Aerosols increase drought severity over the Indian subcontinent: Study

Thickening of this aerosol layer results in reduction in the amount of solar energy reaching the earth, thus weakening the monsoon circulation.

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Low soil-moisture posing threat in most river basins

According to an index based on data of rainfall and soil moisture from 1982-2010, two-thirds of the country’s total cropland has been found to be sensitive to vegetation drought, raising the concern for food security.

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