Kashmir’s Cool Spring Takes a Turn: Prepare for Scorching Days, But Rain’s on the Horizon!

: Prepare for Scorching Days, But Rain's on the Horizon!

Kashmir Swaps Snow for Sizzle: Heatwave Forecast with Light Rain Relief Later Srinagar Sizzles: Bid farewell to the spring showers and snow flurries, Kashmir! The Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave warning, predicting dry and scorching days for the next three days across the region. Temperatures on the Rise: An official at the Srinagar Meteorological Department confirmed to Kashmir Infocus that a significant rise in temperatures is imminent. This shift comes after Srinagar, the summer capital, witnessed its hottest day of the season yet on Tuesday, recording a scorching 29.2…

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The Vanishing Crown: How Climate Change is Stealing Kashmir’s Water and Beauty

The Vanishing Crown: How Climate Change is Stealing Kashmir's Water and Beauty

Vanishing Paradise: Kashmir’s Water Crisis Threatens Its Breathtaking Beauty By: Javid Amin The “Crown of India,” Kashmir, is losing its jewels. Climate change is rapidly altering the delicate water balance of this breathtaking region, leading to melting glaciers, receding rivers, and a growing water crisis. This crisis threatens not just Kashmir’s stunning landscapes but the very lifeblood of its people, their livelihoods, and their cultural identity. A Warming Threat: The Himalayas on the Brink The Himalayas, often referred to as the “Third Pole” due to their vast freshwater reserves stored…

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Looming Himalayan Quake: Tectonic Strain Reaching Critical Point

Looming Himalayan Quake: Tectonic Strain Reaching Critical Point

Why next biggest earthquake in Himalayas could be triggered by Indians By: CP Rajendran & Kusala Rajendran The Himalayas produced three great earthquakes in the last century alone—1905, 1934 and 1950, but none afterwards. With increasing clarity on the nature of temporal-spatial patterns of earthquakes, there is a consensus about the identifiable gaps along the Himalayas. The central Himalayas are recognised as one such gap, primed for a future large or great earthquake. The long interval of at least 500 years marked by the absence of earthquakes represents a period…

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Fasting for Nature: Sonam Wangchuk’s Hunger Strike for Ladakh’s Future

Fasting for Nature: Sonam Wangchuk's Hunger Strike for Ladakh's Future

19 Days In, Activist Demands Nature Gets A Seat At The Policy Table As his fast entered the 19th day, Ladakhi activist Sonam Wangchuk called for having “nature representatives” in Parliament in a feeble voice. Drawing parallels between Delhi and the ecologically sensitive Ladakh, Wangchuk proposed “giving nature a voice” in the highest policymaking body of the country, saying that ecological concerns must be given a fair representation. Wangchuk called for the implementation of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in Ladakh to grant indigenous tribes nominal autonomy. Ladakh is…

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Quenching the Thirst: Unraveling the Water Crisis in Kashmir Valley

Quenching the Thirst: Unraveling the Water Crisis in Kashmir Valley

A Precarious Balancing Act By: Javid Amin As the sun beats down relentlessly, regions far beyond Karnataka’s arid landscapes are grappling with a water crisis of their own. The specter of drought is now looming over the picturesque Kashmir Valley, presenting a new disaster in the making. This article ventures beyond the immediate headlines to explore the intricate details of the impending water crisis in Kashmir, shedding light on its causes, consequences, and potential solutions. The Karnataka Prelude: A Warning Echo for Kashmir Before delving into the unfolding crisis in…

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Jammu and Kashmir Records Driest, Warmest January in 43 Years

Jammu and Kashmir Records Driest, Warmest January in 43 Years

In terms of snowfall or rains, Srinagar city witnessed the second driest January in the past four decades, recording a mere 3.0 mm of precipitation in the month this year, it said. Several parts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Srinagar city, witnessed the warmest January in 43 years, the Meteorological Centre Srinagar’s data said. In terms of snowfall or rains, Srinagar city witnessed the second driest January in the past four decades, recording a mere 3.0 mm of precipitation in the month this year, it said. The lowest precipitation in…

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Kashmir’s Wetland Jewel Shines Brighter: Chatlam Welcomes Migratory Throngs & Rare Treasures

Kashmir's Wetland Jewel Shines Brighter: Chatlam Welcomes Migratory Throngs & Rare Treasures

Amidst a long-drawn-out dry spell, this winter sprang a surprise for bird watchers with a rare guest sighting at the wetlands of south Kashmir’s Pampore area after a long time. The Common shelduck belonging to the Anatidae family was sighted near Chatlam wetland, barely 2 km from Pampore town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, after many years. Director Wetland Research Centre, Wildlife Conservation Fund, and Project Associate -I at Wildlife Institute of India, Parvaiz Yousuf said, “It is a rare bird and was spotted at the wetland after many years.…

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The Jhelum River Whispers a Warning: A Looming Water Crisis in Kashmir

The Jhelum River Whispers a Warning: A Looming Water Crisis in Kashmir

The Jhelum River Runs Dry: A Looming Crisis in Kashmir By : Javid Amin The mighty Jhelum River, once a vibrant artery pulsating through the heart of Kashmir, now murmurs a desperate plea. Its once abundant flow, nourishing the land and cradling diverse life, has dwindled to a mere shadow, exposing parched riverbeds and painting a grim picture of an impending water crisis. At Sangam, in South Kashmir, and Asham, in the north, the river has plunged to its all-time lowest levels, a chilling testimony to the fragile balance being…

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Gone with the White Wind: Melting Mountains Paint a Grim Picture for Spring Runoff

Gone with the White Wind: Melting Mountains Paint a Grim Picture for Spring Runoff

Gone with the White Wind: Melting Mountains Paint a Grim Picture for Spring Runoff Dry, snowless peaks have cast a shadow on tourism in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh but the impact of the underlying causes on the next few months is far more worrying — for they could portend a warmer spring. The absence of active western disturbances and shortage of rain and snow will have implications for the Rabi (winter) crop and are suggestive of high temperatures early in spring, experts said. In December, the rain deficiency was 79%…

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A Silent Alarm Bell: Climate Change Causes Dryspell In Kashmir, Gulmarg’s Snowless Season Highlights Vulnerability of Himalayan Ecoregion

A Silent Alarm Bell: Climate Change Causes Dryspell In Kashmir, Gulmarg's Snowless Season Highlights Vulnerability of Himalayan Ecoregion

Kashmir’s Silent Winter: A Climate Change Symphony of Loss and Hope By: Javid Amin In the breathtaking tapestry of the Himalayas, where emerald valleys dance with snow-capped peaks, winter usually paints Kashmir in a pristine tapestry of white. Yet, this year, a disquieting silence hangs heavy in the air, broken only by the wind whistling through barren branches. Gulmarg, the glittering crown jewel of winter tourism, lies stark and snowless, its ski slopes yearning for the embrace of fallen flakes. This unprecedented dry spell, a jarring departure from Kashmir’s historical…

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