Friday, 22 November 2019

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  • How Delhi’s air pollution emergency links back to water

    November 18, 2019 11:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

    The link between water and Delhi’s air pollution crisis A study, “Tradeoffs Between Groundwater Conservation and Air Pollution From Agricultural Fires in Northwest India,” published in Nature Sustainability, reveals how water-use policies require farmers to transplant rice later in the... View Article

  • Manipur’s floating lake at risk

    October 30, 2019 12:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in North East India is also known as the ‘floating lake’ for the numerous phumdis or masses of vegetation it supports. The phumdis float around on the lake’s surface due to decay from the bottom.... View Article

  • Farm ponds change farmers’ fortunes

    October 19, 2019 11:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

    While enhanced irrigation coverage has been hailed as an important way to improve agricultural productivity, it continues to lag behind in India and agriculture continues to be rainfed, subject to the vagaries of the monsoon. High groundwater dependence for irrigation... View Article

  • Hydropower in the Himalayas: Potential and risks

    September 16, 2019 4:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    Worldwide, the demand for energy has risen significantly and quickly, leading to serious impacts on environmental sustainability and hindering global efforts to mitigate climate change. Hydropower, a leading renewable option has the additional benefits of water storage for agriculture and... View Article

  • Sabuja Bahini of Dhansar Village transforming barren hilly terrain into lush green territory

    August 22, 2019 11:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

    A group of resolute village students and youths felt the inevitability of safeguarding their neighboring environment and thus formed ‘Sabuja Bahini'(Green Regiment). Emerging as crusaders in reviving green cover all along the barren hills and terrains, they have triggered penchant... View Article

  • Rajasthan’s ancient yet ever-evolving water heritage

    August 17, 2019 3:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    The state of Rajasthan has an immense range of ancient and ingenious water harvesting systems, like the famous johads or step wells managed by communities in the arid Thar desert, which receives very low rainfall. A recent book ‘Wise water... View Article

  • Saving kunds of Vrindavan

    July 20, 2019 12:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    Vrindavan, the small dusty twin town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, has a special place in the Hindu mythology. This is where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent most of his childhood and adolescence. The river Yamuna straddles through... View Article

  • Understanding the Yamuna and life around it

    June 22, 2019 4:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    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... View Article

  • What happens when you throw away pencil cells?

    May 31, 2019 3:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    Indian market is still dominated by non-rechargeable batteries, mainly because they are cheaper and are preferred over the expensive ones. Of the dry cell batteries, zinc-carbon cells account for 97 percent of the market share. These batteries contain a variety... View Article

  • Water management: Still a neglected electoral issue?

    May 15, 2019 12:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

    India is on the brink of a major water crisis. With drought looming over the southern and western parts of the country, the existing water resources are in peril. Rivers are getting more polluted, their catchments, water-holding and water-harvesting mechanisms... View Article

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