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Water wisdom in times of a climate crisis
A recent report by Shailendra Yashwant for Oxfam India looks at India’s ingenious ways of harvesting, storing and distributing water from the Kuhls in Himachal Pradesh that channel water from Himal
Amita Bhaduri  posted 21 hours 42 min ago
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India’s deepening water crisis
The last few months have seen much debate and discussion on the fast approaching Day Zero, with claims that taps in 21 major Indian cities will dry up.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 day 19 hours ago
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Indore leads the way in making its lakes pollution-free
Choked by sewage and effluent discharge, lakes in and around Indore are in a terrible state and in need of restoration. A bustling city in central India, Indore was declared the cleanest city in India three years in a row.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 3 days ago
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Gujarat tops NITI Aayog’s water index for second time
NITI Aayog, the Government of India’s policy think tank, recently released the second edition of the Composite Water Management Index to enable effective water management in Indian states. It warns that the country will lose 6% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2050 because of a water crisis.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 4 days ago
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What’s shit got to do with child health?
A pig snorts after emerging from the open drain that passes through a slum in the Digha area of south Patna. Small children crawl on the road nearby with slime dribbling from their nose.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 3 days ago
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Water in Pune’s urban quagmire
Drinking water programs in India treat urban and rural areas separately, generally neglecting the special characteristics of settlements referred to as peri-urban – those on the outskirts or peripheries of urban areas, or “rurban” settlements i.e. rural areas with urban facilities.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 3 days ago
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Vanishing water bodies behind Ahmedabad’s warm climate
A study published in the Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, analyzing the cooling effect of the city of Ahmedabad’s water bodies, has thrown up some interesting findings. The east bank of the Sabarmati river, which flows through Ahmedabad, was found to be significantly cooler than the west bank, witnessing a greater drop in temperature even during summer.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 weeks 1 day ago
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Hydropower in the Himalayas: Potential and risks
Worldwide, the demand for energy has risen significantly and quickly, leading to serious impacts on environmental sustainability and hindering global efforts to mitigate climate change. Hydropower, a leading renewable option has the additional benefits of water storage for agriculture and other uses.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 6 days ago
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Growing crops, one byte at a time
Agricultural extension and advisory services facilitate the transfer of knowledge, information, improved technologies and practices to farmers, farmer organizations and market actors. Research has shown positive effects of extension access when it came to knowledge, adoption, productivity, and economic returns for farmers.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Mangroves: Powerhouses of carbon storage the planet desperately needs
Straddling land and sea and swarming with life, mangroves are key to healthy coastal ecosystems. They are recognised for their role as storm barriers, protecting coastal areas from flooding and erosion by dissipating the energy of huge waves. They act as nurseries for fish, help filter river water of pollutants and trap excess sediment before it reaches the ocean.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Fertiliser sector’s bleak record on water use in India
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi based non-profit has rated the country’s fertilizer sector on several parameters, in a first of its kind study. The rating, done over an 18-month-long process, covered 28 of the 32 functional fertilizer units in the country.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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How do farmers perceive soil erosion?
Regionally and globally, soil erosion is a major contributor to total land degradation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Rajasthan's ancient yet ever-evolving water heritage
The state of Rajasthan has an immense range of ancient and ingenious water harvesting systems, like the famous johads or step wells managed by communities in the arid Thar desert, which receives very low rainfall.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Budget 2019 talks big on water
Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister alluded to gaon, garib and kisan as the centre of all policies of this government, while announcing a clutch of schemes aimed at the rural and urban poor.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Is it all downhill from here for Leh?
Across South Asia, small and medium-sized towns are rapidly expanding. Urbanisation has made inroads into the entire Himalayan region. Mountain urbanisation poses a need for assessments of emerging risks and vulnerabilities in environmentally sensitive regions.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Go green this Van Mahotsava
Van Mahotsava is an annual tree planting festival which was initiated by Shri Kulapati Kanaiyalal Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food, Government of India, in 1950 to create awareness about the importance of trees and conservation of forests.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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The need for survival edge technology
Decentralised and communitarian efforts in soil and water conservation, sustainable agriculture, afforestation and renewable energy need extensive investment, if the human race is to survive the deepening water, food, energy and climate crises.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Women hold the key to water for food security and nutrition
The water sector remains male dominated at different scales, from engineers and technocrats responsible for designing irrigation systems, to upper caste and upper class men who decide on the location of canals, borewells, tanks, and other water systems at the grassroots level.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Temperatures in India becoming more extreme
The frequency and severity of heatwaves have risen considerably in India. Our cities are facing periods of ‘extreme’ weather as urbanization continues to modify the landscape.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 2 days ago
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Surya Ganga: A film review
Surya Ganga, a film directed by Valli Bindana takes an all embracing view of the energy sector, especially the social and environmental consequences of big energy projects in India. The film was released in India recently.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

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