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Considering Green Drought for Drought Assessment

Context: The Karnataka government has requested the inter-ministerial central team to consider the ‘green drought’ prevailing in the state and urged that the assessment be made based on factors like crop growth and yield.  What is a Green Drought? Other Types of Drought Why […]

Glacial Lake outburst Flood (GLOF)

Context: Glacial lake bursts in Sikkim have led to the death of Seven people and many missing reports. South Lhonak Lake suddenly overflowed into the Teesta River, creating flash floods that destroyed the Chungthang dam. Location of Disaster South Lhonak Lake is a glacial-moraine-dammed […]

Carrying capacity and Himalayan vulnerability

Context: Last month, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud had suggested that an expert committee conduct a “complete and comprehensive” study on the carrying capacity of the Himalayan region. What is the concept of “carrying capacity”? Factors affecting the carrying capacity of an ecosystem: Why Himalayan ecosystem is unique? Therefore, sustaining biodiversity in the region also means protecting the interests of the people. The region […]

Resisting Landslides 

Context: Severe monsoon floods in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have claimed over 60 lives, with heavy rains triggering landslides and causing widespread devastation. Landslide is rapid movement of rock, soil and vegetation down the slope under the influence of gravity. These materials may move […]

Karnataka CM urges Centre to make amendments to drought manual

Context: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written to the Union government to bring changes to the Manual for Drought Management, 2016 (updated in 2020) for the declaration of drought by the States.  Rationale and objectives: Drought declaration’ signifies the beginning of Government response to conditions representing a drought situation. Indices & Parameters Five categories of indices are recommended for developing a monitoring matrix for drought. […]

What are sponge cities ?

Context: China has been hit by devastating floods in July, inundating cities and causing deaths and infrastructural damage, as well as raising questions about the effectiveness of its 2015 sponge city initiative to reduce urban flood risks. About Sponge Cities Need for Sponge Cities […]

Rain triggers flash floods, landslips in J&K; 1 killed

Context: Recently several regions of India including J&K have been marred by cascading effect of natural disasters. This makes it important to understand the relevance of Early Warning System. Early warning systems (EWS) can improve resilience against climate-related hazards by providing information for early […]

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)

Context: Fifth edition of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure was organised under the aegis of Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. About Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure  Functions of CDRI Initiatives under CDRI 

Cool Roof Policy in Telangana

Context: Telangana has become the first state to notify a Cool Roof Policy to effectively address the issue of heat waves and urban heat island. IPCC reports have highlighted that incumbent climate change will intensify heat & humidity in India. Under the policy, Telangana […]

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