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Dirty drains 'drain' health
This study found that the sanitary quality of neighbourhood drains, in addition to toilets, affected sanitation and hygiene and incidences of ill-health in rural households. Posted on 26 Sep, 2022 02:00 PM

Poor access to adequate and good quality sanitation and hygiene facilities can give rise to a number of water borne diseases in populations.

Dirty drainages, harbingers of illhealth. Image for representation only (Image Source: SuSanA Secretariat via Wikimedia Commons)
Deteriorating landscapes and threatened ecosystems of Jammu and Kashmir
Rapid urbanisation and faulty land use policies are rapidly destroying forests, grasslands and wetlands in Jammu and Kashmir, India and the ecosystem value services they provide. Can these valuable ecosystems be saved? Posted on 26 Sep, 2022 12:19 PM

Landscapes are important features and shape the economy and survival of a region. However, developmental activities in recent years are not only threatening landscape features, but also affecting landscape ecosystems and livelihoods of people who depend on it.

Deteriorating ecosystems of Jammu and Kashmir, India (Image Source: tkohli at Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)
Dengue expands with climate change in India
Dengue is witnessing an alarming rise in India. This study attempts to predict the present and future distribution of dengue vectors under different climate change scenarios in India. Posted on 26 Sep, 2022 12:20 AM

Dengue is witnessing an alarming rise in India in recent years and the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (2020) data shows a five fold increase in cases of dengue from 28,066 cases in 2010 to 157,315 cases in 2019.

Dengue and climate change

 	Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, beginning its blood-meal (Image Source: James Gathany, CDC via Wikimedia Commons)
Harnessing energy from wind
Study looks at critical aspects of wind power development Posted on 20 Sep, 2022 10:24 PM

India’s ever-increasing energy demand is putting a heavy load on energy generating agencies. Shifting towards renewable energy entails a series of judicious steps in consultation with the government bodies, energy developers, market valuation, and consumers.

Over 23% of India's energy production comes through renewable energy sources (Image: Eric Wilde, Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable energy sector financing must scale rapidly
Investors deploying sizable capital as they are confident of India's long-run robust demand for RE (8–10 GW/year) Posted on 20 Sep, 2022 07:51 PM

India is amidst a monumental energy transition—with global consequences. India's population is primed to continuously grow, industrialize, urbanize, and electrify their lives. Over the next two decades, it will urbanize 300 million people, double building space, add 640 million AC units, and add 240 million road vehicles.

RE tariffs will be determined by PV module costs and financing costs.  (Image: ODT, Flickr Commons)
The man behind introducing guava cultivation in Paroo, Bihar
Need for better convergence with government schemes Posted on 20 Sep, 2022 08:38 AM

Successful experiments in farming have benefited the farmers across the world. Harinath Shah, a resident of Dharphari village in Paroo block in Muzaffarpur district in Bihar, has done one such experiment by introducing the cultivation of guava on sandy sand in his village.

Harinath found a new way of self-reliance by cultivating guava on sand
Unlocking Odisha’s untapped renewable energy potential
iFOREST proposed a target of ‘30 GW Renewable Energy by 2030’ for Odisha Posted on 17 Sep, 2022 03:44 PM

The International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST) organized a major conference last month in Bhubaneshwar to start a dialogue on Odisha’s new Renewable Energy (RE) policy for 2022-30. Odisha’s present RE Policy was introduced in 2016, and is set to lapse at the end of 2022.

Experts stressed on the need to remove barriers related to land, procedure, institutional capacity and finance, to attract investments in the sector (Image: Aiseinau, Wikimedia Commons)
New landslide reporting tool uses social media and artificial intelligence
The system can detect landslide reports with a precision of 76% Posted on 16 Sep, 2022 10:57 AM

When landslides occur, their impacts are usually not discovered immediately beyond the attention of first responders or government agencies. Reliable spatial data becomes available to users based on the satellite return path and the route that it takes, image quality and processing time.

Social media data has great potential for near-real-time reporting of landslide events and their associated impacts (Image: Eurico Zimbres, Wikimedia Commons)
UN's Human Development Report calls for a shift in direction
New this fortnight Posted on 15 Sep, 2022 02:17 PM

Global Human Development Index declines for two years in a row: UN Report

India ranks 132 in latest Human Development Report (Image source: IWP Flickr albums)
While floods occur, states fail to enforce floodplain zoning laws
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 15 Sep, 2022 12:26 AM

Floodplain zoning law: Only three states and one UT enacted the law to mitigate floods

Monsoon in Trivandrum. Photo for representation only (Image source: IWP Flickr Photos)