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Explained: Behind the unprecedented pre-monsoon devastation in Assam

May 24, 2022 2:23 pm

While the monsoons are yet to arrive, Assam has already been beset by floods and landslides that have left 15 people dead and more than 7 lakh affected.

Explained: What Lancet Commission says about the impact of pollution on India's GDP

May 19, 2022 11:32 am

The study notes that economic losses due to modern forms of pollution have increased as a proportion of GDP between 2000 and 2019 in India, China, and Nigeria.

Explained: What are urban heat islands, and why are they worsening during summers?

May 18, 2022 3:28 am

Several parts of the country are reeling under heat wave conditions. Cities, especially, are a lot hotter than rural areas. What is the reason for this? Is there any way to mitigate this?

Explained: Why are forest fires in the hills intensifying this summer?

May 17, 2022 11:17 am

Forest fires continue to scorch several hectares of green cover in the Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. What causes forest fires? How are they classified? Has there been a spike this year? How vulnerable are forests in Uttarakhand and Himachal?

Explained: How heatwave is sweeping across India, again

May 17, 2022 11:14 am

Though heatwave over large parts of north and central India is an annual phenomenon in May, the maximum temperatures in areas of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir have been unusually high. Why have the temperatures been so high?

Explained: What is the 'onset' of the monsoon, and what does an early onset over Kerala mean?

May 14, 2022 2:51 pm

The southwest monsoon is likely to set in over Kerala on May 27, well ahead of its normal date of June 1. What does the 'onset of monsoon' mean? Is it unusual for the monsoon to hit the Kerala coast early? Does an early onset foretell a good monsoon?

Super cyclones in India, Bangladesh: numbers exposed to severe flooding projected to rise hugely

May 10, 2022 10:10 pm

The research, led by the University of Bristol and including scientists from Bangladesh, looked at the 2020 Super Cyclone Amphan, the most costly cyclone to have made landfall in South Asia.

Explained: Cyclone Asani is on the way, but it won't be another Fani or Amphan. Here's why

May 10, 2022 7:10 am

Systems formed in the Bay of Bengal during May, the peak of summer, are among the strongest ones to form in the North Indian Ocean region.

From Amphan to Asani: How and why are cyclones named?

May 10, 2022 9:51 am

Adopting names for cyclones makes it easier for people to remember, as opposed to numbers and technical terms.

Explained: Why is Delhi sweltering, and can we expect any respite?

April 29, 2022 1:27 pm

Delhi heatwave explained: The national capital region is in the midst of a third heatwave this summer. What's the forecast? Why have temperatures remained persistently high? Is this normal?