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Abhimanyu Chakravorty

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

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.

The face of climate change is poverty and loss of dignity: Ghana leader Samia Nkrumah
Fri, Sep 20, 2019

"Until women enter the arena alongside men with full force in land governance, change won't happen," said Nkrumah, President of Pan-African Center in Ghana.

Adapt to climate change, or face huge economic and human toll, warns report
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

The report said that investing in early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, dryland agriculture crop production, global mangrove protection, and freshwater resources will pay dividends several times over.

In strife-torn Sahel, a global pledge to restore 100 mn hectares of land, 10 mn green jobs by 2030
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

The Sahel region of Africa - a nearly 3,860 km semi-arid expanse of sandy, barren, rocky land - is one of the most environmentally degraded regions in the world.

Can land degradation neutrality be achieved by middle of this century or have we run out of time?
Sat, Sep 07, 2019

The core agenda at this year's UNCCD explores ways to reverse land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to delivering on SDGs.

To overcome prejudice, youth must interact with those whom we define as ‘them’: President Kovind
Fri, Aug 23, 2019

"Following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices," said the President.

Latest UN report warns: Change consumption habits, farming or endanger food and climate
Thu, Aug 08, 2019

"Delaying action ... could result in some irreversible impacts on some ecosystems, which in the longer term has the potential to lead to substantial additional emissions from ecosystems that would accelerate global warming," it said.

Odisha Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: BJP closes in with 8 seats, BJD secures 13
Fri, May 24, 2019

Odisha Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: In Odisha, the BJP has secured 8 of the 21 seats while Biju Janata Dal has got 13. In 2014, the BJD had won 20 seats and BJP took one.

Why is Ebola outbreak in Africa’s DRC worrying the rest of the world
Thu, May 16, 2019

Since the outbreak of the virus in August 2018, more than 1,11,000 people have been vaccinated in the DRC. Despite the highly potent vaccine, the number of Ebola cases is steadily on the rise.

Southeast Asia talking trash (literally) with West: Indonesia is latest in line
Wed, Jul 31, 2019

Faced with a massive trash problem of their own making, Southeast Asia too is pushing back and increasingly rejecting foreign trash imports fearing they could become the next dumping ground.

Nepal’s plastic problem mirrors SE Asian economies’ challenges, but it can change its narrative
Tue, Apr 16, 2019

For decades, low awareness and a near dysfunctional waste management system has resulted in litter either thrown into or dumped on the river banks throughout the valley, which ultimately flows down to the Bagmati river.

Laos’ trash problem is an ecological time bomb, here’s how it can course-correct
Fri, Apr 12, 2019

In Laos, newly-empowered consumers are basking in the benefits of the polymer industry without knowing the consequences of their consumption on marine ecosystems.

Cambodia is drowning in its waste, here’s how it can plug the plastic flow
Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Just like Thais, Cambodians have a deep-rooted relationship with plastic bags. It’s hard to break up with the clingy habit as it’s a convenience that’s unmatched by any other product.

Thailand is addicted to plastic, but here’s how it can kick the habit
Mon, Aug 12, 2019

This story is the second of a four-part series on documenting plastic pollution in Southeast Asia.  

From Aconcagua to Everest: This woman is on a mission to summit 7 peaks across the world
Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Vamini Sethi has successfully summited three peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Russia, and Mt Aconcagua in Argentina. Now, the penultimate, Mount Everest, is up next in a few days.

Part 1 – 5 countries, 13,000 km, 1 goal: Challenge the everyday use of plastic
Mon, Aug 12, 2019

I was on a 3-month bike ride across five countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand , Cambodia and Nepal, to challenge the everyday use of plastic through an activity called Plogging - a mix of jogging and picking up trash.

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