Bracing for impact: The Indian government hopes a climate vulnerability atlas will help with disaster preparedness in India. Photo:

Centre maps out Indian districts most vulnerable to climate hazards

In a first, the Centre released an atlas that mapped out districts vulnerable to extreme weather. According to the Climate Hazards and Vulnerability Atlas of India, the Sunderbans, districts in Odisha, and Ramanathapuram, Pudukkottai and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu are most vulnerable to storm surges up to 13.7m high induced by cyclones. According to experts the atlas will help with disaster preparedness as India battles an increasing number of extreme weather events. 

The atlas includes 640 climate vulnerability maps, and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, which released the atlas, hopes it will mitigate the effects of 13 most hazardous weather events, including cold waves, heat waves, thunderstorms, floods, droughts, fog, wind hazards, dust storms, snowfall, hail storms, lightning, extreme rainfall and cyclones.

Tonga’s volcano-triggered tsunami exposes region’s climate vulnerability: Experts

Experts linked the intensity of the volcano-triggered tsunami in Tonga this past week to climate change. According to reports, waves as high as 15 metres crashed into the outer islands of Tonga killing at least 3 people. According to experts, the large waves were a result of rising sea levels. According to official data, sea levels are rising by about 6mm a year because of warming oceans. Experts warned of more such extreme events, including storm surges.  

Ghana farmers who adapted to climate change produce more yield than those who haven’t: Study

A new study revealed how farmers in Ghana who have adapted to climate change are more productive and own more household assets than those who have not. The study published in Springer Link obtained data from 1,440 farmers and found that access to information and increased awareness does lead to a more positive effect on the decision to adapt. The study found that farms that had adapted to climate change did not experience any drop in productivity as a result of temperature or rainfall increase.  

Optimal land management can increase terrestrial vegetation’s carbon sink potential substantially: Study 

Optimising land management is a promising way to mitigate climate change, a recent study concluded. According to the report published in the journal Nature, global land vegetation could sequester an extra of 13.7 billion tonnes of carbon every year by adopting “location-specific optimal land management practices”. The finding is important because Terrestrial vegetation sequesters 112–169 PgC (1PgC = 1 billion metric tonnes carbon) each year, which plays a vital role in global carbon recycling. 

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