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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 3 days 10 hours 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 week 1 day 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 weeks 5 days 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 1 month 10 hours 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 1 month 1 day 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 1 month 2 days 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 1 month 1 week 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 1 month 1 week 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 1 month 2 weeks 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 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Skymet Weather releases kharif crop estimate 2019
India’s leading weather and agriculture risk monitoring company has released a Kharif Report, sharing the prediction for the upcoming monsoon and its impact on the production of kharif crops.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
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Air pollution surges to emergency levels in India
Urban India needs to take air pollution more seriously than it does now. The Centre for Science and Environment’s report, State of India's Environment 2019 has come up with startling facts on the state of air in the country.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
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Food security with flood, drought-resistant rice crops
In recent years, cycles of extreme drought and severe flooding have affected the country’s water availability and crop production. The trend can be attributed to climate change. Scientists have been exploring drought and flood tolerant crop varieties to offset stress conditions that significantly constrain rice production.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 days ago
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GHG emissions, water footprints of dietary patterns
India's food system produces large environmental impacts but these vary by diets. The per capita environmental impacts of diets in India are currently lower than those of many high-income countries due, in part, to habitually low consumption of animal source foods.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 days ago
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Understanding the Yamuna and life around it
Sarla Yadav, a resident of Yamuna Ghat 24 is a treasure trove of stories on the river Yamuna. She runs a boat business with her son Shyam who provides a nuanced personal account of living by the river and of eking out a meagre livelihood by plying boats. They are among a few families who have not sold their boats so far.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Monsoon to arrive late, less rain expected: Skymet
Skies in several parts of Kerala are overcast with pre-monsoon but monsoon is progressing sluggishly, as per meteorological predictions. “This year’s monsoon rains will arrive on India southern coast in Kerala on June 4 and deliver less rain than average year,” says Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Environmental implications of Pancheshwar dam
Mahakali, also known as Sharda in India, gushes through the hilly tracts of Nepal and Uttarakhand, collecting its water from the numerous streams it receives on the way.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Reservoir storage in western India below normal: CWC
The recent data from the Central Water Commission (CWC), released on May 9, 2019 reveals a reassuring situation of water storage in the river basins of India. The overall water storage in the 91 reservoirs monitored is slightly more (105 percent) when compared to the average water storage over the last 10 years, the data shows.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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What happens when you throw away pencil cells?
A recent study by Toxics Link, an environmental research and advocacy organisation on batteries titled Dead and buried: A situational analysis of battery waste management in India estimates that 2.7 billion pieces of dry cell batteries are being consumed annually in India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Only 37 percent of world’s long rivers free flowing
A little over a third of the world's 246 long rivers remain free-flowing, as per a study by a team of 34 international researchers, including those from McGill University in Canada and World Wildlife Fund India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

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