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  • India witnesses 22 percent deficient pre-monsoon rainfall this year: IMD The India Meteorological Department (IMD) data has recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 which is 22 percent deficient from the normal rainfall. Moreover, out of the four meteorological divisions of the ...
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  • Odisha's ecological hotspots severely affected by cyclone Cyclone Fani that battered the state on May 3 has left two of Odisha's ecological hotspots-- Lake Chilka and Balukhand-Konark wildlife sanctuary--in a crisis. The Chilika lake, which had two mouths earlier, has two more now due to wave energ...
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  • Cyclone Fani, strongest to hit India in 20 years, causes widespread destruction in Odisha Cyclone Fani, that made its landfall in Odisha on May 4, has caused widespread destruction in the coastal parts of the state, with Puri being the worst hit. The death toll has risen to 35 in the state and seve...
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  • MGNREGA's performance unsatisfactory in drought-stricken districts in 2018-19 An analysis of the performance of MGNREGA for 2018-19 shows that the scheme has failed to be of any help to drought-stricken districts as the significant work related to water conservation and irrigation under the scheme ...
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  • NGT seeks report on constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees The National Green Tribunal has ordered the environment ministry to submit a report on the constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at the local level in every state within three months. Taking note of blatant no...
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  • “There is a special type of black ant that is visible just before (and during) the onset of heavy rains. They start coming out of the ground in large numbers with their eggs in their mouths and only travel in a straight line, like a railway track,” informs Chandrika Mahato, a keen observer of ...
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  • Odisha is home to 11 major rivers of which many are interstate rivers such as the Mahanadi. As climate change makes extreme rainfall events more frequent in the state, there is an urgent need to better manage the rivers and their basins. Most of these rivers are faced with conflicts arising from iss...
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  • The recent news on the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from 16 states by a Supreme Court order has again brought the long-debated issue of the role of the state and the community in forest governance to the forefront. The order comes in response to ...
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  • Activists seek President, PM intervention to protect mangrove trees in Maharashtra Environmental groups Nature Connect and Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP) have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect 53,465 mangrove trees from destruction by the bull...
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  • The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) cover 3500 kms across eight countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. Commonly described as the “water towers for Asia” the HKH are the source of 10 major rivers including the mighty Ganges, Brahmaputra and the Ind...
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  • The migratory bird season is in full swing and avid bird watchers have flocked to Surajpur wetland to sight the charismatic Common Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall. It is noon and some birds can be seen resting and preenin...
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  • Centre amends hazardous and other wastes rules 2016 to ban import of solid plastic waste In order to include the prohibition on the import of solid plastic waste even in special economic zones (SEZ) and by export-oriented units (EOU), the environment ministry has amended the Hazardous and...
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  • Not just surface water, pollution leads to deficit in dissolved oxygen in Ganga's riverbed sediment: Study A study conducted by the researchers at the Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi has found that the excess pollution in the Ganga river is not only polluting the water but ...
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  • NGT takes a stand on Deepor Beel During the hearing of a petition filed by Right to Information activist Rohit Choudhury on Deepor Beel, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has remarked that the earth is not for humans alone and that all creatures, including wildlife, have a right over it. The tribun...
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  • India is undergoing a major transition with changes in rainfall patterns leading to increased frequency of droughts, floods, heat waves amidst fear of a major water crisis in the years to come. Why are these threats increasing? Head of Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Climate Application a...
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  • Indian Sunderbans gets recognition under Ramsar Convention on Wetlands  The Indian side of the Sunderbans has been recognised as the Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. After the East Kolkata Wetlands, which got the tag in 2002, Sunderbans has become t...
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  • Devise time-bound plan to address water contamination: Parliamentary committee Taking note of arsenic and fluoride contamination in groundwater of over 25,000 habitations across the country, the parliamentary committee has asked the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) to come up ...
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  • A five-year study conducted in the Sundarbans region has found that the rising water salinity level is threatening the habitat of Gangetic river dolphins.  The survey was conducted in the lower stretch of river Hooghly, covering a 97-km stretch of the western, central and eastern Sundarbans in...
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  • Out of 41 study points, the Ganga clean only at the Haridwar barrage location: CPCB In compliance with the Supreme Court order, the Central Pollution Control Board has released the “Biological Water Quality Assessment of the River Ganga” report. As per the report, out of the 41 locations monito...
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  • Gujarat seeks financial aid of Rs 1,725 crore from the Centre for drought relief works  In the wake of droughts in several parts of the state, the Gujarat government has sought Rs 1,725 crore from the Centre to take up relief works. This year, Gujarat received just 73.87 percent of the average...
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India witnesses 22 percent deficient pre-monsoon rainfall this year: IMD

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Odisha's ecological hotspots severely affected by cyclone

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Cyclone Fani, strongest to hit India in 20 years, causes widespread destruction in Odisha

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MGNREGA's performance unsatisfactory in drought-stricken districts in 2018-19

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NGT seeks report on constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees

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This study from Bihar shows that official flood prediction systems are often inadequate to understand the true impact of the floods on the population. Local gendered knowledge can help fill this gap.

“There is a special type of black ant that is visible just before (and during) the onset of heavy rains. They start coming out of the ground in large numbers with their eggs in their mouths and only travel in a straight line, like a railway track,” informs Chandrika Mahato, a keen observer of nature, when asked how he predicts rains and floods.

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Healthy forests are necessary for healthy rivers and prosperous communities that depend on the river, say experts.

Odisha is home to 11 major rivers of which many are interstate rivers such as the Mahanadi. As climate change makes extreme rainfall events more frequent in the state, there is an urgent need to better manage the rivers and their basins. Most of these rivers are faced with conflicts arising from issues of flood control, sharing water and hydropower, diversion of water for industries and flood control. These problems are frequently aggravated by the unforeseen consequences of continual human interference in the river basins.

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Multilayered governance and involvement of forest dwellers in the decision making processes can go a long way in managing our forests better.

The recent news on the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from 16 states by a Supreme Court order has again brought the long-debated issue of the role of the state and the community in forest governance to the forefront.

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Activists seek President, PM intervention to protect mangrove trees in Maharashtra

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As climate change and urbanisation threaten water security in the HKH region, there is an urgent need for good water governance.

The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) cover 3500 kms across eight countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

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