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Empowering women to be decision-makers in managing water Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week ago

In June 2021, UNDP felicitated 41 Women Water Champions for their remarkable contributions to water conservation efforts in the country.

Laichi Bai Uike takes lead to construct boribund on streams to harvest water (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Global warming leads to vanishing glaciers
Glacier melt in Himalayas to increase rapidly till 2050, then may decrease, says study by IIT Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 2 days ago

The Himalaya-Karakoram region in South Asia is often called the water tower of Asia or the Third Pole. It is one of the most heavily glacierized mountain regions on Earth.

Parkachik glacier, a part of the Zanskar region, Ladakh (Image: Mahua Sarkar, Wikimedia Commons,  CC BY-SA 3.0)
Will urban India gain respite from its water woes?
Urban India is hurtling towards a major water crisis. What are the important considerations that the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) should take into account to meet the water needs in urban areas? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 week 3 days ago

The 2021-22 Union Budget has announced the launch of the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), an ambitious project that aims to provide potable tap water supply to 2.86 crore households by 2024. How will this work out for urban India?

Will urban India get respite from its water woes? (Image Source: Aathavan Jaffna via Wikimedia Commons)
Emerging markets adopt renewables
The emerging markets are key to the electricity leapfrog to renewables, says study Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 3 days ago

Emerging markets are about to leapfrog fossil fuels to generate all the growth in their electricity supply from renewables in this decade. The peak global fossil fuel usage for electricity generation was probably 2018.

Solar power plant in Telangana (image: Thomas Llyod Group, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Assessing waste in Ganga cities
A new report on a baseline assessment of waste in Haridwar and Rishikesh, two major Ganga cities in Uttarakhand tries to characterize solid and plastic waste Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 4 days ago

International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iF

There is a need to develop a robust methodology for inventorizing waste (Image:  Prylarer, Pixabay)
Building leadership of women at the grassroots
A training guide for women's leadership school Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 6 days ago

Women in rural India are always at an added disadvantage due to low literacy levels and socio-cultural norms characterized by inequitable access to resources. This automatically translates into reduced self-esteem and poor levels of confidence.

Empowering women to become agents of their own development (Image: Debika Goswami)
Championing community mobilisation to conserve water resources
Farmers switch over to millets in this semi-arid village in Andhra Pradesh due to the efforts of a woman water champion. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 6 days ago

Water security has been one of India’s biggest challenges, with millions of Indians not having access to clean and adequate supply of water.

FES community resource person Pareshamma interacting with farmers on water conservation practices at Thamballapalle village in Chittoor district (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Deepor Beel faces moderate contamination and ecological risk, says study
First of its kind assessment of heavy metal pollution and potential ecological risk for surficial sediments of Deepor Beel through indexing. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks ago

Lakes and wetlands play pivotal roles in providing nutrients to living organisms.

Deepor Beel sits in the heart of the Indian city of Guwahati (Image: Hirakjyoti Bayan CC BY-SA 4.0)
Atmanirbhar Krishi App launched to equip farmers with weather insights
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Atmanirbhar Krishi App launched to make weather insights handy for farmers

Agricultural activities in semi-arid region of Tamil Nadu (Source: IWP Flickr Photos))
This year's India Smart Cities Awards goes to UP, Surat, Indore, Chandigarh!
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

UP, Surat, Indore, Chandigarh become winners of India Smart Cities Awards Contest 2020

Varanasi, a city in Uttar Pradesh (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)