Aarti Kelkar Khambete

Dirty drains 'drain' health
This study found that the sanitary quality of neighbourhood drains, in addition to toilets, affected sanitation and hygiene and incidences of ill-health in rural households. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 days 15 hours ago
Dirty drainages, harbingers of illhealth. Image for representation only (Image Source: SuSanA Secretariat via Wikimedia Commons)
Deteriorating landscapes and threatened ecosystems of Jammu and Kashmir
Rapid urbanisation and faulty land use policies are rapidly destroying forests, grasslands and wetlands in Jammu and Kashmir, India and the ecosystem value services they provide. Can these valuable ecosystems be saved? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 days 17 hours ago
Deteriorating ecosystems of Jammu and Kashmir, India (Image Source: tkohli at Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)
Dengue expands with climate change in India
Dengue is witnessing an alarming rise in India. This study attempts to predict the present and future distribution of dengue vectors under different climate change scenarios in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 days 5 hours ago
 	Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, beginning its blood-meal (Image Source: James Gathany, CDC via Wikimedia Commons)
The Chakla bavdi of Chanderi
The unique design and functioning of the Chakla bavdi in Chanderi Madhya Pradesh is another example of the water wisdom of our ancestors, which needs to be conserved and passed on to the future generations. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 week 1 day ago
Chakla Bavdi at Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh (Image Source: Shirole, S. 2022. Architectural eloquence: Water harvesting structure in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh (India). Ancient Asia, 13: 9, pp. 1–13)
Chaos in a concrete jungle
Heavy rains and floods have battered Bengaluru yet again. Uncontrolled and unregulated development and concretisation of the city that pays no heed to the ecology and hydrology of the region needs to stop! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 weeks 2 days ago
Urban flooding in Bangalore (Image Source: Thejas via Wikimedia Commons)
Climate change and disappearing forests
Measuring climate change velocity can greatly help to provide additional information on spatial variability of climate change and its implications for forest loss. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 weeks 6 days ago
Threatened forests of India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Fishing turns fishy as climate change plays truant
Climate change is here to stay. How will it affect freshwater resources and inland fisheries in India? A study explains. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month ago
Fish in the Tunga river at Sringeri (Image Source: Dineshkannambadi via Wikimedia Commons) Li
Floods – a boon than a bane!
Floods are not feared, but rather welcomed by the Mishing communities from Majuli island in Assam as they bring bountiful fish- a rich source of food, nutrition and livelihood for the community. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago
The Majuli island, a haven for fish (Image Source: Usha Dewani, India Water Portal)
Polluted water, hitchhiking microbes and the hidden threat of cholera in India
Better access to clean water coupled with health education to bring about changes in behaviour are critical to prevent exposure to dangerous cholera bacteria that lurk in untreated waters. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago
The hidden threat of cholera in India (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Arsenic removal in groundwater
Use of low-cost Biosand filters and ceramic pot filters such as JalKalp and MatiKalp developed by Sehgal Foundation are greatly effective and promising options in providing sustainable solutions for arsenic removal in the country. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
Arsenic contamination of groundwater, a growing probelm in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Taming water - Irrigation and drought protection in colonial India and the present
The irrigation at all costs mindset and narrow policies for drought protection during the colonial rule ignored rainfed agriculture and local practices that sustained agriculture in the Bombay Deccan. This continues even today. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
Recurrent droughts and the struggle for survival (Image Source: Gaurav Bhosale via Wikimedia Commons):
The missing frontline worker
India is gearing up to take water to every rural household, but a crucial community connection is missing! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
The frontline worker, a crucial but missing link in the water space (Image Source: Sunderrajan Krishnan)
Floods in Assam - a boon or a bane for fish diversity?
The frequency and intensity of floods is on the rise in Assam spelling doom for fish biodiversity. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Life during floods in Assam (Image Source: Kausika Bordoloi via Wikimedia Commons)
Fragmented waterscapes increase risk of Japanese encephalitis
This first of its kind study found that fragmented water landscapes increased the risk of Japanese Encephalitis by providing more opportunities for mosquito breeding and transmission of the virus from animals to humans via animal hosts. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months ago
Stagnant waters can encourage mosquito breeding and increase risk of diseases (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Poisoned waters of Delhi
This study found a high concentration of trihalomethanes (THMs) in water treatment plants in Delhi that were associated with increased risk of cancer. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 1 week ago
What's in your tap water (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Mining shrinks Odisha’s forests
Mining is taking a toll on forest reserves in Odisha. Effective measures to prevent further destruction of forests are urgently needed! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
Shrinking forests of Odisha (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Greening of barren lands – the local way
The Chauka system of Rajasthan can not only provide a sustainable way to manage water resources in water stressed regions, but also support livelihoods through development of pastures. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
Can greening of barren lands happen? (Image Source: India Water Portal Flickr photos)
Warming waters will lead to gasping rivers in India
Indian rivers are experiencing rising temperatures, which can lower the oxygen carrying capacity of their waters and spell doom for living organisms, small and large living in the waters. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
The Karamana river in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Poisoned waters, threatened lives
Studies reveal that children are the most vulnerable to the health risks associated with groundwater contamination due to nitrate and fluoride, highlighting the need for urgent remedial measures. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
POisoned waters, dangerous outcomes (Image Source: India Water Portal)
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! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months ago
Fishermen use wastewater in Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
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