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After holding successful Tree Plantation Drive Karnataka, NGO Avashya Foundation Extends the Initiative to Rajasthan

Avashya foundation, an NGO supervised a tree plantation drive around the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan

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Nov 18, 2016: Avashya foundation, an NGO under India’s foremost integrated logistics provider Allcargo Logistics has extended its efforts to the state of Rajasthan after completing a successful tree plantation drive in Karnataka.

The NGO is affiliated with Grow-Trees.com which is an exclusive Indian partner for the United Nation’s Environment Program (UNEP) and has planted 1711 trees on the perimeter of the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan.

Living in a country where people find merriment during festivals in spreading blankets of smoke around their cities, it is refreshing to learn that some of us are doing our part in celebrating the beautiful life this planet has given us and are working towards paying back our debts. Such actions are a step towards purification of the air we breathe, beautification of our environment and bringing optimism into the hearts of people.

This initiative by Avashya falls under its flagship environment sustainability programme, Maitree. Avashya has planted over 2,39,000 trees under this program in the last two years.

“This initiative is in line with Avashya Foundation’s endeavor to give back to society in several different ways. Planting trees is a classic investment that pays rich dividends for the planet and our aim is to plant 10 lacs trees in the next 5 years under this initiative. I would also like to take a moment to thank Grow-Trees.com for completing the drive successfully in Karnataka & Rajasthan.” said Ms. Arathi Shetty the Non-Executive Director of Allcargo and Avashya Foundation on the plantation drive.

AllCargo Logistics Ltd. logo. Wikimedia.
AllCargo Logistics Ltd. logo. Wikimedia.

AllCargo Logistics Ltd. is a leading integrated logistics supplier on a global level. The company provides its exceptional logistics services across Multimodal Transport Operations, Container Freight Station Operations and Project & Engineering Solutions. Brilliant quality standards, standardized processes and excellent operating has led AllCargo to emerge as a leader in the global market of these segments. It is the biggest publicly owned logistics company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

Brilliant quality standards, standardized processes and excellent operating has led AllCargo to emerge as a leader in the global market of these segments. It is the biggest publicly owned logistics company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

AllCargo’s NGO, Avashya foundation also bears many Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), focusing on natural disaster relief, women empowerment, health care, education and environmental sustainability.

– by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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Skyscrapers May Have Made The Impact Of Hurricane Harvey Worse: Study

The scientists projected future warming and found future versions of the same storms would be significantly wetter and stronger.

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Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey overflow from Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston, Texas, VOA

Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find.

Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The city’s massive amounts of paving had an even bigger impact by reducing drainage. Land development in the metro area, on average, increased the chances of extreme flooding by 21 times, study authors said.

A second study looked at last year’s major Hurricanes Maria and Irma and 2005’s deadly Katrina and used computer simulations to see what would have happened if there had been no human-caused global warming. The study found that climate change significantly increased rainfall from those three storms, but did not boost their wind speed.

Both studies are in Wednesday’s journal Nature.

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A smoky haze envelopes the skyscrapers and Rocky Mountains that usually can be seen as a backdrop to the city from a high-rise building, Aug. 20, 2018, in Denver. VOA

Houston was a literal drag on Harvey as it sloshed through, with the storm getting tripped up by the skyscrapers, said study co-author Gabriele Villarini, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Iowa.

Co-author Gabe Vecchi, a climate scientist at Princeton University, said that forced the storm to move up higher, causing more concentrated rain over Houston and slowing, which also made more rain.

He compared it to a river running over rocks, creating bubbles.

“That’s sort of what’s going on here,” he said.

This effect is dwarfed, though, by the paving and building that don’t allow water to sink into the ground, Vecchi said.

Harvey’s record rainfall reached 5 feet in one spot near Houston. The scientists used computer simulations to see the effects of urbanization. In parts of the Houston metro area, the effects of development ranged from a 10 percent higher risk of extreme flooding in the less developed northwest to nearly 92 times the risk in the northeast, they reported.

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A work truck drives on Hwy 24 as the wind from Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro N.C. VOA

That’s on top of the unique weather patterns that made Harvey slow down and stall and climate change which brought more water into the storm, Vecchi said.

MIT hurricane and climate expert Kerry Emanuel, who wasn’t part of the study, called the Harvey study “a real advance in our understanding of hurricane impacts on urban areas.”

But Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon wasn’t convinced. He said the team used generic shapes instead of the actual Houston skyline. He said the storm’s wind speeds may have slowed, but that’s different from the storm’s forward movement slowing.

The other study in Nature looked at a variety of historical damaging storms and tried to calculate past and future effects of climate change. In three cases, the scientists simulated the storms without the changes in the climate from greenhouse gases, showing that global warming increased rainfall 8.9 percent in Hurricane Maria , 6.3 percent in Hurricane Irma and 8.7 percent in Hurricane Katrina .

Maria hit Puerto and Rico and other parts of the Caribbean. Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida, while Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C.. VOA

In Maria’s case, a warming climate concentrated heavier rain in the center of the storm and reduced it on the edges, said co-author Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

For 15 storms, which included the devastating Typhoon Haiyan , the potent Gilbert and 1992’s Hurricane Andrew , the scientists projected future warming and found future versions of the same storms would be significantly wetter and stronger.

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“We are beginning to see a climate change influence emerge on tropical cyclones and that’s coming out as rainfall,” said study lead author Christina Patricola, an atmospheric scientist at the national lab.

Although replicating a storm in a different climate is difficult and can’t account for certain changes, this work bolsters science understanding of how climate change alters hurricanes, Emanuel said. (VOA)