Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheets from Below

Greenland is the world’s largest island. Thick ice sheets cover 80% of the area of Greenland. More precisely 1,710,000 square kilometers area of Greenland is ice sheet covered. In most of the places the ice sheet is as thick as 2 km while it is ~3 km thick in the thickest areas. Total 90% of… Read More »

How Many Glaciers are there in the World?

We keep on getting news that glaciers are melting because of the global warming and this will contribute to the sea level rise significantly. This sort of information naturally makes us curious about glaciers. We want to know how many glaciers are there in the world and where are they located? Are they any different from ice… Read More »

Carbon footprints of an email, a cup of tea & coffee, bags & bananas

Climate damaging effect of the fossil fuels is well known. Fossil fuels release the trapped carbon into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide. This and many other greenhouse gases trap the infrared portion of the sunlight after it gets reflected by earth surface. This causes the global warming. Click here to know more… Read More »

Gangotri Glacier is retreating 10-30 metres per year

In July 2016, it was reported that large chunk of ice of around 3-3.5 feet was washed from the Gangotri glacier into the Bhagirathi River. Continuous rainfall, decreased snowfall and changes in the other climatic pattern such as temperature were held responsible for this by the scientists of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun. The… Read More »

Plastic in the ocean is now a big threat to the health of marine and terrestrial life

Facts Plastics comprise 50–80% of the litter in the oceans An estimate from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that fishing gear makes up 10% of all marine litter which is around 640,000 tonnes. Global production of plastics is above 300 million tonnes per year. A large part of it ultimately ends up in the ocean. The nets… Read More »

Swachh Paryatan App cannot be effective unless we have sensibility and stringent norms to keep our tourist destinations clean

Tourism in India is now a booming industry. It contributes around 7% of India’s GDP. However despite being a prolific 200 billion dollar industry its impact on environment is scarcely studied. Till now there is no study to quantify the impact of tourism on environment. Recently people started voicing their concern for Leh Ladakh, which is… Read More »