Rainfall and other forms of Precipitation

  • CAG blames TN government for Chennai floods in 2015 The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has held the Tamil Nadu government responsible for Chennai floods of 2015. The CAG report, ‘Flood management and response in Chennai and its suburban areas’, has revealed that the state's wate...
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  • India could address its water, food security by replacing rice cultivation: Study  According to a new study, India can reduce its irrigation water use to one third by replacing the water-intensive rice crop with less water-intensive cereals like maize, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum. ...
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  • A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage that demand in an equitable and sustainable way. Wells, not dams, have been the temples of modern India India is a groundwater economy. At 260 cubic km per year, our country is the...
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  • A study by the World Bank indicates that due to rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) may dip by 2.8 percent (amounting to $1177.8 billion) by 2050. The living standards of nearly half the country’s population will ge...
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  • Monsoon shows a deficit of five percent in June The rainfall shows a deficit of five percent in the month of June for the whole country. While the north-west India recorded 'large excesses', Saurashtra, Kutch and east Uttar Pradesh are among the rain def...
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  • This summer, Jaipur’s temperatures are soaring upwards of 40 degree Celsius. Jaipur witnessed its hottest day on April 26 when a temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius was recorded. Of late, at least some parts of the city are beginning to exhibit signs of climate change typical of large cities. With ...
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  • Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may spark a shift towards wetter winters and drier summers, warns a new study based on evidence from climatic history preserved in 65-million-year-old oyster shells. Earlier research shows that about that time, in the Cretaceous period, atmospheric carbon di...
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  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to increase the number of farmers getting agro-meteorological advisory to 40 million from the current level of 24 million by next month.  Minister for Earth Sciences and Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced this today at a press con...
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  • Delhi Jal Board decides to withdraw all cases against Haryana to amicably settle water dispute The Delhi Jal Board has decided to withdraw the cases filed against Haryana in the National Green Tribunal and the high court in order to settle water dispute between the two states in a more amicable man...
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  • The gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect the production of the famous Darjeeling tea. The maximum temperature in Kurseong has risen by 0.51 degree over the last 20 years while the total annual rainfall dropped by 56 mm and the relative humid...
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  • Hello, Every time it rains, I see huge rain water gushing through the roads and drains of Bangalore city. The entire water gets wasted as it reaches the sewage and flows out of city as sewage water. If we can stock this running water across the areas, it should recharge the depleting ground water a...
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  • The mountain range that runs along the west coast of peninsular India from Tamil Nadu through Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa to Maharashtra is known as the Western Ghats and is very well known for its majestic beauty. It is also among the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world. The Western Ghats h...
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  • Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough ...
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  • Hello Sir, Greetings!! I am doing a research to understand why the water streams that use to flow earlier has completely vanished. Need your help in getting the rainfall reports. I am from Kolar- Karnataka and I am focusing on understanding the reports in this region. I am doing a research to unde...
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  • As the parched Indian subcontinent eagerly awaits the monsoon, all indications are that it will be a normal monsoon, especially since no El Niño is in the offing for 2018.  The long-term monsoon trend has been getting much attention recently. The seasonal total rainfall which has decreased by...
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  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday forecast that the monsoon this year will be normal, with rainfall of 97 percent of the long period average (LPA) with an error of plus or minus five percent.  If the forecast comes true, it will benefit the country’s economy, as it will be the ...
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  • A recent BBC report projected that Bengaluru will run out of water soon. Yes, it was a superficial list of cities that already have water problem. It just pronounced the harsh verdict without any in-depth analysis of the factors involved. That’s like taking a casual look at an emaciated man and s...
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  • In a few weeks from now, the seasonal forecast for the Indian summer monsoon will be announced. Among various parameters that determine the fate of the monsoon is the sea surface temperature, more specifically, the contrast between land and sea temperatures. But what are the parameters that determin...
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  • The issue of economic development is intrinsically connected with global warming. The temperature of the planet rises because of indiscriminate exploitation of its resources and destruction of the environment. The effect of global warming further intensifies temporal and spatial variations in precip...
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  • Here is more evidence why we need to worry about climate change. A new study says extreme rainfall events are on the rise in India and attributes the trend to man-made emissions, what scientists call anthropogenic warming. Not just this, the trend is likely to become more prominent by mid-century, p...
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CAG blames TN government for Chennai floods in 2015

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India could address its water, food security by replacing rice cultivation: Study 

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To make access to water adequate and equitable, the focus must shift from water sources to water resources. Science, community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes.

A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage that demand in an equitable and sustainable way.

Wells, not dams, have been the temples of modern India

India is a groundwater economy. At 260 cubic km per year, our country is the highest user of groundwater in the world - we use 25 percent of all groundwater extracted globally, ahead of USA and China.

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Seven out of the top 10 climate hotspots in India in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, says a World Bank study.

A study by the World Bank indicates that due to rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) may dip by 2.8 percent (amounting to $1177.8 billion) by 2050. The living standards of nearly half the country’s population will get depressed.

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Monsoon shows a deficit of five percent in June

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A new phenomenon, urban heat islands in Jaipur indicates that the city has begun to witness the worst of climate change.

This summer, Jaipur’s temperatures are soaring upwards of 40 degree Celsius. Jaipur witnessed its hottest day on April 26 when a temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius was recorded. Of late, at least some parts of the city are beginning to exhibit signs of climate change typical of large cities. With more concrete and asphalt replacing natural vegetation, “urban heat islands” are becoming a reality and Jaipur is a good example of this.

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Scientists study 65-million-year-old rainfall trends to predict future.

Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may spark a shift towards wetter winters and drier summers, warns a new study based on evidence from climatic history preserved in 65-million-year-old oyster shells.

Earlier research shows that about that time, in the Cretaceous period, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were almost thrice the present amount. It was the most intense greenhouse phase in the history of the earth with unusually high temperature and sea levels. There is also some evidence of torrential rainfall and cyclones. 

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Government plans to expand weather services, agromet advisories to reach 40 million farmers from July.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to increase the number of farmers getting agro-meteorological advisory to 40 million from the current level of 24 million by next month. 

Minister for Earth Sciences and Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced this today at a press conference to mark the completion of four years of the NDA government.

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Delhi Jal Board decides to withdraw all cases against Haryana to amicably settle water dispute

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Increasing temperatures, decreasing rainfall and change in relative humidity adversely affect the famous Darjeeling tea production.

The gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect the production of the famous Darjeeling tea.

The maximum temperature in Kurseong has risen by 0.51 degree over the last 20 years while the total annual rainfall dropped by 56 mm and the relative humidity by 16.07 percent, leading to a decline in the overall production of Darjeeling tea in terms of green leaf production per hectare. 

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