Globally, India recorded the highest loss in terrestrial water storage

What is the News? The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a report titled 2021 State of Climate Services Report. What are the key findings of the 2021 State of Climate Services Report? Terrestrial Water Storage (TWS) Terrestrial Water Storage(TWS) has dropped at a rate of 1 cm per year in 20 years (2002-2021). Note:… Continue reading Globally, India recorded the highest loss in terrestrial water storage

Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Dr. Jitendra Singh To Jointly Inaugurate Heli-Borne Survey For Ground Water Management In Arid Regions

What is the news? The Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Jal Shakti and CSIR-NGRI (National Geophysical Research Institute), Hyderabad have signed an agreement for use of advanced heli-borne geophysical survey and other scientific studies in Arid Regions. About the Heli-Borne Survey The Heli-Borne Survey aims to conduct High-resolution aquifer mapping using heliborne geophysical studies.… Continue reading Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Dr. Jitendra Singh To Jointly Inaugurate Heli-Borne Survey For Ground Water Management In Arid Regions

Water water everywhere and we must stop to think

Synopsis: Floods have begun to affect an increasing area of India with rising intensity and frequency. Urban infrastructure is under severe pressure, and it’s unclear if we are prepared for worse. Introduction Incidents of floods in urban areas have been increasing year after year in India. Rainy season flooding in metro cities like Mumbai and… Continue reading Water water everywhere and we must stop to think

Nature-based, people-centred solutions for water

Synopsis: Suggestion and reforms mandated by the draft New National Water Policy. Introduction Since Independence, water policy in India has focused primarily on construction of large dams and extraction of groundwater. However, the new National Water Policy (NWP), drafted for the first time by a committee of independent experts, points out the limits in further… Continue reading Nature-based, people-centred solutions for water

A new water policy for India

Synopsis: Article discusses the need of new water policy in India while listing some directions based on which water policy can be drafted.  Introduction  In 2019, the Ministry of Jal Shakti set up a committee to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP). The earlier NWPs of 1987, 2002 and 2012 were drafted entirely within the government… Continue reading A new water policy for India

Not just groundwater, fluoride has poisoned agricultural soil, crops in Bengal

What is the news? A new study has pointed out that crops and vegetables that use fluoride-contaminated groundwater have been contributing to an increase in consumption of fluoride among locals in Bengal. The study investigated the magnitude of fluoride contamination in agricultural land soil and food crops in two districts of Western Bihar, as well… Continue reading Not just groundwater, fluoride has poisoned agricultural soil, crops in Bengal

Climate crisis in North East India: What is behind water scarcity in the region

Synopsis: Changing rainfall pattern including incidents of high and variable rainfall in NE states is causing problems like floods, land degradation and acidification. Introduction The climate of North East India is changing, which includes changing rainfall patterns over the region, resulting in overall drying up of the region. A major reason behind it is the… Continue reading Climate crisis in North East India: What is behind water scarcity in the region

Out of Africa flashback: Is the world witnessing a migration wave due to lack of water?

What is the news? A recent World Bank report titled Web and Flow: Water, Migration and Development, analysed the “largest dataset on internal migrants” assembled from 64 countries and 189 censuses during 1960-2015. Findings are listed below. What are the findings of the report? Firstly, the report argues that water scarcity is a major reason for internal… Continue reading Out of Africa flashback: Is the world witnessing a migration wave due to lack of water?

Experts flag diversion of fresh water from Brahmani river

What is the News? The Wildlife Society of Orissa (WSO) has expressed concern over the massive diversion of fresh water from the Brahmani river basin which could pose a grave threat to the Bhitarkanika mangroves in Odisha. About Bhitarkanika Mangroves Bhitarkanika Mangroves is a mangrove wetland in Odisha. It covers an area of 650 km… Continue reading Experts flag diversion of fresh water from Brahmani river

CSIR-CMERI Mechanized Scavenging System- A Filip to the Swachcha Bharat Abhiyan

Source: This post is based on the article “CSIR-CMERI Mechanized Scavenging System” published in PIB on 1st September 2021. What is the News? CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute is developing a Mechanized Scavenging System. What is a Mechanized Scavenging System? A Mechanized Scavenging System is being developed with the aim to eliminate human contact with… Continue reading CSIR-CMERI Mechanized Scavenging System- A Filip to the Swachcha Bharat Abhiyan