India’s warming trend

New Delhi, February 04 (G’nY News Service): The year 2015 was the hottest ever recorded according to US Agencies National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, who released their data on 20th Jan, 2015. The month wise data released by NOAA and NASA showed an alarming result, 10 out of 12 months in 2015 broke the existing records. India too has seen a rising trend in temperatures and according to the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), New Delhi, 2015 has set its own record,...

inbriefclimate | VOL. 15 ISSUE 94, January-February 2016

Improving the ambient air

The National Ambient Quality Standards notify 12 pollutants, namely, PM10, PM2.5, SO2, NO2, O3, CO, NH3, benzene, lead, arsenic, nickel, BaP (particulate phase), to be extremely toxic. The ambient air quality is monitored regularly in 254 cities, towns, and industrial areas of the country by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) / Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) and NEERI for three to eight pollutants. Analysis of these data indicates fluctuating trends...


Arunachal Reveals Yet another Find – A New Bird

A bird sighted in Arunachal by two avian researchers, has been confirmed as a new species named Z.salimali, under the thrush genus Zoothera (Turdidae). It was an exciting find by Per Alstrӧm and Shashank Dalvi. The paper that documents the sighting has been published on 20th of January, in the ‘Avian Research’. Globally, scientists have managed to document only around 15 per cent of the Earth’s species. Hundreds more are yet to be identified and researchers say that many of them could just...


Why Delhi air is warm this winter

New Delhi, January 19 (G’nY News Service): Winter chill remained out of sight in most parts of North India, although the last few days have marked a slight dip in temperatures. States including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi-NCR have been recording temperatures way above normal. While the plains of North India usually observe chilly winters, this season has a different story to tell. December and January are the peak winter months for almost the entire country. The chill factor...

inbriefclimate | VOL. 13, ISSUE 79, July-August 2013

Ozone Column in India

The stratosphere, a region above the weather producing layer—troposphere contains around 90 per cent of the earth's ozone. Depletion of this stratospheric ozone leads to deleterious environmental effects, thus necessitating continuous monitoring. The ozone column above the Indian subcontinent has been examined since 1970 and measurements show that although the total ozone content has not changed significantly—there has been a small reduction in stratospheric ozone and a substantial increase in tropospheric...

inbriefclimate | VOL.13, ISSUE 78, May-June 2013

Powering the Nation Sustainably

With a rich experience of engineering, construction and operation of power plants, NTPC is one of the most efficient power companies in the world with operations that match global standards.

inbriefclimate | VOL. 12, ISSUE 72, May-June 2012

Climate Financing

Financing climate change is an effort to help countries especially the developing ones to cope with the challenges of global warming. Developed countries have the onerous responsibility to provide sufficient funds in order to equip the poorer nations to mitigate climate change.

inbriefclimate | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Climate Change and Indian Forest

An assessment of the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems in India has been attempted with the forest vulnerability index for India - worked out on the basis of forest canopy density, biodiversity and projected impact of climate change.

inbriefclimate | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Asian brown clouds, climate change and reduced rice harvests in India

Apprehensions about climate continue to rise, despite our limited ability to make precise assessments of its impact. This is partially due to the complexity of chemical and physical processes at various scales and also due to confounding factors from other changes such as air pollution.

inbriefclimate | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011

The Emissions Scenarios

The Emissions Scenarios is prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was published in the year 2000. The emissions scenarios have been used to make projections of possible future climate change.