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  • The recent plastic ban in Maharashtra has opened a can of worms and has raised many uncomfortable questions—about the setting of rules with clarity and foresight, better research to understand the challenges in implementing them and the role of citizens in making it a success. There needs no...
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  • Monsoon, the season of rains, has a unique place in the heart of the people of India. This passionate burst of showers has been extensively documented, observed and studied by travellers, poets, scientists, farmers and more. Extremely vital for agriculture and survival in India, the monsoon continu...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 2 weeks 4 days agoread more
  • Maharashtra mulls exemption on 'certain' plastic items following crackdown on plastic After the fifth day of a strict crackdown on plastic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to not levy fines on certain banned plastic items as they are under consideration for exemption b...
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  • River Teesta originates at Tso Lamo, Sikkim, flows through West Bengal and then enters the Rangpur division in Bangladesh. It is the fourth largest among 54 rivers shared by India and Bangladesh. The river basin is populated with over 30 million people who depend on the river water for drinking...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 1 month 4 weeks agoread more
  • Cities like Pune are in the midst of a garbage crisis. There is garbage strewn all over which is not just unsightly, it is also found to be polluting the city's water resources.   As the city struggles with waste, some enterprising youth are turning this crisis into an opportunity--they are...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 5 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • River Mutha, the pride of Pune, lovingly called 'Muthai' or 'mother Mutha', is dying a slow death, thanks to the rapidly urbanising city which is depositing huge amounts of untreated sewage and dirt in its waters. Mutha originates at a village named Vegare, in the Western Ghats, about 45 km to the ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 6 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Hotels, industries, ashrams polluting the Ganga to be sealed The Uttarakhand high court has asked the state government and the district magistrates of all 13 districts to “identify” and “seal” the industries, hotels, ashrams etc, that are releasing untreated sewage into the Ganga and its tr...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 7 months 3 weeks agoread more
  • Cauvery found to be the most toxic river in the country  A recent study has found that Cauvery, one of the important rivers in India, is loaded with the highest amount of toxins, despite having the lowest discharge into the sea. The total dissolved solids in the river have been found to be six...
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  • There is a huge dearth of cleanliness in India--open defecation is rampant; garbage management in most cities is in shambles; toxic hospital and industrial wastes and sewage are allowed to drain into water sources and food products are laced with chemicals. However, we still seem to be oblivious to...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 8 months 13 hours agoread more
  • Studies suggest that bees are disappearing at a rapid rate in India. Should we be worried? The disappearance of bees has particularly alarming implications for human existence. Honey bees play a very important role in preserving the biodiversity of nature. Bees are pollinators and many crops, vegeta...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 9 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • The Ganges, the most revered river in India, faces an unusual predicament. Pollution and excessive usage have turned it into a toxic sludge as it snakes its way through cities, industrial hubs and millions of devotees. It is also one of the world's most hyper-engineered landscapes and the water dra...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 10 months 1 week agoread more
  • Pashan lake, the pride of Pune, is dying! Water hyacinth continues to invade the lake and pollution levels in the lake are high, threatening its once rich biodiversity. How did this happen? The lake was once birders’ paradise This 130-acre wetland with a catchment area of 40 square kilometres is...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 10 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of childre...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 11 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • Nainital lake is drying up, environmentalists concerned According to recent reports, the water level in the Nainital lake in Uttarakhand has gone down by 18 feet below normal this summer. Environmentalists blame human activities such as illegal construction, felling of trees, concretisation of the ...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 1 year 2 months agoread more
  • Pune has a story similar to many other cities in India that grew exponentially without much warning. The unplanned development hit the water resources badly, increasing the city’s dependence on groundwater. Now, the city experiences water scarcity every year, even when the monsoons have been plent...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 1 year 2 months agoread more
  • Of late, there have been plenty of discussions around the topic of sanitation, which have focussed on building toilets on a massive scale. These are in the aftermath of the new and recently released Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 by the United Nations that shows that India has the wor...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 3 years 9 months agoread more
  • The news earlier in the week still reports of flood fury in different parts of North India such as Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Hyderabad, Delhi, Agra. However, in the later part of the week, the flood situation seems to be easing in most parts of the North such as Punjab, Haryana, Himacha...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 7 years 10 months agoread more
The blanket ban on plastic has missed an opportunity to show how government and citizens can work together to deal with the plastic menace.

The recent plastic ban in Maharashtra has opened a can of worms and has raised many uncomfortable questions—about the setting of rules with clarity and foresight, better research to understand the challenges in implementing them and the role of citizens in making it a success.

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While scientists try to understand this unique phenomenon, the moody and often mysterious monsoon continues to challenge us to explore its different facets.

Monsoon, the season of rains, has a unique place in the heart of the people of India. This passionate burst of showers has been extensively documented, observed and studied by travellers, poets, scientists, farmers and more.

Extremely vital for agriculture and survival in India, the monsoon continues to be a mystery. But why?

Watch this short video on the monsoon to know more

 

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Maharashtra mulls exemption on 'certain' plastic items following crackdown on plastic

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The ongoing conflict between India and Bangladesh over the Teesta is political with little to do with the river itself. Is there any hope for the river?

River Teesta originates at Tso Lamo, Sikkim, flows through West Bengal and then enters the Rangpur division in Bangladesh. It is the fourth largest among 54 rivers shared by India and Bangladesh. The river basin is populated with over 30 million people who depend on the river water for drinking and domestic use, irrigation, industry and religious activities. Besides fishing, agriculture is one of the important sources of livelihood in the basin and sustains more than 90 percent of the rural population. 

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Two young entrepreneurs have found a way to manage plastic waste by turning it into useful products. They have also created jobs and increased public awareness around plastic waste.

Cities like Pune are in the midst of a garbage crisis. There is garbage strewn all over which is not just unsightly, it is also found to be polluting the city's water resources.

Pune struggles to deal with its mounting waste.

 

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River Mutha, which was once the lifeline of Pune, is in dire straits. Concerted and systematic efforts involving citizens, experts and administrators need to be made urgently to save the river.

River Mutha, the pride of Pune, lovingly called 'Muthai' or 'mother Mutha', is dying a slow death, thanks to the rapidly urbanising city which is depositing huge amounts of untreated sewage and dirt in its waters.

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Hotels, industries, ashrams polluting the Ganga to be sealed

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Cauvery found to be the most toxic river in the country 

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Superbugs can not only render antibiotics useless but lead to prolonged suffering and death in humans. Focus on better sanitation and public awareness is the need of the hour.

There is a huge dearth of cleanliness in India--open defecation is rampant; garbage management in most cities is in shambles; toxic hospital and industrial wastes and sewage are allowed to drain into water sources and food products are laced with chemicals.

However, we still seem to be oblivious to the much more dangerous consequence of this incessant poisoning of our water, soil and environment and its impact on health and survival. For lurking behind the filth are superbugs or antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Superbugs, killers in disguise!

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Amit Godse is on a quest to save bees by relocating them and motivating people to keep bees for honey in their gardens.

Studies suggest that bees are disappearing at a rapid rate in India. Should we be worried? The disappearance of bees has particularly alarming implications for human existence. Honey bees play a very important role in preserving the biodiversity of nature. Bees are pollinators and many crops, vegetables and fruit-bearing trees depend on bees to reproduce.

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