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August 29, 2021 A study shows that high arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bihar is linked with increase in cancer cases. Districts located near the Himalayan river basins have more people with cancer.
Drinking water in Bihar, linked to cancer (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
August 26, 2021 This study from Rajasthan found that anthropogenic factors led to nitrate contamination of groundwater. High nitrate levels in drinking water posed major health risks to children.
A well in Rajasthan (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
July 29, 2021 Experiences from participatory groundwater management efforts in Maharashtra
Unless work on managing the demand is undertaken, the notion of ‘infinite’ groundwater will be hard to address. (Image: Rucha Deshmukh, ACWADAM)
July 19, 2021 Urban India is hurtling towards a major water crisis. What are the important considerations that the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) should take into account to meet the water needs in urban areas?
Will urban India get respite from its water woes? (Image Source: Aathavan Jaffna via Wikimedia Commons)
July 8, 2021 A compilation of different state level solar irrigation policies provides a quick snapshot of institutional development of solar irrigation in India.
Different solar irrigation policies in India (Image: IWMI)
June 22, 2021 Nonylphenol and its ethoxylates in drinking water: A health challenge
Water treatment facilities are incapable of removing many chemical compounds and need to be upgraded (Image: PxHere)
Rejuvenating springs in western Arunachal Pradesh
Keeping the traditional water sources alive through science-based interventions Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months ago

Thembang, a small village in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh is inhabited by the Thembang Monpas, a sub-tribe of Monpas.

Construction of trenches in the catchment area of Jongjong Gapsa Ri (Image: Phurpa Sangey)
Not all heroes wear capes, some fight amongst us
Meet these real-life heroes, who with their consistent and tireless efforts created an impact and turned their local areas into examples to follow. Swati Bansal posted 7 months 1 week ago

The entire world is going through an environmental crisis which calls for a transformational change. It is time we take responsibility and work together as a community to find bold, creative and innovative solutions to restore our planet.

Meet the water warriors who made a significant change in their own unique way (Image Source: Environment Club)
Amidst Covid-19 second wave, two cyclones hit the Indian coasts
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast, while Yaas batters the east coast

Fallen lampost and trees lay sprawled across the road after a cyclone (Image Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Investing in “local water professionals” for the country’s water security
India needs water professionals to manage its water resources locally to be water secure. This needs focus and investment. Now. Swati Bansal posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

For decades, governments, philanthropies, CSRs and CSOs have been exploring ways to ensure water security for both lifeline activities and livelihoods.

Frontline workers get trained and acquire invaluable skills in the process of fulfilling their roles within one or multiple programs
Crop diversification to address the water crisis in Punjab
While borewells and aggressive irrigation practices continue to suck Punjab dry, can crop diversification rescue the state from turning into a desert? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Punjab, sucked dry

Unsustainable agricultural practices in Punjab (Image Source: IWP flickr photos)
Water, at a price!
The water woes of Darjeeling continue to grow with unreliable public water supply and highly elastic private water markets. Is there a way out? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Darjeeling, a water starved town

Hill stations in India are increasingly getting water scarce. Darjeeling, a well-known Himalayan town, continues to face water scarcity every year during the dry season, despite the abundant monsoon rainfall and several perennial rivers and streams.

Darjeeling, in the grip of a water crisis (Image Source: Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons)
Need to know the borewell point
(not verified) posted 8 months ago

Sir, I had dug one borewell point, but the water was absent at that point. I am seeking your support to survey the new point. Please suggest a geologist in Visakhapatnam, Anakapalli area.

Mining affected areas and its impact on livelihoods: Meghalaya
Urgent need for a holistic policy on mining of minerals in Meghalaya Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

Meghalaya has a predominantly agrarian economy.

There is a need for management of acid mine drainage and contaminated water in mining areas (Image: Environmental Change and Security Program/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)
Reducing air pollution due to stubble burning in Northwest India
Philanthropy can play a role in mitigating air pollution and environmental degradation caused by agricultural practices in Punjab and Haryana. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 months 4 weeks ago

There is a predictability to the narrative around North India’s air pollution. Air that is unhealthy all year-round becomes unbreathable during winter, largely due to particulate matter in emissions from farm fires in Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh.

A large amount of crop residues are available in western UP and most of these are burnt in the field (Image: Ed Dunens, Flickr Commons)
The first mile goes a long way
Rural youth are a valuable asset. Bringing them on as frontline cadres in the water and agriculture sectors can strengthen rural development. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months ago

One silver lining to a brutal 2020 was that it brought long overdue recognition to India’s frontline workers. Throughout the pandemic, we witnessed ASHA workers reaching out to make families aware of safety measures and village-based professionals conducting surveys to identify the needs of the most vulnerable.

Agriculture and rural farms in India (Image Source: Rajarshi Mitra Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/61732052@N02/94217 via Wikimedia Commons)42217
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