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Study links air pollution and cyclone intensity in Arabian Sea; suggested solutions include diesel filters and two-stroke engines running on LPG fuel

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Pollution is making Arabian Sea cyclones more intense, according to a study in the journal Nature. Historically, prevailing wind shear patterns prohibit cyclones in the Arabian Sea from becoming major storms. The Nature paper suggests that weakening winds have enabled the formation of stronger cyclones in recent years—including storms in 2007 and 2010 that were the first recorded storms to enter the Gulf of Oman.

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UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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Given currently available carbon budget estimates, the available global carbon budget for 1.5 ˚C A large part of this potential comes from six relatively standardized categories: solar and wind energy; efficient appliances; efficient passenger cars; afforestation and stopping deforestation. The report also covers an assessment of the potential contribution from reductions in short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

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