Mumbai buckles under heavy rainfall #everyyearsamestory

New Delhi, June 19 (G’nY News Service): Incessant monsoon rains that have swept through Mumbai since last night has caused severe floods in the city. The waterlogged metropolis experienced even more heavy rain this morning, resulting in knee to waist deep water in many areas. A flood alert was issues by Mumbai’s Civic Body, advising […]

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Postulating Arctic’s Changing World

  New Delhi, May 5 (G’nY News Service): The world community is today familiar with Arctic’s fast changing climatic regime. Headlines in leading dailies world over have directed our attention towards growing commerce in the region, its related issues of governance and policy. The impacts of such interventions constitute the domain of science. And, scientists of […]

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Weakening Trends in the South Asian Monsoon

The South Asian monsoon circulation sustains the lives of over one fifth of the world’s human population whose water supply is almost entirely dependent on the seasonal summer monsoon during June to September (Fig 1a). While on an average the seasonal monsoon rains contribute nearly 75–80 per cent of the annual precipitation in the region, […]

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A Rice Gene to Tackle Floods and Feed Families

Orissa has long been held hostage to extreme weather. A State Government’s document, ‘Status of Agriculture in Orissa’ (July 2008), records that over 48 years – from 1961 to 2008 – this eastern coastal State has had to grapple with floods 21 times, drought 15 times, and has faced 5 cyclones. Moreover, for the first […]

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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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