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Developed countries need to deepen emissions cuts to meet global climate goals, say experts
Developed countries, particularly the richest among them, have reduced their emissions by only 7.4% to 8.8% over the last two decades.
COP28 deal promises to ‘transition away’ from fossil fuels but finance and equity concerns remain
The historic COP28 deal promises to move away from fossil fuels, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, for the first time in climate negotiations.
[Interview] We are “very far” from what vulnerable communities need for climate adaptation, says Adaptation Fund head
At the COP28, developed countries pledged only $187.7 million to the Adaptation Fund, over $100 million short of the Fund’s target.
Big oil leaning on carbon capture may fracture consensus on ditching fossil fuels
The increased participation of oil lobbyists at COP28 have raised eyebrows as activists allege a clear conflict of interest.
Key outcome on climate adaptation deadlocked at COP28
Experts say the text is weak on financing adaptation needs and recognising the historical responsibility of polluters.
Consensus among parties far-off as COP28 comes to a close
Developing nations emphasise the need for financial support, asserting that insufficient funds will hinder climate goals execution.
Scientists have found ancient ocean water in the Himalayas that could offer insights about evolution
Water droplets trapped in mineral deposits could help understand the processes that fostered the evolution of complex life.
Hangul population in Kashmir could go extinct without intervention, finds long-term study
The researchers recommend conservation actions such as monitoring calf survival, removing feral dogs, among others.
[Book Review] From footnotes to the forefront: a note of gratitude to invaluable field assistants
A new anthology, “More Than Just Footnotes: Field Assistants in Wildlife Research and Conservation” pays tribute to the field assistants of Arunachal Pradesh, whose presence and work has made it possible for scientists to explore and study its biodiversity.
The book includes both professional and philosophical reflections of various scientists, who often forged life-long friendships with their field assistants and emphasises the importance of giving them their due recognition and credit.
[Explainer] What are freshwater rock pools and who lives in them?
Species new to science are being discovered in freshwater rock pools now and will continue to do so for some years to come.