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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 2 months 4 weeks 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 3 months 4 days 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 3 months 1 week 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 3 months 2 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 3 months 2 weeks 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 3 months 3 weeks 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 3 months 3 weeks 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 3 months 4 weeks 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 4 months 8 hours 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 4 months 1 day 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 4 months 1 week 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 4 months 2 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 4 months 3 weeks 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 4 months 3 weeks 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 months 4 weeks 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 5 months 5 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 3 weeks ago

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