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September 13, 2022 Heavy rains and floods have battered Bengaluru yet again. Uncontrolled and unregulated development and concretisation of the city that pays no heed to the ecology and hydrology of the region needs to stop!
Urban flooding in Bangalore (Image Source: Thejas via Wikimedia Commons)
August 11, 2022 This could lead to water quality crisis reinforcing the need for basin-specific management strategies
Around the world, more than a fifth of nitrogen released by human activity ends up in aquatic ecosystems (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
May 14, 2022 Climate change is real. What are its implications for India? This book presents a first of its kind national forecast on the impact of global warming on climate in India.
Climate change is real. What does it mean for India? (Image Source: Robert Hensley/Wikimedia Commons)
March 29, 2022 The intensity and duration of heat waves is predicted to increase in India and human induced anthropogenic changes are to blame.
A man sits under the scorching heat of the sun in front of Amer fort in Jaipur (Picture courtesy: Prabhu B Doss, Flickr Commons: CC-By-NC-ND-2.0)
December 26, 2021 Strengthen governance and institutional capacity to mainstream climate adaptation into ICT policies
There is a need to include climate adaptation projects in regional cooperation platforms such as Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway that advance digital development (Image: ESCAP)
Dengue expands with climate change in India
Dengue is witnessing an alarming rise in India. This study attempts to predict the present and future distribution of dengue vectors under different climate change scenarios in India. Posted on 26 Sep, 2022 12:20 AM

Dengue is witnessing an alarming rise in India in recent years and the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (2020) data shows a five fold increase in cases of dengue from 28,066 cases in 2010 to 157,315 cases in 2019.

Dengue and climate change

 	Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, beginning its blood-meal (Image Source: James Gathany, CDC via Wikimedia Commons)
Chaos in a concrete jungle
Heavy rains and floods have battered Bengaluru yet again. Uncontrolled and unregulated development and concretisation of the city that pays no heed to the ecology and hydrology of the region needs to stop! Posted on 13 Sep, 2022 06:32 PM

Bengaluru, once a city of lakes - is in crisis.

Urban flooding in Bangalore (Image Source: Thejas via Wikimedia Commons)
Climate change and disappearing forests
Measuring climate change velocity can greatly help to provide additional information on spatial variability of climate change and its implications for forest loss. Posted on 09 Sep, 2022 04:44 PM

Forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate world over with tropical forests - hot spots of biodiversity experiencing the largest declines.

Threatened forests of India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
India’s rivers in trouble due to high fertilizer load and heavy monsoons
This could lead to water quality crisis reinforcing the need for basin-specific management strategies Posted on 11 Aug, 2022 10:59 AM

Agricultural intensification in India has increased nitrogen pollution, leading to water quality impairments. The fate of reactive nitrogen applied to the land is largely unknown, however. Long-term records of riverine nitrogen fluxes are nonexistent and drivers of variability remain unexamined, limiting the development of nitrogen management strategies.

Around the world, more than a fifth of nitrogen released by human activity ends up in aquatic ecosystems (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
IFC fosters climate action in South Asia
Focus is on sustainable and inclusive growth Posted on 08 Aug, 2022 01:04 PM

IFC Fosters Climate Action with a Focus on Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in South Asia as New Regional Vice President for Asia and the Pacific Begins Work

IFC works on accelerating the transition to low-carbon development in a wide range of sectors (Image: Kai Stachowiak)
Extreme events take 231 lives during pre-monsoon: IMD
News this fortnight Posted on 28 Jun, 2022 02:34 PM

IMD seasonal analysis shows 231 lives lost during the pre-monsoon season due to extreme weather events

Floods during pre-monsoon season claim 81 lives this year. Photo for representation only (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Droughts reduce India's GDP by 5 percent in twenty years
News this fortnight Posted on 24 May, 2022 08:37 PM

Droughts reduced India’s gross domestic product by 2-5 per cent over 20 years from 1998-2017: Report

India, vulnerable to droughts (Image: Pixabay; hbieser)
Assessment of climate change over the Indian region
Climate change is real. What are its implications for India? This book presents a first of its kind national forecast on the impact of global warming on climate in India. Posted on 14 May, 2022 11:42 AM

Climate change presents growing challenges to human health, safety, quality of life and the economy of the country. This book titled 'Assessment of climate change over the Indian region' by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, edited by R.

Climate change is real. What does it mean for India? (Image Source: Robert Hensley/Wikimedia Commons)
Char Dham road widening: Activists up in arms against cutting of deodar trees
News this fortnight
Posted on 10 May, 2022 02:20 PM

Activists up in arms against the plan to cut down deodar trees for the widening of Char Dham roads

Rich, diverse forest of Uttarakhand (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Need for robust forecasting mechanism: Landslides and flash floods
Smaller-scale weather events need better prediction Posted on 03 May, 2022 08:33 PM

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has generated a long-range forecast for the upcoming southwest monsoon season, which brings rainfall across the country from June to September.

Image: Vinoth Chandar, Wikimedia Commons
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