Sustainability

  • Here's some good news for the people of Delhi. If the Centre is to be believed, Delhi is going the Kochi way and Yamuna waters will keep the traffic burden off the road much like Kochi’s backwaters and rivers. A water taxi from Wazirabad in Delhi to Palla in Haryana is soon going to be operational...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Ahead of monsoon, workers made to clean stormwater drains filled with sewage in Hyderabad Despite the ban on manual scavenging, sanitation workers are made to clean sewage-filled stormwater drains across Hyderabad as part of the city’s monsoon preparedness drive. Workers enter stormwater drains s...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Centre submits draft scheme on Cauvery river water sharing to the Supreme Court The Central government has submitted a draft scheme for managing Cauvery water in the Supreme Court. Stating that the authority would be a body corporate headquartered in Bengaluru, the Centre said it had no restri...
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  • Phoolbasan Yadav from the remote Sukaldaihan village in the Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh shot to fame for her untiring effort in empowering the women of her village. "Since my childhood, I had experienced extreme poverty and hunger, and I feel that similar is the plight of lakhs of women...
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  • Entering its second year, the Graduate Program of Water Science and Policy 2018 at Shiv Nadar University envisages a multi-disciplinary classroom, engagement and content delivered by some of the best minds globally – experts on water who have worked on ground realities, made policies and initiated...
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  • Entire stretch of the Ganga to be mapped using GIS technology  The Survey of India will soon embark on a massive exercise to map the entire stretch of the Ganga using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The resultant high-resolution maps will help authorities monitor activities aro...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Delhi government opposes in-principle approval for two landfill sites on Yamuna floodplains  The Delhi government has approached the National Green Tribunal regarding the in-principle approval given by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for alternate landfill sites at Sonia Vihar and Ghonda...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Despite making sanitation a national priority with Swachh Bharat Mission, 50 percent of India defecated in the open till 2014. The goal to make India open defecation free by 2019 seemed ambitious. The government provided funding but it also sought active participation from the corporate sector. Comp...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Alternative Futures: India Unshackled is a new book that dares to imagine what India could be. Published by Authors Upfront, 35 author-activists, researchers and thinkers have drawn upon their experiences to write on alternative political, ecological, economic and sociocultural scenarios that w...
    chicuposted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisce...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 year 8 months agoread more
  • Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough ...
    arathiposted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • KSPCB says Cauvery water can be used for drinking after conventional treatment A report prepared by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has clarified that water from River Cauvery isn’t as bad as it is made out to be. The report stated that the water can be classified under C...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • Agriculture is of central importance to India’s economy with more than half of the workforce in the country depending on it for their livelihoods. However, it is increasingly being threatened due to climate-change-induced changing rainfall patterns and water scarcity having a negative impact on pr...
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  • Korba in Chhattisgarh is an industrial area which has a significant number of coal mines and thermal power plants. Fly ash is a byproduct of the thermal power plants and has become a significant problem for the residents of Korba now. More than one lakh metric tonnes of fly ash is generated annually...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • A recent BBC report projected that Bengaluru will run out of water soon. Yes, it was a superficial list of cities that already have water problem. It just pronounced the harsh verdict without any in-depth analysis of the factors involved. That’s like taking a casual look at an emaciated man and s...
    priyadposted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • Indian scientists have developed a remote sensing technique that uses satellite data to delineate between various coastal landforms like beaches, mangroves and marshes. This method can help monitor and understand impacts of natural disasters as well as human activities on coastal ecosystem. Coastal...
    arathiposted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • Tamil Nadu seeks contempt action against the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board With the Centre failing to constitute the Cauvery Management Board within the time frame stipulated by the Supreme Court order, Tamil Nadu government has approached the apex court seeking contempt ...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • E-waste management rules amended to improve implementation efficiency The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has amended the e-Waste Management Rules, 2016 to improve implementation efficiency. As per the new amendments, collection targets under the provision of Extend...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 9 months agoread more
  • Farmers anxious as government stops water supply from the Sardar Sarovar dam for irrigation Following the Gujarat government’s decision to stop supplying water from the Sardar Sarovar dam for irrigation, farmers in the region are a concerned lot. With crops all set to ripen, lack of canal water s...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 10 months agoread more
  • Maharashtra makes it mandatory for dairies and milk retailers to repurchase poly packs for recycling  The Maharashtra government has decided to implement its decision to ban plastic in phases. A major thrust is given on banning single-use plastics; plastic used for packing and packaging produc...
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The film Surya Ganga makes a case for a shift in India’s energy policy towards renewable sources.

Surya Ganga, a film directed by Valli Bindana takes an all embracing view of the energy sector, especially the social and environmental consequences of big energy projects in India. The film was released in India recently. The story begins with an inquisitive six-year-old girl along with her mother and uncle setting out on a journey across the length and breadth of India to seek answers to the adverse impacts of dams on the river Ganga.

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The effects of climate change are felt by the indigenous communities residing in the Himalayan region. How are they coping with these changes?

Mountain ecosystems are highly sensitive due to ecological fragility, geomorphologic instability but are blessed with vast eco biodiversity. Climate change impacts in the form of temperature rise, unpredictable and decreased rainfall, glacier melt, prolonged summers and short winters and changes in the seasonal cycle are happening at a more severe pace in the mountain areas making it more vulnerable to their impacts.

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Measures to deal with air pollution inadequate and poorly implemented in India due to lack of political will.

Urban India needs to take air pollution more seriously than it does now. The Centre for Science and Environment’s report, State of India's Environment 2019 has come up with startling facts on the state of air in the country. “Air pollution is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in India. Its impact on children is equally worrying. Over 100,000 children below the age of five die due to bad air in the country.”

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Rice-based diets had higher emissions but wheat-based diets used more water, says study.

India's food system produces large environmental impacts but these vary by diets. The per capita environmental impacts of diets in India are currently lower than those of many high-income countries due, in part, to habitually low consumption of animal source foods. But, this relatively low per capita impact may change due to the “nutrition transition” from cereal-dominated diets towards diets high in animal-source and highly processed foods, at least among some segments of the population.

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India's water situation alarming

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A panel of experts and representatives of the riverine community discuss changes observed in the Yamuna and its relationship with people.

Sarla Yadav, a resident of Yamuna Ghat 24 is a treasure trove of stories on the river Yamuna. She runs a boat business with her son Shyam who provides a nuanced personal account of living by the river and of eking out a meagre livelihood by plying boats. They are among a few families who have not sold their boats so far.

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At most inter-state boundaries, Ganga's faecal coliform level exceeds limit

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Nearly 790,000 anti-drought works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned

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CWC's latest data raises concern over water availability and the country's preparedness to deal with shortages in western India and parts of southern India.

The recent data from the Central Water Commission (CWC), released on May 9, 2019 reveals a reassuring situation of water storage in the river basins of India. The overall water storage in the 91 reservoirs monitored is slightly more (105 percent) when compared to the average water storage over the last 10 years, the data shows. For the report, the CWC monitored 12 river basins for water storage; using the data on an average of the last 10 years, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

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Centre issues drought advisory to six states

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