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Learning from the past
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.
arathi  posted 11 months 2 weeks ago
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More farmers to benefit from weather services
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.
arathi  posted 11 months 2 weeks ago
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New weather prediction systems for better forecast
Weather forecasts from India Meteorological Department (IMD) are all set to undergo major improvement with the commissioning of two very high-resolution weather prediction systems. 
arathi  posted 11 months 3 weeks ago
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Hangul needs better protection
For the long-term conservation of critically endangered red deer or hangul in Kashmir, it is necessary to take up conservation efforts beyond protected areas, a new study has suggested.
arathi  posted 11 months 3 weeks ago
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Tree cover against pollution
Degrading air quality in metro cities is a matter of concern for public health. Massive tree plantation drives are often conducted in order to provide oxygen to choking cities. But trees, much like humans, also are severely affected by pollutants in the air.
arathi  posted 12 months 16 hours ago
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Rise in sea surface temperature kills corals
Corals lose their beautiful colours and even die during a coral bleaching event. The corals in the Gulf of Mannar suffered severe losses during the global coral bleaching event that occurred between March and October 2016, according to new data published recently.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 hours ago
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Darjeeling tea faces climate risk
The gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect the production of the famous Darjeeling tea.
arathi  posted 1 year 6 days ago
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Village swims in desperation
“Our village is also called the swimmers’ village because almost all of us including small children know how to swim. To learn swimming is not a luxury but a necessity for us.
arathi  posted 1 year 6 days ago
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Sewage to blame, Dal turns dull
Srinagar's prime tourist attraction, Dal Lake, is no more the scenic beauty it used to be. It's turning into an eyesore, thanks to sewage discharge and weed growth.
arathi  posted 1 year 1 week ago
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Emission inventory for Delhi
A group of scientists and students are braving the heat and dust this summer in the national capital to map all possible sources of air pollution, so that by winter this year, we can get a fair idea of different sources of pollution in the city.
arathi  posted 1 year 2 weeks ago
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Western Ghats a source of moisture for monsoon
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.
arathi  posted 1 year 2 weeks ago
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Treating waste with worms
Earthworms are considered best friends of farmers, acting as engineers in soils. They are helpful in the decomposition of waste, producing biofertilisers.
arathi  posted 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Detecting lead in water with nanoparticles
Nanotechnology deals with particles that are several thousand times smaller than the human hair, and it is being put to use in a variety of applications such as drug delivery and diagnostic tests. 
arathi  posted 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Uttarakhand braces itself for dry days
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 water in the hills to irrigate crops properly,” he says.
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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Locks down, barrage scares Durgapur
The industrial township of Durgapur, situated 150 km from Kolkata, faced a severe water crisis for two days in November last year when the Durgapur barrage became dry following a leak at one of the lock gates of the barrage.
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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Treating sewage with plants
A radical new method is fast emerging as an effective and sustainable solution to increasing pollution in urban lakes. Called floating treatment wetlands (FTW), they are artificial islands with plants that stay afloat on the lake. The plants clean the lake through hydroponics system, resulting in a cleaner, beautiful lake and an improved habitat for creatures that depend on it.
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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Indian monsoon recovers after decades of decline
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. 
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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IMD predicts a normal monsoon
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. 
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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Tourism increases black carbon in air
In a significant input for the growing debate on global climate change, a study by researchers at the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) has found that there is a remarkable increase in the concentration of black carbon in the atmosphere near the pilgrim town of Gangotri in Uttarakhand during the two annual tourist seasons of April to June and during September and Octobe
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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Yak faces threat of climate change
Yak--the lifeline of pastoral nomads in high altitudes of the Indian Himalayan region--is facing the threat of gradually rising temperatures in the region. 
arathi  posted 1 year 1 month ago

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