How Climate Change Impacts Our Water resources?

“Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” We’ve all heard the phrase before but do you know we’re literally running out of freshwater? According to the IPCC fifth assessment report, the availability of freshwater is expected to become even more scarce in the future because of climate change. Freshwater is a necessity for human […]

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Assam Floods to Uttarakhand Cloudburst- The Weekly Wrap

Are you worried that your news intake doesn’t have enough on the environment? Let Me Breathe brings you the weekly wrap with all the environment news that is happening closer to home and around the world.  Here’s the news of the week: 1.24 Lakh Hit In Assam Floods Assam is flooding again! 92% of the […]

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Assam floods: 95% of Kaziranga National Park submerged

The current wave of floods in Assam has affected more than 33 lakh people in 28 districts of the state.  Among the worst-hits districts is Barpeta where over 5.50 lakh people are affected. Dhubri, Morigaon, and South Salmara districts with 4.11 lakh, 4.08 lakh, and 2.25 lakh people affected, respectively, are also among the worst-hit […]

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Commercial Mining: A Plan to Kill Hopes for a Sustainable Economy

On June 18, the government initiated the auction of 41 coal blocks that can produce 225 million tonnes of coal per year. Allowing 100% foreign direct investment, global companies can also participate in the auctions. This is expected to generate employment, reduce the import bill, and make India self-reliant. Interestingly enough, only a week after […]

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Assam floods and the untameable Brahmaputra

There has been incessant rainfall across Assam and North East and the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above danger at several places submerging fresh areas every day. The Brahmaputra features among the world’s top five rivers in terms of discharge as well as the sediment it brings, originates from the Himalayas and flows […]

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Can we plant our way out of climate change?

In recent years, we’ve seen quite a buzz around climate change but what exactly is climate change? Climate change is a broad umbrella term that captures the consequences of Global Warming. It is the process of gradual heating up of the planet. It is estimated that the rise of the Industrial Revolution has led to […]

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Earth may be warmest in 12,000 years: Study

Soon after Russia’s State weather authority confirmed the rise of temperature to 100.4°F in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, an all-time highest for the Arctic region, the climate scientists and activists came forward to discuss this persistent increase of heat in the region. Additionally, the Paleo Temperature Time Series, a Holocene global mean surface temperature […]

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Assam Floods: The annual destruction of environment

With more than 50,000 people affected and 14 fatalities reported in 5 districts of the state, Assam has received the second wave of floods in this monsoon season. Post cyclone Amphan continuous downpours have raised the level of water in the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries which has caused severe inundation in the districts of […]

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Hubli-Ankola Rail Project: An environmental disaster

The controversial Hubli-Ankola Rail Line has been thrust into the limelight recently due to its hasty approval by the Karnataka State Wildlife Board in March 2020. This project has a history of being rejected several times in the past 22 years, and numerous studies by various departments have found that it will damage the ecology […]

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Heatwaves, floods and cyclones: Here’s what India’s first climate change assessment report says

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has come out with India’s first Climate Change Assessment Report. The report titled “Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region” will be released by Minister of Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan on 19th June 2020. The 242 pages report says that in the 29 years from 1986 to 2015, […]

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Is Kedarnath at risk again?

It was raining incessantly and the sky was thundering with the loud noise of encircling helicopters above. The scene seemed straight out of some film. Crowds of people had lined up with a hapless look on their faces at the helipad in Dehradun. Some of them would rush every time a helicopter landed to show […]

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Why is Delhi-NCR getting hit by frequent earthquakes?

Since April 2020, New Delhi and its nearby areas have recorded at least 14 earthquakes. According to the National Center for Seismology, all these earthquakes fell into the range of low to medium, as their magnitude was less than five. How does an earthquake occur? The primary cause for an earthquake is the movement of […]

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Brazil deforested 10,000 square km of Amazon rainforest in 2019

Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest was worse than previously reported in 2019, revised government data shows, during the first year of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is keen to develop the forest crucial to curbing global warming. Brazil’s space research agency INPE recorded 10,129 square kilometers of deforestation (3,911 square miles) for its benchmark annual period […]

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Cyclone Nisarga Updates: Nisarga to Weaken into Cyclonic Storm by Late Evening, says IMD

India Meteorological Department says that landfall has begun. IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that landfall could begin any moment as outer wall region of Cyclone Nisarga is over Raigad district. “It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next few hours, recurve north-northeastwards thereafter and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between […]

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Cyclone Nisarga: IMD issues red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat due to the cyclonic storm Nisarga in the Arabian Sea for 4 June. The low-pressure area developing over the Arabian sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts, IMD said. The […]

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How does the draft EIA 2020 affect the environment and us?

Why I Celebrated Rakshabandhan with Trees

Why we oppose Draft EIA 2020: A replica of Rejected Committee Report