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Yet to recover from the torrential lashing, the low-lying city of Chennai is slowly piecing its life back together. How ironic for a state that was a pioneer in rainwater harvesting.

Chennai has historically been a water-starved region, but never rain-starved as it receives much of its annual quota during the northeast or ‘retreating’ monsoon between October and December. But this November was like no other. 

The water level in Tamil Nadu for the week ending 11.11.2015 was 124.4mm, as against the norm of 49.3mm, a departure of nearly 152 percent. Chennai recorded a massive 239mm rainfall as against the expected 88.5mm, 170 percent more than usual [1].

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Heavy rain water logs Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu

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Understanding how fishing communities cope with and adapt fisheries to climate change can be useful to develop broader adaptation strategies.

Climate change could have a strong impact on fisheries with far-reaching consequences on food and livelihoods of populations. It is likely to have a major impact on future marine fisheries production in India. However, very little understanding exists on the how fishing communities, the actual stakeholders involved in the process, perceive climate change and cope with its impacts in relation to their fishing output and consequently their livelihoods.

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Hi!

3 years back, at my residence we drilled a bore well of about 110 feet deep. Last week one fine day the motor was not able to deliver water,  I checked with the plumber and he said the hose in the borewell has to be checked for leaks. He tried to remove the same, but unfortunately it did not come out as it got buried in mud.
I even tried with the borewell company, they also flushed the borewell but still the hose refused to come out. The bore well company said that the casing was not properly inserted till the rock surface, due to which mud has filled within the bore.

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Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing

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Dead fish floating on the Ennore water creek are the least of the locals worries. Toxic metals, which are poisonous, radioactive and cancerous are a far greater concern.

Chennai's Fort St.George, built in 1644, was the first English fortress to be built in India. It laid the foundation for further settlements around it and the city of Madras gradually expanded around the fort over the years. 

The city was divided into two sections- 'White town', that was occupied by the English settlers and 'Black Town', consisting of non-Catholics and Indian minorities. Present day North Chennai falls under 'Black town'. Unfortunately, this part of Chennai is still called Black town, and is highly congested and primarily an industrial and business area. (1) (2)

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Heavy rain causes floods in Uttarakahand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

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Hi Sir,

We have a large apartment where we use STP to treat sewage water.  Currently we don't have ways to let out the treated water , even after using for gardening there is huge amount of water which we have to transport that leads to increased cost. 

Can we use soak pits to drain this treated water? If we can, what is the length , breadth of a soak pit for draining 25000 litres of treated water.  Kindly help to provide some solution which can be used . 

Thanks & Regards

Jayaraman Krishnamurthy

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Hi,

Ten days ago we have dug a borewell 500 feet deep. It is a 6.5" borewell, when we dug the bore we found less water. in the next day we found water at 450 feet. Yesterday we tested again and found water atin 35 feet and water was clear. Can we go for submersible pump in this case? Please advise advantages and disadvantages of submersible motor over compressor motor.  Herewith I am attaching the soil test report for your reference.

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BJP should learn from Congress' defeat: Environmentalists

Environmentalists suggest that the new government should focus on urbanisation, air and water pollution. Blame the ealrier government for ignoring the environmental and social concerns of the people, which has led to its defeat.

New hopes for Ganga: Activists

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