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Urbanisation: Pushing farmers out of fields
A dominant characteristic of a peri-urban site is its transition out of an agrarian economy due to industrialisation and urbanisation. This usually manifests in the form of agricultural land either left barren or sold for developmental activities and farmers and agricultural labourers looking for an alternative source of livelihood.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Blind spots in WASH
The current set of government programmes such as Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) have gone a long way in improving access to water and sanitation services in India.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Clearing the fog on water conservation
Water scarcity has been the most pressing challenge to socio-economic and human development since ages. Globally, almost 800 million people do not have access to potable water. Reports from the United Nations state that one in every three people in the world is facing the water crisis.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Why is Shillong sweating?
Sitting in the glass-and-concrete State Convention Centre in the capital of the hilly state of Meghalaya, participants of a media workshop on climate change are feeling sweaty. The convention centre is not air conditioned nor does it have ceiling fans.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Power at play in water business
The informal water market plays a crucial role in meeting the drinking and domestic water security of peri-urban communities. The increasing reliance on private informal water vendors in all our study villages speaks of their significance.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Every day is a dry day in Kovaipudur
With its pleasant climate and serene environment, Kovaipudur, a quaint township located in Coimbatore, was once known to be a haven for retired people. Kovaipudur is living out a nightmare now, one that has snowballed over the years.
arathi  posted 1 year 9 months ago
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Saving Sangam from mining
There was illegal mining in the Triveni Sangam and I could not believe my eyes. Who could do something like this? The sangam or confluence has a special place in my mind as I had grown up visiting this place regularly since childhood. Many families like mine have spent long hours in the area during festivals and recreational trips.
arathi  posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Policy contradictions and water woes
The serious implications of privatisation of natural resources like water, which is often brought under the overarching umbrella of market reforms, often evade us.
arathi  posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Better yield with customised rice cultivation
Purba Bhateni is a village located in the Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district of Odisha on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Abutting the coastal tidal line, the village is surrounded by tidal water bodies and protected by saline protection embankment. Farming and small-scale fishing in the tidal water bodies is the source of livelihood for farmers here.
arathi  posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Sourcing water: When informal is the norm
In the first hour of our field work in Malkaram--another village in peri-urban Hyderabad--for the project Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad, one thing became very evident.
arathi  posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Wastewater from tanneries makes farm soil toxic
The use of wastewater for irrigation in agricultural lands is a common practice across the globe. But a study by Indian researchers has found that it can also affect the quality of soil and groundwater, and consequently, human health. 
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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A village becomes water rich
Located in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, with vast agricultural fields growing sugarcane, rice, wheat, jowar, chana and all kinds of seasonal vegetables, Dhikoli in Pilana tehsil comes across as a bustling and prosperous village.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Shrinking wetlands leave J&K high and dry
When torrential downpour submerged thousands of villages and claimed about 300 lives in Jammu & Kashmir in September 2014, loss of wetlands was cited as one of the reasons that aggravated the impact of the natural disaster.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Persian Gulf, Red Sea waters in Bay of Bengal
In a finding that could help better understand the future global climate scenario, scientists have found evidence that waters from the Persian Gulf as well as the Red Sea make its way into the Bay of Bengal. While the evidence of the presence of the Persian Gulf water was found at a depth range of 200 to 400 metres in the Bay, the Red Sea water was foun
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Flourishing informal water market
Every study village of the project, Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad, has a different situation and a different story to say about the informal water market. However, the most pertinent question remains partially answered: Are informal water tankers good or bad?
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Rice that withstands drought
A group of Indian, Chinese, and Canadian scientists has developed transgenic rice that gives high yield even under severe water deficit. The new rice variety has been developed by transferring a gene from a common plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, into a variety of Indian rice called samba mahsuri.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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A case of vanishing greens
Kokapet, one of the study villages for the project ‘Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad’, was the first village that we visited for field work. Even though we refer to them as ‘villages’, there was very little that we found village-like here.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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New test to detect aquaculture virus
White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) is a highly contagious and lethal virus especially to the Penaeid shrimp. Death is certain from three to seven days after the attack. It belongs to a new family of viruses known as Nimaviridae.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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A look inside your water tanker
In Hyderabad, water tankers are the dominant source of daily water supply. Research for the project Ensuring Water Security in Hyderabad Municipal Area gave us some insights into the quality of water carried by these tankers. When the water is pumped from borewells in villages, it is not always transferred to tankers immediately.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Disappearing lakes and politics of corruption
Mallampet is a village in Quthbullapur Mandal. It is located about 5–6 km from the municipal boundaries of the Hyderabad city. Like many other villages, Mallampet too has witnessed the disappearance of its lakes, but not all of them are from natural causes. A close study of the political nexus has revealed the interesting case of lake encroachment.
arathi  posted 1 year 11 months ago

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