Author: Darryl D'Monte

Climate change will claim 160,000 lives a year in India by 2050

As global warming starts lowering food production around the world, many more people will die in densely populated and vulnerable countries such as India

By 2050, climate change will lower food availability by 3.2%, and fruits and vegetables by 4%, an Oxford study has predicted, significantly increasing the incidence of climate-related deaths…Read More

Controversy over how brick kilns clean up their act

Brick kilns in India, a big source of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, need to use cost-effective technologies to reduce emissions

Official attempts to propose a particular technology for brick kilns, which are the third-biggest industrial consumer of coal in the country, are being questioned by experts, who say the government’s aim should be confined to reducing…Read more

Researchers identify leading monsoon indicators

Analyzing air temperatures and relative humidity in some key areas rather than aggregate rainfall may better and earlier predict the arrival and departure of the monsoon

A team of researchers led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany has identified two regions that serve as tipping elements in more accurately predicting…Read More

Are cattle emissions just some hot air?

A new study in India has found that greenhouse gas emissions by cattle are significant but much lower than earlier estimates made by some scientists in developed countries

Cattle contribute significantly to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a study on livestock in 60 smallholder farms in Gujarat’s Anand district, India’s milk capital. The emissions, however, are lower than earlier estimates by multilateral agencies, vindicating a longstanding contention of Indian scientists…Read More.

Black carbon particles travelling further than thought

Black carbon particles, a source of greenhouse gases, are of particular concern to South Asia where their emissions and radiative ‘perturbation’ are significantly higher and impact on climate and health of the people, say studies

Black carbon – airborne particles or aerosols which are released typically by burning biomass – is travelling much further from its sources in South Asia than originally thought. This has…Read more