Droughts and Floods

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August 9, 2021 A 1.5 degree celsius warming is likely even before 2040. IPCC report calls for immediate cuts on global greenhouse gas emissions.
India will face irreversible impacts of climate crisis, says IPCC report (Image: Pixabay)
July 26, 2021 Do dams worsen floods? These videos by Jeevitnadi Living River Foundation highlight the role of dams in controlling floods and the emerging challenges to flood management in India.
Hirakud, India's oldest dam (Image source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
July 23, 2021 While floods are a normal part of the river ecology, can their impacts be minimised by understanding them better and changing our current practices?
Flooding in cities is getting common in India! (Image Source: IWP flickr photos)
February 10, 2021 The Uttarakhand disaster reaffirms earlier warnings on the fragility of the Himalayan region calling for more careful planning and preparedness in the future!
A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
January 4, 2021 How the historian's method is invaluable in developing an understanding of floods.
Need to consider the perspective of the historians who see floods as a naturally occurring event. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Urgent action needed to embrace integrated water and climate policies
Asia suffered the highest economic losses from both floods and droughts compared to other regions in the last 50 years, says a report by the World Meteorological Organization. Amita Bhaduri posted 4 days 23 hours ago

Water-related hazards like floods and droughts are increasing because of climate change.

Buildings and roads washed away, floods in Uttarkashi (Image: Oxfam International)
300 organisations from across the globe call for no climate finance for hydropower
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 week 3 days ago

Hydropower is not fit for climate finance according to 300 organisations worldwide

Gambhir dam near Ujjain (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Northeastern states witness highest rates of desertification
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month 1 week ago

Desertification is accelerating in several northeastern Indian states

Loss of green cover is increasing in the country (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
India leads Asian countries in enacting the Plastics Pact
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month 1 week ago

In launching its Plastics Pact, India becomes the first Asian country to do so

Different types of plastic waste (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
India now has 46 Ramsar sites as four new wetlands add to the list
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 months ago

Four more wetlands get the Ramsar tag

Wetlands are an essential component of our ecosystem (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
IPCC: Net zero plans needed if we are to stop warming
A 1.5 degree celsius warming is likely even before 2040. IPCC report calls for immediate cuts on global greenhouse gas emissions. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 1 week ago

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met virtually to consider the contribution of Working Group 1 (WG1) to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), for two weeks from 26th July to 6th August, 2021.

India will face irreversible impacts of climate crisis, says IPCC report (Image: Pixabay)
Floods and recurring natural disasters in India
Better regulation of environmentally sensitive areas is needed to avert disasters. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 1 week 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)
Dams and floods
Do dams worsen floods? These videos by Jeevitnadi Living River Foundation highlight the role of dams in controlling floods and the emerging challenges to flood management in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

What are floods, why do we have floods at all?

Hirakud, India's oldest dam (Image source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Understanding floods to prevent them!
While floods are a normal part of the river ecology, can their impacts be minimised by understanding them better and changing our current practices? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

What are floods, why do we have floods at all?

Flooding in cities is getting common in India! (Image Source: IWP flickr photos)
Dealing with droughts
There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a cou

India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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