Indian ocean warming up
Warmer Indian Ocean changes monsoon patterns New research shows pollution and rising temperatures are impacting the monsoon. Indian Ocean has significantly warmed in 50 years.
Last year, six states in India had to declare droughts. Monsoon has been declining in the Western Ghats, and interior areas, by about 6-7%. A weakening monsoon circulation exacerbates the warming of the equatorial Indian Ocean, and this, in turn further weakens the monsoon.The monsoon also replenishes 81 water reservoirs critical for drinking, power and irrigation. Two-thirds of people in India rely on rainfall for farm income.
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