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 »

Necrotizing fasciitis: The Flesh Eating Disease Fact Sheet

Necrotizing fasciitis is the scientific name of the disease known as ‘Flesh Eating Disease‘ among the masses. ‘Necrosis’ means ‘death’ while the meaning of the word ‘fascia’ means subcutaneous tissues. The name therefore implies the death of the tissues situated beneath the skin.  Necrotizing fasciitis  is a soft-tissue infection. The disease is caused by infections by a… Read More »

What is Carbon Footprint? Definition and Explanation

In strict terms Carbon footprint is defined as “The total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an [individual, event, organisation, product] expressed as CO2e” In more understandable terms ‘Carbon’ in carbon footprint’ refers all the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming and footprint means ‘total impact’. The term Carbon footprint, therefore, reflects the total impact of all… Read More »

Tar Balls Wash up on the Beaches: Source and Reasons

Many beaches across the world have been facing the acute problem of tar balls washed up on the shores, polluting beaches and disturbing marine ecosystem. What are Tar balls? Tar balls or globs are oil residues made up of hydrocarbons. The type of hydrocarbons found in tar globs is same as that of the ones present… Read More »

Summary of the Paris Agreement, a global treaty to Combat Climate Change

Paris agreement 2015 is a global treaty under international law to combat climate change. It was agreed (adopted) by 195 nations in Paris during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 12, 2015. Some of its provisions are legally binding.  Brief Summary of the Paris Agreement… Read More »

Carbon Credit Mechanism to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

According to Investopedia ‘A carbon credit is a permit that allows the holder to emit one ton of carbon dioxide’. In broad terms ‘Carbon credit’ is an exchange mechanism devised to offset CO2 and other Greenhouse gas  emissions (GHG’s). Carbon credit is, therefore, a mitigation mechanism. This covers individuals, organizations, small and large businesses, governments or… Read More »

Kyoto Protocol – Summary of First International Treaty on Climate Change

Kyoto Protocol (Treaty) is among the most important and initial global efforts to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degree Celsius. A comprehensive summary of the Kyoto protocol covering must know facts about the protocol is provided below. What Is The Kyoto Protocol/Treaty? Kyoto Treaty is an international agreement under United Nations Framework Convention… Read More »