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In photos: How temple tanks are helping Chennai conserve rain water
Besides showcasing the architectural expertise and aesthetics of their time, temple tanks also play an extremely important role as water storage systems in Chennai.
priyad  posted 5 days 18 hours ago
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When crocodiles roamed city streets: The real reason behind Vadodara floods
The videos were all over the Internet and social media. Expectedly so, because you don’t often see crocodiles swimming in flooded urban streets, sneaking up on strays. But that’s precisely what happened shortly after news of ‘urban floods’ in Vadodara hit headlines in early August.
priyad  posted 5 days 19 hours ago
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Beyond the death toll: The everyday violence of Assam’s floods
Floods are an annual phenomenon in Assam. They are as integral to the state as the Brahmaputra River is, and each monsoon, we are reminded that Assam exists (or is drowning). As I write this piece, Assam is slowly recovering from the first wave of flood this monsoon.
priyad  posted 1 week 20 hours ago
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P Sainath: The water crisis is not caused by drought
P Sainath has been documenting stories from rural India for over three decades now.
priyad  posted 1 week 6 days ago
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Jolted by water shortage, Chitlapakkam RWA takes up roadside rainwater harvesting.
Chennai had a severely deficient monsoon in 2018 with 40% less rain than normal. Since then, the city has been bracing itself for a water crisis. But clearly not enough had been done and the severe water scarcity this summer has been a wake-up call for people, highlighting the urgency of finding ways to use their water resources better.
priyad  posted 2 weeks 5 days ago
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"Digging recharge wells is the only way Bengaluru won’t run out of water"
Vishwanath Srikantaiah, popularly known as the 'Rainman', has been in the news recently for his ambitious project to build one million recharge wells in Bengaluru. Given the dire situation we find ourselves in vis-à-vis water, the initiative could not have come at a better time.
priyad  posted 2 weeks 5 days ago
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35 years on, government looks away as Bhopal neighbourhood continues to drink chemical-laden water
Alia, 15, cannot move or talk. “She is totally dependent on me,” said her father Mohammad Asad, an electrician. “Her mother passed away almost nine years back. I have to remain with her most of the time”.
priyad  posted 2 weeks 5 days ago
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All work and some play
India is, by far, the world’s largest groundwater economy. India’s annual withdrawal of fresh groundwater (253 Billion Cubic Metres in 2013) amounts to one fourth of the global total and is more than that of China and the US combined. Over 80% of water extracted is used in agriculture. The share of tubewells in net irrigated area rose from a mere 1% in 1960-61 to over 40% in 2013-14.
priyad  posted 3 weeks 3 days ago
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Rural sanitation: A charter of demands
There are studies and field reports that have analysed the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in terms of coverage and use of toilets in rural India.
priyad  posted 3 weeks 5 days ago
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Springing back to life
In popular imagination, steeped in consumer culture, the hills are exotic and aesthetically sublime places to find solace away from busy urban life. This kind of imagination conveniently ignores and de-contextualizes the hills and the problems they face today. The Himalayas, often known as the Water Tower of Asia, are revered because many of the world's important rivers originate from them.
priyad  posted 1 month 2 days ago
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Water Future Conference: Towards a Sustainable Future
A Future Earth Conference Opening new frontiers in water system diagnostics and innovative solutions to mitigate the 21st-century global water crisis
priyad  posted 1 month 5 days ago
Opportunities

Certificate Programme by Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS)
  To apply for this programme, write to waterpractitioners@gmail.com
priyad  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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The many facets to the fluoride problem in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka
Chikkaballapur is a district in the state of Karnataka, just north of the capital Bengaluru. A peri-urban area that was once an agricultural centre for this region, today Chikkaballapur is facing a unique problem. 
priyad  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Adequate water most important for plant diversity
New Delhi, July 9 (India Science Wire): India has a total geographical area of nearly 329 million hectares. The climate varies from the north to the south and east to west. However, in spite of this diversity, little is known about how climate affects the diversity of plants that grow in a particular area.
priyad  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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How can forecasting of extreme rainfall events be improved?
Mumbai, July 5 (India Science Wire): On July 2, the Maharashtra government decided to close private and public schools in Mumbai based on IMD’s rainfall forecast which predicted "intermittent rain in city and suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places for the next 24 hours." The 24-hour period from 8:30 am of July 1 to July 2 saw a total of 375 mm of rain and it
priyad  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Urbanization, changing cropping patterns contributing to temperature rise
New Delhi, July 3 (India Science Wire): Warming induced by changes in land use and land cover is contributing to rise in temperature in Eastern India, according to a new study. 
priyad  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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How millets can make India’s food basket climate-resilient
New Delhi, July 1 (India Science Wire): Increasing temperatures, changing monsoon and more frequent extreme climate events are posing a threat to food security in India.
priyad  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Engage local communities to protect marine life: study
New Delhi, June 25 (India Science Wire): A new study by Wildlife Conservation Society-India has emphasised the need for awareness campaigns, involvement of local stakeholders in decision-making and empowerment of authorities to help promote protection of marine species. 
priyad  posted 2 months 3 days ago

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