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Heat Waves


Searing heat wave leads to deadly ozone pollution, says latest CSE analysis

  • Summer pollution curve takes an ugly turn as ground-level ozone, a highly reactive and harmful gas, far exceeds the permissible limit.

Change of climate in the US

Climate change has a surprising new follower: the US president. The US government has been the biggest bugbear in climate change negotiations. Since discussions began on this issue in the early 1990s, the US has stymied all efforts for an effective and fair deal. It has blocked action by arguing that countries like China and India must first do more. Worse, successive governments have even denied that the threat from a changing climate is real, let alone urgent.

Weather dice is loaded

During my weekly conversation with my sister I told her about the unusual searing heat this June, the problems of power cuts and how we are coping in India. She, in turn, told me that in Washington DC, where she lives, there was a terrible storm that damaged her roof and uprooted trees in her garden. They were fortunate that they still had electricity, because most houses in the city were in the dark. She also said it was unbearably hot because the region was in the grip of an unprecedented heat wave.

Press release: Studies say rising mercury levels could be connected to global warming

  • 2009 warmest year ever recorded for India

  • Globally, 11 out of 12 years (from 1995 to 2006) rank among the 12 warmest years on record since 1850

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April 12, 2010
The summer of 2010 has just begun, and India is already reeling under extreme temperatures as the mercury climbs unprecedented heights.

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