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Over 1.4 lakh Indians have died due to disasters over the past 50 years: Study
India

Over 1.4 lakh Indians have died due to disasters over the past 50 years: Study

In India, floods and tropical cyclones are the two major disasters causing mortality and now heatwaves and lightning are gaining importance.

Humans cause of all global warming, natural processes contribution are negligible
science

Humans cause of all global warming, natural processes contribution are negligible

That 1 C increase has already caused more frequent, extreme weather events like droughts, floods, superstorms made more deadly by rising seas.

El Nino, La Nina vary in durations and its effects are powerful enough to alter global temperatures
science

El Nino, La Nina vary in durations and its effects are powerful enough to alter global temperatures

Forecasting the beginning of an episode is now possible several months in advance, enabling some degree of preparation for agriculture or water management.

2020 for India was the eight warmest year since 1901, much lower than the highest temperature in 2016: IMD
India

2020 for India was the eight warmest year since 1901, much lower than the highest temperature in 2016: IMD

The IMD also said extreme weather conditions led to the death of more than 1,565 people last year with thunderstorm and lightning claiming the lives of 815 of them.

Cyclone Burevi to make landfall in Sri Lanka later today; India issues red alert, bans fishing till Friday
World

Cyclone Burevi to make landfall in Sri Lanka later today; India issues red alert, bans fishing till Friday

The cyclonic storm will pack gusts of up to 100 kms an hour when it makes landfall late in Sri Lanka before moving west and hitting India around 24 hours later, forecasters said

'Extremely heavy' rains likely in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and nearby districts on Tuesday; IMD issues red alert
India

'Extremely heavy' rains likely in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and nearby districts on Tuesday; IMD issues red alert

An IMD official said that the 'extremely heavy' forecast means the affected districts, which also include Raigad and Ratnagiri, may get more than 204.5 millimetres of rain in a period of 24 hours

IMD to explore artificial intelligence to improve forecasting, predict extreme weather events
science

IMD to explore artificial intelligence to improve forecasting, predict extreme weather events

IMD has invited researchers to submit proposals for the use of AI in improving weather forecasting, which are now under review by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Scientists pinpoint an icy dome as the best spot on Earth for skygazing, amateur astronomy
science

Scientists pinpoint an icy dome as the best spot on Earth for skygazing, amateur astronomy

Observations from Dome A were two and a half times better than other good observation spots in Chile or Hawaii.

No respite from floods in Assam, Bihar; thunderstorm warning issued in Himachal Pradesh
India

No respite from floods in Assam, Bihar; thunderstorm warning issued in Himachal Pradesh

The number of people affected by the deluge in Assam increased to nearly 26.38 lakh people while the toll due to floods and landslides reached 123 with one more person dying on Saturday

Monsoon advances further, likely onset in Mumbai by weekend, say reports; mercury rises in north India
India

Monsoon advances further, likely onset in Mumbai by weekend, say reports; mercury rises in north India

The monsoon is expected to arrive in Mumbai by end of this week, reports said, as conditions become favourable for the advancement of the southwest monsoon

Cyclone Amphan likely to hit West Bengal tomorrow: Why do we name catastrophes and how cyclonic storms get their names
India

Cyclone Amphan likely to hit West Bengal tomorrow: Why do we name catastrophes and how cyclonic storms get their names

For tropical cyclones developing in the North Indian Ocean, countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan and Thailand send their names to the regional tropical cyclone committee

Cyclone Amphan: PM Narendra Modi reviews situation; 25 NDRF teams deployed on ground, 24 teams on standby in other parts of India
India

Cyclone Amphan: PM Narendra Modi reviews situation; 25 NDRF teams deployed on ground, 24 teams on standby in other parts of India

Cyclone 'Amphan' intensified into a super cyclonic storm on Monday and is likely to move across the northeast Bay of Bengal

Cyclone Amphan: Narendra Modi to chair high-level meet this evening; storm likely to intensify into super cyclone by Monday evening
India

Cyclone Amphan: Narendra Modi to chair high-level meet this evening; storm likely to intensify into super cyclone by Monday evening

Cyclonic storm Amphan is likely to intensify into a super cyclone by Monday evening and hit the West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts as a very severe cyclone with a wind speed upto 185 km per hour on Wednesday, the home ministry said.

Cyclone Amphan to intensify by 16 May; IMD warns of heavy rainfall across Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha and West Bengal
India

Cyclone Amphan to intensify by 16 May; IMD warns of heavy rainfall across Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha and West Bengal

IMD said that Cyclone Amphan is likely to bring heavy rain in some parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 15 and 16 May, in parts of coastal Odisha on Tuesday, and in a few places in West Bengal on Wednesday

Delhi-NCR, other parts of north India to receive rainfall from 3-6 May, says IMD; hailstorm expected in some areas
India

Delhi-NCR, other parts of north India to receive rainfall from 3-6 May, says IMD; hailstorm expected in some areas

Several parts of north India, including Delhi-NCR, will receive light to moderate rainfall from 3-6 May, while some areas may see hailstorm owing to a western disturbance, IMD officials said on Saturday

Coronavirus cases spike in Asian countries, crush theory that warmer weather could stem the spread
World

Coronavirus cases spike in Asian countries, crush theory that warmer weather could stem the spread

Some symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to winter influenza which spreads in colder temperatures.

ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Time for organisers to do something about rain rules for knockout matches
First Cricket News

ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Time for organisers to do something about rain rules for knockout matches

The first semi-final, between India and England, was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain, but there are multiple ways to work around prevailing weather conditions

Confirmation for Antarctica's record high temperatures will take months says WMO
science

Confirmation for Antarctica's record high temperatures will take months says WMO

The evaluation normally takes six to nine months, after which it will be either accept or rejected.

Why is air pollution so harmful to us? Human being's DNA may hold the answer
science

Why is air pollution so harmful to us? Human being's DNA may hold the answer

Some genetic variants from a human's past can be helpful as it may allow people to have a long life despite smoking

Delhi air quality ‘very poor’ as air quality index crosses 370; SAFAR issues advisory to asthma and heart patients
India

Delhi air quality ‘very poor’ as air quality index crosses 370; SAFAR issues advisory to asthma and heart patients

Air quality in Delhi remained dismal on Sunday with air quality index (AQI) crossing 350 in most parts of the capital and shallow fog is expected to envelop the national capital throughout the day