Author: T.V. Padma

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

Climate change affecting health, but how

Scientists are now sure of the correlation between global warming and human health, but big knowledge gaps remain, not least because climate and health researchers are rarely in touch with one another

India needs to address the huge gap between climate forecasters and health experts to be better prepared for the health impacts of warming temperatures, and devise sound…Read more

Across India, minimum temperatures rising far more than maximum

New research shows that the rise in minimum temperatures is far above changes that can be attributed to natural climate variability – it is a manifestation of climate change

Minimum temperatures are showing “more pronounced” changes across India, compared to the maximum, a new set of studies by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, has found. While the maximum…Read more

Indian INDCs do not address soot emissions

India may have lost a chance to address the possible benefits of reducing its emissions of soot, or black carbon, formed by the incomplete burning of fuels, when it formulated its climate targets

On October 1, India submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) secretariat its ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs) to reduce global warming. The eight-point action plan aims at 33-35% cut in…Read more

India should probe climate change-dengue link

Though global research points to the link between climate change and dengue, there are no such studies in India where cases of the mosquito-borne disease have surged and spread to new regions

Dengue cases are soaring in India, especially its capital Delhi and its suburbs, which alone have reported more than 3,700 cases and 17 fatalities so far this year , compared to around 995 cases in 2014. Hospitals and clinics across…Read more