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posted Oct 16, 2018, 10:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 10:18 AM ]

New Delhi
Indian farmers to reap the pain of Climate Change

India's farmers will be hardest hit by global warming, with the effects of the climate crisis already being felt a generation ahead of predictions, experts have warned.

The dire warning comes after the Oct. 8 release of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report, compiled by 91 climate experts from 40 countries.

The report warned that there were only a dozen years left for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 Celsius. After that, even a half a degree increase will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and impoverish hundreds of millions of people.

The report said "urgent and unprecedented changes" were needed to reach the target, which they described as "affordable and feasible."

But it also warned that even if the increase can be held at 1.5oC, as outlined in the more ambitious targets of the 2016 Paris Agreement, it may still not be enough to avert a climate crisis.


Female foeticide not forgotten

Anti-abortion and other groups joined government efforts to change India's skewed sex ratio that is caused by large-scale female foeticide.

According to the Population Research Institute, at least 12.7 million sex-selective abortions were conducted in India between 2000 and 2014. On the eve of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child, various groups joined a programme in a public square in New Delhi, stressing the importance of protecting girl children.

The Oct. 10 event organised by a Christian rights' group called Alliance Defending Freedom India (ADF-India), which is opposed to abortion, was directed at creating awareness on the adversities of female foeticide and domestic violence.

"Girls and boys have an equal right to life and liberty," said Tehmina Arora, director of ADF-India. "Our nation cannot afford to lose its little girls to discrimination and neglect."


New Bishop of Lae, PNG

Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Rozario Menezes SMM, the third Bishop of Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Wednesday, October 10. Fr Rozario is an Indian Montfort missionary who had been serving the Church in PNG since May 2000. He was born at Virajpet, Coorg district of the diocese of Mysore on August 30, 1969, and was ordained a priest on November 4, 1999.

Fr Menezes joined the minor seminary of the Congregation of the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries) and completed his Pre-University studies at Saint Philomena's College in Mysore. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Mysore. He completed Philosophical and Theological studies at Dharmaram College, Bangalore. He took his religious vows on May 31, 1992, and was ordained a priest on November 4, 1999.


Lok Manch to build a fair and respectful nation

The Jesuits of South Asia support the cause of the poor, and with this spirit, have promoted and launched the Lok Manch, a platform of leaders of civil society organisations committed to protecting and promoting the rights of marginalised populations, said Fr Irudaya Jyothi. Thanks to the network established with 92 organisations in 12 Indian states, the religious have reached about 300,000 needy families in urban and rural areas.