Bihar

Extreme events take 231 lives during pre-monsoon: IMD
News this fortnight Posted on 28 Jun, 2022 02:34 PM

IMD seasonal analysis shows 231 lives lost during the pre-monsoon season due to extreme weather events

Floods during pre-monsoon season claim 81 lives this year. Photo for representation only (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Centre launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign, 2022
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 06 Apr, 2022 10:24 AM

Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign, 2022 launched during the 3rd National Water Awards

Catch the rain where it falls, when it fall (Image source: IWP Flickr album). Photo for representation only
Eastern India highly vulnerable to climate change, says study
Study analyses the historical climate and projects, the temperature and rainfall of the four eastern states Posted on 23 Mar, 2022 10:46 AM

Climate data gathering at the district level is essential for risk planning, developing coping strategies, and adaptation, especially considering that the impacts of climate variability, climate change, and extreme events are visible globally and in India.

Climate projections for the eastern states at the district level for the period 2021–2050 (the 2030s) indicate a warmer and wetter future (Image: Save the Children)
Floods and recurring natural disasters in India
Better regulation of environmentally sensitive areas is needed to avert disasters. Posted on 04 Aug, 2021 09:59 AM

After two weeks of extremely hot and long dry weather, the monsoon winds brought heavy rains to the hilly northern states of India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand) and the south-west coastal states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, and Kerala).

Floods in Uttarkashi (Image: Oxfam International; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Fostering rural livelihoods post COVID
Income loss top concern for rural communities, says study Posted on 18 May, 2021 09:09 PM

As per a new study conducted by the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) and IIMPACT, an NGO loss of income and livelihood are among the top concerns for rural communities struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Must have protocols for timely action and outreach in times of need (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
Drinking water access to all in Bihar: Reach, benefits and challenges
Significantly reduced the daily drudgery of women in rural areas Posted on 06 Apr, 2021 01:17 PM

The problem of drinking water in India is becoming more acute by the day, as one can see people queuing up at wells, water tankers, and common water points during summers in mos

The water requirement for the scheme is being fulfilled through borings, submersible pumps, and distribution pipelines implemented by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Bihar. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
Are solar powered irrigation systems scalable in India?
Compendium on solar-powered irrigation in India Posted on 20 Mar, 2021 09:38 AM

Article by: Sakshi Saini and Paresh B Shirsath

 Solar power has huge potential for application in the agriculture sector, especially in the irrigation space. (Image: IWMI)
Energising Bihar’s agriculture
IWMI’s novel experiment in Chakhaji village Posted on 19 Mar, 2021 07:51 PM

With small and fragmented land holdings, owning a well and pump is not a viable option for all farmers.

Yatin Kumar, one of the early solar irrigation entrepreneurs in Chakhaji (Image: IWMI)
Clean fuel choices of urban India’s poor
Insights from urban slum households across six states Posted on 17 Mar, 2021 03:40 PM

With increased urbanisation, India is experiencing acute air pollution in its urban centres.

PMUY should expand its reach to urban slum households, given that there are still households without LPG connections. (Image: Adam Cohn, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Study detects high levels of arsenic in cooked rice in Bihar
Need to remove arsenic from the food chain and not just drinking water in endemic areas Posted on 03 Mar, 2021 08:01 AM

Extensive evidence of elevated arsenic in the food chain, mainly rice, wheat and vegetables exists.

Median excess lifetime cancer risk of 2 per 10,000 from food arsenic exposure in Bihar. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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