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Floating filth mars market on water
The beautiful city of Kolkata had another first to its credit when the much anticipated floating market was inaugurated on January 24 by the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.
arathi  posted 1 week 6 days ago
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Let’s poka-yoke lives of STP operators
Poka-yoke* is a simple Japanese quality principle from the 60s--the use of any automatic device or method that makes it impossible for an error to occur. It is a simple idea. 'Simplicity' always wins!  Now, let's switch to STP operators and poka-yoke! 
arathi  posted 2 weeks 9 hours ago
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Conflict around wetland use in West Bengal
Lower Gangetic Plains of West Bengal is blessed with a variety of wetlands ranging from coastal and marine wetlands to inland freshwater lakes, dams and swamps as well as the constructed wetlands in irrigation schemes and sewerage treatment systems and also the mountain wetlands.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 6 days ago
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Weeds to increase with climate change
Weeds are a persistent problem for farmers. A recent assessment by the Directorate of Weed Research shows that India loses crops worth $ 11 billion every year to these farm intruders. 
arathi  posted 2 weeks 6 days ago
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Fishing for survival
There is a reason why water bodies are considered a resource. From the water they provide to the many living organisms they support, water bodies are constantly supplying us with things essential to our survival. They also provide livelihood as this story of some enterprising tribal women in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh exemplifies.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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Nispana summit ends on a high note
Sustainable water supply and sanitation is a critical area in India’s urbanisation drive.
arathi  posted 4 weeks 5 hours ago
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Delhi’s e-waste problem
Widespread use of digital devices--mobile phones, tablets, computers, smart watches and more--has made electronic waste a new environmental problem. Discarded gadgets result in massive piles of e-waste, which is contaminating soil and groundwater in the national capital, a new study has pointed out. 
arathi  posted 1 month 1 day ago
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River turns drain, drowns villages in sorrow
Till four decades ago, Ghaggar river in Haryana and Punjab was the lifeline of the villages along its course. Incessant dumping of sewage and industrial effluents, however, has choked the life out of it and has reduced it to a drain or nullah, as locals call it, now.
arathi  posted 1 month 4 days ago
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A step towards better air, water
Four new research and development projects for real-time monitoring of air and water quality were today launched jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Corporate Research Council of Intel.
arathi  posted 1 month 5 days ago
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Purify water safely
The use of ultraviolet lamps in water purifiers is common but the presence of mercury in these lamps could be potentially hazardous. Now a group of Indian scientists have developed a mercury-free ultraviolet lamp that can be used in water purifiers.
arathi  posted 1 month 5 days ago
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Temples of conservation
Rivers hold a special place in Indian civilisation and culture. They are treated divine and temples are located along the course of rivers. Rivers, with a variety of mesohabitats in it, support rich and diverse native fauna and act as natural reserve of fish germplasm.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Pest gene to kill pesticides
Persistent use of chemical pesticides to increase crop productivity has led to their accumulation in soil, water and even food. Now a group of researchers from Pune have isolated an enzyme from a pest and found that it can be used to clean up pesticide residues from food and environment.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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The 3rd National Summit on Sustainable Water and Sanitation comes to Bangalore on 18th and 19th January 2018
India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than one billion citizens. 163 million people lack access to safe water and 210 million people lack access to improved sanitation. With the per capita availability of water continuing to decline, the nation hurtles towards water scarcity. 
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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India's weather forecast computing capacity gets better
India today took a major step ahead in upgrading computing capacity in the area of weather forecasting and climate monitoring.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Too close for comfort
Ashok Kumar Dolai can hardly control his tears whenever he sees the river flowing near his house and a narrow red earth road snaking beside it. 
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Dam spells doom for villagers
Located at Shamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district, around 28 kilometers from Baripada town in Odisha, Baldiha dam was constructed during the rule of Maharaja Shri Ramchandra Bhanjdeo in 1912.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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How rural women cope with climate risks
Climate change impacts are being felt in many parts of the country, as manifested in erratic rainfall, extreme weather events and changes in cropping patterns. Adapting to these changes at farm and household levels is critical. A new study says women, particularly in marginalised communities, possess necessary knowledge to cope with climate risks.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Looking for water source
It rains about 900 mm during a normal monsoon year over India and if we assume that about 80 percent of India is covered by this rain, then the estimated volume of water is well over 200 lakh crore buckets. It comes to two lakh buckets per person. Where does all this water come from? 
arathi  posted 2 months 4 days ago
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Plastic waste to decontaminate water
Recycling is the only option to handle plastic waste at present. Now Indian scientists have found a new use for plastic waste--for decontamination of water.
arathi  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Old is gold for Naga rice farmers
Rising temperature, erratic rainfall and occurrence of moderate drought are beginning to impact food production in Nagaland. In order to meet the challenge of climate change, the state is now turning to its forgotten resource--traditional food crops which can withstand higher temperatures and water-stressed conditions.
arathi  posted 2 months 1 week ago

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