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Abhimanyu Chakravorty


Abhimanyu Chakravorty is Assistant Editor with IE Online. He is particularly interested in writing on Environment, Climate Change, World Politics, Health and Fitness. He has degrees in History and Journalism. Follow Twitter Instagram

‘Understanding what happens between 5,000-8,000 mts on Mt Everest will estimate how glaciers respond to future warming’
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

The purpose behind the project was to perform a detailed scientific assessment of Mount Everest through establishing these weather stations, and crucially, through that, monitor climate variables at elevations critical for regional water resources.

‘Europe could likely see second coronavirus wave in Autumn’
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

WHO’s director of climate change, environment and health Dr Maria Neira said that in case a second wave happens, it won’t be of the same magnitude as the first.

EU green deal and how it plans to balance climate concerns and fix economy
Sat, May 30, 2020

The European Commission upholds the vision of the “European Green Deal” of achieving climate neutrality and economic growth by ensuring that no investment made for the sake of recovery can harm the bloc’s climate efforts, said Manon Dufour, head of the Brussels office of climate think tank E3G.

Fighting from the bottom, India’s sanitation workers are also frontline workers battling Covid
Wed, May 27, 2020

India's 40 lakh waste pickers in the informal sector and garbage collectors employed by states are at a direct risk of getting infected with coronavirus from handling unmarked medical and contaminated waste.

Wuhan lab ‘conspiracy’: How US, China are at loggerheads over origin of coronavirus
Fri, May 08, 2020

The United States and other countries have accused China of misleading the world about the severity of the outbreak, and there are growing calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the virus.

Why has eastern Europe seen fewer Covid-19 cases, deaths than the west?
Fri, May 15, 2020

The primary reason for the stark difference in cases and deaths points to an early implementation of lockdown in eastern and central Europe.

‘Covid-19 pandemic a result of humans not respecting space that wildlife needs’
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

In an interview to, co-founder of Wildlife SOS Kartick Satyanarayan talks about Covid-19 and its impact on humans and wildlife, and how lockdown is a time to re-evaluate human relations with nature.

Tropical forests’ capacity to absorb carbon is diminishing fast, a new study finds
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

In simple terms, tropical forests' ability to capture carbon has already passed its peak. These forests, in the words of environmental scientists, are increasingly becoming "carbon saturated". 

Himalayan towns in four countries, including India, are facing water insecurity: Study
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

The study forecasts that while only 3 per cent of the total HKH population lives in larger cities and 8 per cent in smaller towns, at least 50 per cent of the total HKH population will be living in cities by 2050 which will put tremendous pressure on water resources.

‘World doesn’t celebrate India’s achievement in climate tech enough’: COP26 president Claire Perry O’Neill
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

COP26 president Claire Perry O’Neill said, “We‘d love to work with India, we have learnt so much in the last two years about how you might align climate risk analysis with financial support."

India needs structural reforms to boost growth, policymakers should lead way for climate action: UN report
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

"After experiencing a sharp economic slowdown from 6.8 per cent in 2018 to 5.7 per cent in 2019, India has committed to an ambitious fiscal expansion to complement the country's already loose monetary policy," the WESP report said.

Vulnerable, small nations now lead charge to submit new climate plans ahead of COP 26 in UK
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.

‘2019 was warmest year for oceans than any other time in recorded human history’
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Researches opine that while humans can attempt to reverse their effect on the climate, our oceans will take longer to respond than atmospheric and land environments.

This new plan by White House sidesteps climate concerns, speeds up big project permits
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Under the new plan, the administration can only assess the environmental impacts of a project directly linked to it, and not on the larger climate implications of the project

‘2019 second hottest year on record’: EU’s climate monitoring service
Wed, Jan 08, 2020

The data suggested that the average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level.

2019 was a year of heightened awareness of climate change concerns
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

While the world looked in awe towards Greta Thunberg for her ability to mobilise thousands to demand climate justice, an 8-year-old Indian girl from north-east India also challenged world leaders to 'act now' at the COP 25 in Madrid, Spain. 

This new climate plan can help mitigate impacts of global warming
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

As per the new plan, the roadmap utlises updated data about how each country's energy use is changing, acknowledges lower costs and greater availability of renewable energy and storage technology.

Delhi govt passes electric vehicle policy to tackle air pollution, 5 lakh EVs to be registered in 5 years
Mon, Dec 23, 2019

The EV policy further states that over the next five years, the government will likely register at least 5 lakh new EVs in Delhi.

COP25 climate summit: A massive failure of leadership?
Tue, Dec 17, 2019

The COP25 climate talks also ended without providing a direction to the road ahead and clearly lacked decisive leadership or good intentions.

‘Lack of agriculture data obstacle in achieving sustainable development goals’
Tue, Dec 17, 2019

"Investment in statistics will help investment in policies and be able to say where interventions are needed and who should be the beneficiaries. If you don’t have this data, you’re shooting in the dark," said Pietro Gennari, chief statistician at the FAO.

Past decade of ‘exceptional heat’ likely to be hottest on record: Report
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

Climate variability and extreme weather events have also internally displaced more than 10 million people between January-June 2019.

UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report warns: ‘Very hard to meet 1.5 degree goal without deeper, faster cuts’
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

This is from the recently published United Nations Gap Emissions Report 2019 that presents a grim assessment on the yawning gap between 'what countries have committed and what they actually require to do to limit greenhouse gas targets'.

World Food Day 2019: Focus more on nutritional quality, less on high-yielding staple crops, says Tomio Shichiri
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

"We currently rely on only three crops (wheat, maize and rice) to provide nearly 50 per cent of the global dietary energy supply. This needs to change," said FAO Country Director in India Tomio Shichiri.

Explained: What is plogging?
Mon, Oct 14, 2019

The trend was started in Sweden by Erik Ahlström in 2016. During his commute to work, Ahlström would frequently come across litter that would remain on the streets for weeks without anyone picking it up.

Ganga basin covers nearly 40% of India, has big role in carrying trash from source to sea: Heather Koldewey
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

"The reason why plastic pollution has got so much attention is that science has shown the scale of the problem. Every single place that any marine scientist has ever looked, they have found plastic everywhere," she said.