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These 35-million-year-old snail fossils in Myanmar contain the record of the past climate in their shells. Analyses by University of Arizona geoscientist Alexis Licht and his colleagues show these snails lived in a monsoon climate that had dry winters and very rainy summers. These freshwater gastropods from the Yaw formation (37-34 million years ago) were sampled near the town of Kalewa in central Myanmar. Credit: Alexis Licht 2012
These 35-million-year-old snail fossils in Myanmar contain the record of the past climate in their shells. Analyses by University of Arizona geoscientist Alexis Licht and his colleagues show these snails lived in a monsoon climate that had dry winters and very rainy summers. These freshwater gastropods from the Yaw formation (37-34 million years ago) were sampled near the town of Kalewa in central Myanmar. Credit: Alexis Licht 2012


Asian Monsoon Much Older Than Previously Thought

The Asian monsoon already existed 40 million years ago during a period of high atmospheric carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures, reports an international research team led by a University of Arizona geoscientist. Scientists thought the climate pattern known as the Asian monsoon began 22-25 million years ago as a result of the uplift of the […]

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Spain


Iberian Peninsula Endured Tropical Storms In 18th Century, Severe Droughts In Islamic Times

The first meteorological measurements were taken in the Iberian Peninsula in 1724, which coincides with the year in which Portugal suffered one of the worst storms ever. Later, in 1816, Spain felt the effects of the eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano and almost one thousand years before, in 898, a drought in Al-Andalus was […]

Spain's national flag. Photo by beamillion, Wikipedia Commons.
Spain's national flag. Photo by beamillion, Wikipedia Commons.


Spain Divided Over Cañete Appointment

(EurActiv) — The designation of Miguel Arias Cañete as Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Policy in the new Commission has divided the Spanish political establishment, with the right-wing government stressing the importance of the position in Brussels, and the opposition denouncing it as “nonsense”. Although Spain hasn’t managed to get any of the economic […]

This image of the northern Indian subcontinent captured by NASA on 4 September 2014 shows that heavy clouds over Jammu and Kashmir
This image of the northern Indian subcontinent captured by NASA on 4 September 2014 shows that heavy clouds over Jammu and Kashmir


Kashmir Floods And Disaster Management – OpEd

The devastating floods in India’s Jammu and Kashmir State following the Uttrakhand tragedy last year expose our response and preparedness for disasters both at the state and the national level. Unprecedented rainfall in the State has destroyed houses and submerged vital highways and lanes. A calamity of such a magnitude taking hundreds of lives and destroying property worth billions does […]