Author: T.V. Padma

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

Pollutants buried under glaciers surface to haunt India

As glaciers in the Himalayas melt faster due to global warming, pollutants buried under them are finding their way down to the north Indian plains

Pollutants carried from lands far away and buried for decades under glaciers in the Himalayas are now finding their way into the Ganga and its tributaries, a new study has found. The pollutants are being released as the glaciers are melting faster due to climate change…Read more

India’s ignored drylands could be key to climate-resilient agriculture

Rainfed farming in drylands taps into locally available crop and animal diversity and Indian policy makers should look at such traditional knowhow to develop climate resistant agriculture strategies, say experts

Rainfed farming in India’s drylands, often dismissed as ‘weak’, ‘fragile’ and ‘unproductive’, could hold the key to climate-resilient agriculture because of enormous crop and animal diversity, experts say. More than two-thirds – an estimated…Read more

El Niño does hit the monsoon, but some links still missing

Experts say there is a correlation between El Niño and the weak monsoon in South Asia this year, though a conclusive link is yet to be established

Fears of the impact of a strong El Niño – the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean waters – on South Asia’s monsoon system seem to have been confirmed by deficit rains in the region this year. More than halfway into the South Asian monsoon, a crucial lifeline for…Read more

Sweeping vegetation changes projected in Kashmir Himalayas due to global warming

A team of researchers predict sweeping changes in vegetation in Kashmir Himalayas due to climate change. Kashmir is likely to lose a large chunk of its snow cover to invading shrubs, steppes and forests by the end of the century which could severely impact stream flows, agriculture productivity and biodiversity in the region

Kashmir is likely to witness sweeping vegetation changes due to global warming…Read more