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Dust Plume Off Cape Monze, Pakistan

24.8N 67.0E

December 28th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

India and Pakistan – December 25th, 2012

Haze, possibly a combination of smoke from agricultural fires in northern India as well as dust, hangs over the Indus River Valley in Pakistan. In the lower left corner, what appears to be a plume of dust blows southwestward off Cape Monze (also known as Cape Mount), near Karachi, and over the Arabian Sea.

Global Warming Could Cause Wildlife Loss in Rann of Kutch, India – December 22nd, 2012

24.0N 70.1E

December 22nd, 2012 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day, Wetlands

Pakistan and India – December 21st, 2012

Climate-related disasters have brought widespread misery and huge economic losses to India, adversely affecting public health, food security, agriculture, water resources and biodiversity. The situation is likely to worsen if human beings continue to pump ‘greenhouse gases’ like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat from the sun and thus lead to global warming.

As the Earth’s temperature rises, a series of reactions take place – for instance, sea levels rise and inundate land, weather patterns change and have an impact on agricultural productivity, precious fresh water evaporates faster, disease carrying vectors increase, thus leading to epidemics.

One place in India that may be particularly affected by climate change are the saltwater marshes and mudflats of the Rann of Kutch (appearing as a white area near the image center) in Gujarat. As global warming causes a rise in sea level, these marshes and mudflats are likely to be submerged. One of the largest breeding colonies of the Greater Flamingo and the habitat of the endangered Lesser Florican and Indian Wild Ass, both found in the Rann of Kutch, could also be lost.

Smoke Over Rann of Kutch, India and Pakistan – December 8th, 2012

24.0N 70.1E

December 8th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

India and Pakistan – December 4th, 2012

Smoke from fires in northwestern India blows towards the southwest, over the India-Pakistan border near the Arabian Sea. The smoke stretches across the coastline from the mouth of the Indus River, in Pakistan, past the Gulf of Khambhat, in India (bottom right). Visible between the two, through the veil of smoke, are the Rann of Kutch and the Gulf of Kutch.

Smoke Over India by Pakistan Border and Gulf of Khambhat

28.5N 71.9E

December 7th, 2012 Category: Fires

India – December 4th, 2012

Smoke from fires in India’s Punjab state spreads eastward along the foot of the Himalayas (upper right quadrant) and westward and southwestward towards Pakistan (left). Partially visible through the veil of smoke, in the lower left quadrant, is the Gulf of Khambhat, famous for its extreme tides.

Smoke Over Gulf of Khambhat, India

21.8N 72.3E

December 5th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers

India and Pakistan – December 3rd, 2012

Smoke from fires burning in northwestern India blows southwestward over the state of Gujarat. The smoke partially veils the Gulf of Khambhat, while the Gulf of Kutch, further northwest up the coast, as well as the mouth of the Indus River, in Pakistan, remain clear.