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Groundwater decline increases carbon emission
Over-extraction of groundwater is a major environmental challenge in many parts of India. It is not only leading to a rapid decline in groundwater reserves but also contributing to India’s carbon emissions, a new study has warned.
arathi  posted 3 days 21 min ago
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SAFE solution to Kalikapur's water problem
Basanti Haldar (45) has been living in a slum at Kalikapur in Kolkata for over two decades. She works as a domestic help in an upscale locality in the neighbourhood. She is happy nowadays due to an increase in her income. 
arathi  posted 4 days 5 hours ago
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New data shows Indian landmass warming
Scientists are literally looking into the ground for clinching evidence of climate change. A new study of geothermal records across India has shown that the country has experienced about one degree of warming over the baseline mean temperature of the 19th century.
arathi  posted 5 days 1 hour ago
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Wind turbines impact Western Ghats ecology
Wind energy, considered a clean source of energy, does have a carbon footprint and is also known to disturb bird life. Now a new study done in the Western Ghats has found that wind farms in biodiversity-rich areas can have deeper ecological consequences beyond already known impacts. 
arathi  posted 1 week 4 days ago
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New sturdy rice variety developed
A group of researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and University of Illinois have developed transgenic rice that promises to generate high yields even under conditions of high salinity, high temperature and drought.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 5 hours ago
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NRDWP: Poor show by Odisha
On March 16, 2017, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India began a performance audit of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) by discussing with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation the scope and methodology of the performance audit.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 4 days ago
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‘Organic farming brought huge profit for me’
At the age of 70, Renupada Bagdi of Doniapur village in Birbhum district of West Bengal is on a mission to convince his fellow farmers to take up organic farming just like he did a few years ago. He knows from his experience that chemical fertilisers do not yield crops as big companies make it out to be.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 4 days ago
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New centre to help farmers become climate resilient
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a centre of excellence on climate change research for plant protection at the Hyderabad-based International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
arathi  posted 1 month 1 hour ago
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New technology for disinfecting water
Scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s Lucknow-based Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR) have developed a technology for disinfecting water that promises to provide safe and clean drinking water at a cost of just two paise per litre. 
arathi  posted 1 month 1 hour ago
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To Sir, with love and belief
Dr G.D. Agrawal passed away on October 11, 2018. He was 86 years old. But he didn’t die of old age. After 111 days of fasting, he died of a heart attack. Why was he fasting? We will come to that in a while. 
arathi  posted 1 month 5 days ago
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State of drinking water supply schemes in Rajasthan
On March 16, 2017, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India began a performance audit of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) by discussing with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation the scope and methodology of the performance audit. Records relating to the implementation of the programme in 27 states for the five-year period (2012 to 2017) were examined.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Global warming impacts on India to be huge
The latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), formally released on Monday, warns that global warming is occurring faster than anticipated and that it can have devastating impacts if steps are not taken to cut down emissions. 
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Glacial lake keeps disaster managers on toes in Sikkim
Disasters managers and scientists in Sikkim are keeping a close watch on a lake formed due to the melting of glaciers to see how successful is an experiment they began two years back to siphon off excess water from the lake to prevent it from bursting.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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UP needs to treat its sewage
Uttar Pradesh generates second most urban sewage in India at 12 percent of the national total behind only Maharashtra at 13 percent.
arathi  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Is it drought after flood for Kerala?
If the devastating floods were not enough, the state of Kerala is witnessing further signs of environmental neglect and greedy exploitation of natural resources. There has been a drop in the water level, particularly in those rivers which were flooded recently. It is also reflected in the drying and caving of wells in different parts of the state.
arathi  posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
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Linking weather extremes with climate change
Every time an extreme weather event like the Kerala floods occurs, there is a great demand for information on its causes. The question uppermost in public discourse is if such events can be attributed to climate change and global warming.
arathi  posted 2 months 3 days ago
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Dealing with disasters in the Valley
Witnessing a multitude of disasters from destructive floods to catastrophic earthquakes, the vulnerabilities arising out of natural disasters are ever increasing in Jammu and Kashmir.
arathi  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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More water for crops
A new study has pointed out that increased irrigation efficiency does not translate to more water availability for other uses at the watershed level. The subsidies for increasing irrigation efficiency are intended to increase crop production as well as more return flow from irrigated areas that can be allocated to urban, domestic and industrial uses.
arathi  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Climate change affects hydropower generation
A new study has suggested that the government must consider changes occurring due to climate change while planning new hydropower projects.
arathi  posted 2 months 4 weeks ago
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Antibiotic-resistant genes in Kerala mangroves
Antibiotic resistance is increasing in various microbial populations. A new study by Indian researchers has revealed that antibiotic-resistant genes are present in microorganisms of mangrove regions in Kerala also.
arathi  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

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