Tuesday, 24 May, 2022
TopicHeat wave

Topic: heat wave

What are wet bulb temperatures, and why they probably won’t cross 35°C long enough to be lethal

World panel on climate change said this year that if emissions aren't reduced, wet bulb temperatures would creep closer to 35°C, considered limit of human survivability.

India’s heat risk interventions still new. Heatwave in 2022 shows it needs to learn fast

Experts have warned India will face more frequent and intense heat waves in the coming decades, and if global warming doesn’t slow down, they’ll only get worse.

La Niña, climate change — why Indian subcontinent got scorched so early & for so long this year

While heat waves are common this time of the year and peak in May, the ongoing heat wave was first declared uncharacteristically early on 11 March.

Heat wave scorches wheat fields in India, reduces yield & threatens export plans

According to farmers and local government officials, yields have slumped 10% to 50% this season.

Almost 40°C in March? Why sizzling heatwave caught Mumbai by surprise last week

This year's March maximum as yet slightly lower than for last year — 40.9 degrees Celsius — recorded on 28 March 2021. City's highest-ever March maximum recorded in 1956.

This is why Kerala and Uttarakhand are seeing heavy rainfall, flooding in October

Typically, the monsoon season in both states withdraws by September. But relentless showers in October have raised concerns over climate change.

Adverse pregnancy outcomes, mental health issues: Lancet paper warns of global warming impact

Two-part series published in Lancet looks at how rising global temperatures will affect the human body, and elaborates on heat-reducing strategies that can be implemented.

Killer heat wave triggers blackouts, damages utilities, people flee to hotels in US, Canada

Heat, drought and wildfires tied to climate change have authorities on edge as they try to keep the power on and avoid more heat-related deaths that claim about 650 US lives annually.

In last 20 years, death rate due to heatwaves increased by 62% in India, IMD study says

Study by Ministry of Earth Sciences and the India Meteorological Department also notes despite a rise in extreme weather events, there was a decrease in mortality rate by 44.6%.

California’s Death Valley hits 54.4°C — world’s ‘hottest ever’ temperature on record

The temperature will have to be verified by World Meteorological Organization and, if proven correct, it will stand as the highest ever reliably recorded reading in the world.

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Golden Temple

What Akal Takht must know about harmonium and music before banishing it from Golden Temple

In an era where India’s past and ‘purity’ are constantly being dug up and debated, the humble harmonium has become the latest victim.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.

Defence

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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