Polar vortex and its disruption- All you need to know

In the past few weeks, several parts of the world have been witnessing unusually extreme winter weather. It has been snowing in regions like the Texas state, Mexico, Mediterranean Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Jordan, that haven’t seen snowfall in decades at this time of the year. Several regions experienced record low temperatures which disrupted the power grid, water supply lines and also businesses- especially at a time when the global economy is slowly staggering back to its legs. This unusual condition is being attributed to a phenomenon called the ‘polar vortex outbreak’.

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Glacial Lake Outburst Flooding- Causes, Concerns and NDMA Guidelines

February 7th, 2021 saw the flooding of the Alaknanda River system, claiming the lives of over 60 people. Many others have gone missing and 2 hydroelectric power projects have been washed away. Though the exact cause of the flood is still being looked into, one of the possible causes is a phenomenon called glacier lake outburst flooding (GLOF). Though the region has experienced GLOFs in the past, this recent event is a cause for concern as it has occurred even before the end of winter– a period that is generally considered safe in terms of GLOF risks.

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Air safety in India – challenges and way forward.

The aviation sector in India has witnessed growth faster than many other industries in India.  From the number of flights flying in India to the number of passengers boarding flights in India, India reported exponential growth in this sector. India has become the third-largest domestic aviation market in the world. Although the aviation market is showing promising results, the rise in the number of accidents has also risen gradually. The recent air accident in Kerala of Boeing 737, killing 18 people and leaving more than 150 people injured has been a major setback for the aviation sector in India. Thus, it has become important to understand the various factors affecting air safety in India and suggest measures to deal with the problem.

Fire safety in India – Challenges and Prevention

In the past few days, fire accidents have ravaged many places in India. In Maharashtra, a number of babies died in a hospital accident. Similarly, a massive fire broke out in the Serum Institute of India. A major fire accident took place in West Bengal devastating the nearby slum areas in North Kolkata. Fire mishaps have become a common phenomenon nowadays. With a growing population, urbanization, and congestion, there is an urgent need for ensuring the safety of man and material. Fire accidents have been creating a huge loss to the property and manpower of the nation. Hence, there is a need to prevent such disasters from taking place and surveying the actual causes which lead to these accidents.

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Beirut Explosion- Need for Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate

The Beirut explosion has triggered widespread public anger in Lebanon leading to violent protests and resignation of the government. The explosion is one of the worst in several years and has resulted in casualties in a time when the healthcare system is stressed to its limits. In the context of such an incident, there is a need to look at India’s preparedness to handle a disaster on such a scale.

Guidelines for import of exotic animals & CITES

Government of India took many precautionary measures with long-term impacts in the light of COVID-19 pandemic. One such measure was an advisory released by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to streamline and formalize the process of importing live exotic animals.

Assam Blowout – Causes, Consequences, Way Ahead

Yet another addition to the series of industrial accidents and disasters plaguing India during the trying times of a global pandemic- recently dubbed ‘The Anthropause’. The Assam blowout that happened in May and the subsequent fires in June has claimed several lives apart from causing gross damage to the environment and the livelihood of the locals. This comes at a time when environmentalists are continuing to raise concerns about the draft Environmental Impact Assessment norms 2020. The current incident is presenting itself to India as a test of its ability to learn from its mistakes and prioritize what’s important in the long run.

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