Smothered by heatwaves as climate swings
Effective action needed to avoid extreme heat events Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months ago

In recent times, India has been routinely experiencing abnormally hot days during the summer months of April and May.

A study shows how the open space on the western bank of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad acts as a heat sink. (Image: Emmanuel Dyan, CC BY 2.0)
Vanishing water bodies behind Ahmedabad’s warm climate
A study shows how the open space on the western bank of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad acts as a heat sink. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 2 months ago

A study published in the Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, analyzing the cooling effect of the city of Ahmedabad’s water bodies, has thrown up some interesting findings. The east bank of the Sabarmati river, which flows through Ahmedabad, was found to be significantly cooler than the west bank, witnessing a greater drop in temperature even during summer.

Silverbill enjoying the cool feeling of breeze on the wet feathers in the scorching heat (Image: Koshy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)
Namami Gange: Only 10 out of 100 sewage projects done
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 5 months ago

Under Namami Gange mission, only 10 out of 100 new sewage projects completed

Polythene bags and solid waste left behind as water recedes in the Ganga river. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Water level falls in India's major river basins: CWC
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 5 months ago

Water level in India’s major reservoirs and river basins in a precarious state: CWC

Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
When friends of environment unite
An NGO helps rag pickers earn the right value for their work, financial security and respect from the society they serve. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 years 5 months ago

The world is developing and expanding at a great pace. Alongside a multitude of positive effects of this development, there are several, very evident negative outcomes as well. Littered roads and ineffective solid waste management are some of them, especially in developing nations like India.

Rag pickers who search for recyclable garbage keep India’s cities cleaner. (Pic courtesy: Paryavaran Mitra)
Household water filter use in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad's rural areas have better access to expensive RO filters than more affordable gravity non-electric filters. What are the factors and implications affecting this choice of water filters? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 6 years ago

76 million people lack access to safe drinking water in India thus increasing their risk to mortality from water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, and cholera. The poor are much more likely to be affected by unsafe drinking water than those who are financially better off.

Safe drinking water, a scarce resource (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Gujaratina neera tijori: Taankaa
Taankaas are considered as safe deposit lockers of water in Gujarat. They have been storing every drop of water that falls down and quenching the thirst of households for decades. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 8 months ago

Rainwater harvesting is not a new science in India. There are several traditional practices across the country where rainwater was stored safely and used in times of need. One such example is the 'Taankaa' system in Gujarat.

86,000 litres tanka in Ahmedabad
Invite to 'Water Seminar & Gujarat Water Summit 2014', Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Ahmedabad
The theme for the seminar is 'Securing our Water future', where the aim is to focus on various water related issues and suggest possible solutions. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 9 months ago

Organiser details

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)


Gujarat University Convention Centre, Ahmedabad

Why visit the summit

Gujarat Water Summit 2014
Opening for position of 'Junior Research Fellow (JRF)', Indian Centre for Climate and Societal Impacts Research (ICCSIR), Navrangpura, Ahmedabad
Opportunity to research in the science of climate evolution and in societal adaptation to climate evolution. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 11 months ago

For more information on the Indian Centre for Climate and Societal Impacts Research (ICCSIR), please click here.

To view details on the vacancy, click here.

110 countries pledge to phase out mercury
Policy Matters this week: 110 countries sign Minamata convention, railways to have bio-toilets and Water Bill to include sewerage charges in Ahmedabad. ravleen posted 8 years ago

110 countries sign Minamata convention to ban mercury

No more mercury thermometers (Wikimedia)