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September 21, 2021 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.
The Western ghats forests, under threat (Image Source: India Water Portal)
April 28, 2021 There is a need to work on the development of protocols or models, enhancement of productivity and livelihood sustainability
Jhum cultivation in Nokrek biosphere reserve, Meghalaya (Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)
December 11, 2019 Policy matters this week
Polythene bags and solid waste left behind as water recedes in the Ganga river. (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
November 21, 2019 Excessive and unregulated pesticide use has not only poisoned the soil, water and environment in villages in Punjab’s Malwa region – it has also increased health risks for the people.
Farmer spraying pesticide (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
November 6, 2019 The number of people vulnerable to floods triggered by climate change by 2050 is triple that of previous estimates, according to a new study.
Aerial view of Chennai during floods 2015 (Image: Veethika, Wikimedia Commons, CC-SA 4.0 International)
October 25, 2019 Groundwater use has doubled in Pune. Comprehensive mapping of groundwater resources and better management and governance is the need of the hour.
Groundwater, an exploited resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Only a third of sewage generated per day in India treated, reports CPCB
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 day 19 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)
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 3 days 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)
Government notifies ban on single-use plastics from July 2022
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month ago

No more single-use plastics from July 1, 2022

Plastic menace in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Atmanirbhar Krishi App launched to equip farmers with weather insights
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 months 1 week 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))
A just energy transition roadmap
iFOREST looks at challenges and opportunities for a post-coal future in its new report Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

In the run-up to COP 26, International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST), the Delhi-based environmental organization, launched India’s first ‘Just Transition’ Centre at a virtual event on Ju

How the demand for coal is transforming the environment and the people who depend on it (Image: Wilson-Centre, Environmental Change and Security Program, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Dealing with droughts
There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months ago

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a cou

India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
43 percent of water bodies in Meghalaya are polluted
Optimal use of water bodies for various purposes need to be explored: MCLLMP study Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Meghalaya is faced with environmental challenges and serious natural resource degradation such as forest, land and water.

Spring chamber with recharge pits (Image: Meghalaya Community Led Landscapes Management Project)
Identification of drivers of deforestation in Meghalaya
There is a need to work on the development of protocols or models, enhancement of productivity and livelihood sustainability Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Though drivers of deforestation and degradation follow a general framework and pattern, in many cases, they are region-specific.

Jhum cultivation in Nokrek biosphere reserve, Meghalaya (Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)
States have no rights in granting forest clearance: Government
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 months 1 week ago

Forest ministry solely in the hands of Centre: Environment Ministry

Forests help mainitain the ecological balance of Earth (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
India gets its first wetland conservation centre
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 7 months 1 week ago

Country’s first wetland conservation centre set up on World Wetland Day

Deepor beel, Assam (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
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