To prove groundwater levels going up in South India, wells that go defunct taken out of data analysis

Disputing a prevailing view that suggests groundwater levels have been increasing in South India due to increasing rainfall and political interventions, a recent study, “The Groundwater Recovery Paradox in South India” by Tejasvi Hora  Veena Srinivasan  Nandita B Basu, says, such a view is “skewed by the problem of survivor bias, with wells with data … Continue reading To prove groundwater levels going up in South India, wells that go defunct taken out of data analysis

Importance of indigenous learning to achieve UN goal of combating desertification, drought

Chandra Vikash, an Indian Institute of Management (IIT), Kharagpir, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata alumni, currently chief mentor and innovation coach as also convener the Global Academy for Indigenous Activism (GAIA) Innovation Lab, in a letter to Dr  Chinmay Pandya, pro-vice-chancellor,  Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, has said that recently, as part of team of … Continue reading Importance of indigenous learning to achieve UN goal of combating desertification, drought

Pune riverfront project treats flood plain as urban land which can be subjected to any use

By Amruta Pradhan* Three rivers (among some others) with a total length of 44km traverse through Pune city. Mula river flows a distance of 22.2 km, Mutha River 10.4 km and Mula-Mutha River 11.8 km. Plight of these rivers is well known. They have been featured in the list of 300 most polluted rivers of … Continue reading Pune riverfront project treats flood plain as urban land which can be subjected to any use

Groundwater in Rajasthan fouled by simultaneously present natural and human-made toxins

By Sahana Ghosh Groundwater quality in India’s desert state Rajasthan is hit by the simultaneous presence of both human-made pollutants and naturally occurring toxic minerals, a study has shown. The spoiled groundwater is unsafe for drinking without treatment, warn researchers. As part of the Duke University India Initiative, researchers tested 243 groundwater wells, across the … Continue reading Groundwater in Rajasthan fouled by simultaneously present natural and human-made toxins

Dirty air from Indo-Gangetic plains and Central India are messing up neighbourhood ozone

By Sahana Ghosh* Dirty air from the Indo-Gangetic plain and central India is messing with ozone levels in the Indian subcontinent, a study has found. The authors emphasise the need for pan-India co-ordination to control the lung-damaging greenhouse gas, the chief ingredient of smog. The research underscores the emergence of central India as a significant … Continue reading Dirty air from Indo-Gangetic plains and Central India are messing up neighbourhood ozone

 Green village Khonoma, where Adler trees recharge nitrogen levels in soil and prevent soil erosion

By Sheshu Babu* 'The soul of India lives in its villages' -- Mahatma Gandhi While cosmopolitan cities and even many villages are being polluted increasingly, there are some villages which are resisting environmental pollution by the people living there. One such village is Khonoma in the North East. Khonoma is Asia's first green village in the … Continue reading  Green village Khonoma, where Adler trees recharge nitrogen levels in soil and prevent soil erosion

GPCB norms ignored: VECL throughputs whatever that is dumped by polluters unmonitored

Senior environmental activists Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Vadodara, Gujarat, in a letter to the secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), have insisted that concerned authorities should not renew the Consolidated Consent and Authorization (CC&A) dated January 6, 2015 to the Vadodara Enviro Channel Limited’s (VECL), and implement … Continue reading GPCB norms ignored: VECL throughputs whatever that is dumped by polluters unmonitored