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Interview

'India is likely to experience strong relative impacts of climate change'

Issue Date: Jul 6, 2015
A book published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that global warming will affect food production and lead to a reduction of nutritional properties of major crops.

‘Bangladesh a veritable laboratory to study climate change action’

Issue Date: Jun 4, 2015
Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. It even features in the top five countries listed by various studies. What are the key risks and what kind of response measures is the country taking?

‘Many seismic gaps in Himalayas capable of producing powerful earthquakes’

Issue Date: May 12, 2015
How has our understanding about seismicity in the Himalayas evolved? Can you share with us some new findings from the region that can explain the cause of recent intense earthquakes in this region? Can you share some of your own analysis and reading in the light of the recent earthquake?

‘There will be a day when we will be able to predict quakes’

Issue Date: May 12, 2015
How has our understanding about seismicity in the Himalayas evolved?  

Climate change and earthquake hazard

Issue Date: May 12, 2015
An article in the American magazine, Newsweek, says rains may be triggering earthquakes in the Himalayan region by adding to the pressure on the grinding plates.  But for the past few years, monsoon rains have not been regular in the Indian subcontinent, although South Asia did witness extreme rainfall events in isolated places across the Himalayan foothills and even in the plateaus in south India.

‘Faults inactive for long period could pose greater hazard’

Issue Date: May 12, 2015
We already know that Himalayas are one of the world’s most seismically active zones from the studies undertaken over half a century. How has our understanding about seismicity in the Himalayas evolved?

‘We know where earthquakes can strike, but never when’

Issue Date: May 12, 2015
What is the biggest gap in our understanding about earthquakes in Himalayas?

'We must be ready to face big earthquakes in prone areas'

Issue Date: May 12, 2015
What is the biggest gap in our understanding about earthquakes in Himalayas? The gap is not only for Himalayan earthquakes. It is a global gap. The fact remains that the “Plate Tectonics Hypothesis” was developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It provided, for the first time, a basis for calculation of strain accumulation which results in earthquakes.

‘Mexico’s most important river dying a slow death’

Issue Date: May 11, 2015
The Lerma Santiago river, the second largest in Mexico, is under threat from pollution and decreased water flow. Though the government pumped in millions of dollars to clean up the river in the early 1990s, the action plan lacked a holistic approach.
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