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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 6 months 2 weeks 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 6 months 2 weeks 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 6 months 3 weeks 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 1 week 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 3 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 8 months 6 days ago
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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 8 months 1 week ago
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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 8 months 1 week ago
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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 8 months 1 week ago
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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 8 months 1 week ago
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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 8 months 1 week ago
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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 8 months 2 weeks ago

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