Study traces high rainfall in Northern Bay of Bengal than the other parts of India for the last 10000 years

Source: The post is based on the article “Study traces high rainfall in Northern Bay of Bengal than the other parts of India for the last 10000 years” published in PIB on 19th January 2023. What is the News? According to a study, regions surrounding the Northern Bay of Bengal(BoB) received higher precipitation than the… Continue reading Study traces high rainfall in Northern Bay of Bengal than the other parts of India for the last 10000 years

New plateau type discovered from Maharashtra could prove to be a repository of information to study climate change effects on species survival

Source: The post is based on the article “New plateau type discovered from Maharashtra could prove to be a repository of information to study climate change effects on species survival” published in PIB on 19th January 2023. What is the News? Researchers have discovered a rare low-altitude basalt plateau in the Western Ghats that could… Continue reading New plateau type discovered from Maharashtra could prove to be a repository of information to study climate change effects on species survival

Etalin Hydroelectric Project: Temporary relief as plan for Etalin hydel in Arunachal junked

Source: The post is based on the article “Temporary relief as plan for Etalin hydel in Arunachal junked” published in Down To Earth on 19th January 2023. What is the News? The proposed Etalin hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh has been scrapped in its present form. What is the Etalin Hydroelectric Project? Etalin Hydroelectric Project… Continue reading Etalin Hydroelectric Project: Temporary relief as plan for Etalin hydel in Arunachal junked

Chamundi Hills: Citizens’ committee to press for heritage panel clearance for work on Chamundi Hills

Source: The post is based on the article “Citizens’ committee to press for heritage panel clearance for work on Chamundi Hills” published in The Hindu on 20th January 2023. What is the News? The citizens committee to save the Chamundi Hills have urged the government to conserve and promote the religious sanctity and environmental integrity… Continue reading Chamundi Hills: Citizens’ committee to press for heritage panel clearance for work on Chamundi Hills

Europe’s largest known deposit of rare earth elements found in Sweden: Could the discovery change geopolitics?

Source: The post is based on the article “Europe’s largest known deposit of rare earth elements found in Sweden: Could the discovery change geopolitics?” published in Indian Express on 18th January 2023. What is the News? Swedish state-owned mining company, LKAB has announced that it has discovered more than one million tonnes of rare earth… Continue reading Europe’s largest known deposit of rare earth elements found in Sweden: Could the discovery change geopolitics?

Reconstructing past deep-water circulations of Indian Ocean

Source: The post is based on the article “Reconstructing past deep-water circulations of Indian Ocean” published in The Hindu on 15th January 2023. What is the News? Studies have indicated that tectonically driven changes in the ocean gateways had a dramatic impact on the Global Overturning Circulation(GOC). What is Global Overturning Circulation(GOC)? It is the… Continue reading Reconstructing past deep-water circulations of Indian Ocean

Joshimath sank by 5.4 cm in 12 days, says ISRO report

Source: The post is based on the article “Joshimath sank by 5.4 cm in 12 days, says ISRO report” published in The Hindu on 13th January 2023 What is the News? According to images released by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), Uttarakhand’s Joshimath has witnessed a rapid subsidence… Continue reading Joshimath sank by 5.4 cm in 12 days, says ISRO report

Atmospheric rivers: California’s record-breaking storm: What is the ‘Pineapple Express’ phenomenon underlying it

Source: The post is based on the article “California’s record-breaking storm: What is the ‘Pineapple Express’ phenomenon underlying it” published in the Indian Express on 12th January 2023. What is the News? Forecasters in the US have said that the rain arriving in California is caused by a “true Pineapple Express” -a specific example of a… Continue reading Atmospheric rivers: California’s record-breaking storm: What is the ‘Pineapple Express’ phenomenon underlying it

3,700 dams in India will lose 26% storage capacity due to sedimentation by 2050: UN study

Source: The post is based on the article “3,700 dams in India will lose 26% storage capacity due to sedimentation by 2050: UN study” published in Economic Times on 10th January 2023 What is the News? According to a study by the United Nations, around 3,700 dams in India will lose 26% of their total… Continue reading 3,700 dams in India will lose 26% storage capacity due to sedimentation by 2050: UN study

Joshimath crisis: What is land subsidence and why does it happen?

Source: The post is based on the article “Joshimath crisis: What is land subsidence and why does it happen?” published in Indian Express on 9th January 2023 What is the News? Joshimath, Uttarakhand has been declared as a landslide and subsidence-hit zone. What is Land Subsidence? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), subsidence… Continue reading Joshimath crisis: What is land subsidence and why does it happen?

Settlement on debris is primary reason for ‘sinking’, states report

Source: The post is based on the article “Settlement on debris is primary reason for ‘sinking’, states report” published in TOI on 9th January 2023 What is the News? The Uttarakhand town of Joshimath which is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, has been reportedly “sinking”, with cracks visible on the walls of the… Continue reading Settlement on debris is primary reason for ‘sinking’, states report

Land subsidence: PMO reviews situation in ‘sinking’ Joshimath town

Source: The post is based on the article “PMO reviews situation in ‘sinking’ Joshimath town” published in The Hindu on 8th January 2023 What is the News? Joshimath has been declared a Landslide-subsidence zone and over 60 families living in uninhabitable houses in the sinking town have been evacuated to temporary relief centers. What is… Continue reading Land subsidence: PMO reviews situation in ‘sinking’ Joshimath town

Half of glaciers will disappear by 2100 even if world sticks to 1.5°C goal: Study

Source: The post is based on the article “Half of glaciers will disappear by 2100 even if world sticks to 1.5°C goal: Study” published in Down To Earth on 7th January 2023 What is the News? According to a study titled “Global glacier change in the 21st century: Every increase in temperature matters”, half of… Continue reading Half of glaciers will disappear by 2100 even if world sticks to 1.5°C goal: Study

Around 60% of India prone to earthquakes

Source: The post is based on the article “Around 60% of India prone to earthquakes” published in Down To Earth on 23rd December 2022 What is the News? The Union minister for science and technology has informed Lok Sabha that around 59% of the landmass of India (covering all states) is prone to earthquakes of… Continue reading Around 60% of India prone to earthquakes

Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d: Scientists detect two water worlds 218 light years away

Source: The post is based on the article “Scientists detect two water worlds 218 light years away” published in Down To Earth on 18th December 2022 What is the News? A team of researchers has announced that two previously discovered exoplanets Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d are Water Worlds which means they are primarily made of water.… Continue reading Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d: Scientists detect two water worlds 218 light years away

What is the Geminids meteor shower, and where can you watch it

Source: The post is based on the article “What is the Geminids meteor shower, and where can you watch it” published in Indian Express on 14th December 2022 What is the News? In 2022, the Geminids will peak around December 13-14, when, with a clear sky and away from bright city lights, one can watch… Continue reading What is the Geminids meteor shower, and where can you watch it

Changing Arctic: New insight on freeze-melt cycle of sea ice

Source: The post is based on the article “Changing Arctic: New insight on freeze-melt cycle of sea ice” published in Down To Earth on 8th December 2022 What is the News? According to a study, the surface and bottom of the Arctic sea ice often do not melt and freeze simultaneously. About Arctic Sea Ice… Continue reading Changing Arctic: New insight on freeze-melt cycle of sea ice

Semeru Volcano: Alert at highest level in Indonesia as volcano erupts

Source: The post is based on the article “Semeru Volcano: Alert at highest level in Indonesia as volcano erupts” published in Indian Express on 6th December 2022 What is the News? Semeru volcano has erupted in Indonesia’s Eastern Java Island. What is Mount Semeru? Mount Semeru is an active volcano located in East Java, Indonesia.… Continue reading Semeru Volcano: Alert at highest level in Indonesia as volcano erupts

Scientists urge Andhra Pradesh govt. to protect glacial-period coastal red sand dunes of Vizag

Source: The post is based on the article “Scientists urge Andhra Pradesh govt. to protect glacial-period coastal red sand dunes of Vizag” published in The Hindu on 5th December 2022 What is the News? Geologists have urged the Andhra Pradesh Government to protect the site of Coastal Red Sand Dunes, of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. What… Continue reading Scientists urge Andhra Pradesh govt. to protect glacial-period coastal red sand dunes of Vizag

Perfect storm: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?

Source: The post is based on the article “Perfect storm: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?” published in Down To Earth on 28th November 2022. What is the News? Meteorologists were mesmerized by Typhoon Hinnamnor as it provided a textbook example of a phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara Effect. What is the Fujiwhara Effect? The Fujiwhara… Continue reading Perfect storm: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?

Sukapaika River: Breathing life into a dead river in Odisha

Source: The post is based on the article “Breathing life into a dead river in Odisha” published in The Hindu on 25th October 2022 What is the News? The Sukapaika River which stopped flowing 70 years ago is set to be rejuvenated as the Odisha government has started working on its revival plan following a… Continue reading Sukapaika River: Breathing life into a dead river in Odisha

Thamirabarani: Govt, ATREE adopt ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers

Source: The post is based on the article “Thamirabarani: Govt, ATREE adopt ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers” published in Down To Earth on 28th September 2022 What is the News? The district administration of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu along with Bengaluru-based non-profit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and… Continue reading Thamirabarani: Govt, ATREE adopt ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers

Advanced Dvorak Technique(ADT): How this cyclone intensity estimation technique saved millions of lives across continents

Source: The post is based on the article “How this cyclone intensity estimation technique saved millions of lives across continents” published in Indian Express on 23rd September 2022 What is the News? American meteorologist Vernon Dvorak, credited for developing the Advanced Dvorak Technique(ADT) in the 1970s, has passed away. What is Advanced Dvorak Technique(ADT)? Advanced… Continue reading Advanced Dvorak Technique(ADT): How this cyclone intensity estimation technique saved millions of lives across continents

Explained: What is ‘Arth Ganga’, govt’s new model for the river’s sustainable development

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: What is ‘Arth Ganga’, govt’s new model for the river’s sustainable development” published in Indian Express on 25th August 2022. What is the News? Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga spoke about the Arth Ganga model during his virtual keynote address to the… Continue reading Explained: What is ‘Arth Ganga’, govt’s new model for the river’s sustainable development

Explained: The Kali Bein and its significance for Sikhs

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: The Kali Bein and its significance for Sikhs” published in Indian Express on 22nd July 2022. What is the News? Punjab Chief Minister has been admitted to Delhi’s Apollo Hospital days after he had drunk a glass of water directly from the Kali Bein. What is… Continue reading Explained: The Kali Bein and its significance for Sikhs

Oceans Great Dying 2.0: Mass extinction haunts oceans

What is the News? Scientists warn of imminent mass extinction of marine species similar to one that happened 250 million years ago during the Permian Era. What is the Permian Era? The Permian era is a period spanning 298.9 million-252.2 million years ago. This was a time before the dinosaurs ruled the planet. Global ocean… Continue reading Oceans Great Dying 2.0: Mass extinction haunts oceans