The Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth, covering more than 9,000 square km, comparable to the surface of China or the US.
Fewer monsoon depressions in the Bay of Bengal are causing shifts in the duration and intensity of the rainy seasons. What does this mean for South Asia?
A steady decrease in rainfall, the switch to water-intensive cash crops and ever-increasing borewells have lowered the water table in Nagarur village of Anantapur, leaving farmers struggling to keep their crops alive.
‘It may be the size of the Asian rivers, large because they drain the Himalayas, that makes the pollution so prominent.’
Iron ore mining is on the wane in Goa but its residents are far from being at peace. Coal is their next big problem, and all their ire has centred on the port at Mormugao.
The storm that first came ashore on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes.
The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of rainfall on Tuesday, the highest in a day in August since 1997.
We have an agrarian crisis today because we have failed to think through what kind of agriculture we need.
Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
Weather officials believe this could be the heaviest and longest bout of rain since July 26, 2005, when the city was devastated by floods.
What the confrontational politics of India’s northeast will mean for the future of panicked animals trying to survive a flood every year is unclear.
This is the first and only evidence of a snake changing its colour in response to industrial contamination.
Residents of a tribal village who were denied access to water have collectively restored farm ponds to harvest rainfall to fulfill their water needs.
Indigenous peoples’ records can help us date natural events in the past and are legitimate sources of scientific information.
In north Bihar’s Kosi, groundwater is very close to the surface, so people prefer to have their toilets farther away from home or they think defecation will contaminate their drinking water supply.
Recognising different kinds of floods helps in understanding the various factors and forces at work, based on which remedial steps can be taken.
Vinod Dua discusses the increase in the number of train accidents, and the impact of floods in four Indian states.
The disaster followed landslides in Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo in which hundreds of people have been killed since early last week.
Proponents of the project refused to let those bringing up environmental and health concerns say their piece.
The floods have also damaged the infrastructure at the national park.
As manufacturers struggle to come to terms with the uncertainties brought on by shifty weather and a bleaker future, the labourers find themselves the most vulnerable link.
The death toll from drowning, snakebite, house collapse and landslide triggered by monsoon rains and floods rose to over 600 people on August 19.
Since August 10, seven rhinos, 122 swamp deer, two elephants, three wild boars, two hog deer, three sambhar deer, one buffalo and one porcupine have died,
Villagers are often the first line of defence against elephants wandering into farmland and settlements, so community-led efforts with traditional methods have come to the fore.
Dozens of houses were buried when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent on Monday – one of the deadliest recent natural disasters in Africa.
In Nepal, the death toll rose to 115, while floods in Bangladesh have killed at least 39 people. Fifty-six people have died in Bihar since Sunday.
Fifteen days on, the situation in the flooded villages of Banaskantha in north Gujarat is far from what can be called normal.
Will nature be crushed underfoot by the ease of doing business? Or will ecological wisdom thrive? It truly is time for India to decide.
Neonicotinoids, popularly called neonics, came on the scene when other pesticides no longer deterred pests but instead poisoned vertebrates.
This near miracle has been made possible because of an innovation called plinth raising, which entails constructing a high earthen platform to build a house.
The heavy rain, which mainly hit the country’s southern plains, led to the evacuation of 5,000 people, a home ministry official said.
An Assam State Disaster Management Authority report said 3.55 lakh people in 781 villages of 15 districts were hit by the deluge, caused by incessant rains.
The spill last week, after two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary, left white globs of jelly-like palm oil in the water and strewn across beaches.
The Jammu & Kashmir state government has been working quietly on a huge project to save one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.
In Madhya Pradesh, where the scale of displacement is highest, the government has gone back on its previous promises of adequate rehabilitation.
While multiple parallel plans are in place, there is no cohesion; not even the basic high tide mapping matches across the coast.
The science of consciousness has dethroned humanity from the simplistic pyramid we have thus far based our actions on, and opened a new way of viewing and engaging with life around us.
It is an important time to focus on the unintended and unexpected consequences in the natural-human interactions in the food-energy- water nexus
There are many policy uncertainties in this new draft, especially in the area of renewable energy, and a surprising faith in coal-based thermal power plants.
Activists and Delhi’s courts criticise the lack of replantation in the city’s Forest Department and allege that its implementing agencies are incentivised to fell trees because they profit from the auctioned sale of timber.