User: subbu Topic: Climate Change
Category: Impacts :: Floods n Droughts
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Climate change could raise food shortage globally: study 2.4.2018 General News
Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortage globally, a study that looked at data from 122 countries suggests. Researchers led by the University of Exeter in the UK examined how climate change could affect the vulnerability of different countries to food insecurity - when people lack access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, looked at 122 developing and least-developed countries, mostly in Asia, Africa and South America. "Climate change is expected to lead to more extremes of both heavy rainfall and drought, with different effects in different parts of the world," said Richard Betts, a professor at the University of Exeter. "Such weather extremes can increase vulnerability to food insecurity," said Betts. "Some change is already unavoidable, but if global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, this vulnerability is projected to remain ...
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The vanishing waterbodies of Chennai 1.4.2018 Hindu: Energy & Environment
The area of the waterbodies in Chennai city and its suburbs has shrunk from nearly 12.6 sq. km. in 1893 to about 3.2 sq. km. in 2017, mainly due to urbanisation, a recent study has revealed
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Bronze Age Egyptians’ strategy holds a message for our civilisation 31.3.2018 Hindu: Internet
Tel Aviv University researchers reveal how 3,000 years ago Egyptians managed a drought lasting over a hundred years
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Sahara Desert has grown by 10% since 1920: Study 31.3.2018 The Assam Tribune
Sahara Desert has grown by 10% since 1920: Study
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Sahara Desert has grown by 10% since 1920: Study 31.3.2018 All News-IANS Stories
The Sahara Desert has expanded by about 10 per cent since 1920 partly due to human-caused climate change, say researchers including one of Indian-origin.
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Jesus Christ's 'crown of thorns' may help fight climate change: Israeli scientists 29.3.2018 DNA: Top News
As the sun beats down on the barren slopes around Jerusalem, a tree of the kind believed to have provided the crown of thorns in Biblical accounts of Jesus Christ's crucifixion stands unaffected, its fruits ample and foliage green. While pilgrims prepare to converge on the city at Easter to commemorate the events of Christian tradition, Israeli scientists researching climate change are at work in the surrounding hills studying the Ziziphus Spina-Christi, commonly known as Christ's Thorn Jujube. They believe it is a "pioneer species" in the fight against desertification because its hardiness makes it resilient to rising temperatures and aridity. It can draw water from deep underground, and it retains the ability to photosynthesise even when exposed to high temperatures and solar radiation. "It's one of the few species that we can plant on these slopes that have nothing on them," said Shabtai Cohen of Israel's Volcani Agricultural Research Centre, who has been working with France's National Institute for ...
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Himalayas wettest, warmest on record: Researchers 29.3.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Recent decades have been the wettest and warmest on record in the Himalayas, say researchers who are alarmed that a "warming signature" has led to an overall rise in mercury levels and the retreat of glaciers.
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In Little Rann, a life lived on the margins highlights need to strike a balance in man vs wild conflict 28.3.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
The conflict brewing in Little Rann highlights that getting the balancing act right between wildlife-and-people is one of the great challenges that India will need to solve
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This Tumakuru farmer gets innovative 26.3.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Shankar, a 68-year-old farmer residing in Gullallipura in Tumakuru, beams with pride as he talks about his farming and water conservation efforts. "Our village is reeling under drought but my farm is safe," he says. His farm in the village has sustained despite years of water scarcity, including the previous years drought. On entering the farm one comes across a canopy of horticulture and forest trees and Shankar reveals that focussing on increasing biodiversity and effective soil and water management methods have made the farm flourish in spite of challenges posed by climate change and unpredictable weather. Shankar has been practising natural farming for the last two decades. Mulching with farm-waste, giving space for mulching plants, maintaining crop diversity and eco-friendly management of pests and diseases have helped him get a sustainable yield with minimum input. Over the years, he has observed that eco-friendly methods help maintain the soil moisture. The source of irrigation for his four-acre ...
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La Nina to be neutral during monsoon 26.3.2018 General News
La Nina, a phenomenon associated with the cooling of Pacific waters, will be neutral during this monsoon, raising hope for normal rainfall this year, a senior government official said today. La Nina is widely believed to be good for monsoon while on the contrary El Nino, which is associated with heating of the Pacific waters, is seen to have a negative impact on it. " The La Nina is currently moderate and it will turn neutral at the onset of monsoon and will continue to remain so during the season," M Rajeevan, secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said. The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), a phenomenon associated with the sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean, is also likely to be positive, Rajeevan said. He, however, refused to comment whether the monsoon will be normal. "There are several parameters that have to be looked into before giving a forecast of a normal monsoon," Rajeevan added. However, there have been years when there was an El Nino phenomena but the country ...
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Farmers' role as investors pushes them into debt trap: Govt can alleviate crisis by shielding them from risk 26.3.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
Farmers ought not to wear the hat of investors, given their meagre resources. If the government becomes the investor, it can alleviate the agrarian crisis.
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Experts discuss water scenario by 2030 26.3.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research

Observing World Water Day, experts in the field of water conservation and students from city colleges gathered to discuss the vision for water supply in Madurai by the year 2030, here on Saturday.

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Experts discuss water scenario by 2030 26.3.2018 Hindu: Fitness

Observing World Water Day, experts in the field of water conservation and students from city colleges gathered to discuss the vision for water supply in Madurai by the year 2030, here on Saturday.

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Rhetoric and reality of forest policy 25.3.2018 Deccan Herald - Opinion
India has a unique place in the management of forest resources in the world. It has a history of forest policies in practice since over 200 years. The colonial rulers introduced the policy to exploit the forests for commercial purposes in 1800, which continued till 1952. After Independence, the Government of India drafted a new forest policy in 1952, which laid emphasis on extraction of forest resource and establishing monoculture plantation, with the commercial objective of earning the maximum revenue. Following in the footsteps of the colonial rulers, the policy ignored the interests of ecology and forest dwellers. Unsustainable forest extraction led to drastic reduction in the tree-cover and heightened conflict with forest dwellers over the use of forest resources. The launch of Chipko or hug the trees grassroots movement in the Himalayas in the early 1970s and Appiko in South India in the 1980s built up the pressure on the government to adopt a new forest policy in 1988. Responding to the crisis of ...
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2017 costliest year ever for natural disasters in Indian subcontinent: WMO 23.3.2018 Business Standard: News Now
The most serious flooding occurred in mid-August, after extremely heavy rainfall over a region centred on eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh and adjacent areas of northern and north-eastern India
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Public awareness must to tackle challenges of climate change 23.3.2018 Central Chronicle » Bhopal
Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Environment Minister Antar Singh Arya today inaugurated the first national symposium focused... more »
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Pampar down to a trickle 22.3.2018 Hindu: Health
Change in crop patterns, lack of rain lead to water shortage in the region
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Pampar down to a trickle 22.3.2018 Hindu: National
Change in crop patterns, lack of rain lead to water shortage in the region
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Govt plans moratorium on farm loans 22.3.2018 Hindu: News

The government is considering a moratorium on repayment of farm loans to help farmers tide over the crisis caused by sliding crop prices, Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar informed the Assembl

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World Water Day being observed today 22.3.2018 Central Chronicle
New Delhi, World Water Day is being observed the world over as an international day... more »
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