Geopolitics of the Poles in the Anthropocene Age

 Science and politics are intricately intertwined more so in Polar Regions where science ensures access. The Antarctic Treaty has provided an excellent platform for resolving minor irritants even though some experts feel that the Treaty is lately hollowing (Hemmings, 2017). Even at the height of the cold war period when the ‘the potential for the […]

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Himalaya | Seeking a Coordinated Approach in Glacier Research

The 2400 km long arcuate Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain range supports largest accumulation of snow and ice following the Polar regions of Arctic and Antarctic and Greenland. Apart from the several peaks that attain more than 8000 m heights above mean sea level, the Himalaya also brings to life many major rivers that support ~1.3 billion […]

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Precipitation in the Himalayas

Extreme weather, such as heavy precipitation, extensive avalanches, cloud burst, flash floods and landslides, regularly happen in the western Himalayan region. These extreme events generally occur under the influence of mid-latitude westerly systems during the winter months and due to monsoonal systems in summer. The western Himalayan region climate is influenced by the southwest monsoon […]

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The Chennai 2015 Floods

Climatic conditions and processes change over space and time. Nearly 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans. Both land and oceans have different characteristics in terms of their heating and cooling capacities, resulting in differences in atmospheric pressure, temperature and relative humidity. In addition to the massive ice-sheets over the Arctic […]

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The Science Behind the Tamil Nadu Floods

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu experienced a series of floods this winter. The city of Chennai was flooded between November 13 and 17 and on December 1, 2015 which persisted well into the second week of December. District after district was inundated—Kanchipuram on December 5; Tirunelveli on December 7; and Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam […]

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Climate Change and Indian Forest

Climate is one of the most important determinant of vegetation patterns globally and has a significant influence over distribution, structure and ecology of forests. Several climate-vegetation studies have shown that climatic regimes are associated with particular plant communities or functional types. It is therefore logical to assume that changes in climate would alter the distribution […]

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Monsoon failures & rain water harvesting

Climate plays a critical role in human survival. Where there is water no matter what the physical conditions, there is life. Water has been important for the development of cultural complexity in human society during the Holocene (last 10,000 years) and earlier. Numerous civilizations evolved along the banks of water bodies or in areas with […]

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