Declarations of climate emergency had reached a crescendo, when the pandemic brought us all to a standstill. In the abrupt quiet, we heard the birdsong, and signs that a lesser human footprint could help the environment regenerate itself. But it can't be at the improbable cost of shutting down an intricate machinery of economies and human endeavour. On occasion of the World Environment Day, what then do we hope for this living planet to be?
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Blooming apple trees with anti-hail nets in Shimla, India. April 16, 2018
Climate change has caused Himalayan glaciers to melt twice as fast since 2000, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University, who analysed satellite images of 650 glaciers across 2,000 kms of the Himalayas. The biggest effects of the melt will be felt downstream where livelihoods are mediated by snowmelt, like apple growers in Himachal. Millions of people living in the Ganges basin will be impacted by flooding as the melt triggers change in weather patterns