Climate Change # Environment

Earth Hour – Switch off the lights, to brighten our future

On March 25, 2017, we are going to celebrate the tenth Earth Hour. In an effort to help you understand the need of this global event GnY brings you a succinct story.

Climate Change # Environment

Venice on the brink of extinction due to Climate change

A latest report on effect of climate change on Mediterranean Sea region, signals devastating effect of climate change and predicts submergence of Venice.

Climate Change # Environment

Polarstern to study the Arctic Sea in a one year mission

In one of the most ambitious Arctic research expedition in history, Germany is going to sail its 120m-long research vessel, the Polarstern and allow it to drift into sea ice for a year-long expedition. The Mosaic (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) mission will be the first since Nansen’s as to understand why the arctic region is warming faster than any other place on Earth.It is an important mission as last month, the Arctic region recorded the lowest extent...

Climate Change # Environment

A list of Extreme Weather Events which occurred in 2016

Recently, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data revealed that 2016 was the warmest year for India in the last 116 years since 1901. And IMD’s “Statement on Climate of India during 2016” also stated that India’s top five warmest years since 1901 have been recorded only in the last 15 years. Here is a comprehensive list of high impact weather events according to a report by India Meteorological Department (IMD) in the following states. 1)  Floods and Heavy rains Floods in India...

Climate Change # Environment

Fascinating list of India’s 18 Biosphere Reserves

India is home to 18 Biosphere Reserves (BRs). The reserves are representative parts of natural and cultural landscapes extending over large area of terrestrial or coastal/marine ecosystems. Globally there are 621 BRs from 117 countries included so far. The national Government is responsible for nominating Biosphere Reserves (BRs) if they meet a minimal set of criteria and adhere to minimal set of conditions under the Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme of UNESCO. Biosphere Reserves (BRs) are special...

Environment # Oceans

Analyzing past monsoons with foraminifera

Stable oxygen isotopic composition (δ18O) of foraminifera from the sediments of the Northern Indian Ocean has been used to decipher past changes in the intensity of the South Asian Monsoon. The interpretation of planktonic foraminifera δ18O is mostly based on a combination of sea surface temperature, monsoon runoff and the global ice-volume effect. During summer, the eastward flowing summer monsoon current carries the high salinity water from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, whereas the Bay of Bengal...

Environment

IUCN study finds entire ecosystems affected by climate change

Global changes in temperature have already impacted every aspect of life on Earth from genes to entire ecosystems, with increasingly worrying consequences for humans, according to a new study by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Climate Change Specialist Group (SSC CCSG), published in the journal Science. The study found that more than 80 per cent of the ecological processes that form the foundation for healthy marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are already showing signs of distress...

Environment

Himalaya’s Barren Slopes

The Himalaya, one of the prettiest destinations in the world, is under a severe threat of losing its bio-diversity. The essay showcases the problems it faces and suggests a way forward to combat the challenge!

Environment

The 17 important days for India’s environment buffs

Everything that surrounds us constitutes our environment. It includes natural as well as manmade, biotic (living) as well as abiotic (non-living) components. Any change in our environment affects us directly or indirectly. Researchers have proved that our environment is degrading day by day. Environmental degradation may be defined as any change or disturbance to the environment perceived to be deleterious or undesirable. It includes the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources...

Environment

Bengaluru wastes almost 50% water from Cauvery River

Latest data on water consumption released by Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has revealed that Bengaluru wastes 49 per cent of water received by Cauvery River. This water is supposed to be used for domestic use of Karnataka. Of the total amount of water supplied to Bengaluru, 49 percent of what is called ‘non-revenue water’ or ‘unaccounted for water’, i.e. water lost in distribution is wasted by the city, according to the BWSSB. Bengaluru’s population density, 13 times...