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Global warming can spell doom for India's freshwater fish!
Global warming is feared to bring about major changes in the riverine flows and water temperatures. These changes can spell doom for freshwater fish in India! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 hours hence

Freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, ponds and streams cover only 0.8 percent of the Earth’s surface, but they harbour rich biodiversity and host around ~15,000 fish species, corresponding to approximately half of the global known fish.

Fish in the Tunga river at Sringeri (Image Source: Dineshkannambadi via Wikimedia Commons)
Only a third of sewage generated per day in India treated, reports CPCB
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 day 4 hours ago

Only a third of sewage generated daily is treated in India, according to CPCB

A sewage treatment plant in Karnataka (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Harvesting and using rainwater, a must in Bengaluru
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 day 5 hours ago

State government makes harvesting and using of rainwater a must in Bengaluru

Rainwater harvesting installed in a house (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Shrinking forests, declining biodiversity - a ticking time bomb!
A fatal tick borne disease is on the rise in the Western Ghat states. Deforestation, declining biodiversity and increasing human animal conflicts are to blame. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 days 19 hours ago

The Western Ghats region of South India is one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots, and the rainforests of this region are known to harbour 500 types of bird species, 225 reptile species, 219 amphibian species, and 133 mammal species.

The Western ghats forests, under threat (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Villagers’ shramdaan revives canal, enhances area under cultivation
Benefits of well-managed commons on livelihoods Amita Bhaduri posted 6 days 18 hours ago

The village of Urdali is a predominantly rain-fed area, belonging to the Deelwara Gram Panchayat, in Bichhiya Block, Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh.

Collective efforts revived the canal structure of Bichhiya dam bringing water to the village (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Disasters build on the impacts of the past
A new UN University report indicates how disasters around the world are interconnected Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 3 days ago

A new report, Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021, released recently by the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) viewed di

When a cyclone and a pandemic combine (Image: UNU-EHS/Tanmay Chakraborty)
India needs to wake up to severe air pollution
With each new report, the number of polluted cities in India is increasing Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks ago

Two studies released on September 1, 2021, on the damage to human health due to increasing air pollution in India have revealed very worrying facts.

According to a Greenpeace India report released on January 21, 2020, 80 per cent of the country's cities are polluted by national standards (Image: Max Pixel, License CC0)
Transforming wall paintings into speaking walls
An innovative initiative for awareness building and communication on water quality issues Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks ago

If you travel to rural India, you can find wall paintings near bus stands or compound walls of schools or walls of a Panchayat office adorned with messages.

Fluoride contamination is leaving villagers crippled, while authorities struggle to find solutions. (Image: India Water Portal)
Northeastern states witness highest rates of desertification
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Desertification is accelerating in several northeastern Indian states

Loss of green cover is increasing in the country (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
India leads Asian countries in enacting the Plastics Pact
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

In launching its Plastics Pact, India becomes the first Asian country to do so

Different types of plastic waste (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)