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  • 110 countries sign Minamata convention to ban mercuryIn a United Nations conference in Japan this week, 110 countries pledged to phase out the production and use of mercury, a nerve toxin. The Minamata convention is a treaty named after Minamata city, which witnessed one of the worst industrial disa...
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  • Phailin creates less destruction as expectedThe super cyclone hits the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh weaker as anticipated but may lead to heavy rains inducing floods in Bihar and north Chhattisgarh.2013 marks highest number of environment casesOut of 83 environment cases pending, 60 cases are...
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  • 110 nations sign the treaty that bans mercuryUN adopts Minamata Convention that sets to phase out production and use of mercury by 2020. World Bank praises MNREGAThe World Development Report 2014 commends the rural employement scheme as a perfect example of economic development and poverty alle...
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  • Post harvest management can save one tenth of country's outputEducating farmers to adopt proper post harvest handeling can help save 25 million tonnes of foodgrains annually, evaluates a recent study.Centre gears up for installation of Arunachal's HEPTo establish its lower riparian rights ...
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  • Urgent action needed to tackle climate changeGetting repetitive on climate change being human-induced, IPCC's fifth assessment report comes as no big surprise.Women education and under five child mortality directly relatedCompletion of secondary education by Indian women to ...
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  • Clauses in the treaty prevent the J&K from storing water for generating electricity and from diverting flows for irrigational needs. IWT should go beyond sharing water and look at transfer of hydro-electricity.
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  • Tribal's houses taken to feed the nation's economyFor residents of Tamnar block of Raigarh, the public hearing to aquire land for mining coal by Jindal Steel and Power Plant was just a formality, as MoEF is under huge pressure to clear the project.India accused of violating Indus water treatyPa...
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  • Hydro projects on Subansiri to affect downstream stretch The cumulative impact report by CWC on hydel projects on Subansiri river basin in Arunachal Pradesh raises possibility of reduced water level in downstream areas.Development funds include climate grantsGrants given by the developed nation...
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  • No review of reasons for the Kosi disaster of 2008; audit also fails to draw upon the recommendations post Kosi disaster from the civil society.
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  • No phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons for IndiaIndia disagrees to draft the proposal of phasing out hydrofluorocarbons unless it has a cost-effective and environmental friendly alternative.Water meter to get handy in DelhiDelhi Jal Board to launch a hand-held device to allow on th...
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  • Food bill turns into an actThe much awaited National Food Security Bill, 2013 receives the President's approval. The irrigation programme to continue in the XII planGovernment approves continuation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme worth Rs. 55200 crore in the XII plan alongwith two ...
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  • China's water diversion plans causes worry to IndiaConcerned about the fate of proposed hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh, India expresses its doubts over China's ambitious scheme to divert Brahmaputra's water. Govt declares first marine eco-sensitive zoneIndustrial activity pr...
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  • Pay for using groundwater in DelhiTo tackle the problem of declining water table in the capital, National Green Tribunal plans to fix meters and charge for extracting groundwater.No more hydel scheme for KarnatakaTamil Nadu CM urges Prime Minister to not allow clearance to any of Karnataka's pr...
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  • MP govt enforces curfew to suppress JalsatyagrahState government issues arrest orders against the evacuees staging protest against raising water level in the Indira Sagar Dam and demanding compensation. Focus open defecationUN urges all the countries to step up their efforts on sanitation, espe...
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  • Certainty about contribution of man to climate change has risen to 95 per cent from 66 per cent in 2001, says IPCC draft report.
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  • Posted byAidan Cronin, UNICEF India Country Office, New DelhiBackgroundThe issues and concerns of the socially marginalized and women in particular are important in WASH. A conscious effort is thus needed to recognize and include their differentiated needs and perspectives in planning and execution ...
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  • ‘Fly-ash’ refers to fine particles of ash sent up by the burning of solid fuel-like coal. Typically, this is the residue of ash generated by thermal power companies. Due to its toxic nature, the government has mandated that fly-ash must be dumped in ash ponds, which are specially made on vacant ...
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  • A data book that records the the pulse of development and environment using nearly 50 indicators for more than 200 countries- Community Updates issue of August 1, 2013
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  • Following Bihar's mid-day meal tragedy, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends the governments of developing nations to accelerate withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from market
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The concepts of System of Rice Intensification help farmers adopt practices based on their local conditions. Farmers, and an SRI expert in Chhattisgarh, show how it has worked for them.

Muneswar and more than 170 farmers in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh have no regrets after shifting over from traditional agricultural methods of farming to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method. Why would they? Most of them have been overwhelmed by the kind of returns they have got compared to their investments.

"The crop yield has increased to more than two and half times, and we are getting better returns," says Kisan Naihar Sai, an SRI beneficiary.

What is System of Rice Intensification (SRI)?

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Forming 17% of India's popultion, Dalits still have to depend on the goodwill of dominant castes for many things including access to basics. Why?

“The Dalits of this country get access to water on the goodwill of the dominant caste. Water to untouchables is still miles away,” says Goldy M George, a Dalit activist and an expert on Dalit rights.

Caste-based discrimination still persistsin India many years after independence, and access to natural resources like land, water, etc. is still denied to most Dalits. However, this isn't the popular opinion at all although there are numerous case studies from across the country on violence against Dalits trying to access water.  

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India has a role to play in trans-boundary water interactions in the South Asian region. Cooperation, not war, could be resulting outcomes.

Since the 1990s, it has often been predicted that all the conflicts over this century will be over water and that they will be fought in the South Asian region, which is undergoing a rapid growth in population coupled with a gradual decrease in water resources. Competition over water is said to be increasing and intensifying in the region, which is already at a risk of volatile geopolitics with increase in the fragility of states.

Need to move away from the concepts of water wars or conflicts

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Government admits that hydropower projects aggravated the Uttarakhand disaster

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An open debate on interlinking of rivers moderated by Ramaswamy Iyer with Himanshu Thakkar and Brij Gopal as panelists was held as a part of the India Rivers Week at New Delhi.

The essence of a river is its ebb and flow but won't taming of the fresh free-flowing rivers by building massive dams pose a threat to our rivers and the communities that live by them? 

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Government to scrap river interlinking project, if it will pose threat to environment: Uma Bharti

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Locals who protect the migratory birds that come to Chilka lake in Odisha struggle to make a living as the lake has shrunk, thereby shrinking their revenues from fishing.

Nature and wildlife can be better conserved if local communities are duly educated and motivated. Nearly 70 km south of Bhubaneswar, the Mangalajodi village on the edge of Chilka lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, is a testimony to that argument.

About 25 villagers, many of whom were once-known bird poachers, have now become saviours of the avian winter guests coming in from different parts of the globe including the Siberian and Arabian countries. 

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Agricultural lands of thousands of people have been destroyed in Odisha and the growing need for power is trumping over the environment. Better regulation can help but it needs to happen soon.

"The agricultural production in our region has deteriorated due to pollution. Haphazard mining has lead to serious drinking water problems in the area", says Indar Bilas Shah, a 56- year old resident of Obada village, Lakhanpur block in Jharsuguda, Odisha. He's not the only one. Thousands of villagers in Jharsuguda echo these sentiments. 

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Gujarat Government allocates Narmada water to Coca Cola plant at Sanand

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Ken-Betwa river link to take away 10% of MP's Panna Tiger Reserve

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