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June 27, 2022 Heavy metal pollution is poisoning the East Kolkata wetlands, affecting fish and posing a threat to the health of humans who depend on this fish for their food. Urgent action is needed!
Fishermen use wastewater in Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
June 19, 2022 Odisha Millets Mission is trying to bring back the glory of millets in tribal areas
A range of millet recipes and ready to cook items are sold by Millets on Wheels in Jashipur block in Mayurbhanj district. This initiative is supported by Odisha Millets Mission (Image: Odisha Millets Mission)
June 13, 2022 A CEEW study indicates that forecasting systems helped avert extremely severe air pollution episodes last winter.
(Image: Ville Miettinen, Wikimedia Commons)
April 7, 2022 Every year 13 million lives are lost due to avoidable environmental causes
South-East Asia has the highest number of deaths related to climate change (Image: Mohamed Hassan, Pixabay)
February 20, 2022 The indigenous food systems of the Munda tribes of Jharkhand display great dietary diversity and can help enhance nutritional outcomes. Will they survive the impacts of urbanisation and climate change?
Indigenous food systems, in peril! (Image Source: Usha Dewani)
Poisoned wetlands, toxic fish
Heavy metal pollution is poisoning the East Kolkata wetlands, affecting fish and posing a threat to the health of humans who depend on this fish for their food. Urgent action is needed! Posted on 27 Jun, 2022 12:23 PM

The East Kolkata Wetlands, often referred to as the ‘Kidneys of East Kolkata’, are located on the eastern periphery of Kolkata Metropolitan area and cover 12,500 hectares of area.

Fishermen use wastewater in Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Leaving no one behind
National engagement on COVID-19 vaccination and migrants Posted on 25 Jun, 2022 08:17 PM

On 24 June 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) India and the NITI Aayog jointly hosted an event – the National Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccination & Migrants: Leaving No One Behind. 

Migrant workers were more likely to experience a higher burden of COVID-19 infection (Image: ILO Asia-Pacific, Flickr Album)
Hidden treasure: Adivasi’s traditional food diversity
Odisha Millets Mission is trying to bring back the glory of millets in tribal areas Posted on 19 Jun, 2022 01:15 PM

Often overlooked in food security policies, indigenous uncultivated wild food and traditional crops is a major source of dietary diversity for tribal communities since millennia.

A range of millet recipes and ready to cook items are sold by Millets on Wheels in Jashipur block in Mayurbhanj district. This initiative is supported by Odisha Millets Mission (Image: Odisha Millets Mission)
Forecasting systems can reduce Delhi's cocktail of pollutants
A CEEW study indicates that forecasting systems helped avert extremely severe air pollution episodes last winter. Posted on 13 Jun, 2022 09:15 AM

 

(Image: Ville Miettinen, Wikimedia Commons)
Droughts reduce India's GDP by 5 percent in twenty years
News this fortnight Posted on 24 May, 2022 08:37 PM

Droughts reduced India’s gross domestic product by 2-5 per cent over 20 years from 1998-2017: Report

India, vulnerable to droughts (Image: Pixabay; hbieser)
MatiKalp: A low-cost solution for safe drinking water
Low cost water filter, to improve access to safe drinking water can greatly help in improving health among vulnerable populations. Posted on 07 Apr, 2022 11:21 AM

Poor consequences of unsafe drinking water and not following WASH behaviours are well documented. According to the World Health Organisation 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhoea occur globally every year.

Meenadevi driking water from the low cost filter (Image Source: Sehgal Foundation)
Prioritize equitable health to build well-being in societies for a healthier, fairer, and greener world: WHO
Every year 13 million lives are lost due to avoidable environmental causes Posted on 07 Apr, 2022 09:05 AM

With climate change emerging as the single biggest threat facing humanity and nearly 13 million lives lost every year due to avoidable environmental causes, the World Health Organization is calling for prioritizing equitable health and accelerating steps to protect ecological systems and health to build wellbeing societies.

South-East Asia has the highest number of deaths related to climate change (Image: Mohamed Hassan, Pixabay)
Indigenous food systems - in peril!
The indigenous food systems of the Munda tribes of Jharkhand display great dietary diversity and can help enhance nutritional outcomes. Will they survive the impacts of urbanisation and climate change?
Posted on 20 Feb, 2022 11:46 AM

While food systems globally are struggling to meet the nutritional needs of the growing populations, these have put a strain on land, water, soil, resources leading to a renewed interest in sustainable food systems. These, derived from sustainable cultures and ecosystems are often known to be accessible, affordable, safe,  healthy and promote environmental stability.

Indigenous food systems, in peril! (Image Source: Usha Dewani)
Indigenous food systems - to cope with malnutrition
Traditional practices such as the jhum cultivation in North East India can help ensure dietary diversity and better nutritional outcomes among populations and need to be preserved. Posted on 18 Feb, 2022 10:01 AM

As India struggles to tackle malnutrition among women and children in the country as the NFHS data reveals, it is increasingly becoming clear that agrobiodiversity has an important role to play in ensuring sustainable and diverse diets and enhance health and nutrition, and may help m

Land cleared for Jhum cultivation (Image Source: Prashanthns via Wikimedia Commons)
Poisonous encounters, fatal outcomes!
A study provides new evidence that drinking water contaminated with arsenic can lead to still births, recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility among women. Posted on 13 Feb, 2022 12:15 AM

Arsenic, a commonly found element in nature is often referred to as a toxic substance and ranks number one in the 2001 priority list of hazardous substances and disease registry defined by WHO.

A well in Rajasthan (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
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