Gurinder Kaur

India needs to wake up to severe air pollution
With each new report, the number of polluted cities in India is increasing Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 6 days ago

Two studies released on September 1, 2021, on the damage to human health due to increasing air pollution in India have revealed very worrying facts.

According to a Greenpeace India report released on January 21, 2020, 80 per cent of the country's cities are polluted by national standards (Image: Max Pixel, License CC0)
Floods and recurring natural disasters in India
Better regulation of environmentally sensitive areas is needed to avert disasters. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

After two weeks of extremely hot and long dry weather, the monsoon winds brought heavy rains to the hilly northern states of India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand) and the south-west coastal states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, and Kerala).

Floods in Uttarkashi (Image: Oxfam International; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
The lessons learnt from Cyclone Yaas
Tropical cyclones are expected to increase in intensity with climate change Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

On May 26, Cyclone Yaas from the Bay of Bengal hit the coast in Bhadrak district near the Bahanaga block north of Dhamra port

Cyclone Yaas slammed into the north Odisha coast near Balasore on May 26, 2021 (Image: NASA Earth Observatory)
Protecting India from maritime disasters
The Arabian Sea is also turning into a hotbed of cyclonic storms Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

On May 17, 2021 Cyclone Tauktae, the first extremely severe cyclone from the Arabian Sea in over two decades, barrelled up the country’s western coast, making its landfall in Gujarat.

Cyclone Tauktae intensified into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ and made a landfall on coastal Gujarat leaving a trail of destruction behind. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Serious efforts needed to curb carbon emissions
Will the promises by major nations at the recent climate summit bring the world closer to the Paris goals? Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 1 week ago

The Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States President Joe Biden has come to a successful conclusion.

On January 20, 2021 United States rejoined the Paris Accord (Image: Kai Stachowiak; Public Domain license)
Lights out to mark the Earth Hour
This year’s theme calls attention to climate change Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Earth Hour is observed on the last Saturday of March each year in almost all countries to raise people’s awareness of natural disasters due

Through this year’s theme, awareness is being raised about the crisis of nature loss, climate change and global warming (Image: SomeCG, Pixabay)
Need to revamp developmental planning in the Uttarakhand hills
The havoc points to the faultlines in the developmental planning of ecologically sensitive areas. Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 1 week ago

The recent catastrophe in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, where a large part of the Nanda Devi Glacier fell into the Alaknanda stream near Joshimath, caused severe flooding.

The glacial burst in Chamoli is nature’s way of telling the state not to play havoc with the local ecology. (Image: Down to Earth)
India faced with the onslaught of rising temperature
Climate change induced disasters can cause disruption to human well being and the ecosystem. Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months ago

On January 4, 2021, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) released a report titled

2020 was one of the warmest years in India despite La Nina which typically has a cooling effect on global temperatures.(Image: Tumisu, Pixabay)
Child malnutrition rises in five years, as per NFHS-5 data
The estimated increase in child stunting is only the tip of the iceberg. Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months 1 week ago

Government of India has recently released the data of the first round of National Family Health Survey-5, 2019-20.

Children born between 2014 and 2019 are more malnourished than those before. (Image: PxHere)
Delhi smog can’t be blamed on crop fires
There is more to Delhi's air pollution than stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

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The small window of a fortnight between rice harvesting and wheat sowing compels farmers to burn the crop residue (Image: Neil Palmer, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA-4.0 Generic)
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