India gets 70% of its annual rainfall in the monsoon, which irrigates half the country's farmlands. In 2014, IMD had forecast that rainfall in June-September
monsoon season would be 95% of the 50-year average, which is below normal rainfall. In its August review of the forecast, IMD cut the prediction to 87%, after rainfall in June came in at the lowest in five years.
European Union diplomats have recently approved new anti-tobaco legislation, including the bloc's first rules on e-cigarettes, allowing most e-cigarettes to be sold as consumer products rather than more tightly regulated medical devices. In the absence of Federal Regulations, US states like New York & Oklahoma have seen highly debated proposals and some bans being implemented.
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Today pollution kills nearly 9 million people while more than 200 million people worldwide suffer from ailments, diseases, sicknesses. The fact that more than one in seven deaths in the world are pollution-related is just a glimpse into the incredible health and economic toll of toxic pollution. Mostly people don
Dams illustrate the brilliance and arrogance of human ingenuity. They generate one-sixth of the world's electricity and irrigate one-seventh of our food crops. They have flooded land areas the size of California, displaced a population the size of Germany's, and turned freshwater into the ecosystem most threatened by species extinction.
The 2015 Climate Change Performance Index shows a new "record" in global energy related CO2 emissions. Moreover, in the coming years, atmospheric CO2 concentration is set to exceed the 400 ppm benchmark. Both the rising emissions and a number of promising trends emphasise the need to reach an ambitious agreement at the COP21 in Paris.
The Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT 2.0), developed and maintained by the World Resources Institute, provides a comprehensive and comparable database of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data and other climate-relevant indicators.