A multi-disciplinary expert committee that probed into the reasons for the landslide in Karwar which claimed 19 lives during the October floods has found that deforestation and large scale excavation of soil from the hilllock lead to the tragedy.

Prof. C.N.R. Rao left many a scientist slack-jawed with the disclosure at the platinum jubilee meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences
India's top-most advisory panel on climate change has no climate change scientists.

The Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change comprises half-a-dozen Central ministers, senior bureaucrats, economists and representatives of industry.

N V Vijayakumar, Bangalore, Nov 10, DH News Service :

While policy makers and politicians around the globe are gearing up for brainstorming sessions at the Copenhagen summit on climate change, one of the desolate corners of IISc is charting a new course with an industry partner for reducing green house gas emissions.

Subhash Chandra N S, Bangalore, Oct 12, DHNS:

Things are hotting up in the City. Several parts of Bangalore are witnessing an increase in the land surface temperature (LST) by as much as two degrees Celcius over the past few years, a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has claimed.

''Indian coastal cities are at risk from sea level rise due to climate change as ice shelves, which require more than 10,000 years to form, are disintegrating in weeks due to an increase in global temperature,'' warned Prof Srinivasan, chairman of Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here on Tuesday.

Worried over the potential negative impact of global warming on Western Ghats, Karnataka is seeking the Centre's help to set up a research centre to record the process of climate change at the biodiversity hot spot.

India has started a pilot project to quantify climate benefits from a massive anti-poverty scheme that could become one of the country's main weapons to fight criticism it is not doing enough to tackle global warming.

Aggression shapes the queen in a primitive wasp society Social insects like ants, bees and wasps live in colonies headed by one or a few queens who lay eggs, and chiefly comprise sterile workers who take care of the nest and rear the queen

Even as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) students and teachers on Thursday staged a demonstration against tree felling at the CNR Rao Circle, it became clear that the permission to cut the trees was given on April 10, much before objections were called for.

Upadrasta Ramamurty, associate professor, department of materials engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, talks to Down To Earth about metallic glasses The possible applications: Materials like steel are cheap and easy to manufacture. Hence the shift to metallic glass is yet to happen. Also, the metallic glass, available so far, was prone to fatigue. The