Last week, a much anticipated climate change conference concluded in Katowice, Poland. The conference is critical because 3 years after signing the Paris Agreement, there is finally a working program to operationalize the Agreement. Many people have been talking about the rigor (or the lack of it) of this rule-book, and what went down in […]Read More COP24: What the outcomes were and whether they are sufficient
Today when 98% of the world’s population is busy worrying about climate change and the rest 2% arguing about it being a hoax; do you know how the affected countries are trying to deal with changing conditions? Melting glaciers, increasing sea level, severe floods and drought conditions are changing lives of millions of people. But […]Read More Adapting to Climate Change: Bangladesh
Originally posted on Agenda For Survival:
The Earth’s climate has been evolving since the beginning of time but the manifestations of future catastrophes can now be seen. From frequent earthquakes, drying up of rivers and lakes to the disastrous situation in Kerala, the damage is perceivable. The situation has been demanding remedial measures especially since…
The key factor in all climate change articles and especially the Paris Agreement, is that we should not let the temperature increase beyond 2° Celsius. According to current trends, with all our mitigation efforts, the temperature of our Earth is expected to rise by 3.5° Celsius at the end of this century. And without any effort […]Read More Why is an increase of 2° Celsius such a big deal?
At school, I’m sure every child was once fascinated by the knowledge that the rings on a tree trunk can tell it’s age. The very fact that the age of a tree can be recorded this way used to be unreal, and to actually count the rings of a cut tree and figuring out the […]Read More What can tree rings can tell about forest fires?
The narrow zones of the world where the land meets the sea hosts some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Coastal wetlands, estuaries, backwaters, deltas, lagoons, reefs, bays all come under a broad term called coastal ecosystems. Together, they add up to 1.6 million kilometers. of coastline. Each one is unique, but has […]Read More Coastal ecosystems severely under threat due to climate change
(This is the fifth post in the “feedback loops” series.) Climate is weather, over a long period of time. Unlike weather, climate is predictable. It has a number of factors like solar insolation, rainfall, temperature and latitude/altitude that controls it in a particular place. Also, climate encompasses a large area. Because of the spatial and […]Read More Positive feedback loops: Controlling global climate
Over the course of the presidential elections in the US, many researchers were keen on finding out what the candidates and the public in general feel about climate change. The results? Not good. Donald Trump has gone on record to say that he think climate change is a “hoax perpetrated by the Chinese” and wants […]Read More Why don’t people believe in climate change?
While climate change in the next 50 years is expected to cause a multitude of changes in the physical environment of the world, that’s not all it is going to do. The more dangerous effect climate change is going to have is on the ecosystems and the composition of ecosystems. Plants and animals of an […]Read More Does climate change affect species distribution?
While the cases of forest fires have been increasing all over the world, most of them have been due to human activities and carelessness. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, Forest Survey of India believes that 95% of the fires caused are due to human negligence. In this post, I’m going to be looking […]Read More Forest fires and climate change: is there a link?