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Climatic shocks wreak havoc on the Mahanadi delta
The Mahanadi delta in Odisha is a composite delta fed by water, sediments and nutrients from a network of three major rivers: Mahanadi, Brahmani and Baitarini. The coastline of the delta is approximately 200 km long, extending from the Chilika lagoon in the south to the Dhamara river in the north.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 hours 27 min ago
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Neeru and the Nilgiris
Locally called Neeru, water of the Nilgiris in its springs and wetlands has been the fountainhead for two main rivers systems of South India. Today, with growing anthropogenic influences, there is a water crisis in the hills that needs our attention more than ever before.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 hours 57 min ago
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India’s food systems in transition
A recent book ‘Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India’ by the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at Cornell University provides a detailed assessment of the major paradoxes of the Indian growth story.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 days 7 hours ago
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A climate change wake-up call
A new McKinsey Global Institute report, ‘Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts’, suggests that many assumptions about the pote
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 days 12 hours ago
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Can ruin of quality forests be made up by plantations?
The recently released biennial State of India’s Forest Report 2019 (SFR) indicates an improvement in forest cover since 2017 but dense forests continue to turn into non-forests.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 days 2 hours ago
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Karnataka farmers cope as wells fail
Like in many parts of India, Karnataka’s groundwater is a vital source of irrigation water, but has been depleted by a combination of a prolonged, multi-year drought and intensive extraction. Worsening agro-climatic and environmental conditions are threatening the incomes of smallholder farmers and hampering the continued progress in poverty eradication.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 4 days ago
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Is zero budget natural farming the way forward?
A recent study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water offers insights into Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) vis-à-vis its effect on the economics of agriculture in Andhra Pradesh.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 6 days ago
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Water policy for rainfed areas
A committee has been constituted to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP) and make key changes in the water governance structure and regulatory framework. It is chaired by Mihir Shah, who is a former Planning Commission member and a water expert. The committee is expected to produce a report within six months.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 7 hours ago
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Kerala tops SDG index by NITI Aayog
Kerala retains the top slot with a score of 70, followed closely by Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana in the latest edition of NITI Aayog’s annual assessment of progress made by states in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 2 days ago
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If she built a country: A film review
Maheen Mirza’s film ‘Agar wo desh banati/ If she built a country’ looks at the widespread displacement on an unprecedented scale for mines and industries in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 6 days ago
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Nilogon for fluoride removal from groundwater
Groundwater contamination has emerged as an alarming issue in India and a recent UN report reveals that India ranks 120th among the 122 countries in terms of water quality index.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
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Junk food red alert
A new study by the Centre for Science and Environment has exposed that levels of salt and fat in junk food is far higher than proposed thresholds in the country.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 5 days ago
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Trading in virtual water
The recent trade war between the United States and China was, among other things, about virtual water - the hidden water in products. Producing anything, whether it is soyabean or clothes, uses water, and has a water footprint.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Replacing rice will improve India’s climate resilience
A new study finds that introducing coarse cereals such as millet and sorghum could improve India’s national food supply in many ways.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Holistic approach needed to clean the Ganga
The National Mission for Cleaning Ganga was set up in 2014 and the Namami Gange programme was launched the year after, with a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore. The implementation of the flagship programme was followed by the framing of a draft National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill, 2019 to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Wind energy development and policy in India
Wind energy is a renewable, inexhaustible, non-polluting and popular alternative source of clean energy. India stands fourth in the world in wind energy conversion and utilization, with an installed capacity of about 34,605 MW as of September 2018.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Jaipur’s wastewater conundrum
A major area of concern currently for India is the proper disposal of wastewater in urban areas. The huge increase in supply of potable water to cater to the needs of modern urban households has correspondingly increased the quantum of wastewater.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 4 days ago
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Climate change may reduce water available to cool power plants
Climate change and over-exploited river basins may leave developing countries in Asia, such as India and China, without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, according to a study.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Climate shocks and gender vulnerabilities in the Upper Ganga basin
Socially constructed notions of the different roles and responsibilities of men and women have a huge bearing on access to and control over resources, and subsequently on their vulnerabilities. More often than not, this leads to vulnerabilities that are skewed towards women, more than men.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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300 million people will be vulnerable to annual coastline flooding by 2050
A new research study by Climate Central, a US-based non-profit research group has projected that 300 million people could face annual coastal flooding triggered by climate change by 2050.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

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