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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 8 months 2 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 8 months 2 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 8 months 3 weeks 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 8 months 3 weeks 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 8 months 4 weeks 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 9 months 2 days 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 9 months 6 days 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 9 months 1 week 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 9 months 2 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 9 months 2 weeks ago
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Evacuation measures during cyclones in Odisha
Life is getting back to normal after an ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Fani hit India’s eastern coastline. It ripped through several districts of Odisha and West Bengal and brought in torrential rains and winds of up to 200 km/hr.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 months 3 weeks ago
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Breaking period taboo
Leela Patel (19) explains how women at Wali, a tribal gram panchayat in Kurabad block, just 30 km away from Udaipur, manage menstruation by using old scraps of cloth. She’s aware of cases when women have had to use ash, dust and soil to soak up their periods. Buying a pack of sanitary pads is a luxury in this poverty-stricken belt.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 months 3 weeks ago
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Mapping pollution hotspots in Yamuna
The Yamuna was considered a nurturing and life-enhancing goddess in the past. Legend has it that bathing in the sacred waters of the Yamuna, the sister of Yama, the god of death, frees one from the ordeal of death. The 1376-km river is a tributary of the Ganga and originates in the Yamunotri glacier in the lower Himalayas.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 1 day ago
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Understanding water footprint of cereals in India
India has the highest national freshwater demand globally and 91 percent of our freshwater is used in the agriculture sector. Cereals account for over 50 percent of the dietary water footprint in India and represent a potential opportunity for reducing water use in Indian agriculture.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 2 days ago
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Groundwater depletes in north and east India
India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. It uses an estimated 230 km3 of groundwater per year, which is over a quarter of the global total. About 85 percent of rural drinking water needs, 65 percent of irrigation needs and 50 percent of urban drinking water and industrial needs are fulfilled with groundwater.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 1 week ago
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Making water available for all
India, the second largest population in the world, is facing a water crisis with over 600 million people facing acute water shortage, as per a report by Niti Aayog, the government think-tank. India’s water crisis is expected to worsen, threatening the country’s food security as over 80 percent of our water is used in agriculture.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 1 week ago
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Water management solutions where users have a say
India has, over the last 50 years, spent approximately $50 billion on developing water resources and another estimated $7.5 billion on drinking water, with little to show for the money (Devraj 2002).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 2 weeks ago
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Safai karmacharis release manifesto
Hundreds gathered to release the Safai Karmachari Manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019 at the Indian Social Institute, Delhi on April 4, 2019.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 3 weeks ago
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River conservation efforts need to be prioritised
Odisha is home to 11 major rivers of which many are interstate rivers such as the Mahanadi. As climate change makes extreme rainfall events more frequent in the state, there is an urgent need to better manage the rivers and their basins.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 3 weeks ago
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Towards sustainable food production
The national conclave on food held on March 15, 2019 at New Delhi saw experts urge policy changes to promote sustainable food production especially organic farming as well as regulations to reduce misuse of antibiotics and pesticides.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 11 months 1 day ago

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