Climate Change

Devastating Aftermath of Cyclones

Devastating Aftermath of Cyclones

Isotope studies by IIT Kharagpur and Academia Sinica, Taiwan scientists shed light on how the cyclones sustain their energy. Cyclones are increasingly becoming perilous to the coastal populations of the subcontinent. Climate change due to global warming, projects that the frequency of category 4 and 5 storms (60 to >70 m/s sustained wind speed) will be doubled by the end of the 21st century. However, the question remains: why some cyclones are devastating while others are not? What controls the intensity of cyclonic winds and rains? Cyclones are gigantic vortex, 500-700 km in diameter and 20 km in height, which…
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IIT Kharagpur unveiled the increasing ozone pollution in Antarctica

IIT Kharagpur unveiled the increasing ozone pollution in Antarctica

IIT Kharagpur researchers revealed significant increase of ozone pollution in the Antarctic troposphere for the past 25 years, which is a concern as the region is far from the industries and continental emission sources. A recent scientific study analysed the significant increase of Surface Ozone and Tropospheric Ozone in Antarctica for the past 25 years. The research findings were supported by surface-based and ozonesonde measurements in Antarctica. “The increasing trend in ozone pollution across Antarctica would have a profound impact on the future climate of one of the most climate-sensitive regions on the Earth, as tropospheric ozone has warming feedback…
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IIT Kharagpur Study Predicts River Basin-wise Agricultural Droughts-North India Shows High Vulnerability

IIT Kharagpur Study Predicts River Basin-wise Agricultural Droughts-North India Shows High Vulnerability

With inputs from Rituparna Chakraborty Highlights: The study predicts future status climate change-induced agricultural droughts across India. More intense droughts in North, North-East and Central India are expected as compared to South India. About 20 and 50% of the area in India is expected to face extreme and moderate agricultural droughts, respectively, by the end of the 21st century. Farmers in India’s north, north-east and central regions may have to be more cautious of agricultural droughts in the future - reveals IIT Kharagpur study. The data shows a geographically contrasting change in future drought patterns that indicates more intense agricultural…
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Climate Change Signals from North-Eastern India, the Wettest Place on Earth

Climate Change Signals from North-Eastern India, the Wettest Place on Earth

In a recent study, researchers from IIT Kharagpur have observed a significant change in the rainfall in the northeast in general and specifically at the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji-Mawsynram. The researchers observed rainfall changes in the past century (1901–2019) over the wettest place on the Earth and unveiled the first evidence for the signals of climate change and anthropogenic influence on rainfall changes in the region. The analysis of 119 years of rainfall data at 17 stations in Northeast India revealed that most of the stations show negative trends in rainfall, the highest in the summer monsoon and the…
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Study Reveals Southward Shift of Precipitation Extremes over South Asia

Study Reveals Southward Shift of Precipitation Extremes over South Asia

Has your monsoon experience across India changed over the years? The reason could be blamed on shifts in the spatio-temporal pattern of monsoon. In a recent study published in Scientific Reports by Nature Publishing Group, IIT Kharagpur researchers reveal that the pattern of monsoon and daily extreme rainfall is changing in India with more extremes expected over southern India and Himalayan foothills. They further predicted a continued southward shift of precipitation extremes over South Asia.  The researchers have studied data of Indian Summer Monsoon precipitation for close to five decades, 1971 - 2017 (base period: 1930-1970). The data shows more…
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Earth Day 2020 e-Celebration

Earth Day 2020 e-Celebration

IIT Kharagpur is organizing the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Earth Day through an online visual exhibition and competition. About Earth Day Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet. Today, Earth Day is observed across the globe by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and lead to policy changes. Earth Day aims to channelize the energy, excitement, and youth initiatives towards climate…
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What’s Heating India?

What’s Heating India?

Green-less Urbanization leading to India’s Heat Islands Economic Times        The Week          News 18           Prabhat Khabar             Hindustan Times        The Republic World        The Hindu           Indian Express       Mongabay          Amar Ujala      Navbharat Times       Aaj Tak          Outlook           Our Bitcoin News         Telangana Today         Orissa Post        News Nation         Millenium Post   …
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In the quest for the hidden past

In the quest for the hidden past

Hindustan Times          Economic Times         India Today       The Hindu BusinessLine           Republic       Swarajya       The Sentinel Assam      The Week        Dainik Jagran             UNI          Yahoo News           Outlook                India TV              Times of India          Millennium Post Indian researchers have for the first time connected the decline of Harappan city Dholavira to the disappearance of a Himalayan snow-fed river which once flowed…
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A New Page in India’s History

A New Page in India’s History

Times of India         Hindu BusinessLine         Hindustan Times      Nature Asia      UNI      DownToEarth        NewsLive (North East 24x7)     India Today     Yahoo News       The Hindu        Millenium Post         India Blooms         Deccan Herald         NewsClick       The Week         Dainik Jagran       Ahmedabad Mirror      Swarajya       Asian Age A breakthrough discovery by a study led by IIT Kharagpur…
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IIT KGP’s Clean Energy Dialogue

IIT KGP’s Clean Energy Dialogue

Business Standard       Devdiscourse     UNIIndia PK Sinha Center for Bioenergy and Renewables at IIT Kharagpur has organized the DBT National Workshop on Bioenergy (DNWB 2019) in Kolkata on October 17-18, 2019. Funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, this workshop aims to bring together bioenergy scientists from around the country to promote a national conversation on and solve technological challenges towards achieving the national mission of deploying clean energy to fight climate change. The workshop provides a rare opportunity to DBT's five Bioenergy Centers, namely, the DBT-Pan IIT Center for Bioenergy, the DBT-ICGEB Center…
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