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  • The recent trade war between the United States and China was, among other things, about virtual water - the hidden water in products. Producing anything, whether it is soyabean or clothes, uses water, and has a water footprint. Even after production, shipping and trading also have a hidden water cos...
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  • Locals say impact assessment report does not accurately represent the real impact of Luhri II hydropower project Calling the Luhri II Hydropower Project a farce, residents of Nanj village in Karsog have rejected the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report prepared as part of the rules preceding ...
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  • Ensure 100 percent treatment of sewage entering rivers: NGT to authorities Taking note of polluted rivers in the country, the National Green Tribunal has ordered local bodies and concerned departments to ensure 100 percent treatment of sewage entering rivers across the country, by March 31st 2020. ...
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  • A new study finds that introducing coarse cereals such as millet and sorghum could improve India’s national food supply in many ways. The study by the Data Science Institute at Columbia University found that India’s agricultural policies have largely focused on the single objective of maxim...
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  • The National Mission for Cleaning Ganga was set up in 2014 and the Namami Gange programme was launched the year after, with a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore. The implementation of the flagship programme was followed by the framing of a draft National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Mana...
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  • While climate activists and world leaders were gathering in Paris in the first week of December 2015 to discuss the impact of climate change, the metropolis Chennai in the southern corner of India was inundated with floods. The worst flood to hit the region in over 100 years took the lives of more t...
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  • Water, its use, availability, and impact on people has been on the public policy debate centerstage for the past several years. In India, a growing water crisis driven by climate change, inefficiency, and water pollution is slowly moving to a near-permanent state that will harm the country’s peopl...
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  • Wind energy is a renewable, inexhaustible, non-polluting and popular alternative source of clean energy. India stands fourth in the world in wind energy conversion and utilization, with an installed capacity of about 34,605 MW as of September 2018. Countries such as Uruguay, Germany and United Kin...
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  • MoU signed for groundwater management through community intervention The Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), Department of Water Resources, Western Sydney University, Australia and others have signed an MoU for the project MARVI (Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Villag...
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  • NSS finds only 58.2 percent of rural households have drinking water facilities within premises The National Sample Survey (NSS) conducted between July and December 2018 reveals that only 58.2 percent of rural households in India have drinking water facilities within the premises. In urban areas, th...
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  • Development and its impact on the environment has long been a contentious issue in India, where lack of adequate monitoring and control mechanisms have led to severe degradation of land, water and forest resources. Mining activities in Goa have not only poisoned its land and water, but also affected...
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  • A major area of concern currently for India is the proper disposal of wastewater in urban areas. The huge increase in supply of potable water to cater to the needs of modern urban households has correspondingly increased the quantum of wastewater. The implementation of the Swacch Bharat Mission has ...
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  • Objective of the event: To orient participants on innovative borewell recharge method in rural areas as well as various methods of aquifer recharge in urban areas. Target Participants: Staff from NGOs who want to integrate the aquifer recharge techniques in their on-going ...
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  • Manual scavenging still prevails in India thanks to weak laws, says study According to a recent study titled, 'Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers An Initial Assessment', manual scavenging, despite being banned through a legislation in 2013, continues in India due to weak legal pr...
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  • Delhi CM announces free sewage cleaning schemes for unauthorised colonies In an effort to end sewer deaths, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a scheme for free cleaning of the septic tanks in unauthorised colonies in the capital. Under the new scheme, any person can make ...
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  • “It is a lack of (institutional) capacity which is leading to public woes on water. We are not in a position to give you quality services because of two things – one, manpower, and two, finances,” said BWSSB Chairman Tushar Girinath, speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Sustainable, Equ...
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  • November 19th is World Toilet Day. India's massive five-year all-hands-on-deck Clean India Mission to construct latrines for all has just ended. The Government reports that 100 million additional toilets have been constructed via this campaign; these are mostly not connected to waterborne sewer sy...
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  • Climate change and over-exploited river basins may leave developing countries in Asia, such as India and China, without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, according to a study. Thermal power plants (e.g. natural gas, nuclear, and coal) use water for cooling. Water scarci...
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  • NGT pushes MoEF to issue notification to ban unnecessary use of RO purifiers The National Green Tribunal has reprimanded the Environment Ministry for delaying a notification to ban RO purifiers where total dissolved solids (TDS) in water are below 500 milligrams per litre. The NGT also warned the ...
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  • Cyclone Bulbul causes devastation in West Bengal and Odisha Hitting the coast of India and Bangladesh on November 9th, the deadly Cyclone Bulbul has claimed twenty lives, displaced two million people and destroyed houses in West Bengal and Bangladesh. The storm brought torrential rains and strong w...
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Climate change can lead to large-scale economic knock-on effects, says a McKinsey Global Institute report.

A new McKinsey Global Institute report, ‘Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts’, suggests that many assumptions about the potential damage climate risk could cause need to be revisited.

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The Karnataka Jnana Aayoga (KJA) set up a Task Group to draft a new water policy for Karnataka in December 2017 and the report is now in public domain. What are the suggestions that the report makes?

The water crisis in Karnataka has not only led to severe agrarian distress in the eastern plains region but also created an acute shortage of domestic water, in both rural and urban areas. The 21st century has seen significant changes in demography, economy and agriculture, increasing the demand for water in the state. Expanding irrigation and urbanisation, possibly have also had a negative impact on river basins and water conflicts are seeing a rise in the state. All these developments have substantially complicated and aggravated the water challenges in Karnataka.

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There is a gain in forest cover outside forest land as per the 'State of forest report 2019'. But, can reforestation replace natural forests and its essential ecosystem?

There is a gain in forest cover outside forest land as per state of forest report 2019. But, can reforestation replace natural forests and its essential ecosystem?

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Number of water-related crimes double in India: Report

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Environment Ministry notifies new wetland conservation rules

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While forest bureaucracy has been trying to undermine reforms in forest governance in India, the need for community level forest governance is more urgent than ever.

India’s forest sector, at crossroads

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A study looks at how households adapt to slow-moving environmental changes such as groundwater depletion.

Like in many parts of India, Karnataka’s groundwater is a vital source of irrigation water, but has been depleted by a combination of a prolonged, multi-year drought and intensive extraction. Worsening agro-climatic and environmental conditions are threatening the incomes of smallholder farmers and hampering the continued progress in poverty eradication.

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Gujarat shows good groundwater storage while Rajasthan shows severe groundwater depletion, inspite of both states in western India receiving good rainfall. Why is this so?

India, a groundwater stressed country

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Zero budget natural farming can lead to huge savings in fertiliser subsidy, says study

A recent study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water offers insights into Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) vis-à-vis its effect on the economics of agriculture in Andhra Pradesh. The study titled ‘Can Zero Budget Natural Farming Save Input Costs and Fertiliser Subsidies? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh’ compares costs of ZBNF inputs and practices with the costs of chemical inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides for the farmer.

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The new national water policy should take up a comprehensive and integrated view of water resources development with a focus on rainfed areas.

A committee has been constituted to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP) and make key changes in the water governance structure and regulatory framework. It is chaired by Mihir Shah, who is a former Planning Commission member and a water expert. The committee is expected to produce a report within six months. The Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network, a pan India network working on evolving operational processes for planning and convergence to facilitate the revival of rainfed agriculture has made its submission to the committee drafting the NWP.

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