Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

The heavy downpour during the winter chill has been attributed to western disturbances coupled with changes in climate owing to global warming. Post-monsoon rain, winter rain in particular, has been witnessing a gradual increase over the decades. This December, it beat the earlier record of winter rain registered in the city on December 22, 1942.

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Raining Risks

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

That the monsoon this year could be affected by El Nino, the warming of the western Pacific Ocean waters affecting weather patterns worldwide, was known well beforehand. Many countries, therefore, have braced up in whatever way they can. Farmers in Indonesia now have a calendar for early planting dates. Their government is also helping them

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Untimely Monsoon

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Republica: Monsoon rain patterns in South Asia including Nepal are fast changing. There are many examples of longer dry spells and shorter sudden heavy showers, replacing the three month continuous rain which has characterized Nepali monsoon. The rainfall pattern is inconsistent with higher intensities of rain and less number of rainy days creating long drought for

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El Nino Draws Attention to Asia Pacific Drought Monitoring Systems

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

It has recently been confirmed that there is a strong possibility that an El Nino event is going to impact global weather this year for the first time since the turn of the decade. Coming as the result of weakening trade winds over the tropical pacific, the result is heavy rains in some regions and

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Steady Drop in Seasonal Rain in India: Stanford Study

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

A recent study by the climate scientists from Stanford University in the Nature Climate Change Journal, claims that difficult times are ahead for Indians with increasing risk of drought and floods. The study has analysed precipitation data of India from 1951 to 2011. After reading the rainfall pattern of the last 16 years, the scientists

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‘India’s Rain Pattern Has Changed’

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

The monsoon, which provides 80 per cent of the total rainfall in the subcontinent and on which India is completely dependent for its agriculture, is witnessing disturbing changes. There has been a decline in the average total seasonal rain during the period 1980-2011, according to a new study. The study was carried out by Stanford

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Agriculture Must Get Climate Smart

May 19th, 2014 | By

With the Indian Met department having recently warned of weak monsoons this year due to the El Nino effect, there will be serious implications on agricultural production and food prices. More than 60% of the area under cropping in India is rain-fed. Low and erratic monsoon will severely affect the livelihood of those dependent on

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Monsoon Predicted to be Normal Affair

May 18th, 2014 | By

Nepal is likely to get a normal monsoon, raising hopes of good harvests for major crops in a country largely dependent on agriculture. Experts in South Asia and from the World Meteorological Organisation have predicted normal monsoon in Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan while rains could be below average in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and parts

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World is Unprepared for Major El Niño Later This Year

May 15th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: The weather is preparing to go wild, and will wreak havoc and death around the globe later this year. An El Niño, a splurge of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, is coming. It will unleash floods in the Americas, while South-East Asia and Australia face drought. Yet little is being done to address

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India’s Rain Woes Grow Bigger, Scientists Worried

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: Forecasting the June-to-September rains, which account for three-quarters of India’s annual rainfall, is becoming tougher. Last year, six states had to declare droughts despite predictions of a normal monsoon. Although India is scaling up its prediction techniques, including joint Indo-American forecasting under a bilateral agreement, too little is understood about how pollution and rising

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The Future Is Evaporating: Climate Change Could Dry Out 30 Percent of the Earth

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Sure, scientists expect the changing climate to bring on more drought. There’s going to be less rainfall in already arid regions, that’s fairly certain. And that alone would be bad news for denizens of the planet’s dry zones—in some places in North Africa, the American Southwest, India, and the Middle East, water shortages could well become

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PMD Links Severe Winter to Climate Change, Predicts Less Rainfall in Winter

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

Pak Tribune: With the start of winter this year, parts of country were engulfed by a severe cold wave breaking decades old records in many places, showing impacts of climate change. A detailed study on the change of weather patterns issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday states that apart from cold and heavy snowfall

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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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Geo-Engineering ‘Could Upset Rainfall’

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Geo-engineering – the confident technocrat’s last resort solution to catastrophic climate change – could create damaging conditions of its own, according to new research. Simone Tilmes of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in the US and an international team of colleagues report in Geophysical Research Letters: Atmospheres that at least one deliberate

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
water vapour

ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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Indian Floods Highlight Dangers Of Rushed Development

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath On 17th after flood

SciDevnet: The large-scale devastation and deaths caused by landslides and floods in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have highlighted gaps in India’s disaster preparedness, as well as a worrying neglect of environmental concerns in hilly areas. Scientists say a lake at the snout of the Chorabari Glacier was almost brimming over with glacial meltwater

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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By

WSJ: A roundup of what the Indian media said after flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. After flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month, disaster management authorities are planning to halt rescue

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Uttarakhand: Warning Bells On Deaf Ears

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Kedarnath on 18th morning

HT: The Himalayas are sick and will die unless there is massive forestation and a moratorium of at least ten years on tree felling. And if they die, the country will surely die in a chain of natural disasters.” Hindustan Times, 1977 Although written over 35 years ago, the warning sounds eerily relevant. A deadly

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Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

Jun 23rd, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Climate Himalaya: The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000

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Disaster In Uttarakhand, India: Huge Death Toll

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
Rescue operation in Gaurikund region of Rudraprayag

NDMA Drill Had Exposed Gaps in State’s Disaster Management Plan Uttarakhand government took no step to address shortcomings in three years. A mock drill organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in May-June 2011 in three districts of Uttarakhand had raised many crucial questions. After the drill, that was conducted in Dehradun on May

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A Local Solution To Global Warming

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Malé, the Maldives' capital, floods regularly

TheForeigner: Putting a label on people does not always explain the problem. If you don’t know, ask. What does the term “climate change refugee” really mean? My previous column looked at some of the current science, showing what is and is not known about people moving due to climate change. Significant potential exists for climate

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Washed Out By The Currents

May 27th, 2013 | By
Geo-tube: A contraption that helps to provide strength and stability to embankments.

The Hindu: The expensive geo-textile tube project to arrest embankment erosion in Brahmaputra’s Majuli is feared to do little to stop the river’s strong corrosive powers From a distance it looks like a corrugated astro-turf, adding a shade of green on a small patch of a rather long and dusty embankment (or dyke) for protection

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Climate Disasters Displace Millions Of People Worldwide

May 23rd, 2013 | By
MDG : Disaster-induced dispacement worldwide in 2012

Guardian: More than 32 million people fled their homes last year because of disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes – 98% of displacement related to climate change. Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt. Some 1.3 million people were displaced in rich countries, with the US particularly affected. Floods in India and

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Scientists Explore Roots Of Future Tropical Rainfall

May 21st, 2013 | By

Euresia Review: How will rainfall patterns across the tropical Indian and Pacific regions change in a future warming world? Climate models generally suggest that the tropics as a whole will get wetter, but the models don’t always agree on where rainfall patterns will shift in particular regions within the tropics. A new study, published online

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As Climate Change Threatens, Water Cooperation Becomes Vital

May 2nd, 2013 | By

World Bank: On World Water Day 2013: 85% of the world’s population lives on the driest half of the land, 783 million people do not have access to clean water, and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. The economic and health effects will be exacerbated by climate change and its effect on

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Status Of Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Apr 4th, 2013 | By
Photo: Glacier work

BioOne: The Hindu Kush–Himalayan (HKH) region encompasses a mountainous area of more than 4,192,000 km2 in the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The region is one of the most dynamic, fragile, and complex mountain systems in the world as a result of tectonic activity and the rich diversity of climates,

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In Tibet, Change Comes To The Once-Pristine Roof Of The World

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
HKH photo

360 Yale: Renowned biologist George Schaller has been traveling to the Tibetan Plateau for nearly three decades, studying its unique wildlife. But with climate change and overgrazing taking a toll on the landscape, he reports, scientists and the Chinese government are working to preserve one of the planet’s wildest places. Chang Tang. It is a

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Arunachal Apples Losing Taste Due To Climate Change

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

Times of India: Popular for its sweetness, apples produced in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh are now gradually losing their taste and even turning sour as a result of climate change. With the weather becoming erratic and a clear variation in temperature, snowfall and rainfall pattern being recorded, apple crops are no more getting

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Disasters In Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes In Indian Himalayas (Video)

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

CHI: In recent disasters in Indian Himalayan region we lost many human lives, livestock population, agriculture land, livelihood opportunities and huge infrastructure overnight.  The most affected states due to these calamities in India are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and part of West Bengal. The flood in Kosi and Indus basins in Nepal and Pakistan

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Damning Truths From New Study

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
India’s hydroelectric projects, such as this dam on the River Teesta, are raising environmental concerns. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/GETTY

Sevensisterspost: A new study has confirmed the worst fears of Assam’s anti-dam activists who are opposed to building mega hydel projects in the highly-seismic Northeast, known for its rich biodiversity. Unprecedented dam building in the Indian Himalayas holds serious consequences for biodiversity and could pose a threat to human lives and livelihoods, a team of

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Disaster-Prone Kashmir Trains Communities To Respond

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Shops damaged by floodwaters and mudslides in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, September 2012. ALERTNET/Roshan Din Shad

Alertnet: Muhammad Mushtaq moved his family and several neighbours to safety last September when their homes in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, were flooded by an overflowing stream during heavy monsoon rains. Mushtaq, who lives in a three-room tin-roofed house perched on a steep river bank at risk of landslides and floods, put into

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Climate Change Impacts On Glacier Hydrology And River Discharge In HKH

Jan 17th, 2013 | By
A new video shows how big dams affect river systems and factor into climate change.  Image courtesy Friends of the Earth/International Rivers/Google

MRD Journal: Abstract :Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns across the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region resulting from climate change have an influence on water resource availability and food security for the downstream population. This review seeks to objectively assess the available evidence of the impacts of climate change on glacier hydrology and the wider implications

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Is Climate Change Causing The Rise In Freakish Weather Conditions?

Jan 8th, 2013 | By

Daily Mail UK: The bone-chilling cold in the Capital and similar extreme weather events across the country over the past few years are more than just freak happenings. Consider the following: In July 2005, four days of continuous rain left Mumbai completely flooded. In 1999, a super cyclone ravaged Orissa, while the country came under

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Impact of Snow And Glacier Melt On Water: EU HighNoon Project

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By

Impact of snow and glacier melt on the water security of users of the Ganges, India Ewout Zwolsman, an MSc student from Wageningen University, assessed for the HighNoon project the contribution of snow- and ice melt to the water demand in the Ganges basin as part of his final Masters thesis. The first challenge was

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Doha COP 18, Global Warming and the Deepening Water Crisis in India

Dec 24th, 2012 | By

Yale School of F&E: She’s welcome to stay for as long as she likes” my mother says when I ask her if I could bring a friend home to stay over for a few days “now we receive water supply everyday”, she adds triumphantly. Provision of water to households in Bangalore, India’s sixth largest city and my

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Met Office Says 2013 Likely To Be One Of Warmest Years On Record

Dec 24th, 2012 | By
A man drinks water from a water fountain during a hot day in central Sydney

Guardian: Global temperatures are forecast to be 0.57C above the long-term average next year, making 2013 one of the warmest years on record, the Met Office said on Thursday. “It is very likely that 2013 will be one of the warmest 10 years in the record which goes back to 1850, and it is likely

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Global Trends 2030 Predicts Water Struggles And Climate Change Challenges

Dec 13th, 2012 | By

Huffingtonpost: The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to the best guess of the U.S. intelligence community in its latest forecast. “The spectacular rise of Asian economies is dramatically altering … U.S. influence,” said Christopher Kojm,

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Indian Monsoon Failure More Frequent With Global Warming, Research Suggests

Nov 8th, 2012 | By

Sciencedaily: Global warming could cause frequent and severe failures of the Indian summer monsoon in the next two centuries, new research suggests. The effects of these unprecedented changes would be extremely detrimental to India’s economy which relies heavily on the monsoon season to bring fresh water to the farmlands. The findings have been published November

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Water Wealth and Energy in the Indian Himalayas

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
Silk rout

Kelly D. Alley: The Himalayas is a place of majesty where glaciers hug the world’s tallest mountains, snow melt and precipitation combine to form the water of many vibrant river systems, and millennia of cultural and linguistic diversity guide human life ways. The Silk Roads of the past navigated this complex region and laid pathways

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Will Climate Change Lead To More Droughts?

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
FAQ on drought :  Historic Drought Cripples Farms And Ranches In American West

Guardian: Although climate change is expected to lead to slightly more rainfall at the global level, the timing and distribution of that rain is likely to change, increasing the chance of drought in some regions. The details are very difficult to predict, however. This is partly because regional climate impacts are strongly dependent on large-scale

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The Battle For Water – India’s Food Insecurity Compounded By Water Scarcity

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
Water scarcity India

Alertnet: Since India’s independence, the mammoth task of feeding its hundreds of millions, most of whom are extremely poor, has been a major challenge to policymakers. In the coming decades, the issue of food insecurity is likely to affect almost all Indians. However, for the poorest amongst us, it could be catastrophic. India ranks 65

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Floods In India’s North State Displaced 1.8 Million Children

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
Assam flood army rescue

China.org.cn: The three waves of devastating floods in India’s north state of Assam this year have left nearly 1.8 million children, along with their families, displaced, an assessment done by an NGO Save the Children, said Monday. The NGO found that the first round of flooding affected the districts of Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Jorhat, Tinsukia

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Connecting Dots: Communicating Climate Science In Himalayas

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya team interviewed Dr. David J Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Nepal) and discussed about the climate related issues in Himalayan region and about scientific communications and policy making processes. Climate Himalaya: Barring exceptions, it is business as

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Flood Havoc In Himalayan Foothills

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
Assam flood india blooms

Thirdpole: Floods and their associated misery are an annual phenomenon in Assam. But even by those standards, 2012 is turning out to be a particularly bad year. From mid-September, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries overflowed their banks, for the third time during the May to September monsoon season. The surging waters broke through embankments in

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Nepal: Country At The Top Of The World Has Had More Than Fair Share Of Tragedies

Oct 1st, 2012 | By
Nepal tragidy-telegraph

Telegraph UK: The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies. The high number of adventurers drawn to Nepal to climb the world’s highest mountains has led to more than its fair share of tragedies.At least nine foreign tourists died

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Global Warming Can Intensify Tropical Rainfall

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

Times of India: With every 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature, tropical regions will see 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes, with possible impacts for flooding in populous regions. This is an estimate given by a MIT study based on model simulations and observations. Extreme precipitation in the tropics comes in many forms: thunderstorm complexes, flood-inducing

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Cloud Burst: Disaster in Uttarakhand India-Updates and Photos

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
Okhimath Disaster-SV3

On 13th September 2012 night in Chwanni, Mangoli and Kimana villages of Okhimath block in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand (India), heavy rains completely inundated over 4 villages and eroded 2 more villages, while there are no clues about 20-25 families in these villages. One can see the aftermath of erratic rainfall over the night in

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Storms, Drought Overshadow New UN Climate Talks

Sep 4th, 2012 | By

Times of India: World climate change negotiators faced warnings on Thursday that a string of extreme weather events around the globe show urgent action on emission cuts is needed as they opened new talks in Bangkok. The week-long meeting in the Thai capital, which was devastated by major floods last year, aims to prepare the

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Gauging the Impact of Warming On Asia’s Life-Giving Monsoons

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

In Mongolia, U.S. scientists are studying climate clues in ancient tree rings to help answer a crucial question: How will global warming affect Asia’s monsoon rains, which supply water for agriculture and drinking to half the world’s population? Bouncing along bad roads in a jeep through central Mongolia, with bright blue skies and high clouds

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Water Problems Mount For South Asian Farmers

Aug 24th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture. Poor monsoon rains have diminished the water available for agriculture and groundwater reservoir replenishment in South Asia, as well as making it

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Ground Water Crisis in India

Aug 10th, 2012 | By

Following are the important highlights of a publication titled “Ground Water Crisis in India” (By: Paul Wyrwoll, Australian National University, Australia, 30th July, 2012. The article is available at: http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2012/07/30/indias-groundwater-crisis/). It has been compiled by the Climate Change community of UN Solution Exchange India and reproduced here:   Important Highlights of Publication     The

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Indian Monsoon Disappoints

Aug 10th, 2012 | By

Nature: Indian meteorologists are under fire for having predicted a normal monsoon when the country is heading for a drought (see the Hindu). The rains during the 4-month-long monsoon season (June to September) — accounting for more than 80% of India’s annual rainfall — are crucial for the agricultural economy. In April, the Indian Meteorological

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Is Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Necessary?

Aug 10th, 2012 | By

India water Portal: India like many other developing countries has focused its agricultural policies on increasing agricultural production to meet food security. While climate change mitigation has been included into its agricultural sector, the developed world argues that if it does not reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, these emissions are expected to increase

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Updates On Uttarkashi Cloudburst and Flashflood 2012

Aug 9th, 2012 | By
Rope bridge (foot) connecting two parts of Uttarkashi city got damaged

  Plan India/ SBMA:  On August 3rd and 4th night incidences of cloudbursts occurred in Uttarkashi area. It was around midnight when suddenly people noticed increasing water level with debris in the local rivers. People immediately started shifting from their houses  and tried to move to the safer locations. Some people were able to shift

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Droughts Bring Climate Change Home to Nepali Farmers

Aug 7th, 2012 | By

IPS News: Farmers in this fertile central district of south Nepal are convinced that an intense drought between May and early July that destroyed their maize crops is the result of climate change.  “Last year my farms produced over 20 quintals of maize, but this time I could barely harvest one quintal,” 60-year-old farmer Padmakanta

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Deciphering A Green Economy

Aug 6th, 2012 | By

IRN: Two consecutive power outages affecting at least 600 million people spelt out India’s energy crisis as August began. Caused in part by a coal shortage and in part by poor rains, the lack of power makes a strong case for an urgent global need to consider alternative sources of electricity. Electricity is the engine that

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South Asian Monsoon Variations Hard To Fathom

Jul 6th, 2012 | By

Nature: Understanding how the South Asian monsoon will change in response to global warming  and resolving the uncertainties in projected changes are ‘demanding tasks’ for climate science, a review says. Current state-of-the-art general circulation models have difficulty simulating the regional distribution of monsoon rainfall, the 24 June review in Nature Climate Change says. The vagaries

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Tanzania: Climate Change Cripples Farming in Kilimanjaro

Jul 6th, 2012 | By

Moshi — Climate change, blamed on heavy environmental degradation on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, has dealt a devastating blow on farmers as almost all cash and food crops have been affected by this year’s unreliable weather patterns, it has been revealed. Opening a stakeholder’s workshop, the Kilimanjaro Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Dr Faisal Issa

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

The Hindu: There is an urgent need to study the impact of climate change on water and protect water sources A new report on water sector options in the face of changing climate has called for fresh approach to studying alterations in the patterns of rainfall and snowfall, availability of surface and ground water and

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Climate Change And The South Asian Summer Monsoon

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

Nature: The vagaries of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall on short and long timescales impact the lives of more than one billion people. Understanding how the monsoon will change in the face of global warming is a challenge for climate science, not least because our state-of-the-art general circulation models still have difficulty simulating the regional

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