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Decoding Indian monsoon
Changes in weather are best reflected in the annual season of monsoons. Now a team of Indian researchers has recreated a continuous history of the Indian monsoon, providing new insights into forces governing it.
arathi  posted 3 days 7 hours ago
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Practice briefs from TNUSSP to showcase learnings
The Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) has published three practice briefs that present the research findings as well as learning from the various components of TNUSSP. These briefs are targeted mainly at FSM practitioners, researchers and academic institutions. The practice briefs are:
arathi  posted 3 days 8 hours ago
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Saving glacial lakes by mapping them
Bursting of glacial lakes is a major cause of concern in the context of climate change. The retreat of glaciers is expected to increase the number of glacial lakes and also expand the size of existing ones, posing threats for catastrophic floods.
arathi  posted 1 week 6 hours ago
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Can Bundelkhand farmers weather the drought?
On October 22, 35-year-old Lallu Yadav was celebrating Govardhan Pooja, a Hindu festival celebrated after Diwali, in Panchkurha village, almost 22 kms from the district headquarters of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh.
arathi  posted 1 week 1 day ago
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New flood warning system for Chennai
Chennai, which, of late has been experiencing urban flooding often, is all set to get a comprehensive flood warning system being developed by several national agencies and institutions.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 4 days ago
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New tool to know tsunami better
Disaster management authorities are all set to get a new tool to handle tsunamis. They will be able to know how far the waves will move into the land at different places along the Indian coast.
arathi  posted 2 weeks 4 days ago
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Floods can pollute groundwater
In December of 2015, when Chennai was flooded and people were marooned, a team of scientists from Anna University was collecting groundwater samples along the Adyar river to investigate if the groundwater in this region was fit for human consumption. 
arathi  posted 3 weeks 4 hours ago
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Marta’s toilets relieve villagers of OD shame
“Earlier, I'd wait till sunset to answer nature's call. In the morning, I'd wait for others to return from the fields so I could go. Quite often, I had to miss school for this very reason. And I'm grown up now; so having a toilet in the house has become a must," says class IX student Jyoti Gaud, a resident of Tiktha Mussallepur village in Jagatpur.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 5 hours ago
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Alaknanda leaves Uttarakhand villages high and dry
The river Alaknanda holds a special, sacred place for Indians. One of the two headstreams of the holiest river Ganga, Alaknanda originates from glaciers at the head of the Alaknanda valley in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district.
arathi  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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WASH with nutrition for better health
It’s complicated! That should pretty much sum up the relationship between WASH strategies and nutrition outcomes. Obviously, when there are unsafe water, pitiable and inadequate sanitation conditions with woeful hygiene practices, it will inadvertently lead to public health implications.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Water cup works where authorities fail
Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end.
arathi  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Will building toilets solve the problem of open defecation?
Sanitation is the name given to the process, facilities and services employed towards the safe disposal of human waste which includes faeces and urine.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Well water makes a difference
Shilpi Bai was just 18 when she got married to Magan Singh Solanki in Jamnia village, in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. She had dreams in her eyes of a great life ahead. She was healthy and soon became a mother of two children. Her husband was a farmer and she would help him in the field after completing the errands at home.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Is desalination worth its salt?
In India, fresh water is depleting fast with the rise in consumption for economic activities. Poor management of water resources has led to overexploitation of groundwater. The World Resources Institute’s March 2016 report said 54 percent of India was water stressed, with scarcity affecting every part of the country except the Himalayan region and the ghats.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Weather weary, Western Ghats need cover
The Western Ghats in India is one of the many mega biodiversity regions in the world. Covering six states namely, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Western Ghats has a wide range of vegetation and topographical features.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Blame Arabian sea for unexpected showers
Events of heavy downpour over a short span of time have become a regular occurrence leading to frequent floods in many Indian cities, as it happened in Hyderabad this week. A new study has not only established that such events are definitely on the rise but has also found a cause for it--increasing warming of the Arabian sea.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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New biological tool to treat azo dyes
A new eco-friendly method could soon be available to address pollution due to azo dyes in wastewater from textile units. 
arathi  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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River basins not climate resilient
Climate change remains a matter of concern globally. A new study by Indian researchers has shown that only six out of 22 river basins in the country have the potential to cope with the threat of climate change, particularly droughts.
arathi  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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'Everyday monsoon’ foxes Mizo farmers
As the debate around climate change rages on with the growing intensity of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, climate change is already becoming a ground reality for scores of farmers in the hill state of Mizoram.
arathi  posted 2 months 4 days ago
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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 2 months 1 week ago

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