India State of Forest Report 2021: Key takeaways
India’s forest and tree cover rose by 2,261 sq km in the last 2 years but there was a loss of natural dense forests Amita Bhaduri posted 17 hours 35 minutes ago

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) released the biennial India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2021 on January 13, 2021. “The total forest and tree cover of the country is 80.9 million hectares, which is 24.62% of the geographical area of the country,” said Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for MoEF&CC sharing the report findings.

ISFR 2021 tracked the forest cover in tiger reserves for the first time. Kanha tiger reserve (Image: Aditya Thaokar, Wikimedia Commons)
National level training on Water Stewardship
WOTR is offering a three-day 'National level training on Water Stewardship' to build a a comprehensive understanding of water stewardship concepts, processes and practices. Swati Bansal posted 1 week ago

About the training:

Book review: Water conflicts and resistance
Issues and challenges in South Asia, a region where water sharing is more than a mere physical allocation of water Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week ago

This book starts by stressing that existing freshwater resources are expected to meet only 60 per cent of the global water demand by 2030 (p. 1), making the prospects of conflict both real and global concern.

Water conflicts pose a challenge to India's river water governance (Image: sarangib, Pixabay)
Soil arsenic above 14 mg/kg can cause rice to be unsafe for consumption
First meta-analysis utilizing published data from Asian paddy fields on arsenic in rice grain, soil, and irrigation water to determine the relationship between them and to derive a limit of soil arsenic using machine learning algorithms Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 5 days ago

Arsenic exposure, mainly through contaminated groundwater used for drinking, has widely been associated with detrimental health effects (

Soil contributes more than irrigation to rice-grain arsenic concentration (Image: Arjun Reddy, Pixabay)
From 58 percent in 2004, groundwater extraction rises to 63 percent in 2017: CAG
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 week 5 days ago

Groundwater extraction increased from 58 percent in 2004 to 63 percent in 2017: CAG

Country's groundwater scenario is in a grim state (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
India’s fossil fuel production plans not in sync with Paris agreement limits
Rapid reduction in fossil fuel production needed to meet climate targets Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 6 days ago

The 2021 Production Gap Report conveys the large discrepancy between countries' planned fossil fuel production and the global production levels necessary to limit warmin

In 2020, India opened up its coal mining sector to private and foreign investment (Image: TripodStories-AB, Wikimedia Commons)
Extreme weather driven by climate change cost the world billions in 2021
Study identifies ten extreme events, influenced by climate change, that each caused $1.5 billion in damage or more Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

A new report by Christian Aid,

Floods, cyclones and drought also killed and displaced millions across the globe in places which have done little to cause climate change. (Image: Save the Children)
Role of digital technologies in climate change adaptation solutions
Strengthen governance and institutional capacity to mainstream climate adaptation into ICT policies Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks ago

While some countries in the Asia-Pacific region are adapting to climate change, countries with special needs such as India with fewer resources and capacities face significant challenges implementing adaptation projects.

There is a need to include climate adaptation projects in regional cooperation platforms such as Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway that advance digital development (Image: ESCAP)
Need weather data for research
elakkiyanagappan posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

I want the weather data for my PhD research.

Need info on water supply from a borewell
silentboy posted 4 weeks ago


The discharge from a submersible pump 75Hp with 400 feet bore depth is 1.5 cusec. What is the yield and how to calculate it?