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What is Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) alert?

The Global Forest Watch recently reported that India recorded 82,170 forest fire alerts between April 1, 2021 and April 14, 2021. This is nearly double the number reported during the same period in 2020. The alert was based on the data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). What is VIIRS? VIIRS is a ..

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Atmospheric Methane

A new estimate from USA’s NOAA showed that the level of methane in the atmosphere in 2019 was the highest since record keeping began. Methane Methane is a gaseous compound and the simplest form of hydrocarbon class called alkane. It is a major component of natural gases. It is a potent greenhouse gas and its ..

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Microplastics

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic which are one of the most common pollutants in the environment. As per the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), microplastics are not some unique kind of plastic but any type of plastic fragments which are less than 5 mm in length. These include microfibers from clothing, microbeads, ..

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2nd India-US colloquium on Earth Observations & Sciences for Society, Economy inaugurated

The second edition India-US colloquium on Earth Observations and Sciences for Society and Economy was inaugurated at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Dona Paula, Goa. The colloquium is being organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)-NIO and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Key Facts The colloquium ..

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Global warming driving harmful algae growth: Study

Scientists have found that global warming is driving proliferation of Noctiluca algae (commonly known as sea tinkle), a harmful algae in Arabian Sea responsible for glowing of Mumbai’s beaches in dark. The study was jointly conducted by researchers from Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), a Ministry of Earth Sciences body and US ..

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