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Power play in Kinnaur
Lippa is a small village in the Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh, close to Asrang wildlife sanctuary. On May 27, the village witnessed hectic activity as the gram sabha was to decide the fate of a hydroelectricity project to be constructed near the village. The project demands the water from the Kerang stream be diverted for power.
Manu Moudgil  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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How Punjab can deal with its hot potato
Till about two months ago, Punjab was all about potatoes and politics. A surplus production and market crash had farmers dumping their produce on the roads. At the same time, the results of the State Assembly elections were keenly awaited. While Punjab survived the prediction of a hung Assembly, the fate of farmers still hangs in balance.
Manu Moudgil  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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Project power plants fear
The mangrove forests of the Sundarbans are the biggest barriers against cyclones from the Bay of Bengal, saving both India and Bangladesh from irreparable damage.
Manu Moudgil  posted 4 months 1 week ago
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Profit of loss: When growth harms the earth
At the Sainj Hydroelectric Power Project in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, muck dumping sites were inadequate and damaged resulting in the muck directly flowing into the river. Nabinagar Super Thermal Power Project in Bihar had to install instruments to control air, water, noise and dust pollution, develop green belt and recycle treated effluent.
Manu Moudgil  posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
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With nature for company
As bamboo trees bloomed with long wispy spikes, Loknath Nauri knew it would be a tough year. “More the density of the flowers, the more severe the drought we face,” he says. This was in March 2015 in the forests of southern Odisha. Around the same time, he saw black-hooded oriole building a nest with its mouth facing west.
Manu Moudgil  posted 5 months 19 hours ago
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Going wild in a bustling city
The reclusive family decides to stay indoors due to the overcast sky on a Sunday morning. The parents are seen walking down the road twice, but they dart back after noticing the visitors. The golden jackals are not known for gregariousness, at least not towards humans. The nature trail to meet these canines would remain as cloudy as the sky.
Manu Moudgil  posted 5 months 1 week ago
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‘Our target is to reach 90 million farmers by 2020’
Anand Sharma is probably the most famous weatherman of India today. As the director of the Dehradun centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in 2013, he had predicted the Uttarakhand disaster two days before the actual deluge. Had the state government heeded his warnings, the heavy damage to life and property could have been averted.
Manu Moudgil  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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When money grows on trees
Nature is the source of much value to us every day. Yet it mostly bypasses markets, escapes pricing and defies valuation. 
Manu Moudgil  posted 5 months 3 weeks ago
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‘We have more hardy, nutritious grains than GM can offer’
Farming can’t be sustainable without the seeds which are best suited to the location, water availability, soil type and weather. According to records, there were 1.10 lakh varieties of rice in India till 1965. After that, the Green Revolution happened, which pushed for hybrid varieties.
Manu Moudgil  posted 6 months 2 days ago
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Election update: Free power is Punjab’s albatross
The Punjab elections on February 4 will be a keenly watched triangular contest between the ruling SAD (B)-BJP alliance, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). All three groups claim to be saviours of Punjab but their manifestos don’t exude much confidence on the water and sanitation front.
Manu Moudgil  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago
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Saving Ramgarh Lake
Last year, a crocodile walked seven kilometres to reach Jamwa Ramgarh village near Jaipur looking for food. It had ventured out from Jamwa Ramgarh dam, which used to have around 100 of its species at one time. Since 2006, however, the dam is dry, leaving little fish or other prey for the aquatic reptiles. 
Manu Moudgil  posted 7 months 1 day ago
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The doer from the Thar
“Can you see the alternating bands of light and shadow in the sky?” Chattar Singh asks me. When I nod in affirmation, he continues, “This is Mogh. There are clouds where the sun is setting right now. If we get a favourable wind, these clouds will reach here and we may get rain by night. In desert, people live by such clues from nature.”  
Manu Moudgil  posted 7 months 1 week ago
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A book every city needs
A scarcity of something makes it special. That’s the reason why Rajasthan has always sanctified water much more than any other place in India. Low rainfall and saline groundwater turned people into great conservers who not only built beautiful and durable structures but also developed sustainable practices around them.
Manu Moudgil  posted 7 months 2 weeks ago
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‘Have a selfish interest in environment’
Noted environment lawyer Ritwick Dutta received the Bhagirath Prayas Samman at the recently concluded India Rivers’ Week. We catch up with him on his journey so far and how we can further expand the constituency of environment. Q. Who was your idol and what did you learn from him/her?
Manu Moudgil  posted 7 months 4 weeks ago
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Anupam Mishra: The Gandhian I know
“I remember I need to work on that article of yours. Will do that when I get better,” Anupam ji said taking my hands in his. He had gone weak, was in a lot of pain but still took out the time to attend the inaugural day of India Rivers’ Week (IRW) last month.
Manu Moudgil  posted 7 months 4 weeks ago
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A notification to ensure ecological flow of rivers
I have objected so many times to the change in the name of Ministry of Water Resources to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. It shows where the priority of the government lies. It says that all the rivers need to be developed except the Ganga which needs to be rejuvenated.
Manu Moudgil  posted 8 months 1 week ago
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A cut above the rest
Deot Masih’s family has been extracting lotus root from the marshy land in his village near Gurdaspur for several decades. Delicate and crunchy, the edible roots are in high demand going as far as Srinagar in the north and Delhi in the south. Similar is the case with chestnut grown in this swamp.
Manu Moudgil  posted 8 months 2 weeks ago
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Kanjli: A wetland in despair
A couple of Swan boats are lying beside the library wall. The cages to keep animals and birds are rusting while weeds have taken over the compound which hosts a few swings and a restaurant.
Manu Moudgil  posted 8 months 3 weeks ago
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Crop change for better yield?
The past few months saw Karnataka and Tamil Nadu bickering over the sharing of the Cauvery water. It was the failure of the south-west monsoon that had put crops in Karnataka at risk, forcing the government to stop water supplies to Tamil Nadu. The arrival of the north-east monsoon in Tamil Nadu, however, has eased this tension.
Manu Moudgil  posted 9 months 6 days ago
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Harike needs a hand
Harike wetland is the direct result of the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan. To make best use of the waters of eastern rivers allotted to it, India constructed a barrage near the confluence of Beas and Satluj in 1952 from where two canals take water to the fields of Punjab and Rajasthan.
Manu Moudgil  posted 10 months 1 day ago

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