Reimaging the ecosystem
Ways of conserving mangroves and preserving butterflies Posted on 28 Dec, 2021 07:38 PM

Butterflies conjure up several emotions in us - of love, elegance and splendour.

Common Indian crow butterfly (Image: Abhilash A K Abhialeena)
Water fleas can warn of water pollution!
Water fleas, tiny organisms found in water can help save rivers! Read this interview with freshwater biologist, Dr Sameer Padhye, to know how. Posted on 02 Jul, 2020 07:29 PM

Water fleas are small crustaceans widely found in varied aquatic habitats. They are very sensitive to changes in the water quality of water bodies such as rivers and streams that they inhabit.

Water fleas can warn of water pollution (Image Source: Sameer Padhye)
2019 was the seventh warmest year on record since 1901: IMD
News this week Posted on 10 Jan, 2020 10:55 AM

2019 was the seventh warmest year on record in 118 years: IMD

2019 was the seventh warmest year on record in 118 years (Photo: IWP Flickr photos)
Mapping Pune’s aquifers
Groundwater use has doubled in Pune. Comprehensive mapping of groundwater resources and better management and governance is the need of the hour. Posted on 25 Oct, 2019 01:13 PM

Pune continues to face a water crisis every summer despite having sufficient water, thanks to its geographical location and plentiful natural water assets. While enough of its water needs are taken care of by water supply from the Khadakwasla dam, the use of groundwater to meet the needs of the population continues to increase.

Groundwater, an exploited resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Pune groundwater extraction doubles in last decade; Uranium found in Telengana groundwater; Lower Subansiri project gets a boost
News this week Posted on 16 Oct, 2019 02:13 PM

Study finds Pune's groundwater extraction doubles in 9 years

Subansiri river in Arunachal Pradesh (Source: Kakul Baruah via Wikimedia Commons)
Water in Pune’s urban quagmire
A study develops a peri-urban and rurban water and sanitation index for Pune. Posted on 02 Sep, 2019 12:01 PM

Drinking water programs in India treat urban and rural areas separately, generally neglecting the special characteristics of settlements referred to as peri-urban – those on the outskirts or peripheries of urban areas, or “rurban” settlements i.e. rural areas with urban facilities.

A street in the city of Poonah [Pune] in 1871 (Image: Lester John Frederick, Wikimedia Commons)
Ensure adequate water to Delhi: HC to Haryana
Policy matters this week Posted on 12 Jun, 2019 12:24 PM

HC orders Haryana government to supply adequate water to Delhi and monitor Yamuna through live Google maps

Yamuna river in Delhi (Source: Sudhanshu Malhotra via IWP Flickr Photos)
Groundwater depletion: NGT raps green ministry on inaction
Policy matters this week Posted on 15 May, 2019 11:40 AM

NGT raps green ministry for failing to curb depletion of groundwater

Groundwater depletion adds to water woes. (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Only few nations working to fight climate change: COP24
News this week Posted on 11 Dec, 2018 02:38 PM

Most nations lack the political will to fight climate change: COP24

Man-made emissions is one of the reasons for extreme rainfall events in India. (Photo: IWP Flickr photos; photo for representation only)
The art of saving a river
Artist and environmentalist Madhavi Kolte is on a mission to save the dying Mutha in Pune through her drawings and sculptures. Posted on 03 Sep, 2018 03:01 PM

River Mutha, the pride of Pune, lovingly called 'Muthai' or 'mother Mutha', is dying a slow death, thanks to the rapidly urbanising city which is depositing huge amounts of untreated sewage and dirt in its water. The pollution of the river is consistently rising.

The highly polluted Mutha river as it flows through Pune. (Image Source: India Water Portal)