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  • Supin, a tributary of river Tons and a part of river Yamuna gushes through the hilly tracts of Uttarkashi district. Like all rivers meandering through the lush terrains and forests of Uttarakhand, Supin too is being aggressively tapped for hydropower generation by the government. Massive hydropower...
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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 6 days 2 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...
    Manu Moudgilposted 6 days 22 hours agoread more
  • This summer, Jaipur’s temperatures are soaring upwards of 40 degree Celsius. Jaipur witnessed its hottest day on April 26 when a temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius was recorded. Of late, at least some parts of the city are beginning to exhibit signs of climate change typical of large cities. With ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 week 4 hours agoread more
  • 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 1 week 19 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...
    arathiposted 1 week 3 days agoread more
  • 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 6 days agoread more
  • Rajasthan is all geared up for the open defecation free (ODF) status well before the national deadline of October 2, 2019. According to the assistant engineer of the nagar parishad, Resha Singh, 4.75 lakh toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014 in Alwar district which is about to be decl...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 week 6 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 6 days agoread more
  • The districts of Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kanchipuram once boasted of a landscape densely dotted with wetlands and a lifestyle that was closely linked to the survival of these water bodies. With the boundaries of the Chennai metropolitan area considerably distended and concrete slowly creeping into t...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 2 weeks 2 hours 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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  • Lewari, a village located around 17 km from Alwar in Rajasthan, is the site of a water conflict these days. “The production of Jayanti jaljeera, haazme ka lalantop drink (a digestive drink) has left our village parched,” says Nanak Singh, a resident. Singh is referring to the excessive quantity ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 2 weeks 4 days agoread more
  • 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 6 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 6 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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There seems to be a rush to approve hydropower projects in Uttarakhand. In the absence of safeguards, this is likely to have adverse effect on the Himalayan ecology and the people.

Supin, a tributary of river Tons and a part of river Yamuna gushes through the hilly tracts of Uttarkashi district. Like all rivers meandering through the lush terrains and forests of Uttarakhand, Supin too is being aggressively tapped for hydropower generation by the government.

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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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Gujarat tops Niti Aayog's composite water management index

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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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A new phenomenon, urban heat islands in Jaipur indicates that the city has begun to witness the worst of climate change.

This summer, Jaipur’s temperatures are soaring upwards of 40 degree Celsius. Jaipur witnessed its hottest day on April 26 when a temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius was recorded. Of late, at least some parts of the city are beginning to exhibit signs of climate change typical of large cities. With more concrete and asphalt replacing natural vegetation, “urban heat islands” are becoming a reality and Jaipur is a good example of this.

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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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