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  • River Teesta originates at Tso Lamo, Sikkim, flows through West Bengal and then enters the Rangpur division in Bangladesh. It is the fourth largest among 54 rivers shared by India and Bangladesh.       The river basin is populated with over 30 million people who depend on th...
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  • Punjab introduces “Paani Bacho, Paise Kamao” scheme to motivate farmers to pump less Aimed at improving water use efficiency, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has come up with a new scheme, “Paani Bacho, Paise Kamao”. Under this, farmers will be compensated for decreased use ...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 2 days 10 hours agoread more
  • Gujarat tops Niti Aayog's composite water management index Gujarat has topped Niti Aayog’s composite water management index which ranked states on the basis of nine crucial parameters and 28 indicators relating to various aspects of water management. While Tripura emerged as the top per...
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  • Untreated sewage is the biggest source of water pollution in India with around 70 percent of the raw sewage generated in urban areas entering lakes, rivers, seas and underground aquifers. As India builds more toilets in pursuit of ending open defecation, water pollution is increasing exponentia...
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  • Water contamination due to dyes is a major cause of worry. A new study says sawdust from teak wood may help treat wastewater containing dyes and make it reusable.  Researchers have found that sawdust from teak wood is highly effective in removing a very commonly used dye known as crystal viole...
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  • Indore has retained its cleanest city tag in the clean India survey 2018. Before it was praised for its cleanliness drive in 2017, the city was just like any other urban city in India dealing with its mounting garbage problem. In 2016, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was criticised by polluti...
    makarandpurohitposted 4 days 3 hours agoread more
  • Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may spark a shift towards wetter winters and drier summers, warns a new study based on evidence from climatic history preserved in 65-million-year-old oyster shells. Earlier research shows that about that time, in the Cretaceous period, atmospheric carbon di...
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  • World Bank approves Atal Bhujal Yojana to improve groundwater management The World Bank has approved Rs 6,000-crore Atal Bhujal Yojana which aims to improve groundwater management in priority areas through community participation over a period of five years. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Prad...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 week 2 days agoread more
  • Groundwater from aquifers across 16 states found to be contaminated with uranium Researchers from Duke University in the US have recorded instances of uranium contamination in groundwater aquifers across 16 states in India. While the WHO has set a provisional safe drinking water standard of 30 micr...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 week 2 days agoread more
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to increase the number of farmers getting agro-meteorological advisory to 40 million from the current level of 24 million by next month.  Minister for Earth Sciences and Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced this today at a press con...
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  • During rainy season, almost all our streets in almost all our cities get inundated with storm water. Please tell us  how best to filter, collect, store, treat and reuse the storm water in underground storage tanks  built in the compounds of houses, open places, parks and gardens etc. Reg...
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  • Union government constitutes the Cauvery Water Management Authority  Following the Supreme Court’s direction, the Union government has constituted a Cauvery Water Management Authority to settle water disputes between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The authority would comprise a chairman, eight me...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 2 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • Delhi Jal Board decides to withdraw all cases against Haryana to amicably settle water dispute The Delhi Jal Board has decided to withdraw the cases filed against Haryana in the National Green Tribunal and the high court in order to settle water dispute between the two states in a more amicable man...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 2 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • Weather forecasts from India Meteorological Department (IMD) are all set to undergo major improvement with the commissioning of two very high-resolution weather prediction systems.  The new systems would have a resolution of 12-km grid scale, marking a big jump from the present level of 23 km....
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  • For the long-term conservation of critically endangered red deer or hangul in Kashmir, it is necessary to take up conservation efforts beyond protected areas, a new study has suggested. Jammu and Kashmir has only about 200 hanguls in the wild. Systematic efforts are underway to conserve them at Dac...
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  • Maharashtra government notifies Thane creek as flamingo sanctuary The state government has formally notified 16.9 sq km on the western side of the Thane creek as a dedicated flamingo sanctuary. In addition to over 40,000 flamingoes that call the creek home for six months, the sanctuary also hosts a...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 3 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • Shimla reels under severe water crunch With potable water being supplied only once a week to most localities, Shimla is now faced with a severe water supply crisis. As against a normal demand of 42 - 45 million litres per day (MLD), the availability ranges between 23 and 25 MLD. Channels that suppl...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 3 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • Degrading air quality in metro cities is a matter of concern for public health. Massive tree plantation drives are often conducted in order to provide oxygen to choking cities. But trees, much like humans, also are severely affected by pollutants in the air. In such a situation, knowledge about tree...
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  • There seems to be no end to the drinking water crisis in the Bemetara district in Chhattisgarh. It is only becoming worse with every passing day. More than 40 percent of all the hand pumps installed in the district have run dry due to the depletion of groundwater level.   This situation h...
    makarandpurohitposted 3 weeks 6 days agoread more
  • Corals lose their beautiful colours and even die during a coral bleaching event. The corals in the Gulf of Mannar suffered severe losses during the global coral bleaching event that occurred between March and October 2016, according to new data published recently. A joint team of researchers from S...
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The ongoing conflict between India and Bangladesh over the Teesta is political with little to do with the river itself. Is there any hope for the river?

River Teesta originates at Tso Lamo, Sikkim, flows through West Bengal and then enters the Rangpur division in Bangladesh. It is the fourth largest among 54 rivers shared by India and Bangladesh.

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Ecological sanitation toilets are the best option to deal with mounting sewage burden in India.

Untreated sewage is the biggest source of water pollution in India with around 70 percent of the raw sewage generated in urban areas entering lakes, rivers, seas and underground aquifers. As India builds more toilets in pursuit of ending open defecation, water pollution is increasing exponentially. The treatment facilities are simply not able to match the sewage generation capacity of toilets. Lack of water in many places also reduce the use of toilets.

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Researchers have come up with a low-cost method to help remove toxic dyes in wastewater.

Water contamination due to dyes is a major cause of worry. A new study says sawdust from teak wood may help treat wastewater containing dyes and make it reusable. 

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Indore became the cleanest city in India for the second time in a row, thanks to the untiring efforts of its municipal corporation and residents. A video tells the success story.

Indore has retained its cleanest city tag in the clean India survey 2018. Before it was praised for its cleanliness drive in 2017, the city was just like any other urban city in India dealing with its mounting garbage problem. In 2016, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was criticised by pollution control boards, green bodies and environmentalists for not treating its garbage properly.

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Scientists study 65-million-year-old rainfall trends to predict future.

Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may spark a shift towards wetter winters and drier summers, warns a new study based on evidence from climatic history preserved in 65-million-year-old oyster shells.

Earlier research shows that about that time, in the Cretaceous period, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were almost thrice the present amount. It was the most intense greenhouse phase in the history of the earth with unusually high temperature and sea levels. There is also some evidence of torrential rainfall and cyclones. 

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World Bank approves Atal Bhujal Yojana to improve groundwater management

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Groundwater from aquifers across 16 states found to be contaminated with uranium

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Government plans to expand weather services, agromet advisories to reach 40 million farmers from July.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to increase the number of farmers getting agro-meteorological advisory to 40 million from the current level of 24 million by next month. 

Minister for Earth Sciences and Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced this today at a press conference to mark the completion of four years of the NDA government.

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