Tragedy strikes Gujarat as unseasonal rains and lightning claim lives

Gujarat, an Indian coastal state, reels from unseasonal rains and hailstorms, resulting in multiple casualties, injuries, and widespread damage.

The severe weather, caused by a cyclonic circulation, has also led to significant agricultural losses and industry disruptions.

Critically endangered Sumatran rhino born in Indonesia

A rare Sumatran rhino was born in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, marking the second birth in 2023 for the critically endangered species with fewer than 80 remaining worldwide. The event is significant for conservation efforts amid severe threats like poaching and climate change. Indonesia is actively working to protect both Sumatran and Javan rhino populations.

Indonesia unveils investment plan for US$20 bn energy transition pact

Indonesia launches a US$20 billion plan for a renewable energy transition, targeting net-zero emissions by 2050 and a 44% share of renewables by 2030. Jakarta expresses concerns about financing and aims to transition from coal while entering the electric vehicle market.

Thousands of fossil fuel lobbyists attend COP meetings: NGOs

Delegates from fossil fuel industries attended UN climate talks 7,200 times in 20 years, with major oil companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron securing 267 accreditations. Concerns arise over their influence at COP28 in Dubai. Lobbyists from top polluters attended 6,581 times, sparking worries about underreporting.

China emissions could fall in 2024 on renewables jump

China’s carbon emissions predicted to drop in 2024 as renewable energy outpaces demand. Growing solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear power exceeds fossil fuel generation. However, challenges may arise from expanding coal power, causing conflicts between traditional and emerging interests.