• Greenland Ice Sheets are Melting From Below
    Climate Change

    Greenland Ice Sheets are Melting From Below According to New Studies by NASA

    According to the new studies carried out by NASA’ Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) campaign Greenland Ice Sheets are Melting From Below.  The interesting knowledge about the Greenland’s ice structures and its melting is being generated by NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) campaign. It’s a five year long mission started in 2015. Ocean Melting Greenland (OMG) Campaign to Enhance the Knowledge on Melting of Greenland Ice Sheets  Greenland’s coastline is 27,000-miles long. The OMG campaign studies the glaciers and ocean along the coastline. The aim of the campaign is to know where and how fast the seawater is melting the glacial ice.  Both boats and aeroplanes are being used for the OMG campaign. Through the…

  • Environment

    Amazing Facts about Mangalyaan – India’s First Space Mission to Mars

    Mangalyaan is India’s First Space Mission to Mars. The literal meaning of Mangalyaan is Mars-craft. With the help of Mangalyaan, scientists are able to know more about the Mars and its atmosphere. The scientists across the world are trying to study mars through this information and imagery. Read below to know more about some of the most amazing facts about Mangalyaan : Amazing Facts about Mangalyaan 1. Mangalyaan has also been India’s most challenging space mission so far. This is also called the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). In India it is the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that works to send rockets and satellites in the space. ISRO created history by…

  • Environment

    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 sheets and from where to get the most authentic information about them. The post tries to provide information about these queries. Most of the ice in the world is present in the form of ice sheets, ice caps and glaciers. The combined area of these ice shapes is known as total glaciated area. Most glacial ice sheets…

  • What is the present level of atmospheric carbon dioxide
    Climate Change

    What is the present level of atmospheric carbon dioxide ?

    What is the present level of atmospheric carbon dioxide? On May 9th, 2013, the global atmospheric daily concentration of CO2 crossed 400 ppm level mark.  On that day the recorded CO2 Concentration was 400.03 ppm as per the NASA’s Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. The observatory has been monitoring the atmospheric concentration since last 57 years. The crossing of 400 ppm mark made news. The scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institute of Oceanography both in USA confirmed these observations. The CO2 concentration in the atmosphere does not remain same throughout the year. In fact, it varies with the changing season. From springs till later part of…

  • Environment

    Minimum Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Atmosphere Crosses 400 ppm Mark

    Each year during the spring season the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reaches to its minimum. The reason is that during this time the plants get new leaves and they grow maximum. The more the leaves sprout, the more the leaves grow, the more photosynthesis will take place which means enhanced intake of atmospheric CO2 to produce food. This reflects as a dip in the atmospheric concentration of CO2. During the harsh winters and fall the plants shed their leaves. It is this time that the global CO2 level reaches to its annual high. As per the NASA’s observations based on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, the annual…

  • Climate Change

    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 about Carbon Footprints. The idea behind calculating release of total greenhouse gases from an activity, product or process is to know how much eco-friendly or eco unfriendly it is. Read below to know the carbon footprint of some of the things and activities we never thought to be contributing to the building up of greenhouse…

  • Gangotri Glacier is retreating 10-30 metres per year
    Climate Change

    Gangotri Glacier is retreating 10-30 metres per year

    In July 2016, large chunk of ice of around 3-3.5 feet was washed from the Gangotri glacier into the Bhagirathi River. Scientists of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun said that continuous rainfall, decreased snowfall and changes in the other climatic pattern such as temperature were responsible for this. The incident again raised the alarm bells. The global warming has been popularly blamed for the degenerating health of the glaciers worldwide. The condition of the Gangotri glacier is no different. The health of this glacier is of immense importance for India. The reason is that it is the source of river Ganges (also called Ganga). It is the most important river for…

  • Environment,  Opinion

    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 used for fishing and dumped in the ocean after they are no longer fit to be used, tyres, buoys, buckets, bottles and bags are major source of plastic found in the oceans worldwide. Fishing net traps and kills many animal species ranging from turtles to seals to birds. It is observed that approcimately 90% of the…

  • Swachh paryatan app
    Opinion

    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 unable to cope up with the increasing number of tourists. There is 100% increase in footfall since the year 1974 when the place was first opened for tourism, putting severe pressure on already fragile ecosystem. In recent years Ladakhi people have dealt with water shortage, which was once a rare phenomenon. Environment crisis of Ladakh…

  • Environment,  Opinion

    Roopkund, Yarsagumba, Bugyals and the High Altitude Pass Called Junargali

    We could feel nothing but thrill when we landed in Roopkund. This filled our bodies wrapped under many layers of jackets, caps and gloves with the necessary warmth. It was an early morning of May 2016. It is not allowed to stay up there in Roopkund for more than 15-20 minutes. What you really see there is a very small ‘pond’ like lake. Roopkund appeared like a half frozen bottom of an oval tub pushed fit in the high reaches of the mountains. Of-course we could locate a few skeletons there. The weather was fast changing and within minutes of our landing it felt as if very soon the clouds and fog would…