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  • Of late, there have been plenty of discussions around the topic of sanitation, which have focussed on building toilets on a massive scale. These are in the aftermath of the new and recently released Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 by the United Nations that shows that India has the wor...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 4 years 11 months agoread more
  • Green rating system is a way to assess sustainaibilty of rea estate development in India, therefore, it is important to analyse the rating system from a view point of intangible benefits. Land Ethic (LE), a term coined by an American forester Aldo Leopold, is a roadmap to view the green rating ...
    swatiposted 5 years 1 month agoread more
  • In recent years, water is being extracted from all available sources to satisfy society's growing demands. River basins are mined limitless at various locations. This leads to the basin becoming closed, which means that no more utilizable flow is left in the basin. This results in scarcity and frequ...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 5 years 2 months agoread more
  • The water related themes of the Conference are- Integerated Water Resources management- Coastal Zone Management- Groundwater quality- Urban flooding and landslides- Ocean infrastructure development- Global warming and its impact on water resources- Wastewater treatment and pollution control technolo...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • A critical review of construction practices in India as back as tenth century shows their relevance even to this date. We only have to follow them to have functional water bodies.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 4 months agoread more
  • Hydro-geological approach for rejuvenation of riversAbstract: This is an approach paper briefly describing the hydro-geological approach to rejuvenation of rivers. It lists-out main factors responsible for decline of water table in the catchments of a river system vis-à-vis attempts to explain...
    swatiposted 5 years 4 months agoread more
  • FAO's green development agenda aims to improve agriculture in Asia and the Pacific, in order to enhance the ecological well-being by bridging the gap between urban affluence and rural poverty. The approach primarily includes sustainable production intensification to address the challenges of agricul...
    swatiposted 5 years 4 months agoread more
  • Effective city-wide faecal sludge management services are essential for a healthy and sustainable future for all cities and towns in low and middle income countries where much of the population uses on-site sanitation. Sustainable Sanitation Alliance calls for abstracts of papers, workshops and case...
    ravleenposted 5 years 4 months agoread more
  • Water and agriculture are closely linked in our country where 60% our net sown area is rain-fed. Indian agriculture is undoubtedly dependent on the monsoon where good rains have meant enhanced agricultural production, and a weak or bad monsoon has lowered production thereby impacting the economy.How...
    sabitakaushalposted 5 years 5 months agoread more
  • Piped water only for 40% of the middle classOnly 15% of the middle class, households with an annual income above Rs. 88,800, get about three hours of water supply says the latest data from National Council for Applied Economic ResearchLow rainfall in Western Ghats means less water for citiesRainfall...
    ravleenposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • Delhi prone to floods: IPCCThe Yamuna River floodplains need to be kept free as buffer zones to absorb the damage due to extreme weather events, says the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report also says Mumbai and Kolkata prone to coastal floodingPower everywhere ...
    ravleenposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • What determines how we use water? Is it proximity to a source or could it be economic factors? A study in Kattanbhavi, a picturesque village in Belgaum, Karnataka, which also borders Maharashtra, gives clear insights into how and why available water sources are used in a particular manner.Kattanbhav...
    Hamsa Iyerposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • Arunachal Pradesh, a state rich in water resources, has a huge potential for cheap and plentiful power. Isolated and one of the least developed states in the country, today it is viewed as the ‘powerhouse’ of the country.While the Centre views this as an opportunity to bring in economic benefits...
    sabitakaushalposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts large scale changes in temperature and precipitation over the Asian land mass. In the mountains, this translates to less snow, more intense but shorter episodes of rainfall and insufficient groundwater recharge, thereby resulting i...
    sabitakaushalposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • The Himalayan region is facing an unprecedented onslaught of modernization. Large-scale construction, deforestation and pollution are taking a toll on it's pristine eciology. This includes the beautiful Bhimtal lake in Nainital district, Uttarakhand. A case study has been carried out to study this e...
    sabitakaushalposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • Water is not ‘gender-neutral’, especially in India. It is the woman of the house who walks an average of 6 km each day to collect water for household use. In the Kumaon region, a newly married bride visits the family spring to fetch water a day after the wedding, in a symbolic tradition of ...
    sabitakaushalposted 5 years 6 months agoread more
  • Northeast India has been in turmoil over the last two decades or so because of unbridled hydropower development in the region. This article is an effort to understand the extent of hydropower development in the region, the multi-faceted and multi layered conflicts unleashed by this development and a...
    chicuposted 5 years 7 months agoread more
  • Watershed management, which is an integrated set of soil and water conservation techniques that retain runoff and so increase water availability, can provide an environment for fisheries development for food or trade. Fish found in streams and rivers serve as a source of food in varying degrees for ...
    chicuposted 5 years 8 months agoread more
  • Gender influences access to water to a high degree throughout the world, a fact recognised in the Dublin Principles but how does topography influence this access? This study detailed in this post aims to find the answer to this question.The study draws upon unstructured interviews that focused ...
    chicuposted 5 years 8 months agoread more
  • The name Tripura originated from 'Twi' meaning water and 'Para' meaning land. The indigenous population, which is about 32%, refer to Tripura as Twipra, meaning land of water. However, the state no longer seems to be living up to its name. Its annual average per capita water availability is 35,...
    Manu Moudgilposted 5 years 8 months agoread more

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This study in urban and rural areas of Vellore, Tamil Nadu found that seasonal fluctuations had an effect on water quality and diarrhoeal disease risk.

Access to safe drinking water and diarrhoeal diseases in India

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Brazil’s trajectory of industrial growth & rapid urbanisation is akin to India. Then how has it managed to provide it’s urban citizens better sanitation facilities?

Urban sanitation in India and the need to look at Brazil

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Water management should be given number one priority in agricultural policy to prevent droughts, minimise risks due to droughts and build a climate-resilient agriculture.

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A study found that toilet use was higher in households that had a high standard of living, higher educational levels among women and that were located in urban areas.

India continues to have the highest number of people defecating out in the open according to recent figures by the World Health Organisation with only 32.7 % of people in rural areas having access to toilets (Census 2011).

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A study found that water stored in glass, plastic and ceramic containers, and coconut shells did not show a reduction in coliform bacteria.

About 3 million children from developing countries below the age of 5 die every year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by polluted water, poor sanitation and faecal contamination of drinking water sources. The paper titled '

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Low-cost sanitary napkins can start a revolution, but only when factors like access to toilet, clean water, privacy for changing and sustainable disposal of used products is considered.

Menstrual hygiene management continues to be a challenge for rural women in India and many women are forced to resort to unhygienic ways of managing menstruation thus affecting their health and well-being. The paper titled 'Menstrual management and low cost sanitary napkins' published in the Economic and Political Weekly, says that the recent advent of low-cost sanitary napkin-making technology, which has been considered as a boon, is being propogated by a number of governmental and non-governmen

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The paper questions the EIA process and says that unless the issues are resolved, it could erode the very legitimacy of the government to regulate and deliver dignity and equality to all citizens.

One of the tasks that the current government had promised to work on is the fast tracking of the process of appraisal of projects seeking environmental approvals from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. The article titled 'Environmental regulation in India: Moving 'forward' in the old direction' published in the Economic and Political Weekly, informs that a high level committee was thus constituted in 2014 under TSR Subramanium to review six key environmental laws in the coun

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Water is used at every stage of construction, especially so in the production of construction materials. Understanding how much of it has been used can lead to better conservation methods.

Construction industry is a booming industry, with the real estate sector contributing heavily towards the country’s GDP.

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The slipbacks in rural drinking water coverage have to do with poor acceptance of reforms to encourage community participation, and the traditional approach of funding targets for asset creation.

The goal of securing universal access to safe drinking water continues to be elusive for India inspite of the impressive strides made in the current years.

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Issues relating to land, manufacturing and technology among others need to be dealt with if India is to make any progress towards this ambitious target.

The present government has set a target of 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity for the country by 2022.

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