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  •  India is the most populous nation after China (1,342 million). India hosts 17.5 per cent of the world’s population compared to China’s 19.4 per cent. Of 28 states and seven Union Territories, 20 states contribute to 98 per cent of India’s population.The government had constituted an Empo...
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  • Article Courtesy: DelhiOn June 7, 2000, the Delhi Jal Board and the Municipal Corporation announcement that they would create 150 ponds for rainwater harvesting. TAPAS, a non-governmental organisation, approached the Delhi High Court on June 22, 2000, to force government authorities to improve ...
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  • Photo: Muralidhar AdhikariJai Sri is a common greeting in the Koraput countryside these days. A Paraja tribal woman working in her fields, a passing motorcyclist driving through the rutted lanes, a teacher heading for his school, they all greet each other and visitors with a Jai Sri. It has nothing ...
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  • This research study (Mar 15 2009) throws light on how climate change is leading to a rising trend of short but intense spells of rainfall, which is making usable water scarce in India.Read the studyThe above content has been sourced here from the website of the Down to Earth magazine, which is a sci...
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  • The work done by the villagers of Hiware Bazaar (Maharashtra) in transforming their village, through soil and water conservation works with Government / Panchayat funds is well known. In a period of five years with an annual rainfall of 400mm, the village has turned itself around completely, with ov...
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  • Villagers and townsfolk of Lalkuan, Bindukhatta, Pantnagar, Kichha, Bazpur and Kashipur in Uttaranchal's terai belt are beset by water and air pollution, and have picked up a struggle against a number of red-category (most polluting) paper and pulp units and distilleries in the districts of Nainital...
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  • This map provides the of levels of water pollution and groundwater depletion due to industrial activities in different parts of India. Water use in Indian industry is very high due to a combination of factors including obsolete process technology, poor recycling and reuse practices and poor was...
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  • Consisting mainly of arid and semi-arid areas and the country's 200 backward districts, these rainfed regions are concentrated in 13 states.Environmental degradation, reducing land holdings size, decline in agricultural productionpeople are deserting farming. Dominantly rainfed states like Rajasthan...
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  • The map shows that there has been a huge increase in the observed trends over what was predicted, of the ozone figures for northern India, starting from Western Rajasthan and across the Gangetic plain.The ozone depletion could mean a potential health threat for about 440 million people living in the...
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  • The research study was published in Down to Earth in March 2009 issue. The study describes how climate change is leading to a rising trend of short but intense spells of rainfall, which is making usable water scarce in India. To deal with acute shortage of usable water for farmers' fields the study ...
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  •    Down To Earth magazine (www.downtoearth.org.in) covers the water purifier market in a relevant and important story in their current issue. It covers the different kinds of water purification technology and what they are effective against. It raises questions about Reverse Osmosis a...
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  • Waterscapes: Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource edited by Amita BaviskarRead the review from Down To Earth magazine: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20071115&filename=news&sec_id=15&sid=27
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  • Down To Earth's latest issue (July 31st 2007) features rainfed farming as their cover story. Click here to read inside the story 
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  • (Image is from the Sage Publications webpage listed below)TOWARDS WATER WISDOMLimits, Justice, Harmony RAMASWAMY R IYER : Centre for Policy Research, New DelhiThere is a widespread view that a water crisis is looming. This book stresses the need for an urgent and radical transformation of our think...
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India is home to 1,210 million people, almost equal to the combined population of the US, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Japan (1,214 million).

 

CENSUS: A nation of 1.21 billion - Article from Down to EarthIndia is the most populous nation after China (1,342 million). India hosts 17.5 per cent of the world’s population compared to China’s 19.4 per cent. Of 28 states and seven Union Territories, 20 states contribute to 98 per cent of India’s population.

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This presents information on lakes in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhimtal, Surajkund and Kolkata.

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On June 7, 2000, the Delhi Jal Board and the Municipal Corporation announcement that they would create 150 ponds for rainwater harvesting. TAPAS, a non-governmental organisation, approached the Delhi High Court on June 22, 2000, to force government authorities to improve water availability and quality in the national capital. It sought restoration of neglected lakes and depressions in the city as well as the implementation of the announcement made by the authorities.

Hyderabad
The Andhra Pradesh High Court is hearing three different public interest petitions to protect the Hussainsagar lake. One seeks to prevent construction on or around the lake or its catchment area. Another aims to prevent heavy siltation due to annual immersion of idols in the lake during religious occasions.

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System of Rice Intensification is new mantra for reducing water usage and increasing productivity


System of Rice Intensification

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A Down To Earth research study on how climate change is leading to a rising trend of short but intense spells of rainfall, which is making usable water scarce in India

This research study (Mar 15 2009) throws light on how climate change is leading to a rising trend of short but intense spells of rainfall, which is making usable water scarce in India.

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The story of how villagers of Hiware Bazaar in Maharashtra turned the water situation around in their villages from 'scarcity to surplus'

The work done by the villagers of Hiware Bazaar (Maharashtra) in transforming their village, through soil and water conservation works with Government / Panchayat funds is well known. In a period of five years with an annual rainfall of 400mm, the village has turned itself around completely, with over 25% of the village's 200 odd families, becoming millionaires and scores others 'reverse-migrating' from nearby towns/cities.

This map shows the various watershed interventions taken up in Hiware Bazar (Maharashtra) and the water balance sheet of the village as of 2007.

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An article from Down to Earth on the pollution caused due to the paper and pulp units in several villages across Uttarakhand

Villagers and townsfolk of Lalkuan, Bindukhatta, Pantnagar, Kichha, Bazpur and Kashipur in Uttaranchal's terai belt are beset by water and air pollution, and have picked up a struggle against a number of red-category (most polluting) paper and pulp units and distilleries in the districts of Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar and Hardwar, which are polluting the Uttarakhand hills with impunity.

This map shows the location of the major mills and water bodies.

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This map from Down To Earth indicates that most of India's industrial zones are in water stressed regions, hence water prudence on the part of Industries become crucial

This map provides the of levels of water pollution and groundwater depletion due to industrial activities in different parts of India. 

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India's rainfed areas are agriculture intensive - 85% of the employed people in these areas are engaged in agriculture.

Consisting mainly of arid and semi-arid areas and the country's 200 backward districts, these rainfed regions are concentrated in 13 states.

Environmental degradation, reducing land holdings size, decline in agricultural productionpeople are deserting farming. Dominantly rainfed states like Rajasthan have registered a dramatic increase in the shift from farm to non-farm employment from a mere 19.3 per cent in 1983 to 32.7 per cent in 2000 with a higher dependence on wage income.

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This map shows the difference between predicted and observed ozone trends in 14 cities of India, based on data collected over a decade

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Rain Shocked: A research study by Down to Earth, on how climate change is leading to a rising trend of short but intense spells of rainfall, which is making usable water scarce in India.

The research study was published in Down to Earth in March 2009 issue. The study describes how climate change is leading to a rising trend of short but intense spells of rainfall, which is making usable water scarce in India. To deal with acute shortage of usable water for farmers' fields the study concludes that government urgently needs to change its agricultural policy while the scientists seek answers to the weather pattern.

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