Record Heatwave in the Arctic Region: A Report on The Catastrophic Events in the Arctic Due to Rise in Temperature

“For the first time in recorded history, temperatures reached 38°C (101°F) in a remote Siberian town – 18°C warmer than the maximum daily average for June in this part of the world, and the all time temperature record for the region”, writes Jonathan Bamber, a Professor of Physical Geography in University of Bristol (Bamber 2020). […]

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Antarctic’s Weddell Sea loses sea-ice twice the size of Spain

Antarctic sea ice is a dynamic material that forms during winter and floats away and melts during the summer. Due to this dynamic phenomenon, the ocean around Antarctica enlarges, doubling the size of the continent in the winter months reaching over 18 million sq km (Science Daily 2020). The sea ice plays an important role […]

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Mercury levels spike in Svalbard polar bears

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus)-classified as a marine mammal, roam the arctic sheets and swim in the region’s coastal waters. As these bears depend on sea ice for their existence and are directly impacted by global warming and climate change, it makes them a significant indicator species (Ramsay M., 1998). Polar bears are also on the […]

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COVID-19: Challenges of Human Health and Environmental Costs

Litter generated from disposable single-use masks and latex gloves is among the many downsides of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These discarded personal medical clothing items are now seen strewn on the roads, sidewalks, and other public places. Besides being medically dangerous for humans who may come in contact with these discards and trigger another surge […]

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Massive Oil Spill in The Arctic Region – Russia Declares A Federal Emergency

A national-level state of emergency has been declared by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in the regions of Norilsk and Taimyr, northern Siberia. The declared state of emergency in these Arctic regions is to bring in the ‘federal resources’ to assist the arduous clean-up efforts following a spill of more than 20,000 tonnes of diesel […]

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The Last Sigh of a Marsh | Jammu’s Gharana: A dying wetland

Gharana, a dying wetland, is located merely 500 m from the international border between India and Pakistan, the 200 acres of the Wetland situated in Jammu province (boundaries yet to be demarcated) harbours around 50 species of wintering waterbirds. Gharana is partially covered with various water plants — water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes, Hydrilla spp. and […]

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Top 10 Climate Change Indicators : Reliable Yardsticks

Climate Change indicators are observations that can be used to track the current state of climate and its trends. Climate is defined as the average weather conditions prevailing at a place or a region over a long period. At a broader scale climate systems include land, atmosphere, ocean and the cryosphere. The World Meteorological Organisation […]

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Rising Green and Golden Seaweed Tides: A Menace or a Resource

Green, brown and red seaweeds scattered on the beach is a normal occurrence in many coastal regions. The volume of beached seaweed biomass started to increase along the shores of industrialised nations in the 1970s and had become a major nuisance by the 1990s, when mass beaching of macroalgae started to be known as green […]

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A primer to UN’s global biodiversity outlook 5 mechanisms to protect nature, ecosystem and humankind

The Global Biodiversity Outlook is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, was opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 5 June 1992 and entered into force on 29 December 1993, 90 days after the 30th ratification, as stated […]

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