Biodiversity

  • Chennai reels under acute crisis of drinking water Tamil Nadu is witnessing the worst drought in 140 years and Chennai is reeling under an acute crisis of drinking water as all four lakes--Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam--around the city have dried up. Many areas in the city ...
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  • Signs of mustard aphid, a key pest of the mustard crop appeared predictably in November last year in Dinesh’s farm. Drifting across the open green fields, it landed on the tender leaves of the mustard crop. “It sets in November during the flowering and pod bearing stage of the crop and lasts til...
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  • Spanning over 1,165 sq km, the Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest saltwater lake. Over 200,000 fishers and 400,000 farmers depend on the lake for their livelihood. But what makes this lake stand out is its biodiversity.Over a million migratory birds winter here, making it a bird watcher’s paradise i...
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  • Lippa is a small village in the Kinnaur region in Himachal Pradesh, close to Asrang wildlife sanctuary. On May 27, the village witnessed hectic activity as the gram sabha was to decide the fate of a hydroelectricity project to be constructed near the village. The project demands the water from the K...
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  • NOCs for running tubewells must for Punjab industries  To address the issue of depleting groundwater in the state, the Central Groundwater Authority (CGWA) has ordered industries in Punjab to take no objection certificates (NOCs) for the already existing tubewells inside the units. As per...
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  • Forest panel clears Ken-Betwa river link The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has given the go-ahead to the Ken-Betwa river link project while ignoring environmental concerns due to the diversion of around 5,500 hectares of Panna national reserve forestland that will also threaten endangered species...
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  • When torrential downpour submerged thousands of villages and claimed about 300 lives in Jammu & Kashmir in September 2014, loss of wetlands was cited as one of the reasons that aggravated the impact of the natural disaster. Wetlands are areas where the water level is close to the surface of the ...
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  • A tiger takes a stroll outside the reserve area, breeds on forest patches and looks out for waterholes, all under the curious eyes of visitors. This footage is from Tadoba, a popular tiger habitat in Chandrapur, Maharashtra that draws a lot of domestic and foreign tourists these days. The number of ...
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  • Pankaj Sekhsaria’s recent book Islands in flux--The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a collection of around 20 years of his writings on the environmental and conservation concerns faced by the indigenous tribal communities of the region. Unlike his previous book, The last wave, a factual fiction adven...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 2 years 2 weeks agoread more
  • We have 12+ acres of arecanut plantation land with very good (excessive) spring water source. There are 3 spots where spring is erupting the water all around the year. As its getting wasted, I wanted to make use of it, we need very minimal water for the agriculture and rest is wasted... I wanted to ...
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  • Ambitious solution to curb Karnataka's drought In a bid to tackle the water woes of the state, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj HK Patil has announced a plan to drill 1 km deep borewells in 10 water scarce areas. The government is going to involve the private company, Water...
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  • Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD Sending a positive signal to the farm sector, the national weather forecaster has predicted a normal monsoon for this year with the seasonal monsoon rainfall likely to be 96 percent of the long period average (LPA). Also, even the rainfall distributi...
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  • Government releases fund for water conservation under MGNREGS Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the ministry of rural development has released Rs 23,443 crore to states to ensure priority work on water conservation measures. The ministry has also joined ...
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  • It was in the late 90s that Raigarh emerged as the hub for power, coal mining and sponge iron in Chhattisgarh. The coalfield in Mand Raigarh is spread over an area of more than 1,12,000 hectares with an estimated 21,117 metric tonnes of coal.  Kosampalli, a small village in the Tamnar block in...
    makarandpurohitposted 2 years 1 month agoread more
  • Mangroves form an integral part of the landscape of Mumbai and are essential in maintaining the stability of the coastline. They prevent erosion, protect the coasts from disasters, decrease the effect of pollution of water on the coastlines, besides providing breeding and feeding grounds for a range...
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  • Can forest conservation policies that ignore the livelihood needs of local, indigenous populations succeed in protecting biodiversity and wildlife? Experiences from the Sundarbans show that such policies not only result in the suffering of the local population, it also leads to the exploitation of ...
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  • The reclusive family decides to stay indoors due to the overcast sky on a Sunday morning. The parents are seen walking down the road twice, but they dart back after noticing the visitors. The golden jackals are not known for gregariousness, at least not towards humans. The nature trail to meet these...
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  • Located 10 km from the Yavatmal city in Maharashtra, the Nilona reservoir has been the primary drinking water source for its residents since 1972. As in many other parts of the country, the 1990s saw the city growing and the population increasing. The Yavatmal residents, who had not experienced wate...
    makarandpurohitposted 2 years 2 months agoread more
  • Southern India reels under drought-like conditions All the southern states, except Telangana, are facing drought-like conditions. Tamil Nadu is the worst hit with 80 percent deficit in water storage in the state’s reservoirs, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The collective water ...
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  • Along the east coast of India, five massive wetlands--starting from Point Calimere (Kodiakarai) and Pulicat in Tamil Nadu, the Krishna-Godavari basin in Andhra, Chilika in Odisha and Sundarbans in West Bengal--provide the necessary moisture for monsoon winds to precipitate. While it may be diff...
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Policy matters this week

Environment ministry issues draft Coastal Zone Regulation notification

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The video tells the story of residents of Korba and nearby villages who are affected by the fly ash from power plants which makes Korba the fifth critically polluted area in the country.

Korba in Chhattisgarh is an industrial area which has a significant number of coal mines and thermal power plants. Fly ash is a byproduct of the thermal power plants and has become a significant problem for the residents of Korba now. More than one lakh metric tonnes of fly ash is generated annually by the eight thermal power plants in Korba in Chhattisgarh which produce 6090 megawatts of electricity.

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With the threat of urbanisation looming large, the sacred grove of Mangar Bani begs for attention.

According to the local legend, Mangar Bani, a green patch between Faridabad and Gurgaon, was home to a Baba (a holy man), Gudariya Das Maharaj around 500 years ago. Popular among the local Gujjar herdsmen, the dominant community of the area, the Baba asked them to treat this forest as a sacred grove, the forested abode of a local deity. They were asked to protect the Bani forest fiercely by not even removing a single leaf from it or grazing their animals inside it.

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The latest FSI report says India is getting greener. A closer look at the story behind the numbers says otherwise.

As per the biennial State of Forest Report (SFR) 2017 by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), the total forest and tree cover in India increased during the period 2015 to 2017 by 0.94 percent. The increase in the forest cover has been of the order of 6,778 sq km and that of tree cover was about 1,243 sq km.  

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Kaudikasa village’s two decades of struggle with arsenic contamination in drinking water ends with a new government scheme.

Kaudikasa is a small village with a population of just 350 people in the Ambagad Chowki block of the Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh. Despite its small size, Kaudikasa village has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Severe health problems have been reported from the village, thanks to acute arsenic contamination in its groundwater. In fact, of the 22 villages affected by arsenic contamination in Ambagad Chowki block, Kaudikasa village is said to be the worst affected.

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Floating wetlands have been constructed on Hauz Khas lake in an attempt to naturally restore it.

Located in the Hauz Khas urban village in the busy metropolis of Delhi is an exquisitely landscaped lush green patch. This deer park, with spotted deer, peacocks and numerous birds, leads to an incredibly beautiful lake. As per a plaque at the site, the lake is a part of the medieval (13th century) city of Delhi Sultanate. The Hauz Khas (royal lake) was originally built by Alauddin Khilji to supply water to the residents of the capital city, Siri. 

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Scientists isolate untapped bacterial cultures from Unkeshwar hot springs on the bank of river Penganga and are studying their metabolic use in enzyme biotechnology and environmental remediation.

Microorganisms can be found in almost every habitat in the environment owing to their capacity to adapt and to survive. Some of them can withstand extremely hot environments such as natural hot springs. Studying such organisms can help in understanding not just why they are so hardy but may also yield new and useful chemicals. 

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Rajim kumbh mela has left the Mahanadi river crying for attention.

Around 25 lakh pilgrims across the country took a holy dip in the Mahanadi during the Rajim kumbh festival held in Rajim from January 31-February 13, 2018. For this annual religious extravaganza at the confluence of the Mahanadi, Sondur and Pairi rivers in Chhattisgarh, the state government organised various religious events.

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News this week

Supreme Court reduces quantum of water allocated to Tamil Nadu in Cauvery verdict

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The video tells us the success story of Kakaddara village that won the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup-2017 by efficiently managing its water.

Every year, thousands of villages in Maharashtra get affected by droughts. Experts say that the reasons for recurrent droughts include a lack of policy framework, technical knowledge and community participation as well as poor implementation of government programmes.

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