Author: T.V. Padma

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

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