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COP28 launches loss and damage fund, but pledges are a drop in the ocean
The first day of COP28 climate conference reached a consensus to operationalise the Loss and Damage Fund, a crucial milestone.
Navigating trade and the role of WTO at COP28
Trade concerns, especially from developing countries, are likely to take centre stage in discussions at the climate conference.
FAO estimates $12.7 trillion worth hidden costs in the journey of food from farm to table
Health and environmental factors are some of the major hidden costs estimated in the agrifood system.
Loss and damage, climate action stocktake, fossil fuel phase out among key issues at COP28
Tripling renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and reducing methane emissions will be on the cards at COP28.
[Interview] Unpacking WTO’s involvement in trade and environment negotiation at COP28 with Abhijit Das
The World Trade Organisation is a member-driven organisation and recent activities of the organisation, such as co-leading a trade day at COP28, do not have the endorsement of the WTO membership, says Abhijit Das in an interview with Mongabay India.
Genetic insights of the Kempholey night frog offer better conservation strategies
Fragmentation of the frog’s habitat can reduce the connectivity of populations and lead to reduced genetic diversity.
[Commentary] Neglecting household biomedical waste management can lead to adverse environmental effects
The stress brought on by the inappropriate management of biomedical waste has already begun to affect animals and the ecosystem.
Analysing the history of the Indian Ocean with old cruise records and sediment cores
Scientists are revisiting historical records and developing paleo proxies, alongside satellite and real-time observations in the Indian Ocean, to enhance the understanding of anthropogenic changes.
The Forest Rights Act sees outcome in a women-led forest stewardship scheme in Odisha
Experts say the legal right has helped strengthen existing community-based institutions and practices.
[Commentary] Erratic weather, altered social dynamics disrupt mahua economy in eastern India
The cultural and economic significance of mahua flowers is on the decline among the tribal and local communities.
Grassland loss threatens endemic birds in Arunachal sanctuary
These grasslands are home to the rare Bengal florican and the endemic swamp grass babbler, whose populations are threatened by the loss of grasslands.