Polluted water, hitchhiking microbes and the hidden threat of cholera in India
Better access to clean water coupled with health education to bring about changes in behaviour are critical to prevent exposure to dangerous cholera bacteria that lurk in untreated waters.
The hidden threat of cholera in India (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Heavy metal contamination in the sediments of the Brahmaputra river
Study indicates an intermediate silicate weathering in the adjoining area
(Image: Rita Willaert, Flickr Commons)
A new index to quantify longitudinal river fragmentation
The Catchment Area-based Fragmentation Index (CAFI) can improve basin-wide conservation and development planning
River fragmentation is a threat to riverine ecosystem processes and communities (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Arsenic removal in groundwater
Use of low-cost Biosand filters and ceramic pot filters such as JalKalp and MatiKalp developed by Sehgal Foundation are greatly effective and promising options in providing sustainable solutions for arsenic removal in the country.
Arsenic contamination of groundwater, a growing probelm in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
India’s rivers in trouble due to high fertilizer load and heavy monsoons
This could lead to water quality crisis reinforcing the need for basin-specific management strategies
Around the world, more than a fifth of nitrogen released by human activity ends up in aquatic ecosystems (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Taming water - Irrigation and drought protection in colonial India and the present
The irrigation at all costs mindset and narrow policies for drought protection during the colonial rule ignored rainfed agriculture and local practices that sustained agriculture in the Bombay Deccan. This continues even today.
Recurrent droughts and the struggle for survival (Image Source: Gaurav Bhosale via Wikimedia Commons):
Climate tech startup tries to scale renewable water technology
Uravu Labs raises seed capital for their unique 100% renewable water technology
Capital to be utilized for tech commercialization and expansion into new geographies (Image: Uravu Labs)
MGNREGS becoming the quintessential scheme for tribal agriculture
Ensuring irrigation through farm ponds in tribal Chhattisgarh
Many tribal farmers opted for individual farm ponds under MGNREGA ensuring protective irrigation. (Image: Meenakshi Singh)
IFC fosters climate action in South Asia
Focus is on sustainable and inclusive growth
IFC works on accelerating the transition to low-carbon development in a wide range of sectors (Image: Kai Stachowiak)
The missing frontline worker
India is gearing up to take water to every rural household, but a crucial community connection is missing!
The frontline worker, a crucial but missing link in the water space (Image Source: Sunderrajan Krishnan)
Floods in Assam - a boon or a bane for fish diversity?
The frequency and intensity of floods is on the rise in Assam spelling doom for fish biodiversity.
Life during floods in Assam (Image Source: Kausika Bordoloi via Wikimedia Commons)
Unlocking demand for solar rooftops
A rooftop solar for every home in India: Report to organise local solarise campaigns
Residents who already have roof top solar are ideal for solar ambassadors. (Image: PxHere)
Carbon removal using ‘blue carbon’ habitats “uncertain and unreliable”
New study from the University of East Anglia challenges the widely held view that restoring areas such as mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass can remove large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere
Mediterranean seagrass (Image: David Luquet, CNRS-Sorbonne University)
Very few questions being asked on climate change in the Parliament
Ministers referred to a source for their information on climate change in only 10% of the questions asked, study indicates
Parliamentarians can help develop a policy and regulatory framework that promotes climate change mitigation and adaptation (Image: Rawpixel)
Transitioning from risk to resilience with SDG localisation
There is a need to boost transformative adaptation action and resilience building measures
ESCAP is supporting monitoring and implementation of climate and disaster-related Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Image: Fazlul Alam, Pixahive)
Fragmented waterscapes increase risk of Japanese encephalitis
This first of its kind study found that fragmented water landscapes increased the risk of Japanese Encephalitis by providing more opportunities for mosquito breeding and transmission of the virus from animals to humans via animal hosts.
Stagnant waters can encourage mosquito breeding and increase risk of diseases (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Willingness to pay for arsenic-safe drinking water
A case study to understand societal embedding of electrochemical arsenic remediation technology in rural West Bengal
Tubewell reported to have arsenic contamination (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)