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Scarcity amidst plenty: Kerala's drinking water paradox
Kerala is blessed with high rainfall as well as plenty of natural water sources, but it has the lowest per capita share of freshwater resources in the country. aartikelkar posted 5 years 3 months ago

Kerala, flanked on the west by the Arabian Sea and on the east by the Western Ghats is bestowed with enviable natural resources. It has 44 rivers spanning its lush green landscape and rainfall that averages as high as 3000 mm a year.

The Karamana river in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala (Source: India Water Portal)
Dengue blurs the line between rich and poor
Although dengue has been around in India in for over two centuries, the pattern of the disease has changed remarkably over the last two decades. aartikelkar posted 5 years 4 months ago

Shantabai, a domestic worker in a number of buildings in Pune says, "See didi, nowadays you can find dengue-causing mosquitoes even in posh buildings but people there do not allow Corporation workers to come and spray inside. Even Bollywood actors are being told to take care".

The dengue-causing Aedes aegypti mosquito (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Parched lips, barren lands and the scramble for water in Maharashtra
What are the factors that have caused the Marathwada region to be known as the 'suicide capital for farmers'? More importantly, do farmers here have some respite before the monsoon disappears? aartikelkar posted 5 years 5 months ago

Rainfall map of India (Source: IMD)

Staring at drought (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Half of India's interstate rivers plagued by pollution and poor water quality
While the Central Pollution Control Board's recent study highlights the problems with rivers today, it does not have clear cut recommendations or actions to resolve them. aartikelkar posted 5 years 6 months ago

According to a recent study by the Central Pollution and Control Board (CPCB), almost half of India's

The Krishna river, Wai, Maharashtra
The poop scoop: Diarrhoea data in graphs
The coverage of 'safe drinking water' in India increased from 62.3 percent in 1991 to 94 percent in 2011 but why has the incidence of diarhoeal diseases not reduced? aartikelkar posted 5 years 7 months ago

Lack of access to safe drinking water coupled with poor sanitation often causes water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea. Come monsoons, and the situation worsens due to increased flooding and sewage mixing with drinking water sources. Diarrhoea is one of the

There is a link between the quality of toilets and incidence of diarrhoeal diseases.
Water, through an artist's lens
Photographer Arjun Swaminathan speaks to India Water Portal about his journey so far, which includes filming water stories. aartikelkar posted 5 years 10 months ago

How did your interest in filming water stories come about? Is there any particular issue on water that has interested you? What has guided your selection?

Search for water (Source: Arjun Swaminathan)
Budget 2015-16 likely to have huge cuts in social sector
Policy matters this fortnight aartikelkar posted 6 years 2 months ago

Social sector likely to get less funds in Union Budget 2015-16

MNREGA workers building check dam in Gujarat
Hydropower projects aggravated the Uttarakhand disaster
News this fortnight aartikelkar posted 6 years 2 months ago

Government admits that hydropower projects aggravated the Uttarakhand disaster

House washed away in Uttarakhand floods
White, Green and now a ‘Blue Revolution’!
Policy matters this week aartikelkar posted 6 years 3 months ago

India plans to launch the 'Blue Revolution' to boost fish production

Traditional fisheries in India
Kerala's Ashtamudi lake certified by Marine Stewardship Council
News this week aartikelkar posted 6 years 3 months ago

Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing

Mussel farm in Ashtamudi lake (Source: Fotokannan)