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Thar Desert was once ever tropical forest, new fossil discovery reveals 26.4.2018 Downtoearth
A set of rare wood boring trace fossils in Barmer region show that the area was under tropical forest and even had vast river network 55 million years ago
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Climate change could alter ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish in the sea 26.4.2018 Downtoearth
Climate change is rapidly warming the Earth and altering ecosystems on land and at seathat produce our food
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In parched Gujarat, 8 FIRs against farmers for ‘stealing’ Narmada water 26.4.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Kalyanpur denizens unable to break shackles of poverty 26.4.2018 The Assam Tribune
Kalyanpur denizens unable to break shackles of poverty
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Steps to share hydrological data 26.4.2018 The Assam Tribune
Steps to share hydrological data
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Why everybody needs good innovation 26.4.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Why everybody needs good innovation
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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Congress, BJP plays blame game, North Karnataka parched 26.4.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The dispute over Mahadayi river which has been on the boil since the 80s, has reached a flash point in the parched North Karnataka region in the run-up to the state Assembly elections. The farmers here want Karnataka to build a series of dams, canals and barrages to route Mahadayi river water to the Malaprabha basin and the namesake dam off Saundatti in Belgaum district to meet the drinking and irrigation requirements of the water-scarce Bagalkot, Gadag, Dharwad and Belgaum districts. Over 500 farmers from the region including several women and children are leaving on Wednesday night for Delhi under the umbrella organisation Karnataka Rayat Sena (KRS). They have been given an appointment to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on April 29 where they will submit a memorandum, KRS chairperson Veeresh Sobradamat told DNA. "In the memorandum, we have asked the Centre to intervene and give us water as the region has seen several farmer suicides because of lack of water. If the Centre can't do that, they should ...
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Gujarat govt's water conservation mission has no checks in place 26.4.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Gujarat government is going overboard with the water conservation drive to be kicked off on May 1. Under the drive, work will be given to private organisations but the government does not have any system to inspect the work they carry out. The government is going to pay NGOs and other organisations for dredging and desilting check dams, lakes and other water bodies, but no third-party inspection system has been set up as part of the mechanism. The drive, 'Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan', will run for the whole month of May. The NGOs, private builders or contractors can do dredging and desilting in water bodies, and construct check dams so that more water can be collected rather than being wasted. In 2002 and 2009, the government had initiated a similar drive, but almost all the bori-band dams collapsed in a few months. Irregularities in construction of check dams and dredging and desilting were also reported during the audit by agencies including the CAG. The state has not yet decided on third-party ...
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On Cauvery water issue, Centre gets tips from Bhakra Beas Board 26.4.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Thinking ahead to save shrinking Sukhna 26.4.2018 The Tribune
SK Saluja Sukhna is a man-made lake fed by rain water, but increasing climatic variability, extreme weather events and rising temperatures are posing new challenges for the availability of rain water in the region. Experts predict that temperature in India is likely to rise by more than 3°C by the end of the 21st century. This will further worsen the situation due to unpredictable rains and higher evaporation losses. In future, changes in the timing and uneven distribution of rain will further make the inflows more uncertain at Sukhna Lake. The box below shows the position of reservoir filling in India published by the Central water Commission, New Delhi. It reflects the declining trend of water storage during the years 2016 and 2017. Similar is the situation of reservoirs of 12 low dams falling in kandi area in Punjab region. The position of Sukhna is no different from low dams in Kandi area. One main reason for the low water level in Sukhna is its reduced capacity due to heavy siltation. This has in ...
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Plant trees that help conserve water: Environmentalist 26.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 25 PS Bhatty, an environmentalist, has said that planting trees according to the ground water levels of each block should be a priority. “Plantation should be done so as to retain ground water level to the maximum. Like in areas effected by water clogging, trees that help absorb excess water should be planted. Similarly, varieties of acacia, trees with lesser leaves and shrubs should be planted in areas with low level of ground water level. The sideways should be planted with shady trees and the dividers should have shrubs and flowering plants.” Bhatty’s initiative in collaboration with Punjab Pollution Control Board has set a target of planting 4 lakh trees in the district. “We had conducted a similar campaign last year, and also made available 237 varieties of plants that suit the city environment. We had also developed defence lines for Army areas by planting 15,000 trees,” he said. Water conservation has been a issue of primary concern for city administration in ...
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Water Scarcity 25.4.2018 Central Chronicle » Editorial
Every day the water situation in scarcity is aggrevating without any measures or relief in... more »
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Day Zero becomes everyday reality as water shortage spreads across India 25.4.2018 The Asian Age | Home
Nearly 163 mn people among India's population of 1.3 bn lack access to clean water close to their home, according to 2018 WaterAid report.
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Cosmetic measures 25.4.2018 FrontLine: Home
The National Nutrition Mission, with all its hype, is confined very much to fixing targets, and its focus does not seem to consist in addressing the causes for the high prevalence of malnutrition, stunting or wasting among children. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI
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Letters to the Editor 25.4.2018 FrontLine: Other
Cold War THE Cover Story (April 27) correctly analysed the genesis of the ill will and mistrust that has been smoul...
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New book presents untold stories of societal impact of science & technology in independent India 25.4.2018 Downtoearth
Indian National Science Academy, an apex body of Indian scientists, has come out with a book that shares unknown developments which made tremendous contributions to science and technology
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Climate change is destroying women’s lives in Alwar 25.4.2018 Downtoearth
A host of climate change-related problems bedevil the district’s women and girls, unlike men and boys
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Building a forest in the heart of Karachi 25.4.2018 Downtoearth
The Japanese method of mimicking nature, and growing forests in the heart of the city, is being picked up in Pakistan, India and elsewhere as a way to combat the rising heat that is strangling
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Kumbh leaves Godavari with 130 times more bacteria load 25.4.2018 Downtoearth
Scientists, who conducted a study at five locations across Godavari river, say open defecation by pilgrims and bad sewage management and waste disposal system are the major contributors
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One of the biggest threats to the environment - desertification, explained 25.4.2018 Downtoearth
At an ongoing global workshop on desertification, the Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said desertification threatens 30% of India’s land. Down To Earth explains the concept
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