A Kerala scientist's Arctic quest: nosy bears, unending night and icy zen
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:08 PM
For a man planning to spend winter on an Arctic ice floe plunged in darkness, Vishnu Nandan seemed in no hurry to pack. Asked on Tuesday if he had begun, he answered coolly: "Nope." The emoji on the WhatsApp screen smiled in the manner of one obviously flirting with danger. "I will start tonight," Nandan said.
Oceans Could Unleash Misery On Earth Due To Climate Change: UN Report
Friday, September 20, 2019, 8:54 PM
Global warming and pollution caused by humanity's carbon-heavy footprint are ravaging Earth's oceans and icy regions in ways that could unleash misery on a global scale, a landmark UN report to be unveiled next week will warn. Oceans and the frozen zones comprising the cryosphere cover more than 80 percent of Earth's surface, yet more money has been spent to explore the Moon.
Amazon forest fires: Missing the forest for the trees
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 11:35 AM
Brazil is drawing the world's, especially Europe's, flak over Amazon-forest-fires. But history shows forest cover declined in Europe on a far-larger-scale as organised farming, manufacturing and urbanisation took off in the continent. This fact mirrors the larger-argument on global-warming emerging economies resist steeply reduced emissions norms on the grounds that the West didn't have to contend with an environmental constraint when it rapidly industrialised.