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Climate change affects glacier health
Changing climatic patterns are affecting the health of glaciers in the Himalayan region. A new study has warned that as many as 55 percent of glaciers in the Satluj basin may disappear by 2050 and 97 percent by 2090 under extreme climate change scenario.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 days ago
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Earthquake-triggering stresses travel far
Seismic activity triggered by human actions like the construction of large reservoirs or injection of wastewater into the ground for oil and gas production can have far greater implications than previously thought, a new study has revealed.
arathi  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Damaged habitat affects migratory fishermen
The Siang River is a transboundary river which flows in Tibetan plateau, China in the name of Yarlung Psangpo and after entering India in Arunachal Pradesh, it is known as Siang which meets river Brahmaputra in Assam, 230 km downstream. 
arathi  posted 2 months 18 hours ago
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Solution Exchange discussion: Conservancy Staff and Municipal Sanitation—Experiences, Advice
From Aparna Das, UNDP, New Delhi
arathi  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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How mining ruined lives and livelihoods
Koley Kisku, a primary school student at Ranipur village at Rampurhat block in Birbhum district of West Bengal suffers from a thyroid gland related ailment that has partially affected his ability to speak. His school mates say that the 11-year-old could speak normally till a few years ago but he began to lose his voice.
arathi  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Smart farming changes farms, fortunes in Bengal
Gulam Mustafa owns around five acres of land at Digalhati Moynaguri village in Coochbehar district of West Bengal. The 34-year-old has switched to “smart farming” to minimise labour cost and water use.
arathi  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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The Himalayan glaciers shrink
The Himalayas are often called the water towers of Asia because of the vast amount of water locked in the form of ice in thousands of glaciers there. But concerns relating to climate change have often put a question mark on future water availability from these glaciers.
arathi  posted 4 months 3 days ago
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Extreme rainfall events need not lead to floods
It has been reported that extreme rainfall events are increasing over India and widespread floods have increased threefold over the last several decades from an average of two events per year to six events per year. But the link between extreme rainfall events and rising incidence of floods remains tenuous.  
arathi  posted 5 months 2 days ago
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Climate change not new
A team of researchers have unravelled the imprints of sea level fluctuations and climate change that may have occurred along the coastal river of Saurashtra region in India’s west coast over the past 1.5 lakh years. 
arathi  posted 5 months 1 week ago
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Gangetic river dolphin habitats under threat
A five-year study conducted in the Sundarbans region has found that the rising water salinity level is threatening the habitat of Gangetic river dolphins. 
arathi  posted 5 months 1 week ago
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No water in the rice bowl
Nikhil Bagdi has attempted suicide twice in the past one month. Fortunately, his neighbours came to his rescue whenever he tried to end his life by hanging from the ceiling of his room. Nikhil lives in Serorai village of Bardhaman district in West Bengal, a little over 120 kilometres from Kolkata. 
arathi  posted 6 months 1 week ago
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Groundwater decline increases carbon emission
Over-extraction of groundwater is a major environmental challenge in many parts of India. It is not only leading to a rapid decline in groundwater reserves but also contributing to India’s carbon emissions, a new study has warned.
arathi  posted 7 months 1 week ago
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SAFE solution to Kalikapur's water problem
Basanti Haldar (45) has been living in a slum at Kalikapur in Kolkata for over two decades. She works as a domestic help in an upscale locality in the neighbourhood. She is happy nowadays due to an increase in her income. 
arathi  posted 7 months 1 week ago
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New data shows Indian landmass warming
Scientists are literally looking into the ground for clinching evidence of climate change. A new study of geothermal records across India has shown that the country has experienced about one degree of warming over the baseline mean temperature of the 19th century.
arathi  posted 7 months 1 week ago
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Wind turbines impact Western Ghats ecology
Wind energy, considered a clean source of energy, does have a carbon footprint and is also known to disturb bird life. Now a new study done in the Western Ghats has found that wind farms in biodiversity-rich areas can have deeper ecological consequences beyond already known impacts. 
arathi  posted 7 months 2 weeks ago
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New sturdy rice variety developed
A group of researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and University of Illinois have developed transgenic rice that promises to generate high yields even under conditions of high salinity, high temperature and drought.
arathi  posted 7 months 3 weeks ago
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NRDWP: Poor show by Odisha
On March 16, 2017, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India began a performance audit of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) by discussing with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation the scope and methodology of the performance audit.
arathi  posted 8 months 20 hours ago
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‘Organic farming brought huge profit for me’
At the age of 70, Renupada Bagdi of Doniapur village in Birbhum district of West Bengal is on a mission to convince his fellow farmers to take up organic farming just like he did a few years ago. He knows from his experience that chemical fertilisers do not yield crops as big companies make it out to be.
arathi  posted 8 months 21 hours ago
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New centre to help farmers become climate resilient
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a centre of excellence on climate change research for plant protection at the Hyderabad-based International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
arathi  posted 8 months 5 days ago
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New technology for disinfecting water
Scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s Lucknow-based Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR) have developed a technology for disinfecting water that promises to provide safe and clean drinking water at a cost of just two paise per litre. 
arathi  posted 8 months 5 days ago

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