Withdrawal of Monsoon

Withdrawal of Monsoon

Context: The southwest monsoon rainfall, 7% more than normal, has started to withdraw. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said  that the system had begun retreating from parts of southwest Rajasthan and Kutch. The southern peninsula and central parts have had the bulk of the excess at 29% and 33%, respectively. Relevance: GS I- Indian Geography […]

‘Triple dip’ La Nina

Context: Recently, The Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the occurrence of La Niña phenomenon for the third consecutive year in the Pacific Ocean. India Meteorological Department data shows, La Ninã lasting for more than two years has been recorded only on six instances Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Climatology, Important Geophysical Phenomena), GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental […]

Why Forecasting Cloudbursts is a challenge?

Context: Cloudbursts — violent and voluminous amounts of rain pouring down in a short duration over a small area — have been reported since the mid-19th century. Yet, the characteristics of these events remain elusive, and our efforts in monitoring and forecasting them is at an embryonic stage. Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Physical Geography, Climatology, Important […]

Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal

Context: The Supreme Court drew an assurance from the State of Punjab that it will meet the Haryana counterpart within this month to discuss the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal which has been languishing for two decades. Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Drainage System in India, Projects to improve Irrigation), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Inter-State […]

Southwest Monsoon-IMD Predicts Excessive Rainfall

Southwest Monsoon-IMD Predicts Excessive Rainfall

Context: September monsoon forecast by IMD, predicts excessive rainfall for south, west, central India Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Important Geophysical Phenomenon, Climatology) Dimensions of the Article: Details What is Monsoon? Importance of Monsoon for India Issues with Prediction of monsoon in India La Niña Details: AS per the latest forecast issued by the India Meteorological Department […]

What is Zombie Ice?

Context: The melting of the Greenland ice sheet will unavoidably raise the global sea levels by at least 10.6 inches or 27 centimetres, no matter what climate action the world decides to take right now. This is because of ‘zombie ice’, which is certain to melt away from the ice cap and blend into the […]

Cloudbursts In Himachal Pradesh

Context: Over 20 people have been killed in destruction caused by cloudbursts and flash floods in different parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the last three days. Relevance: GS-I: Geography (Physical Geography, Climatology, Important Geophysical phenomena), GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Climate Change and its effects), GS-III: Disaster Management Dimensions of the Article: What is […]

Increasing Cloudburst Incidents in India

Context  Over the last three days, cloudbursts and flash floods have killed over 20 people in various parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Relevance GS Paper 1:Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, Volcanic activity, cyclones etc. Mains Question Discuss the measures to prevent and mitigate the devastating effects of cloudbursts, highlighting the causes and […]

Rare Earth Elements

Context: India is keen to join a global alliance to ensure the supply of rare earth elements Relevance: Geography (Distribution of Key Natural Resources, Mineral & Energy Resources), GS Paper-II: International Relations (India and its Neighborhood) Dimensions of the Article: Supply chain disruptions About Minerals Security Partnership (MSP) What are REMs? Strategic importance of REMs […]

Sakurajima Volcano Erupted on Japan

Sakurajima Volcano Erupted on Japan

Context: Recently, the Sakurajima Volcano erupted on Japan’s major western island of Kyushu. Relevance: GS I- Geography Dimensions of the Article: What is Sakurajima Volcano? Stratovolcano What is Sakurajima Volcano? Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and eruptions of varying levels take place on a regular basis. It is an active stratovolcano. The largest historical eruptions […]