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  • Tidal mudflats of Gulf of Khambhat on west coast constitute an important ecosystem on India’s coastline. Scientists have now found that these mudflats are experiencing severe erosion which is threatening the vital habitat.  Scientists from the Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC) ...
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  • CAG blames TN government for Chennai floods in 2015 The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has held the Tamil Nadu government responsible for Chennai floods of 2015. The CAG report, ‘Flood management and response in Chennai and its suburban areas’, has revealed that the state's wate...
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  • Decline in Dolphin population observed in India's only dolphin sanctuary As per the survey conducted by Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education Centre (VBREC) in partnership with researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bangalore and Wildlife Institute ...
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  • Groundwater is a major source of water for a large number of Indians with 66 percent rural households and 27 percent urban households directly depending on it for drinking purposes, as per Census 2011. There is a greater daily dependence on groundwater for non-potable uses. Almost 75 percent of Ind...
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  • Climate change is posing a challenge not only to agricultural crops but also to livestock. In order to sustain rural livelihoods, it is critical to identify livestock breeds that are climate resilient. In this direction, Indian scientists have identified two variables which could be used to assess r...
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  • Rabia Khatun (45) has been living in the Savda resettlement colony since 2006, the year it was established. All the residents of her previous squatter settlement at Nanglamachi in central Delhi were evicted and resettled at Savda, 50 km away. This was done to make way for infrastructure projects ere...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 week 1 day agoread more
  • The availability of potable drinking water remains a challenge in rural areas in several parts of the country. Commercially available water filters are costly, need electricity to run and reverse osmosis (RO)-based purifiers waste a lot of water. Now Indian scientists have developed a unique low-cos...
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  • Karnataka budget focuses on big water projects, misses out on sustainability In its budget, the Karnataka government has announced speeding up of the Mekedatu project. It has also earmarked Rs 50 crore for the rejuvenation of Bellandur lake and has promised to take steps towards supplying the ...
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  • India could address its water, food security by replacing rice cultivation: Study  According to a new study, India can reduce its irrigation water use to one third by replacing the water-intensive rice crop with less water-intensive cereals like maize, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum. ...
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  • In India, although we have approximately four months of monsoon (which is basically 45 days of effective rainfall), in drought prone areas, there are only 10-15 days of harvestable rain in the entire season. If you don't get enough rain during those days, it's a cause for worry. Given that evaporat...
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  • A lot has been discussed about the acute water crisis in many parts of India. But who would have thought some villages in rural West Bengal have to depend on a neighbouring nation for water? Thanks to administrative failure, four villages surrounding the Bandapani tea estate in Alipurduar district o...
    arathiposted 2 weeks 11 hours agoread more
  • Polar regions have a major influence on global climate and this is making researchers working in both the Arctic and the Antarctic to come together to share knowledge and experience. The South and the North Poles are the two coldest climatic regions on the earth, affecting the climate of the entire...
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  • Long before piped water supply became the norm, groundwater got extracted for use and rivers neglected, stepwells served as a major source of water for people. Victoria Lautman, a senior journalist and a researcher on stepwells writes in an article on Indian stepwells that these water storage struct...
    makarandpurohitposted 2 weeks 1 day agoread more
  • A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage that demand in an equitable and sustainable way. Wells, not dams, have been the temples of modern India India is a groundwater economy. At 260 cubic km per year, our country is the...
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  • A study by the World Bank indicates that due to rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) may dip by 2.8 percent (amounting to $1177.8 billion) by 2050. The living standards of nearly half the country’s population will ge...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 2 weeks 1 day agoread more
  • Maharashtra mulls exemption on 'certain' plastic items following crackdown on plastic After the fifth day of a strict crackdown on plastic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to not levy fines on certain banned plastic items as they are under consideration for exemption b...
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  • Monsoon shows a deficit of five percent in June The rainfall shows a deficit of five percent in the month of June for the whole country. While the north-west India recorded 'large excesses', Saurashtra, Kutch and east Uttar Pradesh are among the rain def...
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  • Up until two decades ago, the main sources of drinking water in Rajasthan included surface water from perennial ponds, reservoirs, lakes, dams, rivers and streams with borewells and tubewells used sparingly and only in remote areas. All this changed when guinea worm infections started appearing in t...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 3 weeks 1 day agoread more
  • Cauvery Water Regulation Committee comes into being A Cauvery Water Regulation Committee has been constituted by the Centre. Though the committee is designed to have representatives from four states of the Cauvery basin--Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry--it currently has no one from K...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 3 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • Good rainfall fails to improve Hyderabad's groundwater table Despite the city receiving excess rainfall in 2017-18, Hyderabad’s groundwater levels continue to be precarious. The city received 1123 mm of rain, nearly 44 percent higher than the normal expected rainfall last season but the increase ...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 3 weeks 2 days agoread more

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Researchers find out that a total of about 28.66 sq km area of high tidal mudflats has got eroded within a span of just three-and-a-half years.

Tidal mudflats of Gulf of Khambhat on west coast constitute an important ecosystem on India’s coastline. Scientists have now found that these mudflats are experiencing severe erosion which is threatening the vital habitat. 

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Decline in Dolphin population observed in India's only dolphin sanctuary

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A study points out that pit latrines with onsite sanitation systems are a source of groundwater contamination.

Groundwater is a major source of water for a large number of Indians with 66 percent rural households and 27 percent urban households directly depending on it for drinking purposes, as per Census 2011. There is a greater daily dependence on groundwater for non-potable uses.

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Scientists come up with two variables to assess resilience of indigenous breeds of goats against climate change.

Climate change is posing a challenge not only to agricultural crops but also to livestock. In order to sustain rural livelihoods, it is critical to identify livestock breeds that are climate resilient. In this direction, Indian scientists have identified two variables which could be used to assess resilience capacity of indigenous breeds of goats.

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MHT helps reduce drudgery of women in a resettlement colony by providing finances for water and sanitation facilities.

Rabia Khatun (45) has been living in the Savda resettlement colony since 2006, the year it was established. All the residents of her previous squatter settlement at Nanglamachi in central Delhi were evicted and resettled at Savda, 50 km away. This was done to make way for infrastructure projects erected for the Commonwealth Games of 2010.

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With no electricity required and no wastewater, the new purifier works even under cloudy conditions and diffused solar radiation.

The availability of potable drinking water remains a challenge in rural areas in several parts of the country. Commercially available water filters are costly, need electricity to run and reverse osmosis (RO)-based purifiers waste a lot of water. Now Indian scientists have developed a unique low-cost solar water purifier that can address all these concerns.

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Karnataka budget focuses on big water projects, misses out on sustainability

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India could address its water, food security by replacing rice cultivation: Study 

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Watershed management is not just to harvest and store water but also to create democratic processes at the village level and enable inclusive, sustainable development that meets the people's needs.

In India, although we have approximately four months of monsoon (which is basically 45 days of effective rainfall), in drought prone areas, there are only 10-15 days of harvestable rain in the entire season. If you don't get enough rain during those days, it's a cause for worry.

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