India lost $ 79.5 bn due to natural disasters in 20 years
India has suffered economic losses of $ 79.5 billion due to natural disasters during the last two decades, according to the UN.
 
Between 1998 to 2017, two of the worst years for lower-middle income countries -- a category that India falls into -- were 2002 when a severe drought in India affected 300 million people, and 2015 again with a drought hitting India and other countries, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction report released on Wednesday.
 
It warned of growing risk from climate change, which would hit developing countries the hardest.
 
The last 20 years have seen a dramatic rise of 151 per cent in direct economic losses from climate-related disasters, the report said.
 
During that period 77 per cent of the economic losses $2,908 billion were due to climate-related disasters, it said.
 
"The report's analysis makes it clear that economic losses from extreme weather events are unsustainable and a major brake on eradicating poverty in hazard exposed parts of the world," said Mami Mizutori, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction.
 
The data for the report was drawn from a database maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
 
The centre's head, Debarati Guha-Sapir, said: "This report highlights the protection gap between rich and poor. Those who are suffering the most from climate change are those who are contributing least to greenhouse gas emissions."
 
"The economic losses suffered by low and lower-middle income countries have drastic consequences for their future development," Guha-Sapir added.
 
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Saravanan R

2 months ago

The following report gives totally a different picture. Not known whether climate changes and green house gas emissions are different or the same ! . Bonn: India is ranked 14th in this year's Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2018 out of 56 nations and the European Union by environmental organisation Germanwatch, an improvement from its 20th position last year, for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by opting to transform its electricity sector towards green technology.
China, with its high emissions and growing energy use over the past five years, still ranks 41st. http://www.eenaduindia.com/news/national-news/2017/11/15171631/Indias-global-rank-up-for-reducing-greenhouse-gas.vpf

Air India flight taking off hits wall in Trichy, lands safely in Mumbai
The wheels of an Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tiruchirappalli or Trichy in Tamil Nadu hit the airport's compound wall while taking off with 130 passengers on Friday.
 
The flight which took off at around 1.20 a.m., was then diverted to Mumbai where it landed safely.
 
While the damage to the Boeing B737-800 airplane's wheels is not known, a portion of the compound wall has been damaged.
 
Officials at the airport police station told IANS that the compound wall was around five feet.
 
On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the damage.
 
Trichy is about 350 km from here.
 
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Prof GD Agarwal Dies in Efforts to Save the Ganga
Noted environmentalist Prof GD Agarwal, who was on an indefinite fast in Haridwar since 22 June 2018 to save the river Ganga, has died. Prof Agarwal, also known as Swamy Gyan Swaroop Sanand breathed his last at AIIMS Rishikesh. 
 
 
The IITian-turned seer, Prof Agarwal died due to weakness and a heart attack, says doctors from AIIMS. He was on a fast for past about 122 days demanding a law to protect River Ganga, maintain its uninterrupted flow in its natural form between Gangotri to Uttarkashi and keep the river clean.
 
The environmentalist had a meeting with local member of Parliament Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on clean Ganga issue, however it ended without any conclusions. After the meeting, Prof Agarwal gave up water.
 
On Wednesday, Police had forcefully arrested Prof Agarwal from Maitri Sadan and admitted him in AIIMS Rishikesh.
 
 
Swami Gyan Swaroop was once a professor at IIT Kanpur. The PhD holder in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley has also served as a Member-Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
 
An environmental activist for decades, Prof Agarwal formally became a ‘swami’ in 2011 at the age 79. Even before that he had undertaken a number of fasts for environmental causes, the most notable being 2009 fast demanding to stop the construction of dams on the Bhagirathi River.
 

 

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