Geography

Drop by drop

Taking stock of the monsoon


Heavy rain a threat to pulses

“Rain is good for summer crops. However, pulses are ‘risky crops’ and farmers need to take preventive steps during rain. Excess rain can result in water-logging that can damage the crops,”


Protein plan

Both pulses and edible oils need to be on the national food security agenda


‘Almost 30 per cent of our land undergoing degradation’

Nearly 30 per cent per cent of the country’s total geographical area is undergoing degradation, according to a study that analysed satellite imageries of the country over an eight-year period.


A good monsoon is a mixed blessing

Efforts to reduce water use in farming, which include growing drought-tolerant varieties, may suffer this time


Don’t build capital on floodplains: Experts

Theoretical physicist and Delhi Jal Board Adviser Prof. Soni released a book he co-authored with well-known international architect and national consultant on urban planning Romi Khosla


India sets sights on gold in ocean

India will sign a contract with ISA that will give it exclusive rights to mine for precious metals in Indian Ocean seabed


U.S. forecast model tries to predict storm-triggered wave ingress

But at 64 years old, Mr. Couch is less and less enamoured of spending eight hours packing up his property. So his ears perked up when he learned about a new forecasting model from the U.S. Geological


Paddy fields vanish in Kerala’s rice bowl

“The district had 1,83,181 hectares of rice fields in the beginning of the 1970s. At present, it has hardly 79,201 hectares. Even the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act of 2008 to conse


Water woes

The proposed law dealing with groundwater crisis needs improvement


Inflation to average 5 % in 2016-17: Crisil

A normal monsoon this year will help reign in food inflation and offset rising pressures from crude oil prices and ‘sticky services inflation,’ according to rating agency Crisil.


It’s raining cheer

For the first time in three years, the India Meteorological Department has projected that the monsoon rains will be above normal. Rainfall during the June-to-September southwest monsoon season is fore


Water-level at Thumbe dam reaches 10.10 ft

Water-level at the Thumbe vented dam, supplying water to both drinking and industrial purposes, rose to 10.10 ft on Sunday against the dam’s maximum level of 13 ft.


Solar storms may have seeded life

Solar storms four billion years ago may have provided the crucial energy needed to warm Earth and seed life despite the Sun’s faintness, new research has revealed.


Cyclone Roanu drops anchor off A.P.

As the cyclone was yet to cross the coast, the revenue and police staff have been asked to remain on high alert to meet any eventuality.


Geospatial Bill: India upset as Pak. moves UN

The discussion around the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, turned into a diplomatic war of words on Tuesday when India “firmly” rejected Pakistan’s objections to the draft Bill


A farmer’s ‘natural solution’ to agricultural crisis

The 10-acre land has been a “natural farm” since 1988, as it entails no chemical inputs and has reversed the groundwater table-level, improved soil fertility and strengthened the biodiversity


Monsoon to miss June 1 date with Kerala, say weathermen

“The statistical model forecast suggests that the monsoon onset over Kerala in this year is likely to be slightly delayed. The southwest monsoon is likely to set in over Kerala on June 7,”


Drought relief on order

That scarcity of water and its poor quality plague many parts of India this year is widely acknowledged today. Yet it has taken the Supreme Court to call out the reluctance of some States to declare


Insure farmers against climate change

Bundelkhand is where India’s marginal farming dream died. Known for the dacoits of Chambal and the Rani of Jhansi, the arid region, occupying districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh