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Heat and extreme weather events and impact on health from climate change make it the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, says a report by The Lancet medical journal on Wednesday, November 28.

Scientists said climate change impacts – from heatwaves to worsening storms, floods and fires – were surging and threatened to overwhelm health systems, with hundreds of millions more people already suffering in the last two decades.

According to the Lancet Countdown 2018 on Health and Climate Change report, globally each person was exposed to an additional 1.4 days of heat wave between 2000 and 2017 compared to the baseline period of 1986 to 2005. In 2017, an additional 157 million heat wave exposure events took place, which is 18 million more heat exposure events than in 2016.

India is one of the countries worst hit by heat stress and labour hours lost.

From 2014-2017, the average length of heatwaves in India ranged from 3-4 days compared to the global average of 0.8-1.8 days, and Indians were exposed to almost 60 million heatwave exposure events in 2016, a jump of about 40 million from 2012, the report released Thursday showed.

India also lost nearly 75,000 million labour hours in 2017 (equivalent to a year’s work for 7% of the working population), compared to about 43,000 million hours in 2000, an increase of more than 30,000 million labour hours lost in less than two decades.

In India, average temperatures are set to rise alarmingly, the Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change says. By the end of the 21st century, Northern, Central and Western India may witness temperature rise averaging 2.2 to 5.5°C.

The impacts, the authors on India policy brief note, vary with different sectors with the agriculture being most vulnerable as compared to the industrial and services sector.

“For India, whose large agriculture economy makes up 18% of the country’s GDP and employs nearly half the population, this translates into substantial climate-related impacts on the workforce and economy,” said Dr K Srinath Reddy an author of the India policy brief of the Lancet report, according to a report in The Times of India (TOI).

For the agriculture sector alone, the labour hours lost increased from about 40,000 million hours in 2000 to about 60,000 million hours in 2017, says a briefing paper for Indian policy makers by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) based on the Lancet Countdown report.

The report comes ahead of the 24th UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP (Conference of Parties) – annual meetings held to assess and negotiate ways to deal with climate change. Issues likely to be discussed at this year’s conference are transfer of climate funds from developed countries to developing nations for adaptation to climate change impacts, and how nations can keep global temperature rise under 1.5 degree Celsius.

The report was authored by people from 27 organisations, including doctors, academics and policy professionals, who relied on written works and primary data reports from various countries.

“What we saw in the data shared is that the number, duration and intensity of heat waves has been increasing in India, particularly in the last decade. There are spikes in heat wave related morbidity and mortality. Lancet had shared summary data sets with us,” said Dr Poornima Prabhakaran, associate professor and deputy director of the Centre for Environmental Health at PHFI, co-author of the briefing paper.

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Low and middle-income countries, India included, are likely to be worst affected by climate change, given weaker health systems and poorer infrastructure, experts said, adding that this may lead to further widening of existing health and economic inequities.

Heatwaves are associated with increased rates of heat stress and heat stroke, exacerbation of heart failure and acute kidney injury from dehydration. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing morbidities are particularly vulnerable.

Dr Reddy was quoted by The Times of India (TOI) as saying that identifying local heat hot spots through appropriate tracking and modelling of meteorological data is needed to tackle the crisis.

Observing that a recent report “places India amongst the countries who most experience high social and economic costs from climate change”, the study makes several recommendations. These include identifying “heat hot-spots” through appropriate tracking of meteorological data and promoting “timely development and implementation of local Heat Action Plans with strategic inter-agency co-ordination, and a response which targets the most vulnerable groups.”

The report prepared jointly with the Public Health Foundation of India also urges a review of existing occupational health standards, labour laws and sectoral regulations for worker safety in relation to climatic conditions.

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Top 5 Phones for Online Gaming in India in 2022

India’s online gaming industry has seen significant growth in the last few years. Based on a KPMG report, the industry is expected to reach a value of over 3.9 billion USD by 2025. There are now more than 400 gaming companies in India and it is home to over 420 million online gamers.

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India’s online gaming industry has seen significant growth in the last few years. Based on a KPMG report, the industry is expected to reach a value of over 3.9 billion USD by 2025. There are now more than 400 gaming companies in India and it is home to over 420 million online gamers.

Now, many of these online gamers are playing and gambling on mobile devices. India is now one of the top five mobile gaming markets in the world. The cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Pune, Lucknow, and Patna have the most online gamers.

With the rise of mobile gaming, many are now looking into upgrading their devices to have a better gaming experience. If you’re in the market for the best mobile phones for online gaming and playing at 10cric online betting app, you’re on the right page.

Here are some smartphones that are still worth buying this 2022:

Oppo Find N

Foldable smartphones are becoming more popular and the Oppo Find N is a budget-friendly device. The bigger screen can give you great visuals for gaming since it’s already AMOLED with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It’s good for multiplayer FPS games like COD: Mobile and Garena Free Fire.

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Features:

  • Display: Foldable LTPO AMOLED (120Hz)
  • Size: 7.1 inches
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G
  • Memory: 256GB/8GB RAM, 512GB/12GB RAM
  • Sound: Stereo Speaker (No 3.5mm jack)
  • Camera: 50 MP (wide), 13 MP (telephoto), 16 MP (ultrawide), 32 MP (selfie)
  • Battery: 4500 mAh
  • Charging: Fast charging 33W, Fast wireless charging 15W, Reverse charging 10W

iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 14 has already been released but the prices are always steep for the latest Apple devices, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is still worth having this year. It’s still great for multi-tasking including playing heavy games like Genshin Impact. 

Features:

  • Display: Super Retina XDR OLED (120 Hz)
  • Size: 6.7 inches
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic
  • Memory: 128GB/6GB RAM, 256GB/6GB RAM, 512GB/6GB RAM, 1TB/6GB RAM (NVMe)
  • Sound: Stereo speakers (No 3.5mm jack)
  • Camera: 12 MP (wide), 12 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultrawide), 12 MP (selfie)
  • Battery: 4352 mAh
  • Charging: Fast charging 27W, USB Power Delivery 2.0, MagSafe fast wireless charging 15W, Qi Wireless Charging 7.5W

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

If you’re looking for an Android device that can work well for multi-tasking and casual gaming, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is a good fit. However, don’t expect much from it if you’re into FPS games. This is more suited for casual and online casino gaming.

You can install heavy games on this phone, but it’s best to run them on a lower frame rate and graphics setting to avoid drops and lags.

Features:

  • Display: Dynamic AMOLED 2X (120 Hz)
  • Size: 6.2 inches
  • Chipset: Exynos 2100
  • Memory: 128GB/8GB RAM, 256GB/8GB RAM
  • Sound: Stereo speakers (No 3.5 mm jack)
  • Camera: 12 MP (wide), 64 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultrawide), 10 MP (wide)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Charging: Fast charging 25W, USB Power Deliver 3.0, Fast Qi/PMA Wireless Charging 15W, Reverse Wireless Charging 4.5W

Asus ROG Phone 5

If you’re all about mobile gaming then the ASUS ROG Phone 5 could be the ultimate choice. It has a 6000 mAh battery, so you can play at least 4 hours of your favorite game uninterrupted. It has a powerful chipset and 144 Hz display refresh rate which could run most heavy games well. So whether you’re into Genshin Impact, Garena Free Fire, or COD: Mobile, you’ll have a blast with this mobile device.

Features:

  • Display: AMOLED 1B colors (144 Hz)
  • Size: 6.75 inches
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G
  • Memory: 128GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/12GB RAM, 256GB/12GB RAM, 256GB/16GB RAM UFS 3.1
  • Sound: DTS: X Stereo Speakers (2 dedicated amplifiers) with 3.5mm jack
  • Camera: 64 MP (wide), 13 MP (ultrawide), 5 MP (macro), 24 MP (wide)
  • Battery: 6000 mAh
  • Charging: Fast charging 65W, Reverse charging 10W, Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 5

Vivo IQOO 7 (India)

If you’re looking for a great budget phone that can run games well, Vivo’s IQOO 7 India version is worth getting. Its 6.62-inch AMOLED display hits the right spot and is enough to give you a great gaming experience. It won’t matter if you’re into FPS or casual games. This phone should be able to run games with at least medium graphics smoothly.

Features:

  • Display: AMOLED (120 Hz)
  • Size: 6.62 inches
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G
  • Memory: 128GB/8GB RAM, 256GB/8GB RAM, 256GB/12GB RAM
  • Sound: Dual speakers (No 3.55 jack)
  • Camera: 48 MP (wide), 13 MP (ultrawide), 2 MP (depth), 16 MP (wide)
  • Battery: 4400 mAh
  • Charging: Fast charging 66W

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Realme set to launch 10 Pro series in India today, here’s list of expected specs and features

One of the leading smartphone manufacturers in India Realme is all set to launch one of its much-awaited and feature-loaded smartphones 10 Pro series today. The company has already confirmed the news and will hold the virtual event on its official youtube channel.

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One of the leading smartphone manufacturers in India Realme is all set to launch one of its much-awaited and feature-loaded smartphones 10 Pro series today. The company has already confirmed the news and will hold the virtual event on its official youtube channel. Interested customers can see the launch of the phone by visiting any of the company’s social media platforms.

E-commerce giant Flipkart posts a banner on its site, revealing some of the key features and overall design of the phone. As per the online shopping platform, Realme 10 Pro+ will come with a curved display with a 120 Hz refresh rate with India’s first 2160Hz PWM dimming, under which the customers will be able to an experience of high-definition display quality.

Know everything about the Realme 10 Pro series

As per the company’s official information, Realme 10 Pro 5G will be the first flagship-level display handset that will have a 1mm ultra-slim bezel in the segment. Apart from this, the handset is also said to be expected to feature the segment’s first 120HZ curved display, high-quality camera setup, and a lot of security features.

Realme 10 Pro+ comes at a starting price of CNY 1699 (Rs 19,445). Meanwhile, the price of the Realme 10 Pro starts at CNY 1599 (Rs 18,300). Both models are now available for purchase in China.

At this price range, customers are getting top-notch features like 5G connectivity, finger sensor, the latest and advanced processor, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a USB Type-C port for charging among others.

As far as the camera is concerned, the Realme 10 Pro features a 108MP main lens, paired with a 2MP secondary sensor. For selfies and video chats, it has a 16MP lens.

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Xiaomi 13m series launch date, specs leaked ahead of the official launch, check details

According to the leaked information, it has revealed that Xiaomi will launch the upcoming 13 series in China on December 11 at 7 pm local time (4:30 pm IST).

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One of the leading Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi was all set to launch the 13 series along with the Xiaomi Watch S2 and Xiaomi Buds 4 on December 1, but due to some unknown reason, the company had canceled the plan a day before. Now, a tipster leaked the dates of the launch event on all the digital platforms.

According to the leaked information, it has revealed that Xiaomi will launch the upcoming 13 series in China on December 11 at 7 pm local time (4:30 pm IST). The leaks also suggested that the company is expected to unveil its awaited and feature-loaded smartwatch S2 and wireless Buds 4. There is also speculation that suggested that the firm also might introduce a small form factor (SFF) Xiaomi Host Mini PC could during the event.

iQoo set to launch 11 5G on December 8, check price and specs

The smartphone makers already revealed some of the speciations about the upcoming Xiaomi 13 series. According to the company, the latest flagship lineup will come as the vanilla Xiaomi 13 and the Xiaomi 13 Pro. Both smartphones will be equipped with the advanced Qualcomm snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which it will allow users to have a lag-free experience while using any heavy applications. The hands also will feature LPDDR5x RAM and UFS 4.0 onboard storage.

Talking about the camera setup, the Xiaomi 13 Pro will have a 1-inch Leica-optimised Sony IMX989 main image sensor. Apart from that 13 series handsets will have a 75mm telephoto lens which will provide a good quality image even in low light. It has been reported that the upcoming smartphones will come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Both handsets will feature ceramic with a leather work option at the rear.

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