Worsening worldwide land degradation now ‘critical’, undermining well-being of 3.2 billion people

Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration. The dangers of land degradation, which… Read More Worsening worldwide land degradation now ‘critical’, undermining well-being of 3.2 billion people

Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

In a few weeks from now monsoon forecasts will begin. These forecasts are based on calculations made by computer modeling. The amazing advances in modeling of weather and climate is evident in the fact that given energy from the sun arriving at the top of the atmosphere, a model’s mathematical representation of the atmosphere, ocean… Read More Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

2018 Environmental Performance Index: India falls to the bottom tier

The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health. Now in its twentieth year, the biennial report is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The tenth EPI report ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories covering… Read More 2018 Environmental Performance Index: India falls to the bottom tier