Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.
The WHO’s estimate of 47.4 lakh Covid-related deaths in 2020 and 2021 has sparked a debate. Why are such estimates so different from India’s official count? A look at the nuances being missed in the debate.
The WHO’s estimate of 47.4 lakh Covid-related deaths in India in 2020 and 2021 flies in the face of overall death data, historical trends in death reporting, and Covid death compensation claims from states.
For several months in 2020, when the pandemic first gripped the world, non-Covid medical services were suspended or operating thinly in India, with 80 to 100 per cent of beds in several hospitals reserved for Covid patients.
There has been unusually high interest in the CRS data for 2020, especially the death numbers contained therein, because of the large number of deaths caused by the pandemic. About 1.49 lakh people died due to Covid-19 in 2020, according to official figures.
Daily new Covid-19 cases are rising in Delhi and Haryana, as are active cases nationwide. Lifting of restrictions could be a reason, but it's too early to worry about a fourth wave when no new variant has been detected.
India’s contribution to space debris had increased sharply in 2019 after the country’s first-ever anti-satellite test, during which India had demonstrated its capability to strike at an enemy country’s space assets.
The third and final part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report is clear: To have any chance of restricting global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, the world must act now. But there is a pathway, albeit narrow and difficult, that is still open. And it’s not that expensive either — what the world needs is the will to walk.
Stressing on stronger action in the near term, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that global greenhouse emissions needed to peak by 2025 “at the latest” if the world wanted to restrict temperature rise to within 1.5 degree Celsius from pre-industrial times.
China has imposed a hard lockdown in half of Shanghai, its financial capital and a global hub for international finance and trade. What are the numbers like in Shanghai? Has the country's aggressive strategy failed? Does the Chinese situation pose any risk to India?
Worryingly, the pandemic is showing signs of resurgence in a few areas, most notably in China where a sudden rise in cases is being reported. The surge in China follows an unprecedented wave in Hong Kong since early February.
The second part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report has warned of multiple climate changes even if steps are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What is new, and what is the significance of these reports?
Satellites, or payloads as they are often called, sit inside the rocket, and are ejected once they reach near their intended orbit in space. Most satellites have small propulsion systems and carry small amounts of fuel, because they encounter very little drag, or force, in outer space.
This is not unusual or unexpected. Additional reasons could be that Omicron has been causing relatively mild disease, and vaccines have in any case not been great at warding off infection with this variant.
🔴 On Thursday, 2.51 lakh new Covid-19 cases were detected, well below the 3.47 lakh that were discovered a week earlier, which remains the highest daily count in the third wave so far. The peak of the second wave had been achieved at 4.14 lakh.