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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 3 days 16 hours 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 weeks 17 hours 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 3 weeks 14 hours 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 3 weeks 3 days 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 4 weeks 1 day ago
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Unregulated e-waste hotspots operating in Delhi with no safeguards
A study by Toxics Link, a Delhi-based environmental research and advocacy non-profit identified 15 e-waste processing hotspots in Delhi operating with impunity without safeguards. These hotspots house over 5,000 illegal e-waste processing units directly and indirectly employing over 50,000 people.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Conflicts over land on the rise in India
Land-related conflicts in India are on the rise despite some of the most progressive legislations to protect people’s rights over land and forest.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Manipur’s floating lake at risk
Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in North East India is also known as the ‘floating lake’ for the numerous phumdis or masses of vegetation it supports. The phumdis float around on the lake’s surface due to decay from the bottom.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Towards a new horizontal water federalism
The execution of India’s institutional framework for preventing and solving conflicts over river water is still evolving. A new thinking on federalism in the field of water management to meet local aspirations and national ambition is needed.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Deadly chemicals from detergents end up in rivers
It’s ironic that detergents, which are meant for cleaning, flow into water bodies and pollute them with chemicals.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 19 hours ago
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River as a cultural mosaic
"River conversations are critical to re-evaluate histories, reconnect civilisations, cultures and peoples, ideas and regions and open streams of thought for a future with exciting possibilities," says Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication who has conceptualized a new series of quarterly river conv
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 4 days ago
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Solving the energy conundrum
Access to electricity is a key metric in development. In rural areas, getting on to the grid is a major step forward, improving literacy rates, agricultural productivity and overall household income. However, providing access to power derived from traditional sources like coal, diesel and hydropower, are proving unsustainable in the short and long term.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 6 days ago
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Return of the pearl millet
Pandutalav, a small quiet village nestled in the dry teak forests in the tribal pocket in Dewas boasts an authentic rural way of life. This little dot on the map is known for its attempts to introduce indigenous varieties of crops, in particular pearl millet these days.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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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 2 months 1 week 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 2 months 1 week 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 2 months 2 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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 months 4 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 months 4 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 3 months 1 week ago

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