Climate Change # Pollution

Marine and Coastal Pollution in India- An Overview

Coastal and estuarine ecosystems are heavily influenced by the human species through pollution and habitat loss. Coastal pollution and its impacts have resulted in a number of environmental issues including the enrichment of enclosed waters with organic matter, pollution by chemicals such as oil, and sedimentation due to land-based activities. India is blessed with a long coastline of about 7500 kilometers with over 1200 islands in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India, endowed with a number...

Climate Change # Water

Flood Monitoring the Remote Sensing Way

Remote sensing technologies serve as a management tool for authorities to forecast and issue early warning of floods. A Flood Response System developed by C-DAC focuses on near-real time flood monitoring in the Brahmaputra valley.

Climate Change # Resources

India’s Faulty Mining And Mineral Policy: The Loopholes

The New Mining and Mineral Exploration Policy aims at bringing transparency. However, the concerns of the mining community need to be taken into account

Climate Change # Water

5 Western Flowing Rivers In India You Must Know About

India is a geographical paradise with a multitude of rivers flowing across the country. While most of the rivers in the country are east flowing in nature, i.e. they join the Bay Of Bengal, there are a few rivers that defy the odds and are west flowing! These west flowing rivers ultimately end up in the Arabian Sea. Unlike eastern flowing rivers, the western flowing rivers don’t create deltas on the path they follow on their way to the ocean.This can be attributed to the fact that the Western flowing...

Climate Change # Forests

Lantana Camara- Devouring the forests of India

Lantana Camara is one such invasive species that since its introduction has become widespread from Southern India forests to Himalaya foothills.Lantana not only spreads fast but does not allow grass, shrubs or any other plant in its vicinity to grow leading to the migration or decline in the number of herbivores ultimately affecting the carnivores at the top of the food chain. In a conversation with GnY, K V Sankaran, Former Director of Kerala Forest Research Institute said, “Lantana Camara...

Climate Change # Environment

Polarstern to study the Arctic Sea in a one year mission

In one of the most ambitious Arctic research expedition in history, Germany is going to sail its 120m-long research vessel, the Polarstern and allow it to drift into sea ice for a year-long expedition. The Mosaic (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) mission will be the first since Nansen’s as to understand why the arctic region is warming faster than any other place on Earth.It is an important mission as last month, the Arctic region recorded the lowest extent...

Climate Change # Water

Redefining Ganga River: A challenging and complex task

The Ganga is a diverse and complex system that is currently suffering increased demands, severely affecting the quantity and quality of flow and occupation of ‘river space’. The River needs to be redefined through innovative solutions to improve its health.

Climate Change # Environment

A list of Extreme Weather Events which occurred in 2016

Recently, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data revealed that 2016 was the warmest year for India in the last 116 years since 1901. And IMD’s “Statement on Climate of India during 2016” also stated that India’s top five warmest years since 1901 have been recorded only in the last 15 years. Here is a comprehensive list of high impact weather events according to a report by India Meteorological Department (IMD) in the following states. 1)  Floods and Heavy rains Floods in India...

Climate Change # Pollution

A Report On Air Pollution – What Is In Store For India

With India attempting to compete with China on so many fronts, from population to military, there is a competition that India is on the verge of winning. And it is not in the best interests of its inhabitants according to the latest report and findings in a joint study by the Health Effects Institute, Boston and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle. The report, State of Global Air 2017, has grave news for us and the future of clean air in India. The Report talks about air pollution...

Climate Change # Forests

Land Use Change: Delhi Ridge

There are many communities living on the fringes of the threatened Delhi Ridge - the city's only lung space. The Delhi Ridge stretches over a distance of 35 km, from Bhatti Mines to southeast of the 700 year old Tughlaqabad, branching in different directions, and finally tapering towards the northern end near Wazirabad on the western banks of Yamuna river. While one side of the locality is home to residential high-rises, large malls, five-star hotels, corporate offices and luxurious farmhouses...