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Coal power plants are a major contributor of air pollution. Image by Johannes Plenio from Pixabay.

‘Asia undermining efforts to reduce coal dependence,’ says UN

Asia’s dependence on coal is completely at odds with the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, a UN official has warned, as experts from the region met in Bangkok to find ways to intensify efforts to stem global warming.

The Malizia II sailboat on which Greta Thunberg plans to sail from Britain to the United States. HANDOUT/Team Malizia/Andreas Lindlahr

Climate champion Greta Thunberg to set sail for Americas on zero-carbon trip

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg is taking a year off school to pursue her campaign to curb global warming in the Americas, which she will reach by sailboat on a transatlantic voyage. She will travel from Britain to the United States on a racing boat fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, making the journey zero-carbon.

Women harvesting tea by hand in plantations in Nandi Hills, in the Western Kenya highlands. Adopting more sustainable farming practices in India, such as by reducing irrigation, might actually adversely affect levels of rainfall in East Africa. By Jen Watson/Shutterstock

Increasing danger of ‘unexpected implications’ as climate risks converge

If India’s water-short farmers were to adopt more efficient methods of irrigation, cutting evaporation from their fields, farmers in East Africa might see less rainfall – and worsening drought – within five years, scientists have warned.

Government negligence, rampant development and illegal land clearing spark wildfires in Indonesia that annually ravage thousands of acres of forest. AP Photo

Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it

Experts widely agree that human activities are harming the global environment. Since the Industrial Revolution, the world economy has grown dramatically. Overall this is a success story, since rising incomes have lifted millions of people out of poverty. But it has been fueled by population growth and increasing consumption of natural resources.

Children and their father clean out debris for further recycling in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, India.

India’s first ‘garbage cafe’ offers meals in return for plastic trash

Hungry, but don’t have cash? No problem, bring plastic waste and get a free meal, said the mayor of an Indian city where the country’s first “garbage cafe” will open next month. The small restaurant in the eastern city of Ambikapur will provide hearty food to homeless and poor people and encourage citizens to keep their streets clean, said mayor Ajay Tirkey.