Aarti Kelkar Khambete

Suffering in silence: Migrant cane cutters of Maharashtra
Overworked, poorly paid and deprived of any rights, migrant cane cutters, especially women are most vulnerable and continue to suffer from a number of health and security risks. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago
Women workers suffer the most (Image Source: Azhar Feder, Wikimedia Commons-CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Revival of non-monsoon flows in rivers
Non monsoon flows of rivers in India are showing a declining trend. What can be done to deal with the situation? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago
The river Karamana in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Decentralised groundwater governance to deal with the groundwater crisis
Decentralised groundwater governance frameworks that integrate democratic institutional mechanisms are needed to deal with the current groundwater crisis in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago
The need for decentralised governance to deal with the current groundwater crisis (Image Source: ACWADAM)
Waterways spell disaster for Gangetic dolphins
A study shows that noise pollution due to industrial transportation and recreational waterways over the Ganga can spell doom for dolphins by affecting their feeding habits and social behaviours. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago
The Gangetic dolphin (Image Source: Arati Kumar Rao)
Banning RO purifier use when water conforms to BIS norms - Comments invited
RO purifiers can lead to huge wastage of water. A draft notification by the Environment Ministry seeks user’s views on banning RO purifiers in areas where water conforms to BIS norms. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago
Water filter use, safety or luxury? (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Micropollutants in groundwater, a grave concern
A study finds that a number of locations in the country have high concentrations of micropollutants in groundwater posing a risk to health and environment. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago
Groundwater contamination, a serious concern (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The Karnataka State Water Policy 2019
The Karnataka Jnana Aayoga (KJA) set up a Task Group to draft a new water policy for Karnataka in December 2017 and the report is now in public domain. What are the suggestions that the report makes? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 10 months ago
Groundwater depletion, a growing challenge (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Whose forests, whose rights?
While forest bureaucracy has been trying to undermine reforms in forest governance in India, the need for community level forest governance is more urgent than ever. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 10 months ago
Mangar Bani, a green patch between Faridabad and Gurgaon (Image: Pradip Krishen, Facebook)
Groundwater variability: The tale of two states
Gujarat shows good groundwater storage while Rajasthan shows severe groundwater depletion, inspite of both states in western India receiving good rainfall. Why is this so? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 10 months ago
Groundwater decline in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Aerosols and droughts: Is there a connection?
A study finds that high levels of aerosols in the atmosphere further worsen the impacts of El Nino on the rainfall leading to increased frequency of droughts in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 10 months ago
The role of aerosols in triggering droughts (Image Source: IWP flickr photos)
Micro-irrigation and groundwater use
A study from Gujarat finds that micro-irrigation combined with metered power led to a reduction in uncontrolled groundwater extraction by farmers. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 11 months ago
Micro-irrigation and its impact on groundwater (Image Source: India Water Portal)
India’s tryst with climate change
Dr. Aradhana Yaduvanshi, a hydro meteorologist at WOTR, talks to us about what current research on global warming shows, and possible adaptation and coping mechanisms. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 11 months ago
Flooding in Mumbai during the monsoons (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Looking back into history to understand droughts
The 2015­-2018 drought, the longest, but less severe of droughts experienced by India raises alarm on the negative effects of future droughts on water security in the country. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 11 months ago
India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Shoddy impact assessments, mining and ruin in Goa
A study finds that weak environmental assessment reporting on the adverse impacts of mining has spelled doom for Goa’s environment. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years ago
A mining site in India (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The poisoned landscapes of Punjab
Excessive and unregulated pesticide use has not only poisoned the soil, water and environment in villages in Punjab’s Malwa region – it has also increased health risks for the people. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years ago
Farmer spraying pesticide (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
India’s rivers carry deadly pathogens
A global study on pathogens in rivers finds that Indian rivers harbour dangerous levels of diarrhoeal disease-causing pathogens. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years ago
The river Mutha in Pune (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Mapping Pune’s aquifers
Groundwater use has doubled in Pune. Comprehensive mapping of groundwater resources and better management and governance is the need of the hour. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 1 month ago
Groundwater, an exploited resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Ice stupas, the contested water towers of Ladakh
While ice stupas have been hailed as sustainable solutions to the water problems of Ladakh’s villages, the locals think otherwise. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 1 month ago
Ice Stupas near Phyang monastery (Image Courtsey: Sumita Roy Dutta, Wikimedia Commons)
Saving Aarey, the last lungs of Bombay
Mumbai’s citizens came out in droves to save trees from being felled in Aarey to make way for the metro. Collective action is crucial to save the green lungs of India's rapidly urbanising cities. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 1 month ago
Aarey, the green lungs of Mumbai (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
India’s target to combat land degradation and desertification
While India has increased its target of restoring degraded land from 21 million ha to 26 million ha, what is the scale of the challenge and what do the new targets mean? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 1 month ago
Combating desertification and land degradation in semi-arid regions of Maharashtra, India (Image Source: WOTR)
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