Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, here’s how?

Synopsis: As per a research study, wildlife burn scars due to wildfires can increase thunderstorms. It increases the risk both of flooding and of lightning in the region. Introduction Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year. It leaves behind Wildfire burn scars on the land with little vegetation and a darker soil surface,… Continue reading Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, here’s how?

Three new heatwave hotspots in India put large population at immediate health risk

What is the News? A team of researchers conducted a study to understand the change in spatial and temporal trends in Heatwaves(HW) and Severe Heat Waves(SHW) over the past seven decades in different meteorological subdivisions of India. What is Heatwave? A Heat Wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures, more than the normal maximum… Continue reading Three new heatwave hotspots in India put large population at immediate health risk

Tauktae, Yass and Planning for the next

Source:  The Hindu  Relevance: Cyclone, its impacts and mitigation strategies Synopsis: Cyclones in India, are the second most frequent phenomena causing widespread damage across the board. A brief look at cyclone scenario in India, the devastation caused by cyclones, including the protective measures that have been taken and can be taken in the future.  Cyclones in India  Every… Continue reading Tauktae, Yass and Planning for the next

India to Add 35 More Earthquake Observatories by End of This Year and 100 More by Year 2026: Govt

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister addressed the inaugural ceremony of the Joint Scientific Assembly of International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) – International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI).  About the Joint Assembly: The IAGA-IASPEI have come together to hold a joint assembly in 2021. The… Continue reading India to Add 35 More Earthquake Observatories by End of This Year and 100 More by Year 2026: Govt

Widen met station network in Himalayas to better predict extreme weather: Panel

Source: Down to Earth, Down to Earth 2, Down to Earth 3 Relevance: Fighting the flood problem in India Synopsis: Standing Committee of Parliament (Water Resources) presented its report in both the houses. A detailed look at its findings and the recommendations made. Context The report of the Standing Committee of Parliament (Water Resources) for… Continue reading Widen met station network in Himalayas to better predict extreme weather: Panel

India-Nepal Flood Management Needs Course Correction

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Importance of Indo-Nepal cooperation towards solving the flood problems in Bihar Synopsis: Despite both structural and nonstructural efforts to improve disaster management during the past, people continue to suffer with perennial flooding in North Bihar, which is already facing humanitarian crisis following Coronavirus pandemic. The solution lies in India and Nepal… Continue reading India-Nepal Flood Management Needs Course Correction

Mediterranean a wildfire hotspot now : EU scientists

Source: Reuters Relevance: Impacts of human-induced climate change Synopsis: Climate change is causing intense heatwaves across the world and contributing to rising cases of wildfires, too. Background The Mediterranean has become a wildfire hotspot, with Turkey hit by its most intense blazes on record and a heatwave producing a high risk of further fires and… Continue reading Mediterranean a wildfire hotspot now : EU scientists

Big cities need to upgrade water run-off systems

Source: TOI Relevance: Fighting the recurring issue of urban flooding Synopsis: Upgradation of storm water drain designs and making storm water drain management a part of smart cities mission is required to fight the problem of urban flooding. Background Every monsoon after a few hours of rainfall our metros are inundated. This annual urban horror… Continue reading Big cities need to upgrade water run-off systems

Floods in Europe and lessons for India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Climate change and global warming will continue to cause extreme climatic events. Across the world, countries are being confronted with situations of either too little or too much water and droughts interspersed with floods. Rainfall has become unpredictable. The recent floods in Europe are a wake-up call for us to adopt the Dutch mantra,… Continue reading Floods in Europe and lessons for India – Explained, Pointwise

Let’s make room for the river

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Mitigation of flood is an important topic in Disaster Management Synopsis: The recent floods in Europe are a wake-up call for us to adopt the Dutch mantra, ‘live with water, build with nature’. About the flood in Europe: Recently, a month’s rain poured in just 24 hours in Germany and Belgium. This… Continue reading Let’s make room for the river