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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 2 weeks 4 days ago

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 1 month 20 hours ago

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 1 month 1 week ago

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 1 month 2 weeks ago

‘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 1 month 3 weeks ago

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 1 month 4 weeks ago

‘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 2 months 1 week ago

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 2 months 3 weeks ago

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 3 months 1 week ago

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 3 months 2 weeks ago

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 3 months 3 weeks ago

‘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 4 months 5 days ago

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 4 months 5 days ago

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 4 months 2 weeks ago

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 4 months 3 weeks ago

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 5 months 5 days ago

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 5 months 1 week ago

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 6 months 1 week ago

Can we build castles without sand?
Sand is today the most consumed raw material in the world after water. From building infrastructure to making glass, silicon chips, solar panels and even detergents and toothpastes, sand is an omnipresent element of our living.
Manu Moudgil  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

No fish in water, fishermen at sea
What makes a good fisherman? His tools like boats and intricate nets, the ability to make deep dives or the tenacity to stand the elements? For most of the fishers, it’s about having a deep understanding of the ecosystem and the wisdom to make it work for them. The fishing community at Palk Bay is a good example for this.
Manu Moudgil  posted 7 months 18 hours ago