Author: Raghu Murtugudde

Best of 2017: Everything about the monsoon is changing

Shorter monsoon, cloudbursts, wider variations across India, overall rainfall decrease — what is driving so many changes?

In the middle of a monsoon season that has produced floods in northwest and northeast India with deficit rainfall over peninsular India for the third year in a row, new research shows rainfall extremes have increased threefold in the last 3 years…Read More

Global warming and the non-argumentative Indian

The usually argumentative Indian is largely in agreement that climate change is real, it’s hitting now, and both the government and the people must do something about it straightaway

A government report to Parliament during the monsoon session estimated that India loses about USD 10 billion every year to climate-related disasters. In light of this…Read More

Everything about the monsoon is changing

Shorter monsoon, cloudbursts, wider variations across India, overall rainfall decrease — what is driving so many changes?

In the middle of a monsoon season that has produced floods in northwest and northeast India with deficit rainfall over peninsular India for the third year in a row, new research shows rainfall extremes have increased threefold in the last 3 years…Read More

Does eating more fish increase climate vulnerability?

The challenges of safely navigating the evolution of the food-energy-water nexus demand that fishing in rivers and seas is done without upsetting nature’s checks and balances

The impact of dams on fish diversity is a telling example of unintended consequences and cascades of human activities. It is also true that while aquaculture may complement yield…Read More

India exporting groundwater despite scarcity at home

Highly water and energy scarce countries such as India and Pakistan are losing huge amounts of groundwater and energy with their food exports, with nobody giving a thought to the dangerous consequences

India exported grains that costs it three cubic km of water to grow. It is also the world’s largest extractor of groundwater…Read More