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Uttarakhand braces itself for dry days
Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough water in the hills to irrigate crops properly,” he says.
arathi  posted 9 hours 13 min ago
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Locks down, barrage scares Durgapur
The industrial township of Durgapur, situated 150 km from Kolkata, faced a severe water crisis for two days in November last year when the Durgapur barrage became dry following a leak at one of the lock gates of the barrage.
arathi  posted 2 days 17 hours ago
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Treating sewage with plants
A radical new method is fast emerging as an effective and sustainable solution to increasing pollution in urban lakes. Called floating treatment wetlands (FTW), they are artificial islands with plants that stay afloat on the lake. The plants clean the lake through hydroponics system, resulting in a cleaner, beautiful lake and an improved habitat for creatures that depend on it.
arathi  posted 3 days 12 hours ago
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Indian monsoon recovers after decades of decline
As the parched Indian subcontinent eagerly awaits the monsoon, all indications are that it will be a normal monsoon, especially since no El Niño is in the offing for 2018. 
arathi  posted 3 days 15 hours ago
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IMD predicts a normal monsoon
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday forecast that the monsoon this year will be normal, with rainfall of 97 percent of the long period average (LPA) with an error of plus or minus five percent. 
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Tourism increases black carbon in air
In a significant input for the growing debate on global climate change, a study by researchers at the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) has found that there is a remarkable increase in the concentration of black carbon in the atmosphere near the pilgrim town of Gangotri in Uttarakhand during the two annual tourist seasons of April to June and during September and Octobe
arathi  posted 4 days 13 hours ago
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Yak faces threat of climate change
Yak--the lifeline of pastoral nomads in high altitudes of the Indian Himalayan region--is facing the threat of gradually rising temperatures in the region. 
arathi  posted 1 week 1 day ago
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There’s no better gift, Daan Toilet!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, Swachh Bharat that envisages an open defecation-free India by the year 2019 has witnessed many local administrations take drastic measures to get people to b
arathi  posted 1 week 2 days ago
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Nanomaterial from seaweed can clean toxic water
Treatment of wastewater containing industrial dyes and toxic heavy metals is a major environmental problem as available treatment techniques are not very efficient and environment-friendly. Now a team of Indian scientists has developed a nanomaterial drawn from seaweed for effective treatment of toxic wastewater without using any chemicals.
arathi  posted 1 week 5 days ago
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New technique to monitor coastal landforms
Indian scientists have developed a remote sensing technique that uses satellite data to delineate between various coastal landforms like beaches, mangroves and marshes. This method can help monitor and understand impacts of natural disasters as well as human activities on coastal ecosystem.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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How marine algae impact global climate, Indian monsoon
In a few weeks from now, the seasonal forecast for the Indian summer monsoon will be announced. Among various parameters that determine the fate of the monsoon is the sea surface temperature, more specifically, the contrast between land and sea temperatures. But what are the parameters that determine sea surface temperatures?
arathi  posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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Climate change and its impact on water resources
The issue of economic development is intrinsically connected with global warming. The temperature of the planet rises because of indiscriminate exploitation of its resources and destruction of the environment. The effect of global warming further intensifies temporal and spatial variations in precipitation, melting of snow and water availability. 
arathi  posted 2 weeks 3 days ago
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Filthy fountains spread dengue fear
West Bengal’s tryst with dengue in 2017 could not have been more deadly. Around 13000 people were affected and nearly 100 people lost their lives to the disease.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 3 days ago
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Anthropogenic warming and climate change
Here is more evidence why we need to worry about climate change. A new study says extreme rainfall events are on the rise in India and attributes the trend to man-made emissions, what scientists call anthropogenic warming. Not just this, the trend is likely to become more prominent by mid-century, particularly in southern and central India.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
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New hydrogel to help drought-hit crops
Scientists have developed a hydrogel from the gum of guar (cluster bean) that can increase soil moisture and help farmers save their crops in case of water scarcity. 
arathi  posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
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Engaging students for a better tomorrow
It is a rather unusual sight to see a big group of children pay rapt attention to the myriad of slides flashing on the screen. The topic at hand: safe drinking water. The animated and engaging voice of the resource person ensures the effective delivery of the didactic content. 
arathi  posted 1 month 1 day ago
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Horizontal wells bring more water
Hanumanthappa Ramanagar from Kushtagi taluka of Karnataka’s Koppal district has 15 acres of arid land with two deep wells on two sides of the land. One is a “very old” dug well and the other, a tubewell, is just 10 years old. Both were on the verge of going defunct two years ago. “There were many areas of land around us which were facing a similar fate.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 days ago
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Can legal compliance address environmental injustice?
What happens after an environmental law is made or an environmental approval is granted to a project? Are all the safeguards complied with? Do the authorities in charge enforce the environmental regulations and laws proactively? What are the impacts that arise due to non-compliance with environmental regulations? How can affected communities pursue remedies? 
arathi  posted 1 month 3 days ago
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Citizens save polluted Bengaluru lake
Gottigere lake used to be a major source of water for south Bangalore. Its overflow fed several other lakes in the area. It was also the reason why so many people bought apartments nearby.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Farmers’ plight: Leaving land for a lesser life
Scanty rainfall, depleting groundwater levels, barren farmlands and mass migration of farmers to cities for better livelihood--this is the reality of most of rural India today. Many parts of India are witnessing this growing trend of farmers leaving their lands in search of jobs in cities.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago

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