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Catastrophic warning: Delhi’s average temperature spikes 1 degree, Kolkata 1.2 degrees

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New Delhi, Oct 7 : The average temperature in the national capital increased by one degree Celsius, by 0.7 degree in Mumbai, 0.6 degree in Chennai and 1.2 degrees in Kolkata in over a century-and-a-half.

These startling revelations by Britain-based CarbonBrief came when all eyes are on South Korea as scientists discuss stricter cuts on emissions. Its newly-developed web app calculates the average rise in your city and regional temperature since 1871.

The application comes in handy to understand the impact of increase in global temperatures caused by climate change. Heat stress is likely to become increasingly frequent and more intense with increased warming.

Climate experts say such analysis assumes significance when representatives of the 195 member-governments and authors are working long hours to approve the “life changing” report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scheduled to be published on October 8.

It’s believed to be the largest peer-review exercise in the world, as has been noted by an IPCC spokesperson.

Scientists and experts have been in meeting all through the week in Incheon city in South Korea to agree to the report that will offer pathways of keeping the world temperature at 1.5 degrees of warming.

The recommendations could offer scientific guidance to policymakers on how to reduce emissions from sectors like electricity, transport, buildings and agriculture to not exceed global temperature rise of more than 1.5 degrees from pre-industrial levels.

Climate change has already caused global temperatures to rise one degree on an average from pre-industrial levels.

The IPCC report is expected to demonstrate that the cost of action to limit global warming is far less than the massive cost of inaction the world will have to bear in future once runaway climate change sets in.

“India is very vulnerable to the impact of climate change with over 7,000 km of coastline and a huge reliance on our Himalayan glaciers and monsoon rains for the livelihood and well-being of our people,” New-Delhi based The Energy Research Institute Director General Ajay Mathur told IANS.

“Supporting and implementing comprehensive and urgent climate action that is required to be taken by all stakeholders to limit temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius is the need of the hour,” he said.

According to a report released by Britain-based Christian Aid, coastal cities like London, Houston, Jakarta and Shanghai are set to become extremely vulnerable to storm surges and flooding.

The rise in sea-level is expected to exceed 40 cm if global warming is not limited to 1.5 degree Celsius.

With the world’s urban population expected to grow to 59 per cent by 2030, city-dwellers will increasingly come under threat.

The recent floods in Kerala displaced more than 700,000 people and caused close of 500 deaths.

A recent study published in the Nature Climate Change journal reviewed economies of over 200 countries and concluded that India’s would be worst affected by climate change.

By signing the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, India is committed to reducing its carbon emission intensity by 33-35 per cent by 2030 below 2005 levels, increase the share of non-fossil-based energy resources to 40 per cent of the installed electric capacity by 2030 and to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 gigatonnes of CO2e — carbon dioxide equivalent — through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.

According to ClimateTracker, India’s climate action plan would help limit global temperature rise to two degree Celsius provided other countries also take action.

According to scientists working on the IPCC report, extreme weather events will only increase if global temperatures are not limited within 1.5 degrees Celsius. Warming at present is well over one degree. At current trends, the world could see temperatures rise to well above two degrees by 2065.

Limiting temperature rise to two degrees means sharp reductions in global emissions and the rapid reversal of economic and population growth trends observed the last 50 years.

However, even at two degrees Celsius, extreme weather events such as heatwaves could kill many and cause severe damage to agriculture, cause water shortages, as well as completely melt Arctic sea ice for several months together.

A New Climate Economy report released last month says benefits from moving towards a low carbon economy could be as high as $26 trillion through to 2030 when compared with business as usual.

This means that weaning off coal and fossil fuels could not only help reduce carbon emissions and help limit the global temperature rise but also result in economic benefits.
The report finds that bold climate action could generate over 65 million new low-carbon jobs in 2030, equivalent to today’s entire work forces of Britain and Egypt combined.

“Typhoons and floods are not new, but we are seeing a broader pattern of more severe and more frequent extreme weather events,” United Nations Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim has said.

“That’s what the scientists predicted, and it’s what we’re seeing play out now right in front of our eyes. Our planet is sending us a clear message. We have to act, and we’re a short time-frame to do so before we lose the ability to turn things around,” Solheim told IANS in a recent interview.

According to UN Environment’s Emissions Gap Report 2017, even if countries fulfill their pledges to limit global warming to under two degrees Celsius, their actions would only represent a third of what is needed to avoid the worst impact of climate change.

The report finds that current Paris pledges make 2030 emissions likely to reach 11 to 13.5 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GT CO2e) above the level needed to stay on the least-cost path to meeting the 2 degrees Celsius target.

One gigatonne is roughly equivalent to one year of transport emissions in the European Union, including aviation.

(Vishal Gulati can be contacted at [email protected] )

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Woman shot, dumped on road by Delhi cop; saved by another cop

On the way, the victim revealed that she was shot by Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Sandeep Dahiya, presently posted at Lahori Gate.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A woman was shot allegedly by a Delhi Police Sub-Inspector and dumped on the road in Alipur area in the city’s northern outskirts on Sunday. The injured woman was, however, found by another Sub-Inspector and taken to hospital where her condition is said to be stable.

“Information was received in police station Alipur from Sub-Inspector Jaiveer, posted at Shahbad Dairy of the Outer North District, that while crossing the Sai Mandir on the GTK Road, he spotted a woman lying on the road, shifted her into his private car and straight away rushed to a nearby hospital,” DCP, Outer North, Gaurav Sharma said.

On the way, the victim revealed that she was shot by Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Sandeep Dahiya, presently posted at Lahori Gate.

According to sources, the woman and Dahiya were in a relationship since last year and the incident took place due to a quarrel over some issue while they were roaming in his car.

Dahiya is said to be having some matrimonial dispute with his wife and they are reportedly separating.

“The condition of the victim is stable and her life has been saved because of proactive action of SI Jaiveer. Case under appropriate section is being registered. The search for SI Dahiya is on,” the DCP added.

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Delhi records over 40 coronavirus deaths for second day on the trot

The national capital reported 42 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the number of deaths to 5,235, while 3,292 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,71,114.

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New Delhi: The national capital reported 42 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the number of deaths to 5,235, while 3,292 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,71,114.

This is the second day in a trot when the city reported more than 40 coronavirus deaths.

On Saturday, authorities had reported 46 fatalities, which was the highest in a day since July 16, when the city reported 58 deaths.

The cumulative COVID-19 case count rose to 2,71,114 on Sunday with 3,292 more people contracting the viral disease.

The 42 fatalities pushed the death toll to 5,235.

The capital reported 3,372 cases on Saturday, 3,827 on Friday, 3,834 on Thursday, 3,714 on Wednesday, and 3,816 on Tuesday.

Of the total cases reported in Delhi so far, 2,36,651 have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out.

As many as 51,416 tests were conducted on Saturday to detect COVID-19 infection, of which 11,414 were RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 40,002 rapid antigen tests.

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Shaheen Bagh: Man held for raping woman on pretext of giving her job

The accused caught both her hands and forced himself on her. He later dropped the victim at her residence in Ghaziabad.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A 32-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a woman by luring her on the pretext of giving her a job in southeast Delhi”s Shaheen Bagh area, police said on Sunday.

On Friday, a woman, who resides in Ghaziabad and works at a factory, lodged a complaint where she alleged that while searching for a new job, she joined a WhatsApp group — ”Job for all”, a senior police officer said.

While chatting in the group, the accused called her and told her that he was a member of the group and wanted to help her get a new job. Later, they started chatting with each other, the officer said.

On Wednesday, the accused again contacted her, saying he had arranged a job for her and asked her to come to Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh.

She told him she would not be able to reach there that day , but he insisted.

She finally agreed and asked him to pick her up from Shastri Park metro station.

The accused took her at his house in Abul Fazal Enclave on his motorcycle, police said.

After reaching his house, he offered her some eatables but she refused to eat them.

She said she was not feeling well following which the accused offered to give her a massage which she again refused, police said.

Thereafter, the accused caught both her hands and forced himself on her. He later dropped the victim at her residence in Ghaziabad, police said.

“During investigation, the mobile number of the accused was found to be switched off. The victim identified the house of the accused in Abul Fazal Enclave, following which he was arrested,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) R P Meena said.

Sabri said earlier, he was working in private companies but during the lockdown, he lost his job and joined the group to get a job, the DCP said.

Through the group, he came in contact with the victim. On Wednesday, he called the victim and forced himself on her, police added.

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