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UNEP launches global project to save aquatic ecosystems

With an aim to improve the health of deteriorating water resources globally, UNEP launches the International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems at the Budapest Water Summit.

HC orders Delhi govt to protect city's water bodies

Policy matters this week: IUCN declares Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep as 'hope spots', CWPRS plans to channelise the Beas and NGT tells Assam to protect Kaziranga animals.

Indian Ocean's "hope spots"

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This photo essay illustrates how the historic river offers sustenance to the residents of the high Himalayas. Could 'development' end its age-old relationship with the people of Ladakh?

Flowing through Tibet, northern India and Pakistan, the Indus is the western-most major river of the Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basin. This basin extends over most  of South Asia from the Himalayas to the Vindhyas, excluding Peninsular India, and carries the rain that falls in this region to the Indian Ocean. From its source to the sea, the Indus travels 3,180 kilometers, and drains 1,165,000 square kilometers. From Tibet, the river flows through Ladakh, where it meets its first major tributary- the Zanskar river.

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For more information on 'The Wildlife Institute of India (WII)',  please click here.

For further details on the various openings with the institute, click here.

November 5, 2013 12:00AM

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Raipur in Chhattisgarh, once had approximately 130 lakes. That number stands at 37 today. Restoration efforts are visibly limited to their beautification and not their benefit to the people.

The population of Raipur has increased over the years and with it, the demand for land. Encroachment along with the unplanned construction of residential colonies, independent houses, commericial complexes and industrial structures have resulted in 93 lakes disappearing. Even the 37 lakes that are in existence are highly polluted; the water isn't fit for drinking or bathing. However, slum dwellers in Raipur don't have too many options. 

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An add-on to the harms of arsenic contaminated water 

Arsenic contamination of water has led to development of widespread resistance in the country to antimonial drug used to treat leishmaniasis, finds study.

HC allows construction of Bihar's Utkal asbestos plant

IUCN names Andaman, Lakshwadeep as 'hope spots'

Owing to the unique species of birds and plants present in Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshwadeep Islands, the two islands have been declared as hope spots by IUCN.

Rich nations' poor commitment

Rains hit 3200 villages in Andhra

Heavy rains and floods in the state took 29 human and 555 cattle lives. Destroys 6,597 houses and crops in 5.64 lakh hectares.

Montreal Protocol meeting leaves no big impact

India strengthens its ties with China

The two countries sign a new agreement strengthening their relationship on trans-border rivers. China assures facilitating exchange of flood data and eases India's concern over new dams on Brahmaputra.

Creating national regulator for green nod not possible, tells govt to SC

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