According to news published in The Nation, February 03, 2011, a massive snow and freezing rainstorm knocked US. According to the report, nearly 100 million were affected from southern Plains due to this massive storm. According to the report two deaths were noticed due to storm, one in Oklahoma and the other in Michigan. Quetta (Pakistan) was also under the grip of sewer cold. In swat and many area of Baluchistan were in the grip of transitional rain. Also snowfall in Hunza caused more coldness in that region (12 February, 2011, Pakistan News).
Every year on 2 February World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated worldwide. Also 2011 is the 40th anniversary of Ramsar Convention. The theme for this year WWD was forests and wetlands. As the forests play a very crucial role in hydrological cycles (The Times of India). The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at their annual meeting on 19 feburary, 2011 revealed their new research. The research was based on climate change and its effects on human health (Science Daily).The quantity of dust level had increased worldwide. This increased level had negative impact on environment (1 February, 2011, Discovery News). Pardeep Pall (Physicist) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) said on 16 February, 2011, that the emission of green houses gases due to human activities had increased the chances of flood in England and Wales. US scientists on 19 February, 2011, said that the growth of toxic algae and bacteria in the world’s seas and lakes could be speed up due to Global warming and its effect could be felt after ten years (Yahoo News).
The frequency of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions, rain, and storm is increasing day by day. It is impossible to control them but by taking mitigation measures we can reduce its aftereffects. Also the anthropogenic activities are destroying our environment. In such conditions the geographic tools can help in predicting these hazards so that its effects can be mitigated.
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