Top 10 stories of the week that was (September 2-September 8)

Down To Earth recaps the primary environment, health and developmental news from the week just gone by

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 09 September 2023

It was an action-packed week of environmental news from India and the world. Here are Down To Earth’s top 10 green stories on the week that was:

Days after Chandrayaan 3 made a soft landing near the south pole, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its first solar mission Aditya L1 on September 2, 2023.

Read more: Aditya successfully lifts off from Sriharikota to study the sun, space weather

Extreme weather causes an increase in the occurrence of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) by intensifying elements of structural oppression, such as gender inequality and poverty, according to a recent study published in the journal International Social Work.

Read more: Extreme weather events lead to increase in child marriages: Study

Around 70,000 cervical cancer deaths in Africa could be avoided each year if efforts to end the disease by 2030 are accelerated by ensuring increased access to critical services for timely detection, care and prevention. 

Read more: WHO: Off-track progress in Africa could kill 70,000 cervical cancer patients

If global warming reaches or exceeds two degrees Celsius by 2100, it could lead to deaths of roughly a billion people, a study quantifying future harms caused by carbon emissions has found.

Read more: Study warns of a billion human deaths if global warming reaches or exceeds 2°C

Delegates at the 10th plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) finalised their report on the status of invasive alien species (IAS) and ways to control them on September 2, 2023, after six days of intense deliberation. The report was released on September 4.

Read more: Invasive alien species lead to extinctions of plants & animals across Earth, IPBES report points out

In what is possibly the first such case, the Kalahandi Gram Sabha Mahasangh, a district-level federation of 100 Gram Sabhas in the Kalahandi district of Odisha, has written to the National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) against the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Simdega, Jharkhand.

Read more: Kalahandi Gram Sabhas write to NCST, invoke atrocities act against Jharkhand DFO

Tamil Nadu farmers have warned of low paddy yields this year, claiming that kuruvai, or short-term paddy cultivation, on about 100,000 acres in delta districts has been hit due to a lack of water for irrigation. Many have been forced to migrate to cities and look for work. 

Read more: Scanty rainfall, low-water levels to affect kuruvai paddy yields this year, warn Tamil Nadu farmers

Changes in diet, lifestyle and environment are likely driving an increase in global cancer cases among adults under 50, stated a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Read more: Diet, lifestyle, environmental changes linked to massive cancer cases spike in under-50 adults globally

At Elavanchery in Kerala's traditional rice bowl, Palakkad, farmer KC Muraleedharan has reasons to believe that his gods have stopped smiling on them.

Read more: In Kerala, paddy farmers are becoming the worst victims of rainfall deficiency

A deficit in monsoon over the past three months has resulted in skewing the employment pattern under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

Read more: Monsoon deficit spikes rural job demand under MGNREGS

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