Environment

This monsoon, more rain pain for Delhi

This monsoon, more rain pain for Delhi

Environment, State
Updates from :  the Hindu : The Capital needs systemic change in its drainage master plan that dates back to 1976; desilting of drains is not enough. As a new plan devised by IIT-Delhi still awaits the official nod, expect the familiar sight of waterlogged streets again this monsoon Around 4 p.m. on July 13, 2018, a red-coloured city government bus ferrying passengers drove into a waterlogged road under Minto Road Bridge near the iconic Connaught Place. Half submerged in water, the bus broke down and the passengers had to be rescued by police and fire service personnel. Photos and videos of the bus became the face of a capital crisis: urban flooding. Since then, not much has changed in the city, according to urban planning experts, and a ‘Drainage Master Plan for NCT of Delhi’ — se
This summer will be warmer than normal, says IMD

This summer will be warmer than normal, says IMD

Environment
Updates from :  the Hindu : The ‘normal’ temperatures refer to the mean temperatures during those months between 1981 and 2010. Voters heading out to polling booths in the coming elections will have to brace for hotter weather. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the average maximum temperatures from April to June are likely to be warmer by half a degree in several places in Central India and northwest India. An IMD statement said: “The season averaged maximum temperatures are likely to be warmer than normal by ≥0.5 °C to <1 °C over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west and east Uttar Pradesh, west and east Rajasthan, west and east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidharbha, Marathawada, Coastal Karnataka, Nort
Spider research yet to pick up pace in India, say experts

Spider research yet to pick up pace in India, say experts

Environment
Updates from :  the Hindu : Less encouragement to study the nitty-gritty and poor awareness are hurdles; last major research conducted between 1990s, 2000s The recent discovery of a new species of jumping spiders in Aarey Colony has had arachnologists — specialists in spiders and related animals — and wildlife experts call for a greater focus on studying spiders in India. While the last major research was conducted between the 1990s and 2000s by Dr. Manju Siliwal, a senior arachnologist who specialises in mygalomorphs, experts believe a lot of diversities of spiders are yet to be discovered in the country. In a study published on Saturday by Russian peer-reviewed journal Arthropoda Selecta, a team-led by arachnologists Rajesh Sanap, Dr. John Caleb and biologist Anuradha Jogle
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