articles by Chirag Dhara

science

World Environment Day 2020: Cleaning India’s air pollution — damned if we do, damned if we don’t?

Air pollution causes respiratory problems. Ironically, so might a too-rapid pollution clean up.

science

Is Cyclone Fani a result of global warming? A climate scientist has the answer

Climate change is usually not the genesis of a problem; it exacerbates existing problems.

India

West Bengal's climate change conundrum Part V: Erratic seasons exacerbating physiological, psychosomatic problems in human beings

Dr Dhires Kumar Chowdhury describes the severe — some chronic —impacts in the wake of Cyclone Aila in 2009 and the increasing physiological and psychosomatic problems resulting from erratic changes in seasons

India

West Bengal's climate change conundrum Part IV: How intensifying cyclones threaten Sundarbans' way of life

Those dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Aila spoke of flooded and destroyed homes, lack of potable water for up to a week and the painful attempts to salvage or rebuild

India

West Bengal's climate change conundrum Part III: Extraordinarily rapid sea-level rise in Sundarbans turns families into refugees

Satellites have found the sea advancing by a staggering 200 metres (650 feet)/year in parts of the Sundarbans, and a total of 170 square kilometres (the size of Kolkata city) has surrendered to the sea in the 37 years between 1973 and 2010 alone.

India

West Bengal's climate change conundrum Part II: Changing rainfall patterns have left Kolkata vulnerable to flooding; here's why

One of the reasons for Kolkata’s increasingly vulnerability to flooding is the rapid decline in the east Kolkata wetlands, the natural drainage system of the city.

India

West Bengal's climate change conundrum: Why Kolkata is more heat-stressed than other megacities

Rising temperatures are a fact of life in Kolkata and are, it would appear, in line with global climate change.

science

IPCC report analysis: The 0.5-deg difference in warming that could impact millions

The IPCC report analyses our current situation, where we ought to be and plausible ways forward.