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Risk of cholera increases with urbanisation: Study
Districts with higher levels of urbanisation have a higher risk for the outbreak of cholera, a new nationwide study by the Indian and international experts has revealed. 
arathi  posted 1 day 14 hours ago

Assam's fluorosis problem: When nature serves poison
Sadhani Kalita is only 35 years old but looks like she could be 50 years or older. She has lost her teeth and both her legs are misshapen with the ankles twisted.
arathi  posted 4 days 21 hours ago

Gold nanoparticles to remove lead from wastewater
Gold, the favourite metal of Indian women, is increasingly becoming popular among scientists as well, though for a different reason. A group of Indian researchers has used gold nanoparticles to develop a simple method to detect lead in wastewater.
arathi  posted 5 days 9 hours ago

Laws are good, implementation not so much
As a child back in the village, I had always cherished the sight of clear water running below bridges. But moving to Chennai, the car windows are always drawn up and the car zooms across bridges in a bid to avoid the stench emanating from the river. This begs the question, why are we in urban India so deprived of a clean environment?
arathi  posted 5 days 23 hours ago

Flood and after: Water recedes, worries mount
In August this year, the states of Bihar and Assam witnessed the worst flooding in a long time. The water level is slowly receding now but it is not giving much respite to people as the aftermath of the devastating floods has brought upon miseries of its own. 
arathi  posted 1 week 16 hours ago

Therapy for India's distressed farmers
Large swathes of cotton farms in the central India have been the epicentre of a debt crisis that has gripped the rural population. For years now, it has driven thousands of farmers to commit suicide.
arathi  posted 1 week 18 hours ago

Forecasting dengue spread now easy
Given its close links to both temperature and rainfall, it is possible to forecast the outbreak of dengue. But for such disease forecasting to be effective, it should be based on models specific for different climatic zones in the country, a new study has shown. 
arathi  posted 1 week 6 days ago

New way to remove harmful drugs from wastewater
Hospital wastewater, which includes drugs, is a major environmental problem. A group of researchers from Belgium and India has developed a novel method of treating wastewater to get rid of such harmful substances from hospital waste.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 17 hours ago

Small Himalayan glaciers more sensitive to climate change
Glaciers in the Himalayas, which store large amounts of water in the form of glacial ice, have an intricate relationship with climate change. A new study in an important basin in the Indian Himalayas shows that low-altitude glaciers are more sensitive to climate change and have lost a significant amount of water in the past three decades.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Removing fluoride with nanoparticles
A low-cost method to remove fluoride from drinking water with specially made teabag-like pouches has been developed by a team of Indian researchers. 
arathi  posted 3 weeks 17 hours ago

'Every state needs a river rejuvenation policy'
As India celebrates 70 years of independence, the recent flooding in states like Assam and Gujarat and droughts in places like Tamil Nadu and Marathwada remind us that we still need to go far to achieve independence from water woes.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

Heavy downpour halts lives
The eastern and the northeastern parts of the country including states like Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are witnessing heavy downpour and floods for the last few weeks. The rain is wreaking havoc with rivers breaching embankments and flooding roads and destroying houses and bridges.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

WOTR wins international award
Marathwada in Maharashtra is an arid region with rainfall of less than 750 mm per year. Most villages in the region face acute water scarcity. Kachner in Aurangabad was no exception. 
arathi  posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Floods ravage Bihar, Northeast
Torrential downpour in the eastern part of the country over the past week has resulted in many rivers flowing above the danger level and causing flood along their course. While the flood situation in Assam is said to be the worst in 13 years, its neighbouring states, Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar are also submerged.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 days ago

Budgeting every water cup
Till about a year ago, 52-year-old Kisan Jite would often wake up to his wife Sarla and other village women squabbling over who would fill their buckets first from the only well in Golegaon village.
arathi  posted 1 month 3 days ago

Why East Kolkata Wetlands needs to be protected
Increasingly in both academic and social sectors, sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being quoted often and set as targets.
arathi  posted 1 month 3 days ago

India surges ahead in science and technology
As India completes 70 years of its independence, let’s take a moment to introspect the contribution of science and technology to national development. Several scientific and technological developments have touched the lives of common people, though limelight is often hogged by achievements in fields like space and atomic energy.
arathi  posted 1 month 6 days ago

Managing faecal sludge the app way
Faecal sludge management or FSM is a management system that safely collects, transports, and treats faecal sludge (also called septage) from pit latrines, septic tanks or other onsite sanitation facilities (OSSF).
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago

Artificial reefs to save sinking islands
Sinking islands may become a reality with sea-level rise and climate change in decades to come. Tamil Nadu has hit upon a novel idea to protect such islands on its coast--deployment of artificial reefs near vulnerable islands.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Is your child’s shit affecting your health?
It was September 2008. It took me almost two-and-a-half hours to reach G-plot, one of the remotest islands among the deltoid labyrinth of Sundarbans. My colleague, a native of G-plot, was waiting to receive me at the jetty.
arathi  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago