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Demystifying groundwater for collective action
Experiences from participatory groundwater management efforts in Maharashtra
Unless work on managing the demand is undertaken, the notion of ‘infinite’ groundwater will be hard to address. (Image: Rucha Deshmukh, ACWADAM)
Beat the heat
Meeting India’s rapidly increasing air-conditioning and refrigeration demand through super-efficient appliances, natural refrigerants and not-in-kind cooling technologies, is a win-win for the climate and the economy, says iFOREST.
A series of air conditioning units on a building (Image: Pxfuel)
Dams and floods
Do dams worsen floods? These videos by Jeevitnadi Living River Foundation highlight the role of dams in controlling floods and the emerging challenges to flood management in India.
Hirakud, India's oldest dam (Image source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Promoting women's leadership in water management
Bhilwara woman recognised for her exemplary work in water governance and community engagement.
Sarjubai's journey of working at the grassroots in improving access to water commons (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Ganga, a sink of microplastics
A study by Toxics Link reveals that Ganga is heavily polluted by microplastics, the highest concentration being at Varanasi.
Cleaning efforts on the Ganga has so far focussed on focussed on creating sewage treatment capacities in the major urban centres along the river. (Image: Richard IJzermans, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Yavatmal’s water security crisis
Improper location, poor operation and maintenance of water harvesting and recharge structures threaten water security in Yavatmal
A study assesses the current status of the water harvesting and recharge structures in Yavatmal (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)
Understanding floods to prevent them!
While floods are a normal part of the river ecology, can their impacts be minimised by understanding them better and changing our current practices?
Flooding in cities is getting common in India! (Image Source: IWP flickr photos)
Scientific closure of abandoned bore wells
How to plug or decommission an abandoned or defunct bore well to prevent contamination in the nearby productive wells
Well decommissioning is necessary to permanently fill in and seal a well to eliminate the well as a source of water (Image: Asadwarraich, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 4.0)
Thirsty for change
Empowering women to be decision-makers in managing water
Laichi Bai Uike takes lead to construct boribund on streams to harvest water (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Global warming leads to vanishing glaciers
Glacier melt in Himalayas to increase rapidly till 2050, then may decrease, says study by IIT
Parkachik glacier, a part of the Zanskar region, Ladakh (Image: Mahua Sarkar, Wikimedia Commons,  CC BY-SA 3.0)
Will urban India gain respite from its water woes?
Urban India is hurtling towards a major water crisis. What are the important considerations that the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) should take into account to meet the water needs in urban areas?
Will urban India get respite from its water woes? (Image Source: Aathavan Jaffna via Wikimedia Commons)
Emerging markets adopt renewables
The emerging markets are key to the electricity leapfrog to renewables, says study
Solar power plant in Telangana (image: Thomas Llyod Group, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Assessing waste in Ganga cities
A new report on a baseline assessment of waste in Haridwar and Rishikesh, two major Ganga cities in Uttarakhand tries to characterize solid and plastic waste
There is a need to develop a robust methodology for inventorizing waste (Image:  Prylarer, Pixabay)
Building leadership of women at the grassroots
A training guide for women's leadership school
Empowering women to become agents of their own development (Image: Debika Goswami)
Championing community mobilisation to conserve water resources
Farmers switch over to millets in this semi-arid village in Andhra Pradesh due to the efforts of a woman water champion.
FES community resource person Pareshamma interacting with farmers on water conservation practices at Thamballapalle village in Chittoor district (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Deepor Beel faces moderate contamination and ecological risk, says study
First of its kind assessment of heavy metal pollution and potential ecological risk for surficial sediments of Deepor Beel through indexing.
Deepor Beel sits in the heart of the Indian city of Guwahati (Image: Hirakjyoti Bayan CC BY-SA 4.0)