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‘India's Ramsar site growth is a remarkable contribution to wetland protection'

In an interview to HT, Musonda Mumba, secretary general of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, highlights the importance of ensuring the wise use of wetlands.

​​Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention. Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary seen on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. (Photo by Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 11:56 PM IST

Unlocking secrets crucial to coral reef preservation in India

Equipped with remotely operated vehicles, a team of researchers is exploring mesophotic reefs off the coast of Lakshadweep to combat climate change impacts

The ROV in use during initial tests to record coral reef imagery in shallow waters(Photo credit: Raheem D.A., REEF)
Published on Jul 06, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Heat and Haze: Air pollution worsens in Indian cities during summer

A recent analysis reveals a significant summer surge in PM2.5 levels. Byrnihat tops the list of most polluted cities, followed by Faridabad and Gurugram.

Noida, India- April 17, 2024: Clear blue skies were seen after a drop in air pollution levels and increased visibility of the city skyline, in Noida, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 12:38 AM IST

Unprecedented Hajj heat: Mercury spikes 2.5 degree Celsius above previous record

Scientists call it an ‘uncommon event’; heatwaves driven by human-induced climate change with a minor role in natural variability

(FILES) Muslim pilgrims use umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun as they arrive at the base of Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy, during the annual hajj pilgrimage on June 15, 2024. Saudi Arabia said on June 23 that more than 1,300 faithful died during the hajj pilgrimage which took place during intense heat, and that most of the deceased did not have official permits. (Photo by Fadel SENNA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 08:00 AM IST

62 crore in India endured severe heatwave in June, highest globally: Analysis

Nearly 5 billion people worldwide were affected by climate-driven extreme heat in June, according to panel of scientists

A passenger drinking water is silhouetted against the sun on a hot summer day at Jalandhar Cantonment railway station in Jalandhar on June 11, 2024 amid heatwave. Photo by Shammi MEHRA / AFP) (AFP)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Phase 6 of Lok Sabha Elections recorded the highest heat stress

55 out of 57 parliamentary constituencies in Phase 6 observed heat stress hours during the polling window, finds analysis

New Delhi, India - May 25, 2024: Voters seen waiting their turn under a makeshift canopy on a hot day at a polling station during the Sixth phase of voting for General Lok Sabha elections , at MC School 64 khamba near Maharaja Ranjeet Singh marg in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 22, 2024 11:57 PM IST

Indian Ocean reefs severely affected by record heat, says NOAA

67% of the world’s reefs are impacted by unprecedented heat stress. Experts predict relief as El Niño ends

Dead coral reefs off the Indian coast.(Sumer Verma)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 07:01 PM IST

Rising AC sales escalate India's environmental challenges

The peak electricity demand, largely driven by cooling needs, has hit about 250 gigawatts, mostly generated from coal, thus worsening climate impacts

As the country experiences hotter summers, ACs have transitioned from luxury items to necessities(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Why IMD flagged Mungeshpur's record-breaking temperature reading as an “error”

The incident underscores the need for accurate weather data to guide public safety measures amid escalating heatwaves.

A man stands near an automatic weather station at dusk on a hot summer day in Mungeshpur, a suburb in New Delhi on May 29, 2024, amid the ongoing heatwave. Power usage in India's capital surged to a record high Wednesday as residents of the sprawling megacity struggled to keep cool during a crushing heatwave with temperatures sizzling above 45 degrees Celsius (over 113 Fahrenheit). (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 02:58 AM IST
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Electric heavy-duty vehicles unlock pathway for reduction of GHGs in India

A recent study highlights the significant potential of electric HDVs in reducing emissions compared to diesel and natural gas vehicles.

The flagship electric truck of the Company IPLT Rhino 5523 in operation.(Infraprime Logistics Technologies (IPLTech))
Published on May 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST

How one of the oldest professions in India is facing effects of climate change

The plight of India's pastoralists amidst climate change calls for sustained efforts to restore degraded lands and support adaptive practices.

A nomadic pastoralist of the Changpa community with a goat walks along the barren Tsaga La Pass in India's union territory of Ladakh on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 26, 2024 10:30 AM IST

India’s east coast cities faced unprecedented heat stress in April, shows study

Cities along India's east coast experienced a significant increase in heat stress, with some areas enduring extreme conditions for over 15 days in April 2024.

IMD identifies heat stress in terms of heatwave conditions, which are declared based on specific temperature thresholds(AP photo)
Published on May 16, 2024 09:15 PM IST

Turbulent skies in Delhi, Mumbai: Unpacking the patterns behind recent storms

Recent weather events in Delhi and Mumbai are reminders of the dynamic and changing nature of urban environments under the influence of global climate patterns

On Monday afternoon, dust storm and heavy rainfall lashed several parts of Mumbai and the adjacent areas. (Unsplash)
Published on May 15, 2024 01:18 AM IST

Experts urge integration of climate resilience in urban development plans

The increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, driven by climate change, necessitate a proactive approach to infrastructure resilience

This picture shows a flooded motorway in Dubai on April 20, 2024. Four people died after the heaviest rainfall on record in the oil-rich UAE on April 16, including two Filipino women who suffocated inside their vehicle in Dubai's flooding. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 03, 2024 11:26 PM IST

Ultra fine emission inventory reveals top polluted hotspots in Mumbai

A recent study unveils a detailed emission inventory for Mumbai, pinpointing critically polluted hotspots in the city.

Mumbai, India - Sept. 19, 2020:High level of air pollution coming out from industries in Mahul, Chembur in Mumbai, India, on Monday, September 19, 2020. (Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times) (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 09:36 AM IST

'Need for heat adaptation policies during elections': Former MoES secretary

With climate conditions worsening, there's a need to integrate meteorological insights to protect public health and ensure smooth democratic processes

Women shelter under an umbrella due to the heat as they leave a polling station after casting their vote, during the second phase of the general election in Mathura, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 26, 2024. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 09:08 PM IST

A study aims to show the connect between monsoon and subcontinent invasions...

…invasions from Central Asian regions coincided with weak precipitation in their regions, indicating that climate has always played a big role in geopolitics

Possible linkage between climatic conditions and invasions on the Indian subcontinent during the period 6th century BCE to 16th century CE - published in the peer-reviewed Springer's Earth System Science Journal on April 4, 2024. (Springer's Earth System Science Journal)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 09:11 PM IST

5 key impacts of Swiss women's climate victory at Europe's Human Rights Court

The ECtHR April 9 ruling enhances the legal basis for climate action across Europe, providing a solid foundation for challenging inadequate climate policies

Members of Swiss association Senior Women for Climate Protection react after the announcement of decisions after a hearing of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to decide in three separate cases if states are doing enough in the face of global warming in rulings that could force them to do more, in Strasbourg, eastern France, on April 9, 2024. (Photo by Frederick FLORIN / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 07:04 PM IST

Swiss seniors win big at court, emissions reduction targets for Europe set

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a group of older women’s human rights were being harmed by the impacts of the climate crisis

Rosmarie Wydler-Walti and Anne Mahrer, of the Swiss elderly women group Senior Women for Climate Protection, attend the hearing of the court for the ruling in the climate case Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v. Switzerland, at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg,, France April 9, 2024. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 08:47 PM IST

In Botswana, a case of conservation colliding with human-wildlife conflict

Trophy-hunting may not be the best way to preserve the elephants that roam the African savannah at all— and here's how ecological balance can still be preserved

An elephant near the Nxaraga village on the outskirts of Maun, Botswana, Sept. 28, 2019.(AFP)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 11:09 PM IST

Climate change isn't doing much good for Olive Ridley turtle eggs

In a first, Tamil Nadu has announced the setting up of climate-resilient hatcheries that will ensure just the right temperatures for their eggs to hatch

Olive Ridley Turtles (- Credit National Marine Turtle Action Plan 2021-26)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 12:06 AM IST

Why Sonam Wangchuk's climate fast is an opportunity to look at Ladakh's future

Glaciers in the third pole are receding at an enhanced pace, fueled by the increasing temperatures across South Asia. Millions stand to be affected

FILE PHOTO: India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint along a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir's Ganderbal district June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/File Photo (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:10 AM IST

Why a tri-state pact is good news for wildlife

A recent ministerial-level agreement to track animal migration and map zones of known human-animal conflict is exactly what our biospheres need to stay safe

The western ghats and the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are crucial biodiversity hotspots. (Godwin Vasanth Bosco)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 06:42 PM IST

India gets serious about stopping exotic wildlife trafficking across borders

The Centre recently notified rules to streamline the management and protection of wildlife species, including clamping down on illegal trade of exotic species

The Indian star tortoise is a threatened species that is illegally trafficked(Courtesy Neil D'Cruze)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 09:04 PM IST

Heat waves will intensify, scientist makes a pitch to NDMA

As the mercury climbs, the world's largest democracy stands on the brink of a momentous decision in the face of an unprecedented heatwave.s

The health impacts of heat waves can range from mild symptoms like dehydration and heat cramps, characterised by edema and syncope with fevers below 39°C (102°F), to severe conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.(Rahul Raut/HT file photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 08:36 PM IST

Riffling through the reefs: Can India's coral beds be saved?

The key to addressing the escalating issue of coral bleaching is robust monitoring, enabling us to understand and respond effectively

A crab hidden inside its home in the Lakshadweep corals.(Shreya yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 07:04 PM IST

How Wayanad district in Kerala used weather data to turn climate resilient

The Indian Meteorological Department’s effort to offer data-driven weather forecast to vulnerable sectors is what this Kerala district has been doing since 2020

Workers plant paddy in the fields in Wayanad district of Kerala(Courtesy Rajesh Krishnan)
Published on Jan 28, 2024 04:01 PM IST

The future of forecasting — who can tell? And how accurately?

The IMD’s new framework will use its over 100 years of data to help industry to use accurate weather information to stay agile in the era of climate change

The computing to improve extreme weather forecast will be deployed ahead of the completion of the IMD’s 150 years in 2025. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 04:05 PM IST

AI-driven algorithm helps track and save tigers and other wild animals

In the second of a two-part series, we see how Artificial Intelligence reads existing data sets to catch poachers, track tigers and save the lives of wildlife

Images captured using TrailGuard AI of poachers and tigers in the same region at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (The study titled Mitigating human–wildlife conflict and monitoring endangered tigers using a real-time camera-based alert system)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 01:03 AM IST

How to save the life of a tiger

There is a need to balance human lives with wildlife welfare. In the first of a two-part series, we explore why even one unnatural tiger death is one too many

An adult and a juvenile tiger spotted at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 06:45 PM IST
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