Q&A: M Shashidhar Reddy, NDMA
M Shashidhar ReddyNational Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has taken a slew of initiatives on disaster management by involving states and concerned agencies. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, NDMA vice chairman M Shashidhar Reddy takes reviews the present state of disaster management.

KOCHI: Considered the most important effort at sustainable development of fish resources in the Arabian Sea, the one-and-a-half-month annual ban on fishing using trawl nets will take effect in Kerala's territorial waters on Tuesday midnight.

Roughly 4,000 boats will take the

The Inter-governmental Meeting to finalise the text of the draft SAARC Agreement on Rapid Response to Natural Disasters concluded in Male last Thursday with a broad agreement on the issue that needed to be addressed.

According to the global database on disasters, over the past forty years, South Asia faced as many as 1,333 disasters that killed 980,000 people, affected 2.4 billion lives and dam

MUMBAI: The Arabian Sea's average temperature has gone up by two to five degrees Celsius over the last four decades, which is not good news for the climate that you experience. It has also resulted in many cyclones originating from the Arabian Sea during the same time.

The sea's temperature, which used to be 22 to 27 degrees Celsius till 1980s, is now 27 to 32 degrees Celsius.

KOZHIKODE: The legendary Kallayi River that symbolised the civilization of Kozhikode is dying a slow death.
Infestation of weeds, discharge of untreated effluent into the river, dumping of hospital waste, unprotected embankment and untreated waste from septic tanks are hastening its degeneration.

A general survey of the fertility of 25 estuaries, based on their concentrations of nutrients, phytoplankton and zooplankton assemblage and fish production in each, as far as these are known, has been enumerated. In all 25 estuaries, of both the coasts 8 from the east coast which end up in the Bay of Bengal and the rest which the Arabian Sea have been covered.

MSC Chitra the out bound merchant vessel collided with M V Khalija III at around 5 nautical miles from the shore at 9.50 a.m. dt. 07/08/2010, when the latter was sailing towards the MbPT off Mumbai Harbour for berthing. At the time of incidence, MSC Chitra was carrying 2662 tonnes of fuel oil, 284 tonnes of diesel oil and 88 tonnes of lubricant oil.

A study has been carried out by comparing the extreme wind speeds estimated based on NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data for 100 years return period using Fischer Tippet-1 (commonly known as Gumbel) and Weibull distributions for three locations (off Goa, Visakhapatnam and Machilipatnam) in the north Indian Ocean. The wind dataset for Goa is compared with that from ERA-40 data. For higher wind speeds (12–20 m s−1), NCEP wind speed has higher percentage of occurrence than that of ERA-40.

Sep 06th, 2010 - Rashme Sehgal |

Newly detected rising sea levels in parts of the Indian Ocean have led Indian scientists to conclude that the Indian Ocean is rising faster than other oceans.
Dr Satheesh C.

Grim tidings from the Mumbai oil spillA Toxic Brew

The collision between two ships off Mumbai has resulted in an environmental catastrophe
There is a humongous oil slick
Mangroves along the coast have suffered. So too has marine and bird life.
It may take months to clear the slick, locate oil containers.