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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 6 months 19 hours 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 6 months 5 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 6 months 1 week 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 6 months 1 week 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 6 months 3 weeks 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 6 months 4 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 7 months 4 days 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 7 months 1 week 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 7 months 2 weeks 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 7 months 3 weeks 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 7 months 4 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 8 months 3 days 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 3 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 9 months 1 day 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 9 months 5 days 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 9 months 1 week 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 9 months 1 week 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 9 months 1 week ago

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