Alternative and sustainable drinking water and sanitation security in flood prone areas of north Bihar- Report on the groundwater seminar organised by Megh Pyne Abhiyan and ACWADAM (2011)
The report 'Drinking water & sanitation security' is a post seminar document on arguments, processes and technologies for establishing alternative and sustainable drinking water and sanitation security in flood prone areas of north Bihar discussed during the seminar held from Nov 30 to Dec 1, 2011, in Patna.
Posted on 21 Mar, 2013 10:02 PM

The report is divided into the following sections:

The tragic tale of toxic Jadugoda: Videos documenting the devastating effects of uranium mining in Jharkhand
Jadugoda, Jharkhand, has the distinction of being India’s only underground mine for uranium. his coveted uranium, however, comes at a huge price for the local inhabitants in the area. Villagers in the proximity of these mines suffer from the ill effects of this toxic substance and face major health problems. These videos highlight the stark reality of our so called ‘progress’: the plight and the health and safety issues of the tribals in this area.
Posted on 12 Feb, 2013 08:11 AM

The rich treasure of uranium in this belt turns toxic for the ‘adivasis’, engulfing them in severe health and safety issues

A shocking story of ‘Toxic neglect’ (Source of video: womenaloudindia)

Green islands amongst Mumbai’s brick and mortar: A video about some amazing work done by local citizens in setting up community gardens within the city
Lush green spaces thrive in the heart of Mumbai, thanks to a green initiative ‘ Urban Leaves’ that provides information and knowledge to the local community to reconnect with nature. Individuals, friends and families – all eager learners pledge their time and energy, come soil their hands and grow organic greens together.
Posted on 07 Feb, 2013 11:32 AM

Source of video: Urban Leaves

Video: "80% of waste we generate everyday can be recycled": Interview with Vani Murthy, a Bangalore-based citizen activist
In a candid interview with Lakshmi, Vani Murthy speaks on solid waste management practices that we follow at home. About 4500 tons of garbage is produced daily in Bangalore, that ultimately reaches the landfill sites, contaminating soil, water and the environment.
Of the waste that we throw away daily, at least 80% is recyclable. Unfortunately, this hidden resource is lost as part of trash thrown away. Segregation at source will not only effectively reduce the burden on the overflowing landfills, but also help in pollution control.
Posted on 06 Feb, 2013 01:19 PM

Source of video: Chai with Lakshmi

Punjab ranks highest in the country, in level of water pollution caused by industries - Roundup of the week’s news (January 28 - February 3, 2013)
The weekly headlines include Punjab being ranked as the worst performing state in water pollution, an analysis of the MGNREGS, the zero rejection state of the MoEF, TOI social impact awardees and decision of the apex court on the ongoing water feud between Tamil Nadu & Karnataka states.
Posted on 04 Feb, 2013 05:20 PM

Water pollution by industries: Punjab ranks highest

Centre adopts National Water Policy 2012 - Roundup of the week's news (December 24 – 30, 2012)
This roundup of the news this week presents discussions on the adoption of the National Water Policy by the Centre in the midst of objections raised by states that argue on the relevance of water as a state specific resource and not to be controlled by a uniform law followed by news on objections raised against direct cash transfer in food commodities in Chattisgarh, illegal mining in Goa and an update on the garbage crisis in Bangalore
Posted on 31 Dec, 2012 07:33 AM

Centre adopts National Water Policy, 2012

Event report: National workshop organised by UNDP on ‘Reducing vulnerabilities to climate change and disaster risk through Integrated Water Management', at New Delhi on 17th December 2012
A national workshop on ‘Reducing vulnerabilities to climate change and disaster risk through Integrated Water Management ‘ was organised by the United National Development Program (UNDP) at ‘The Claridges’, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi on 17th December, 2012.It facilitated discussions and interaction among various stakeholders that included bureaucrats, technocrats, experts and NGOs.
The seminar participants deliberated on interlinked issues of climate change adaption, disaster risk reduction and water management, and how an integrated approach is required to enhance the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities.
Posted on 25 Dec, 2012 06:56 AM

National Workshop

South India left with water storage level lowest in a decade - Roundup of the week's news (December 17 – 23, 2012)
The news this week is dominated by reports on the severe water storage level in the south of India followed by news on water conflicts between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the irrigation scam in Maharashtra and the Ganga cleaning initiative launched by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board
Posted on 24 Dec, 2012 06:41 PM

South India left with water storage level lowest in a decade