Author: T.V. Padma

Climate lens must for disaster management

There has to be closer integration between climate adaptation plans and management of disaster risks that also engages local communities deeply, new research shows

Although climate change would lead to more natural disasters such as cyclones, droughts and floods, the linkages between adaptation plans and disaster risk management are weak in India…Read More

Drier wells in Deccan Plateau would deepen farm distress

As the climate changes for the worse over much of the semi-arid regions of India, the increasing demand for irrigation could lead to dry wells even if there is better groundwater recharge

Under changed climatic conditions, an expansion of irrigated agriculture in the Deccan Plateau would negate any gains in groundwater recharge due to increased rainfall, new research shows…Read More

Climate variability affects mental health among rural poor

New research linking climate variability and mental distress among India’s rural poor wades into a hotly debated topic

Climate variability affects the psychological well-being of adults, especially the rural poor, reports new research on India, rekindling the debate over the complex interplay of factors that could trigger mental distress in people…Read More

Global warming could turn Indian Ocean into ‘ecological desert’

New research shows that global warming is stripping the Indian Ocean of its microscopic plants, or phytoplankton; this could impact food security in the region and the global fisheries market

The Indian Ocean has lost up to a fifth of its microscopic plants in the last six decades due to global warming. This could turn one of the most biologically productive regions of the world into “an ecological desert” and impact future…Read More

South Asia’s air pollutants go global, can hit monsoon

The effects of climate change and industrial pollution are joining to thicken the toxic blanket over South Asia as well as disperse pollution globally, maybe even affecting the monsoon

The cocktail of pollutants blanketing South Asia has far-reaching consequences. Longer-lived pollutants can drift higher up into the atmosphere and diffuse globally. Moreover the pollutants have the potential to weaken the South Asia monsoon…Read More