Research has shown that Southern Oscillation is known to influence global surface temperatures, with El Nino conditions leading to warmer temperatures and La Nina conditions leading to colder temperatures.
Forecasts of 2014 being an El Nino year have caused concerns around its impact on monsoons, thereby on agri output and thus food inflation, though this theory sounds "logical" it is not necessarily going to follow the same pattern this year though, says a UBS research report.
Water storage levels in major reservoirs of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra are better this summer as compared to the last, indicating that it will not be very tough to tide over the sizzling heat in the region.
Amid reports of El Nino possibly impacting monsoon in India, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Wednesday said the government will keep a close watch on monsoon progress this year and ruled out any major impact on foodgrain production.
The floating ice shelf at the tip of Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea, has been melting and thinning for the past four decades causing the glacier to speed up and discharge more ice, researchers say.