Top 10 stories of the week that was (August 5-August 11)

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

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 12 August 2023

It was a happening week in the world of environment, both in India and the world. Here are Down To Earth’s top 10 green stories on the week that was:

Himachal Pradesh, one of the largest producers of apples in India, could see its apple production reduce by half this year due to erratic, extreme and inclement weather.

Read more: Apple production in Himachal likely to fall by more than 50% this year, courtesy extreme weather

Three people died and 20 were missing when a landslide struck Gaurikund on the route to Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. The incident once again raised questions about disaster preparedness in the Himalayan state.

Read more: Three dead, 17 missing in Uttarakhand’s Gaurikund landslide; questions raised again on disaster management

The sovereign credit rating of 59 countries, including India, could plummet and corporate debt worldwide could rise over the next decade if emissions are not reduced, according to a new research.

Read more: Climate change could hit India, 58 other nations’ credit ratings

Slovenia, a part of the former Yugoslavia, suffered its worst natural disaster since its independence in 1991. Extreme floods caused by torrential rains in affected two-thirds of the country.

Read more: Slovenia floods: Damage caused by ‘worst-ever natural disaster’ due to poor spatial planning, research shows

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) issued its first ‘extinction alert’ on August 7, 2023 on the vaquita porpoise, of which only 10 individuals survive in the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Read more: Plight of the vaquita forces International Whaling Commission to issue first extinction alert

Sowing reduced by 2.1 million hectares (mha) this year compared to 2021 though figures have improved due to rains in the second half of July, according to data from the Union Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Read more: Kharif season 2023: Despite rain in July, sowing not matching 2021 figures

The cost of making a thali (platter) at home increased significantly for the third consecutive month, according to analytical company Crisil.

Read more: Rising tomato prices made ‘thali’ dearer in July; cost of platter surged by 34%

Even as a fourth of the cheetahs brought to India in September 2022 have died, cheetah expert Vincent van der Merwe said all is not lost and the “complex” Project Cheetah could still be successful.

Read more: Cheetah reintroduction ‘highly complex’, more sites needed as reserves, expert says

Leaders from eight countries across the Amazon failed to agree on the goal to protect the rainforest at the ongoing Amazon Summit organised by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization.

Read more: Belem Declaration: Amazon countries fail to agree on protection goals

EG.5, a descendent of the Omicron lineage of XBB.1.9.2, was designated a variant of interest (VOI) after risk evaluation by the World Health Organization on August 10, 2023.

Read more: EG.5.1 Covid variant takes off, India not at risk currently

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