However, the GSDA officials said that 258 talukas, accounting for 72 per cent of all talukas, reported no groundwater depletion and in some talukas, groundwater table replenishment was more than their average during the last season.
A team of researchers collected rainwater samples from Pashan (urban) and Sinhagad (rural) during monsoon from 2006 to 2016. They studied the chemical composition of these samples, which is also an important indicator of the ambient air quality.
After the onset of the northeast monsoon was announced on October 28, a delay by a fortnight from normal, the southern states recorded 10.3 per cent rainfall above the Long Period Average of 337.6 mm till December, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data states.
Between June to September months, the country receives a seasonal rainfall of 880mm, but it can vary from year-to-year. Being an agrarian country, rainfall during these months is crucial for India's economy, water and reservoir management, and overall agriculture output.
Last year, the average global temperature recorded was 14.9 degrees Celsius, which was 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level (1850-1900). The warmest ever years recorded are 2016, 2019 and 2020, the WMO stated.
A study to understand the tolerance to air pollutants among trees growing around the Lohegaon area of the city has found that peepal trees are the most tolerant, whereas tamarind trees are highly sensitive.
Located about 100 km from Pune city along the Pune-Solapur Highway, this reservoir sanctuary, adjacent to the Ujjani reservoir, offers a perfect summer habitat for these birds for breeding and nesting purposes.
Officials at Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Mumbai, called the rainfall at this time of the year as uncommon, particularly for Mumbai. “The rainfall is mainly associated with the easterly winds,” said an official from RMC.
In order to help farmers better deal with the impact of changing weather, city-based Bioprime Agrisolutions has developed environment-friendly bio-molecules capable of making the crops more climate resilient.
Located at approximately over 3,000 metres above sea level, Ladakh experiences plenty of sunny days in the year. Meteorologists hope to tap this abundant solar rays by installing special instruments in the region.
On December 21, Elsevier, Wiley and the American Chemical Society (ACS) filed a suit in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on websites Sci-Hub and LibGen, citing that they uploaded scientific research papers, academic information giving free access to all.