US is under pressure to release vaccine supplies as India faces deadly surge

A health care worker assists a patient with COVID-19 at a hospital in Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. India’s coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis, with hospitals unbearably full, oxygen supplies running low, desperate people dying in line waiting to see doctors — and mounting evidence that the actual death toll is far higher than officially reported. (Atul Loke/The New York Times)

Funeral pyres have lit up the night sky in the worst affected cities, and the country has set a global record of 350,000 new infections a day, which experts say could be a vast undercount. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in response to questions about the export ban that “the United States first and […]

Climate change set to drive more deadly heat in South Asia

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An Indian boy wears an umbrella hat as he is carried by a man riding a bike on a hot day in Chennai on June 12, 2019 AFP The threat could be halved if the world meets the goal set under Paris agreement to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial times Deadly heatwaves in South […]

Deadly India floods bare conflicts from hydropower boom

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Kundan Singh, poses for a picture near his home after a flash flood swept down a mountain valley destroying dams and bridges, in Uttarakhand on February 11, 2021 Reuters The dam was swept away 2 weeks ago in a flash flood that also smashed bridges and another hydroelectric power station in the Dhauliganga river valley, […]

Lumpy skin disease: The deadly pandemic that has taken root among India’s bovines

Lumpy skin disease: The deadly pandemic that has taken root among India’s bovines

This will have a devastating impact on the country, where most dairy farmers are either landless or marginal landholders and milk is among the cheapest protein source A strange but familiar fear has prevailed over the village of Kammana in Kerala’s Wayanad district since the beginning of the year. It was much like what the residents experienced […]