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  • Chilika lagoon named as 'Destination Flyways' by UNThe United Nations World Tourism Organisation designates Chilika lagoon, Odisha's biodiversity hotspot, as 'Destination Flyways', for being a sustainable and resilient abode for migratory birds. The UN's body arm will aid Chilika Development Authori...
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  • Groundwater hits bottom near Coca Cola's plant in RajasthanFarmers in Kaladera block of Jaipur claim that agriculture has become difficult due to rapid fall in ground water after the beverage giant entered the region in 2000.Ammonia in Delhi's water rises yet againTwo water treatment plants in Delhi...
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  • Cabinet committee clears three hydel projects in North-East The Power Ministry had sent project reports of Tawang and Tato in Arunachal and Teesta in Sikkim for approval of the Cabinet Committee on Investment last year.No canals for Narmada water leaves farmers at sea80% minor canals are yet to...
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  • Brahamputra claims four Assam villages 2500 people lost their homes due to erosion along the river while seveal others in Dhubri district are at risk.Minister, mining and manufactured sand Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry calls for promotion of sand made by a metal to...
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  • Cochin estuary high on insecticides: StudyCochin estuary has one of the highest concentration of organochlorine insecticides in the world, revealed a study by the Cochin University of Science and Technology.Poo to power Bangalore Around 100 megawatt will be produced from methane emitted by...
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  • Rayalaseema gets tense over waterPoor allocation and diversion of water for upstream areas has created tension between districts in this Andhra Pradesh region.CBI registers five FIRs in Delhi Jal Board scam caseConducts raids in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad and files five FIRs in relation to costly pr...
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  • Dam bursts in Himachal during first trialA newly built dam with a capacity of 12,000 cubic feet burst in Manali district of the State whiles first trial was taking place. No casulaties however, resulted from the accident.Site visit compulsory for diversion of forest landThe Environment Ministry has ...
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  • Sujith Koonan explains the water conflicts in the country taking the case of a district in Kerala while addressing Law students in an event in Delhi
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  • MGNREGS to help build toilets in villagesRural sanitation works included under the list of jobs that can be done under MGNREGS in collaboration with Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.Madras HC restrains NGT from suo motu actionsOrder came on a PIL filed against south zone of the tribunal which was tak...
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  • I have an open well about 90 feet deep. My neighbour is now trying to dig a borewell of about 200 feet depth, just 30 feet away from my open well. We live in a hilly area which has acute water shortage from February to May of every year. I would like to know what are the possible negative impact...
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  • Kerala demands review of the Western Ghats orderThe State Government has asked the Centre to review its order on eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The Order was based on the Kasturirangan report that recommended one-third of the Ghats be declared eco-sensitive.Big mining companies violate env...
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  • Environment Ministry delinks clearance of power plants from captive minesThe new Environment Minister Veerappa Moily has delinked the green clearance process for a thermal power plant and its source of fuel, a captive coal mine. This will make it easier for the project proponents to get clearance an...
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  • Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in OdishaIron ore worth more than Rs. 45,000 crore has been extracted ilegally by top steel makers and miners in Odisha, a report of the Commission appointed to investigate illegal mining in the State has found. The Justice MB Shah Commissi...
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  • HC upholds ban on plastic packaging for junk food in HPVacates stay on Himachal Pradesh government's order banning plastic packaging for 25 junk food items. Directs enforcement of the ban from January 26, 2014.MoEF gives conditional nod to Haryana's nuclear power projectGrants green clearance&n...
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  • Received over email Hello, I have a problem with my borewell water. It smells foul and turns yellow on keeping the water stagnant over 12 hours and on further storing yellow brown sediments are found at the bottom of the container and on top of the clear water surface. Sometimes an oily layer is...
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  • Kerala scores worst in access to potable water: NSSOAccording to a report by the National Sample Survey Organisation, only 29.5% rural households in Kerala have access to safe drinking water as compared to the national average of 88.5%. The survey counts bottled water, piped water into dwellings, pi...
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  • Centre issues guidelines to simplify green clearance processMoEF comes out with new guidelines on environmental clearance that will give more powers to states and help them quicken the decision making process.SC issues notice to MoEF and states for worsening critically polluted clustersPul...
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  • MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western GhatsWithdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEFPresiden...
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  • 150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic lifeCPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projectsRaises concern over construction of 85 MW Mawphu and 84 MW Myntdu dams in Me...
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  • Climate change affects bamboo production in the NortheastChanging rainfall pattern, a sign of climate change, has affected life and livelihoods in the seven states of Northeast India. Bamboo, the backbone of the Northeast's agrarian economy, has started flowering early and wilting soon after, t...
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A study found high concentration of perchlorate in groundwater samples as compared to surface water samples in Kerala with Ernakulum district showing the highest contamination.

Perchlorate is a chemical that is extensively used in the arms and ammunition industry. It acts as a potential thyroid disrupter and affects the uptake of iodide causing hypothyroidism and associated health effects in foetuses, infants and pregnant women.

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This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished 

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In the last 26 years, polluted river stretches rise from 22 to over 300

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The recent earthquake in Nepal has pointed fingers yet again at the much neglected area of dam safety. Will that push India to put in place a comprehensive law that addresses this?

One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and lives. While this was a tragedy, it was by no means an isolated one. Over forty dam bursts have taken place in India, and there have been other events that have shown that earthquake hazard continues to be a serious threat to dams.

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Endosulfan, a harmful pesticide, is banned in Kerala but other such chemicals continue to be used. Groundwater contamination leading to unsafe water supply is but one of its consequences.

Endosulfan, a pesticide, has been banned in Kerala after its adverse effects were first realised in 1981. Shree Padre, a freelance environmental journalist, first brought out the consequences of using the pesticide by reporting on the various disabilities it caused among domestic animals and on the people of his village in Enmakaje panchayat of Kasaragod District. A study done by CSE on poisoning due to endosulfan confirmed the same [1].

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New criteria for villages and Gram Panchayats to be termed Open Defacation Free

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Latha Anantha of River Research Centre, Thrissur speaks to India Water Portal on the latest developments on the Mullaperiyar dam controversy.

While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.

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An analysis of Census 2011 data confirms many known facts--the urban beats the rural when it comes to treated tap water supply, access to water testing labs and much more.

Sixty eight percent of India's population lives in rural areas but when it comes to facilities -- including the availability of safe drinking water -- cities and towns corner most of them. Investments to rural India increased from Rs 31,356 crore (2002-07) to Rs 89,150 crore (2007-12) but this hasn't helped bridge the gap.

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Toxic foam observed in Bengaluru lakes

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The science behind Mazhapolima is perhaps best suited for Kerala’s context but it has truly created opportunities for people to participate in a movement. Here's a look at how it has worked there.

Mazhapolima is an open well recharge programme based on rainwater harvesting in Kerala. Facts and figures indicate that Mazhapolima was initiated in 2009 by the Thrissur district administration in collaboration with Panchayati Raj institutions to ensure water security to households.

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