Magazine Articles # Water

Managing waters in India’s varied ecological zones

It is IRONIC that the Himalaya, often alluded to as the ‘water tower of Asia’—the source of mighty rivers that support millions, now face stress especially during summers. The rapidly reducing flow in surface drainage and the disappearance of springs are signs of looming disaster. Changes in micro-climate, anthropogenic pressures, infrastructure development, increase in the consumption and use of water, a reduction in vegetation cover—particularly diverse forests and pastures with mixed species...


The Green Rock: A Dialogue on Coal

Coal or ‘black diamond’ as it is popularly known, is composed primarily of carbon and hydrocarbons, along with an assortment of other elements including sulphur. Coal as we are aware of is the buried and partly decomposed vegetation of the lost world, which has changed through immense period of geological time into brown or black combustible rock. In this sense, coal is a fossil fuel and the energy thus generated from it is of biological origin – bioenergy. The coal age Coal was the first...


Forest Cover Trends in India

Dr.Sibal Dasgupta

Education # Water

Free Online Courses On Water Conservation and Management

Free online courses have helped disseminate specialised knowledge and enabled learners gain access to information at a scale previously unheard of. We present to you a few courses in the area of Water Conservation and Management to help you gain new avenues to learning. Introduction to Water and Climate Presented by:  Delft University of Technology Total Duration: 7 weeks Total Cost: Free course with USD 50 certification fee Certification: Available Latest engineering interventions...


Forest Policy in India since Independence

Forest policy in India during the colonial period was one where forest management was attuned towards the redistribution of economic gains for the benefit of the British Empire. Forest management was mainly state-led and was primarily undertaken in terms of control over resources and people. This involved commercialisation of many forest resources, large scale deforestation and restrictions on the rights of local populations (Aravindakshan, 2011). The first National Forest Policy in India was formulated...


Air pollution spikes in Delhi

For 3 days from June 13 to 15, 2018 air quality at ‘severe’ levels in the city of Delhi. The spike in pollution levels led to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi banning all construction activities in Delhi until June 17, 2018. The air quality started improving on June 15, 2018 when an AQI (Air Quality Index) of 447 for the day was recorded (HT, 2018). During the 3 days, Delhi was covered with a thick blanket of smog and haze whose chief cause was attributed to dust storms occurring in western India...

Climate Change # Magazine Articles

Climate Model Successfully Predicts Arabian Sea Cyclones

The successful prediction of the recent cyclones in the Arabian Sea by Princeton University researchers along with the NOAA using climate models with temperature rise and atmospheric pollutants as variables raises poignant questions over climate change.


Vaishno Devi Pilgrimage Resumes after Fire in Trikuta Hills

Devotees on pilgrimage in the Vaishno Devi Yatra in Jammu & Kashmir were stranded after 25,000 pilgrims had registered for a trek at 3:30 pm on May 23rd, 2018 due to a forest fire in Trikuta Hills. The fire in Trikuta Hills led to the pilgrimage being suspended since the afternoon of May 23rd with 10,000 pilgrims stranded in Katra base camp and 3,000 being shifted to a safer location nearby Himkoti Marg. The shrine board on learning of the fire in Trikuta Hills suspended the Vaishno Devi Yatra...


NASA Finding throws light on Rising Global Methane Emissions

Global methane emissions have been markedly increasing in recent years, with a large contributor being emissions from the global oil and gas industry. It is estimated that methane emissions globally have been increasing by a massive 25 teragrams per year since 2007. However, a problem was posed in breaking down this number between emissions from the oil and gas industry and other sources such as that released by microbes. This led to much uncertainty in the scientific community over the reasons for this...

Climate Change # Water

The Study of River Morphology

River morphology is a scientific field that concerns with changes in river forms in plan and cross-sections that result because of erosion and sedimentation processes. The principal elements are the dynamics of sediment transport and river flow. Studies on the river morphology provide important information required for the management of water resources, constructions along the river banks and in mitigating hazards such as floods, etc (Sarkar, 2016). Approaches to Studies on River Morphology in India India...