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  • India is a pioneer among developing countries in establishing a “green court” to deal with environment-related litigations. Established through an Act by the government of India, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), a quasi-judicial body has ensured speedy justice on several green cases. The NGT ...
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  • 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. Changing rainfall patterns and rising temperatures are forcing them to move away from tr...
    arathiposted 2 days 42 min agoread more
  • PM Modi inaugurates the controversial Sardar Sarovar Project On his birthday on September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Project. The gates of the dam have been closed and the reservoir behind the dam is getting filled up to raise water level fro...
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  • A whopping $215 billion is lost to floods each year As per the World Resources Institute’s global flood analyzer, floods in South Asia will cost as much as $215 billion each year by 2030. This year, nearly 1200 people have lost their lives to floods in Bihar, Assam, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Dhaka, Kara...
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  • Ousteri lake is the largest water body in the Puducherry region. Every year, the lake provides irrigation and tourism benefits worth Rs 11.5 million and Rs 5.72 million respectively and plays a crucial role in recharging groundwater aquifers. The lake is also a resting ground for...
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  • 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.  This is because of uneven allocation of funds for water and sanitation infrastructure within districts with urban centres i...
    arathiposted 4 days 23 hours agoread more
  • "The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed”--Mahatma Gandhi  India has a vast coastline, and hence, it supports a thriving fisheries sector. Although available in abundance, this renewable source of food can collapse rapidly due to unchecked, mechani...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 week 1 day agoread more
  • 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. The new technique makes use of specially-produced m...
    arathiposted 1 week 1 day agoread more
  • 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 ...
    arathiposted 1 week 2 days agoread more
  • Centre allocates Maharashtra Rs 60,000 crore to link its rivers Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), the central government has announced Rs 60,000 crore to the Maharashtra government for interlinking its rivers and for irrigation projects in the next two years. It has bee...
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  • Assam bears huge agricultural loss from floods According to the state agriculture minister, the three waves of floods this year have inundated 3.82 lakh hectares of agricultural land and destroyed crops in 2.79 lakh hectares of farmland. Following the loss, the state has prepared a plan to distribu...
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  • Last night there were heavy rains in my area and suddenly storm water surged in and filled up my sump tank and borewell with contaminated storm and sewage water. What is the immediate action I need to take to be able to use the borewell water (not for drinking)? Do I need to put some powder to make ...
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  • 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.  Crores of people have been a...
    arathiposted 1 week 4 days agoread more
  • The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra has decided to expand the coverage of Rs 34,022-crore farm loan waiver scheme to extend the benefit to farmers indebted since 2009. The government had earlier said 89 lakh farmers would benefit from the scheme. The expansion of the scheme's ambit ...
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  • 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. These suicides are not merely a loss of human lives; they are debilitating scars on a nation’s dev...
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  • It was supposed to be a normal monsoon as Indian Meteorological Department had predicted. But barring the central plateau, the rest of India may be forgiven for thinking that the Biblical deluge has come a second time. As of September 1, the death toll from flooding stands at 943. More than a millio...
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  • Heavy metal poisoning is a growing concern in many parts of the country. A new method for removing chromium-6, a highly toxic heavy metal, from waste water has been developed by a group of scientists from India and Ethiopia. They claim it to be low-cost and safe. The new method uses water hyacinth,...
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  • 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.  Scientists have reached this c...
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  • Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods On August 29, Mumbai received 298 mm of rain within a nine-hour period which paralysed the city and caused five deaths. The inability to tackle the flood waters has been attributed to the authorities' failure in improving the city's draina...
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  • Nitin Gadkari takes charge of water resources and Ganga rejuvenation The road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has taken the additional charge of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The former water minister Uma Bharti has been given the charge of...
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The NGT that has made some landmark judgements to safeguard the environment, will lose its teeth soon if the government has its way.

India is a pioneer among developing countries in establishing a “green court” to deal with environment-related litigations. Established through an Act by the government of India, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), a quasi-judicial body has ensured speedy justice on several green cases.

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Faced with strange weather patterns, Mizo farmers are embracing new crops to adapt to climate change.

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. Changing rainfall patterns and rising temperatures are forcing them to move away from traditional farming and to grow exotic crops that are heat resistant and can survive erratic rains.

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PM Modi inaugurates the controversial Sardar Sarovar Project

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A whopping $215 billion is lost to floods each year

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A large part of Ousteri lake has been converted into commercial, non-agricultural purposes. A video tells us why it is important to restore it.

Ousteri lake is the largest water body in the Puducherry region. Every year, the lake provides irrigation and tourism benefits worth Rs 11.5 million and Rs 5.72 million respectively and plays a crucial role in recharging groundwater aquifers. The lake is also a resting ground for many migratory birds and provides livelihood to thousands of people.

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A study finds uneven allocation of funds for water and sanitation as the major reason for cholera outbreaks in districts with higher levels of urbanisation.

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. 

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Can seasonal fishing ban improve fish production and biodiversity? A video has the answers.

"The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed”--Mahatma Gandhi 

India has a vast coastline, and hence, it supports a thriving fisheries sector. Although available in abundance, this renewable source of food can collapse rapidly due to unchecked, mechanised fishing that can catch a large number of fishes--even the young ones. What would happen if a resource, however abundant, is continually consumed?  Wouldn’t it cease to exist at some stage? 

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A new technique makes use of minuscule particles of the yellow metal and their property to change colour in the presence of metal particles such as lead.

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.

The new technique makes use of specially-produced minuscule particles of the yellow metal, and the property of gold nanoparticles to change colour when they ‘bunch-up’ in the presence of metal particles such as lead because of their optical properties. 

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Despite the existence of laws to carefully dispose of faecal sludge in Tamil Nadu, they are not implemented effectively.

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?

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Centre allocates Maharashtra Rs 60,000 crore to link its rivers

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