Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study

Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana is often blamed for worsening air quality in the Delhi National Capital Region. Now a new study by scientists working in the US and India has found that impact of crop residue burning in the Northwest region can spread as far as central and southern states – Maharashtra,… Read More Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study

जैव विविधता को नुकसान पहुंचा रही हैं लघु जलविद्युत परियोजनाएं

लघु जलविद्युत परियोजनाओं को स्वच्छ ऊर्जा का स्रोत माना जाता है। लेकिन, भारतीय वैज्ञानिकों के एक ताजा अध्ययन से पता चला है कि इन परियोजनाओं के कारण पारिस्थितिक तंत्र और जैव विविधता को लगातार नुकसान हो रहा है। वाइल्ड लाइफ कन्जर्वेशन सोसायटी ऑफ इंडिया के वैज्ञानिकों द्वारा पश्चिमी घाट में किए गए इस अध्ययन में… Read More जैव विविधता को नुकसान पहुंचा रही हैं लघु जलविद्युत परियोजनाएं

Land use conflicts, the new norm in many places

Excerpt from “Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community strategies and remedies for natural resource conflicts in India” by Kanchi Kohli, Meenakshi Kapoor, Manju Menon and Vidya Viswanathan, CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, New Delhi (2018): Land use change is a wicked problem for an aspirational economy like India. In the last three decades, the government has expanded the network… Read More Land use conflicts, the new norm in many places

Is zero budget natural farming an answer to the farm crisis?

A paper by Srijit Mishra probes into alternative methods of agriculture that would require less credit while also addressing other concerns on the agricultural crisis as also the agrarian crisis. Zero budget natural farming is discussed in particular. “It has been a matter of concern that the smallholders (includes marginal and small farmers) who have… Read More Is zero budget natural farming an answer to the farm crisis?

India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

A research by M Rodell et al published online in Nature this week suggests groundwater depletion in India. The study points that unsustainable water use in India is threatening agricultural production and raising the spectre of a major water crisis. Matthew Rodell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the Gravity… Read More India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

Women empowered, but augmentation of natural resources limited

An impact assessment of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) program indicates had most impact on women’s empowerment, access to microfinance, increase in livestock production and high cost debt reduction, while lesser impact on augmentation of natural resources, increase in agricultural production and infrastructure development. The DAY-NRLM program was launched in June,… Read More Women empowered, but augmentation of natural resources limited