deployment, adding 473 gigawatts (GW) to the global energy mix.

However, the brief by the IRENA concludes that tripling renewable power capacity depends on overcoming systemic and structural barriers to the energy transition.

Evolving policies, geopolitical shifts and declining costs have all played a role in propelling the rapid expansion of renewable energy in markets worldwide. Yet, to triple renewable power capacity, concerted efforts are required to enhance infrastructure, policies and workforce capabilities, underpinned by increased financing and closer international cooperation, as outlined in IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook brief presented at the Berlin Energy Transitions Dialogue today.

An average of almost 1,100 GW of renewables capacity must be installed annually by 2030 – more than double the record set in 2023. Annual investments in renewable power generation must surge from US$570 billion in 2023 to $1550 billion on average between 2024 and 2030.

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, said, “In the wake of the historic UAE Consensus on tripling renewables at COP28, these capacity additions – despite setting a new record – clearly indicate that achieving the target is far from guaranteed. As the custodian agency, IRENA monitors related progress across key indicators every year. Our data confirms that progress continues to fall short, and the energy transition remains off track. We urgently need a systemic shift away from fossil fuels to course-correct and keep the tripling goal within reach.”

The report says that achieving the tripling target is far from assured as an additional 7.2 terawatts (TW) of renewable power would need to be deployed to reach the required 11 TW by 2030. However, current projections indicate the target will remain out of reach without urgent policy intervention. G20 nations, for example, must grow their renewable capacity from under 3 TW in 2022 to 9.4 TW by 2030, accounting for over 80% of the global total.

The report adds that accelerated investments in infrastructure and system operations (e.g. power grids, storage), revised policies and regulations (e.g. power market design and streamlined permitting), measures to fortify supply chains and cultivate requisite skills, and substantial increases in investments—including public funds facilitated through international collaboration—are imperative.

Despite considerable renewable potential, developing countries have received disproportionately low levels of investment. The report noted that although energy transition-related investments have reached a record high, exceeding $2 trillion in 2023, emerging markets and developing economies accounted for just over half of global investments. One hundred and twenty developing nations attracted only 15% of global renewable investment, with Sub-Saharan Africa receiving less than 1.5%, despite being home to the highest share of energy-deprived populations.

In contrast, fossil fuels received US$1.3 trillion in subsidies in 2022, equivalent to the annual investment required in renewable generation capacity to achieve a threefold increase by 2030. A key aspect of IRENA’s 1.5°C Scenario is that the increase in renewable energy use must be coupled with a corresponding decline in fossil fuel reliance. Both aspects are lagging. G20 members alone disbursed a record US$1.4 trillion in public funds to bolster fossil fuels in 2022, directly contradicting the commitment made at COP28 to transition away from fossil fuels.

IRENA report added that greater international cooperation will be indispensable to ensure financial flows to the Global South and uphold the tripling pledge. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa face some of the world’s highest finance costs, underscoring the need for enhanced international collaboration, including the involvement of multilateral development banks and an expanded role for public finance.

In conclusion, the report says that the strategic use of public finance is paramount to attract investment at scale and deliver an inclusive energy transition that yields socioeconomic benefits for all. This requires structural reforms, including within multilateral finance mechanisms, to effectively support the energy transition in developing countries.

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Earth Hour 2024 Inspires Positive Action for Our Planet

Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar shares his inspiring journey towards embracing sustainable food practices and his ideas on avoiding food wastage. He has prepared a unique watermelon rind pickle recipe for Earth Hour, encouraging people to move towards sustainable zero-waste cooking…reports Asian Lite News

An annual event that provides a collective moment of optimism to celebrate our one shared home. And to raise awareness for addressing the dual biodiversity and climate challenges that the planet is facing. Earth Hour 2024 is scheduled to be celebrated worldwide on 23rd March from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

In a unique way to go beyond the campaign’s tagline “Switch Off” ” the Earth Hour India 2024 champions, Sudarsan Pattnaik, Ranveer Brar, Peepal Baba, Radhika Khandelwal and Shivang Mehta, encourage all to spend 60 minutes doing something positive for our planet– for people to reconnect, learn and inspire others to take care of the planet.

Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar shares his inspiring journey towards embracing sustainable food practices and his ideas on avoiding food wastage. He has prepared a unique watermelon rind pickle recipe for Earth Hour, encouraging people to move towards sustainable zero-waste cooking.

Sudarsan Pattnaik, a world-renowned Indian sand artist and Padma Shri Awardee, has been spreading the message of protecting the environment and nature, among many other social causes. As Earth Hour India 2024 Champion, he shares, “It is a great opportunity for all of us to join the global movement this Earth Hour and “Give an Hour for Earth, not only to switch off lights symbolically but also to commit an hour to sustainable actions. I urge you all to join me on 23rd March to spread the message far and beyond, to create the Biggest Hour for Earth.” 

Spend a thrilling hour on a virtual safari in Ranthambore, where award-winning photographer Shivang Mehta will demonstrate the art of photographing tigers and other wildlife creatures in action. This online masterclass will tackle various aspects of nature photography, from equipment preparation for a tiger safari to mastering morning and evening light, framing animals in their habitats, and effective post-production techniques. Catch the live class on the WWF-India YouTube channel.

Plant a tree with Peepal Baba to Give an hour to the planet. Community engagement in plantation drives means everyone helps plant trees together, which makes our neighbourhoods greener, and makes us feel connected and responsible for our planet. This Earth Hour, join Peepal Baba on a tree plantation drive in Jaunapur City Forest, Delhi, on 23rd March at 10:00 am.

Chef Radhika Khandelwal strives for zero-waste in the kitchen and finds innovative ways to use every part of the produce. Head to her restaurant, Fig & Maple, in the Greater Kailash 2 market any day of March 2024 for a specially curated Earth Hour meal. Give an hour for Earth at Fig & Maple by indulging in a curated dinner experience showcasing seasonal ingredients and rich biodiversity of indigenous grains sourced from small, local producers.

Karan Bhalla, COO, WWF-India said, “I thank our Earth Hour India 2024 Champions Sudarsan Pattnaik, Ranveer Brar, Shivang Mehta, Peepal Baba and Chef Radhika Khandelwal, for their valuable support to the cause. Through their specific mediums of expertise, their association with Earth Hour will help us inspire a variety of audiences to create the Biggest Hour for Earth.”

The Hour Bank, the new online interactive tool of Earth Hour, invites everyone, everywhere, to find the most enjoyable ways to give an hour for Earth. Whether it is a mindful walk through the woods, cooking a sustainable dish, learning to grow veggies, or engaging in a home scavenger hunt to identify and swap out unsustainable products with eco-friendly alternatives, there are myriad options to choose from. The Hour Bank provides a list of activities and events based on participants’ lifestyle interests and preferences, from food and fitness to art and entertainment.

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Power Outages Hit Thousands in Colorado Snowstorm

Over 53,000 customers lost power in Colorado on Thursday, mainly in metro Denver and the Front Range, reported….reports Asian Lite news

Colorado faced a significant snowstorm on Thursday, causing flight cancellations and the closure of a crucial highway linking Denver to ski resorts. Concurrently, severe weather struck other regions, with Kansas and Missouri experiencing hailstorms and possible tornadoes.

Over 53,000 customers lost power in Colorado on Thursday, mainly in metro Denver and the Front Range, reported

The storm, commencing Wednesday night, brought heavy, wet snow typical of March, particularly impacting the Front Range region. Accumulations reached up to 3 feet in higher elevations by Thursday, with Denver receiving around 9 inches.

Interstate 70, a primary east-west route, shut down due to stranded vehicles, primarily trucks lacking tire chains. Though no injuries were reported, the closure may extend to passenger vehicles as the storm escalates.

Motorists were advised to carry essential supplies in case of prolonged closures. Despite benefiting the ski industry, the storm prompted closures of schools and government offices. Several ski resorts ceased operations, exacerbating disruptions caused by the extreme conditions.

Matt Inzeo, spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Transportation, assured continuous efforts to maintain open roads amidst the challenging weather. While the storm was a boon for skiing enthusiasts, it posed significant challenges to residents and travelers across the region.

The aftermath of the storm underscores the importance of preparedness and resilience in facing such extreme weather events.

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UNEA Set to Address Triple Planetary Crisis

Observers said there are 20 draft resolutions and two decisions on the table, among them a resolution on the metals and minerals issue, reports Vishal Gulati

In the backdrop of 2023 being the warmest year on record, with resultant heatwaves, storms and droughts causing havoc, heads of state and more than 5,000 representatives and leaders will gather in Nairobi in Kenya from Monday for the five-day sixth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) to strengthen multilateral effort to address the planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

The Assembly, which usually meets biennially and sees visionaries from the business sector, governments, scientific institutions, and civil society, is the world’s top decision-making body on matters related to the environment and includes all 193 UN member states.

Observers told IANS that there are 20 draft resolutions and two decisions on the table, among them a resolution on the metals and minerals issue.

“UNEA-VI will place particular focus on how stronger multilateralism can help us to do this,” said UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen earlier this month.

“It will drive united, inclusive and multilateral action that addresses every strand of the triple planetary crisis as one indivisible challenge.”

In the run-up to the UNEA, aptly called “world’s parliament on the environment,” ministers and partners of the UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) launched a Clean Air Flagship effort to provide a platform to boost regional coordination and private sector engagement, data-led policy action, financing, science and advocacy.

UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis will deliver his address at the opening of the high-level segment that will be held on February 29 and March 1.

The segment will consist of an opening plenary with statements by key dignitaries, national statements; three leadership dialogues, a multi-stakeholder dialogue, and a closing plenary meeting during which UNEA will take action on the draft Ministerial declaration as well as the draft resolutions and decisions.

India will be represented by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change’s Additional Secretary Naresh Pal Gangwar.

Government leaders plan to use the Assembly to renew calls for progress on the sustainable development goals, a global blueprint for protecting the planet and promoting prosperity. Just 15 per cent of the goals, which come due in 2030, are on track.

“We must find practical ways to advance the human rights to a healthy environment, which is crucial for sustainable development,” said Leila Benali, Morocco’s energy transition minister and the President of UNEA-VI.

“We know that when we protect the natural world, public health improves. When we focus on sustainable solutions to the climate crisis, our economies get stronger.”

Also on the agenda of the Assembly will be ways to tackle the dramatic increase of wasteful and fuel-intensive plastics, which is feeding the climate crisis.

More than 99 per cent of plastic is made from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels, the substances responsible for 86 per cent of C02 emissions in the last decade. Plastic pollution reinforces the need for a binding plastics treaty as well as a fossil fuel treaty that can tackle the root cause of both the plastics pollution crisis and the climate crisis through phasing out oil, gas and coal production.

In 2022, the Assembly ended with countries agreeing to launch negotiations on a legally binding global instrument to end plastic pollution.

That was one in a recent string of ambitious international agreements on environment. Last September, countries and businesses inked a landmark pact to prevent pollution from chemicals and waste.

Two months later, at the UN Climate Change Conference, countries vowed for the first time to transition away from the fossil fuels that are superheating the earth and driving climate change.

Researchers find that if no action is taken, annual plastic production will rise 22 per cent between 2024 and 2050, and plastic pollution will jump 62 per cent between 2024 and 2050. By continuing with business as usual, the world would generate enough litter between 2010 and 2050 to cover the entire island of Manhattan with a 3.5-km-tall heap of plastic — nearly 10 times the height of the Empire State Building.

With a strong UN plastics treaty that incorporates the right mix of nine plastic reduction policies, however, plastic pollution could be virtually eliminated in 2040 — with the generation of mismanaged waste reduced by 89 per cent to a more manageable 10 million metric ton per year in 2040.

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Rain brings vibe energies to people of Oman

Oman welcomes rain as gift of nature, many took selfies and reels, reports Vinod Raghavan

MUSCAT: Rains lashed for the second day in the Sultanate of Oman, bringing to a halt of all activities, as the authorities did not wanted the people to face any hardships due to water logging or traffic snarls.

Traffic snarls are not only seen in big cities of the world, but it can cause road blocks even on the Sultan Qaboos Street on any rainy day.

But, the difference between big cities and Oman is you can’t hear any honking or racing their vehicles in the Sultanate, but they patiently waits to move the snarls at their own pace.

The MET Department had already announced earlier that two days Sunday-Monday will be raining, but as human nature, one cannot resist of not leaving their home to fulfill the responsibility towards their work too.

Besides, rain it was a day for International cycling race – 13th edition of Tour of Oman, which also caused the blockage of roads in Muscat governorate, but the expats and nationals took it in their stride.

While, many taking advantage of public holiday and enjoying the rare rain in Oman, didn’t wanted to miss the nature’s gift.

Corniche in Muttrah was a buzzed with people taking selfies and reels.

Anita Rajan, a local actor resident of CBD, Ruwi, has been vying to shoot the famous Bollywood number Rim Jhim Ghire Sawan, Sulag Sulag Jaye Mun, Bheege Aaj Is Mausam Mein, Lagi Kaisi Yeah Agan picturised on Amitabh Bachchan and Moushami Chatterjee in the 80s capturing the rain in Mumbai’s scenic places with sea, traffic and open parks, was lucky enough to capture various locations of Muscat.

Accompanied along-with Kabeer Yousuf, known journalist and actor, helped her in shooting the song at the picturesque Corniche against the roaring Arabian sea.

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