Jal Jeevan Mission implementation lags in 13 states: Centre
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 03 Aug, 2022 03:08 PM

Centre identifies 13 focus states lagging in implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission

A household water pipe (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
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)
Celebrating the role of hill women in springshed development and governance
Recognizing women's accumulated knowledge and adaptive capacities in springshed management Posted on 21 Mar, 2022 06:34 PM

Hill women share a special intricate and culturally nurtured connection to forest and water, making them better stewards or owners of their resources.

Van Panchayat Samiti discussing the matters related to forest (Image: Varun Raja)
The tale of two disasters: Role of science communication for disaster risk reduction
Comparing two incidents of flash floods in the Garhwal region Posted on 15 Mar, 2022 10:43 AM

Over the years, the Himalayan climate has grown warmer, there are higher incidences of short but intense monsoon and hailstorms.

Aftermath caused by cloud burst and flood in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand (Image: Rahul Dixit, EGU)
From 58 percent in 2004, groundwater extraction rises to 63 percent in 2017: CAG
News this fortnight Posted on 05 Jan, 2022 03:34 PM

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)
Increase in extreme flooding events in the Upper Ganga Basin post 1995
Upstream hydrological modifications altered the basin hydrology, says study Posted on 21 Nov, 2021 04:57 PM

Climate change and anthropogenic activities pose serious threats to river basin hydrology worldwide. The Ganga River is the lifeline for close to half a billion people in the northern Indian region.

Kathiya Gaon, Tehri, Uttaranchal (Image: India Water Portal)
Uttarakhand floods, a marker of climate change
Flash flood fury in Uttarakhand, a classic example of extended stay of monsoon Posted on 26 Oct, 2021 10:18 AM

Extreme weather events are not new to the country; however, the increasing frequency of these events are. All thanks to climate change, which has been altering weather patterns across India.

Floods in Uttarkashi, India. June 2013 (Image: Oxfam International)
Nainital’s water woes: Every drop of rain counts
Nainital, a burgeoning hill town with a huge growing population is faced with water supply issues. Adoption of the practice of rainwater harvesting can lead to a paradigm shift towards better utilisation of the town’s natural water resources. Posted on 15 Aug, 2021 04:16 PM

Nainital, the jewel of Uttarakhand’s Kumaun region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern India.

Naini lake, a natural freshwater body, quenches the thirst of the town (Image: Sanjay Bora)
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)
Ganga, a sink of microplastics
A study by Toxics Link reveals that Ganga is heavily polluted by microplastics, the highest concentration being at Varanasi. Posted on 25 Jul, 2021 01:28 PM

A new study by the Delhi-based environment NGO Toxics Link reveals the presence of microplastics in all samples collected from the river at Haridwar, Kanpur and Varanasi.

Cleaning efforts on the Ganga has so far focussed on focussed on creating sewage treatment capacities in the major urban centres along the river. (Image: Richard IJzermans, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)