Rainfall and other forms of Precipitation

  • 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...
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  • The problem of Bengaluru’s water is well known. The demand for water tankers skyrockets during the summer months, when municipal and borewell water supplies run dry, and many of the city’s lakes, actually man-made tanks, lie neglected and polluted. While legislation on rainwater harvesting ...
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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 3 days agoread more
  • 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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  • We often notice dew drops on leaves, grass and some sloping surfaces in morning hours. These dew drops can actually be a source of drinking water.  A group of Indian scientists, working with experts from France, has developed technology for harvesting dew or atmospheric moisture for drinking w...
    priyadposted 2 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • I am from Coorg district in Karnataka and I suppose you know this is a hilly area. We have a existing borewell which is 250 feet deep and we get 1.5 inch water throughout the year, but this is not sufficient for agriculture purpose as monsoon was bad 3 years in a row. A Hydrologist gave a new point ...
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  • In our effort to make space for infrastructural developments, India's green cover is declining at an alarming rate. The overall mangrove cover in the country stands at 4,740 sq. km., which is 0.14 sq. km of India’s overall geographical area.  Mangroves provide the ideal space for breedi...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 month 1 hour agoread more
  • The eastern and the northeastern parts of the country including states like Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are witnessing heavy downpour and floods for the last few weeks. The rain is wreaking havoc with rivers breaching embankments and flooding roads and destroying houses and bridg...
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  • Committee rejects UP's plan for a religious hi-tech smart city  To safeguard the Ganga river, the environment ministry panel has rejected Uttar Pradesh government’s proposal to develop the country’s first “religious hi-tech smart city” in Garhmukteshwar. With an aim to inculcate a uniq...
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  • Bihar floods: Fear of epidemic looms large The recent flood in the state have taken 200 lives and affected nearly 1.5 crore people across 18 Bihar districts. Although the flood water has started receding, the fear of an epidemic has increased. To tackle the situation, medical facilities are being p...
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  • Torrential downpour in the eastern part of the country over the past week has resulted in many rivers flowing above the danger level and causing flood along their course. While the flood situation in Assam is said to be the worst in 13 years, its neighbouring states, Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar are ...
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  • Govt says out of 445 river stretches, 275 are polluted The environment ministry has informed that out of the 445 rivers monitored by the Centre, 275 are polluted stretches. With 49 polluted river stretches, Maharashtra has topped the list, followed by Assam and Madhya Pradesh. The ministry, however...
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  • I am pursuing Ph.D in Environmental Science, in Bharathidasan Univeristy, Tiruchirapalli. Last month, I found monthly and annual data for 28 number of districts in Tamil Nadu for the years (1952 to 2002) in WATERPORTAL link http://www.indiawaterportal.org/met_data/ which was very helpful. So First I...
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  • Vasant Baburao Parkale, a 52-year-old farmer, has become a role model for many farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada region. His determination and the will to excel in life have helped him to transform his dreams into reality. In 1984, he was just another labourer working for Bhagwan Yashwantrao ...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • Over the last few months, we saw protests by distressed farmers of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states over farming crisis and farmer suicides. In what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, many state governments announced farm loan waivers without thinking if it would actually help the farmers...
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  • I am wondering whether the zeros in the precipitation data from 1901-2001 (http://www.indiawaterportal.org/met_data/) refer to missing values or whether the actual precipitations were zero? Thank you very much. Best, Barbora Sedova
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  • Water scarcity has been the most pressing challenge to socio-economic and human development since ages. Globally, almost 800 million people do not have access to potable water. Reports from the United Nations state that one in every three people in the world is facing the water crisis. India is...
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  • Sitting in the glass-and-concrete State Convention Centre in the capital of the hilly state of Meghalaya, participants of a media workshop on climate change are feeling sweaty. The convention centre is not air conditioned nor does it have ceiling fans. For the comfort of guests, some pedestal fans a...
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  • With its pleasant climate and serene environment, Kovaipudur, a quaint township located in Coimbatore, was once known to be a haven for retired people. Kovaipudur is living out a nightmare now, one that has snowballed over the years. It is painful to even picture what it is like to reside in an area...
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  • The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water ha...
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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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A partnership between Biome, ACWADAM and WIPRO brought stakeholders together to map Sarjapur's aquifer.

The problem of Bengaluru’s water is well known. The demand for water tankers skyrockets during the summer months, when municipal and borewell water supplies run dry, and many of the city’s lakes, actually man-made tanks, lie neglected and polluted.

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Increasing epidemic scare, loss of livelihood and no place to defecate. There seems no end to the miseries of the flood affected in Assam and Bihar even when the water recedes.

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. 

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Massive floods have made a comeback this year. What can we do to be better prepared for this new normal?

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.

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Indian scientists develop technology for harvesting water from dew

We often notice dew drops on leaves, grass and some sloping surfaces in morning hours. These dew drops can actually be a source of drinking water. 

A group of Indian scientists, working with experts from France, has developed technology for harvesting dew or atmospheric moisture for drinking water purposes and shown that it can be a cost-effective option in water-stressed regions like Kutch in Gujarat. 

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I am from Coorg district in Karnataka and I suppose you know this is a hilly area. We have a existing borewell which is 250 feet deep and we get 1.5 inch water throughout the year, but this is not sufficient for agriculture purpose as monsoon was bad 3 years in a row. A Hydrologist gave a new point 8 feet from the existing bore well.He located this point by electrical conductivity. The reading that he got in his device was 130 to 140. He said its in a different rock and told that the old bore wont get affected.

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Mangroves in the country are under threat from rapid development. A video tells us how investing in nature can reverse this ecological crisis.

In our effort to make space for infrastructural developments, India's green cover is declining at an alarming rate. The overall mangrove cover in the country stands at 4,740 sq. km., which is 0.14 sq. km of India’s overall geographical area. 

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As floods ravage the eastern and northeastern parts of the country, lives and properties are lost. Here's a video that shows the extent of devastation in Bihar.

The eastern and the northeastern parts of the country including states like Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are witnessing heavy downpour and floods for the last few weeks. The rain is wreaking havoc with rivers breaching embankments and flooding roads and destroying houses and bridges.

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Committee rejects UP's plan for a religious hi-tech smart city 

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Bihar floods: Fear of epidemic looms large

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