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Harnaaz had started taking part in beauty pageants from around 2017.

Harnaaz Sadhu became the 3rd person from India to win the Miss Universe title. Sushmita Sen had been the first Indian to wear the crown in 1994, followed by Lara Dutta in 2000.

Born in 2000, in the village of Kohali in Gurdaspur District of Punjab, the Sandhu family had shifted to England in 2006. They came back to India after 2 years and Harnaaz went to Shivalik Public School in Chandigarh. She later joined the Post Graduate Government College in Chandigarh and is currently in the final year of her master’s degree in Public Administration, from the same college.

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) said if the world achieves a 30 per cent cut in methane emissions from human activity by 2030, it would have a similar impact on global warming as switching the entire global transport sectorover to net zero emissions technologies.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday said if the world achieves a 30 per cent cut in methane emissions from human activity by 2030, it would have a similar impact on global warming as switching all world's cars, trucks, ships and planes -- the entire global transport sector -- over to net zero emissions technologies.

After two weeks of intensive discussions on how to step up international efforts to tackle global warming, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow concluded on Saturday night.

The IEA has played an active role throughout, participating in a range of events addressing the ways in which the energy sector can help solve the world's climate challenge.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol joined dozens of world leaders, led by US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, at the launch of the Global Methane Pledge, underscoring that reducing methane emissions is the most impactful way to limit near-term climate change.

An official statement quoting Birol said he welcomed the commitment by more than 100 countries worldwide to join the pledge to cut global methane emissions from human activity by 30 per cent by 2030 and highlighted the IEA's longstanding efforts to push for an end to methane leaks from fossil fuel operations.

Multiple leaders including Colombian President Ivan Duque, at the Global Methane Pledge launch, noted the IEA's important role in advocating measures to clamp down on methane emissions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his country was the first to commit to meeting the IEA goal of 75 per cent reduction in energy-related methane emissions by 2030.

US Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, who moderated the event, said the IEA has "played a tremendous role for all of us" and expressed appreciation to Birol for his leadership.

At COP26, Birol also met key leaders and top officials from around the world for discussions on key energy and climate issues, including a substantive meeting with Chinese Special Envoy on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua.

They discussed the IEA's recent Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and Energy Sector Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in China, as well as China's energy transition and climate goals.

Birol also held a bilateral meeting with UAE's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, at which they discussed cooperation between the UAE government and the IEA to support the Gulf nation's efforts to accelerate its clean energy transition and diversify its economy with the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

At a meeting with Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif, Birol focused on strong and growing programme of IEA-Indonesia cooperation on the energy transition, including the country's net zero roadmap and the energy agenda for its G20 Presidency in 2022.

During the first week of COP26, the IEA published a commentary on new analysis showing that if all the climate pledges made by countries around the world as of November 3 -- covering methane as well as carbon emissions -- were to be met in full and on time, it would limit the rise in global temperatures in this century to 1.8 degrees Celsius.

That's a notable improvement from the 2.1 degrees Celsius of warming that was projected by its World Energy Outlook 2021's Announced Pledges Scenario in mid-October, based on the climate pledges to date at that point.

But Birol believes this progress is still not enough to put the world in line with the critical goal of limiting warming to 1.5 Celsius -- and the pledges still need to be backed up with clear policies to actually put greenhouse gas emissions into decline.

Tracking and accountability will be critical to ensure that countries and companies are following through on their promises.

At the request of the UK's COP26 Presidency, the IEA is leading the tracking of global progress against the Glasgow Breakthroughs -- five goals aimed at driving down the costs of clean technologies. Meeting these goals will be essential to enabling the achievement of governments' long-term net zero pledges. (IANS/JB)

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The current global temperatures on Earth are unprecedented in the last 24,000 years

The current global temperatures on Earth are unprecedented in the last 24,000 years, since the last ice age, according to a new study.

In the study, a team from University of Arizona created maps of global temperature changes for every 200-year interval going back 24,000 years.

The results showed that the main drivers of climate change since the last ice age are rising greenhouse gas concentrations and the retreat of the ice sheets.

It suggested that a general warming trend over the last 10,000 years, settled a decade-long debate about whether this period trended warmer or cooler in the paleoclimatology community.

Further, the study published in the journal Nature also showed that the magnitude and rate warming over the last 150 years far surpassed the magnitude and rate of changes over the last 24,000 years.

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EVs are the best alternative if you want to reduce your influence on the environment.

Electric vehicles have increasingly been dominating the news in recent months. In the domain of the car business, the electric vehicle (EV) is a concept that is still in its infancy. Electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Tesla Model S, and Chevrolet Volt are excellent ways for you to save money and contribute to the maintenance of a safe and stable environment. Cars emit a significant amount of carbon dioxide, subjecting us to environmental hazards such as pollution and greenhouse gases. An electric vehicle is a significant step forward in terms of favourably impacting the environment.

EVs are the best alternative if you want to reduce your influence on the environment. As the electric engine in an EV functions in a closed circuit, it does not generate any gases often attributed to global warming. A fully electric vehicle does not need the use of petrol or diesel, which is ideal for reducing your carbon footprint. With an electric vehicle, you won't have to make a pit stop at the petrol pump. An electric automobile can be charged with nothing more than a standard wall outlet.

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