Sardine famine to continue along Kerala coast this year: CMFRI

Oil sardine production in Kerala has been affected by ecological modifications stemming from the El Niño outbreak, which impacted normal spawning as well as growth of the species. There is bad news for Kerala fish-lovers and more than two lakh traditional fishers in the State as the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) warned that the availability […]

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No El Nino, but world still expected to be hotter due to climate change, says WMO


Above average temperatures are expected in many parts of the globe in the next few months, even without the presence of a warming El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). El Nino causes a surge in global temperatures but researchers have now found human-induced climate change is as powerful as the natural […]

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Indian states of Punjab, Haryana may harvest 300 lakh tonnes of wheat this season; El Nino may spoil the party next year

With an extended winter and spell of rain at regular intervals during the ongoing Rabi season, the key grain growing States of Punjab and Haryana are expected to reap a bumper harvest of wheat at nearly 300 lakh tonnes. For the state of Punjab, the agriculture department is expecting about 180 lakh tonnes of wheat […]

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Extreme weather adversely impacts coffee output in last 4 years


Coffee-producing South Indian states have been witnessing a series of extreme weather events in the last four years. Extreme rainfall causing heavy flood and large-scale landslides in August 2018 in coffee producing areas of Kerala and Karnataka led to a dip of around 20 per cent in the total coffee production. South Indian states like […]

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Chances of El Nino developing by end of year as high as 70 percent – WMO


There is a 70% chance of an El Nino developing by the end of this year, according to the latest update from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Its intensity is currently uncertain, but a strong event appears unlikely, the agency said in a statement. The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a naturally occurring phenomenon involving fluctuating ocean […]

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