Environment

Celebrating World Environment Day by connecting with nature and cleaning up our collective act.

Colour Coded Bins for India from June 5, 2017 World Environment Day (WED) is not a day just for celebration, it’s also the day you work out your connection to nature. “Connecting People to Nature” is the theme this year that is urging people to go into nature to appreciate it and to deliberate on how we are dependent on it. The day also challenges us to find meaningful ways to experience, and cherish this vital relationship, and protect the earth. June 5 is the day to engage millions of people...

Environment

Sustainable Tourism the theme for World Biodiversity Day 2017

The 22nd of May this year is the World Biodiversity Day – a United Nations mandated celebration. Every year bears a theme and this year the theme is Sustainable Tourism. The United Nations General Assembly has recognized 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and the theme is meant to coincide with this. The UN recognizes the impact of biodiversity on tourism, and consequently tourism’s impact on economies. Tourism, the UN says, provides a good argument for the political...

Environment

Coastal and Marine Ecosystems of India

The coastal and marine ecosystems of the world are composed of oceans and major seas which make up 70.8 per cent of the Earth and cover an area of 362 million sq km., and also span a coastline measuring 1.6 million km. Coastal and marine ecosystems are found in 123 countries around the world. The marine habitats include a wide range of ecosystems such as the shallow coral reef ecosystem, mesophotic reef ecosystem, soft sediment ocean floor ecosystem to coastal estuarine ecosystem, saline wetland...

Climate Change # Environment

Key Environmental Challenges: Causes and Impact

The key environmental challenges that the country faces relate to the nexus of environmental degradation with poverty in its many dimensions, and economic growth. These challenges are intrinsically connected with the state of environmental resources, such as land, water, air and their flora and fauna.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...