Rise of just 0.5 degrees C in India has already resulted in deadly heat

June 9, 2017 by  
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As the world works to keep temperature increase from climate change below 2 degrees Celsius , a smaller increase than that has already led to deadly heat in India . A new study reveals an average temperature increase of just 0.5 degrees Celsius means the country is two and a half times more likely to be hit with a deadly heat wave than it was 50 years ago. Between 1960 and 2009, average temperatures in India increased by 0.5 degrees Celsius, which is under one degree Fahrenheit. The probability of a large heat-related mortality event – where more than 100 people perish – skyrocketed by 146 percent, according to the new study. Researchers also found the amount of heat wave days increased by 25 percent in much of the country. Between 1985 and 2009 part of south and west India saw 50 percent more heat wave events, or extreme heat that lingers for more than three or four days, compared to the 25 years prior. Related: India shatters records with temperature of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit Climatologist Omid Mazdiyasni of the University of California, Irvine and lead author on a study from 11 researchers in the United States and India said, “It’s getting hotter, and of course more heat waves are going to kill more people. We knew there was going to be an impact, but we didn’t expect it to be this big.” This is bad news for a region already grappling with heat. Neighboring Pakistan experienced the hottest ever temperature recorded in May in the world with a temperature of 53.5 degrees Celsius, or 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, in the city of Turbat on May 28. And in New Delhi , temperatures have spiked higher than 44 degrees Celsius, or 111 degrees Fahrenheit, in the last couple of weeks. Study co-author Amir AghaKouchak, another UC Irvine climatologist, said, “The general public may think that a one or two degree temperature rise is not that significant, but our results show that even small changes can result in more heat waves and more death.” The journal Science published the study this week. Via Phys.org Images via Abhishek Singh Bailoo on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Death toll climbs after powerful 7.5 earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan

October 26, 2015 by  
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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the northern Afghanistan early Monday, sending powerful tremors into Pakistan and India. Seismologists report the epicenter of the quake was located deep in the Hindu Kush mountains. Sustained tremors were felt in the capital cities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, forcing workers to evacuate office buildings and fill the streets as they trembled. At the time of this report, the death toll has climbed to 100 but many more victims are anticipated as recovery efforts continue. Read the rest of Death toll climbs after powerful 7.5 earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Rug Your City wants to capture the spirit of modern cities in handmade textiles

August 19, 2015 by  
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Design firm Floorplan has launched Rug Your City , a Kickstarter project that wants to create handmade rugs inspired by modern cities. Inspired by classic Persian and Turkish storytelling rugs, Rug Your City seeks $12,000 to prototype a New York-inspired pilot collection that will include five pieces designed by two graphic designers, an architectural firm, an environmental consultant and a Brooklyn-based artist team. The designs will either be hand-woven (flat-weave) or hand-knotted (plush) and take four to nine months to produce. The handmade rugs would be created by skilled artisans from Indian, Pakistan, and/or Turkey. + Rug Your City Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Pakistan province to plant 1 billion trees to revive plundered forests

May 7, 2015 by  
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Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwai government has announced plans to plant 1 billion trees to revive the province’s once glorious coniferous forests. Since the September 11 attacks in the United States, illegal loggers and Taliban have plundered the forests, so that only stumps remained of the region’s Pindrow fir, Morinda spruce, deodar, blue pine and chir pine trees. In 2012, The Guardian reported the administrative district Swat was a major target, and the Taliban “mercilessly stripped” Swat of its trees to sustain their military operations. Now, aware of the twin threat of climate change and land erosion, the provincial government will pump $150 million into a monumental tree-planting effort, Al Jazeera reports . Local nurseries expect the plan will boost their business as well. Elsewhere in the region, according to Treehugger , other plans are underway to plant 2 billion trees in neighboring India, while Ethiopia has also been hard at work replanting after deforestation. Via  Treehugger Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , environmental news , forestry , government , illegal logging , Khyber Pakhtunkwa province , News , Pakistan , planting trees , The Taliban

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300 naked logs surround the Nordic forest history museum in Sweden

May 7, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 300 naked logs surround the Nordic forest history museum in Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andreas Lyckefors , Bornstein Lyckefors Architects , Forest Finns , forest museum , slash and burn agriculture , Sweden , Torsby Finnskog Center

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Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge from the Sea

September 25, 2013 by  
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Video Still via YouTube A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck a rural area of southern Pakistan yesterday in a disaster that has claimed over 270 lives, left dozens injured and many more homeless. As the province of Baluchistan comes to terms with the horrific events, one unusual feature of the earthquake is garnering a lot of attention: as the quake rocked the region, it carried enough force to cause a new island to emerge from the Arabian Sea . Read the rest of Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge from the Sea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arabian Sea , Awaran , Baluchistan , earthquake , home collapse , mud homes , Mud Volcado , natural disaster , New Island , Pakistan , rural infrastructure , tremblor        

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California to Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credits to 2024

September 25, 2013 by  
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California’s lawmakers have approved legislation that would extend the state’s tax credits for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles until 2024. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would extend the state’s $2,500 tax credit that is passed on to buyers. Through the end of 2012, California has already handed out a total $24.8 million in rebates. Read the rest of California to Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credits to 2024 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california tax credits , electric vehicle , fuel cell vehicle , green car , Honda , hydrogen fuel cells , hydrogen power , plug-in hybrid , tax credits , Toyota        

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Ecouterre’s Year in Shame — Vote for the Most Deplorable Story of 2012

December 29, 2012 by  
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From  environmental crimes caused by toxic pollution  to the  mounting human cost of cheap fashion , 2012 featured some serious lowlights. Over at Ecouterre, we’ve rounded up seven stories we’d sooner forget ever happened, beginning with the  factory fire in Bangladesh  that claimed the lives of at least 112 garment workers in November (pictured above). Click through to see them all and cast your vote for the year’s worst. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adidas , Bangladesh Fire , ecouterre , factory fire , forever 21 , Greenpeace , h&m , olympic uniforms , Pakistan , poverty pay , PUMA , sweatshops , textile factory , toxic chemicals , working conditions , WTF stories

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Pakistani Garment-Factory Fire Likened to Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fires–Leaves 300 Dead

September 15, 2012 by  
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Nearly 300 Pakistani garment workers are dead after a boiler-related explosion triggered a fire last Wednesday. Few options of escape were available to the trapped workers: every exit except one was locked and most windows were barred, leaving many Americans to make comparisons to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fires of 1911. With a shoe factory fire claiming 25 lives in another nearby city, the Pakistani manufacturing industry is now under scrutiny. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ali enterprises , asif ali zardari , clean clothes campaign , ecouterre , garment factory , Karachi , Pakistan , triangle shirtwaist factory fires , western export garment factory

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Pakistan Rejects Foreign Aid for Combating Climate Change

July 23, 2012 by  
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Lahore Skyline photo from Shutterstock Although Pakistan is a relatively small contributor to global warming (approximately 0.8% of global C02 emissions ), it is reported to be one of the world’s 10 most ‘at risk’ countries to climate change. Despite this fact, Pakistani scientists report that the government is not taking the threat seriously and has rejected assistance from foreign powers to tackle the problem. Read the rest of Pakistan Rejects Foreign Aid for Combating Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , CO2 emissions , foreign aid , global warming , National Climate Change Policy , Pakistan , pakistan climate change

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