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

Irrigation: Bridging the potential created and utilised

The seventh volume of the report of the committee on doubling farmers’ income, also known as Dalwai committee report examines how resource use efficiency and total factor productivity can be improved in the agricultural sector. Improvements in the multiple factors that result in the final output being more than the measure of input labour and… Read More Irrigation: Bridging the potential created and utilised

NABARD’s water atlas to aid crop planning

India will soon have a water atlas, thanks to an initiative by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). The facility will help the country improve crop planning for judicious use of water, a rapidly depleting resource. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development had estimated that about 80% of India’s total available freshwater is… Read More NABARD’s water atlas to aid crop planning

Environment justice stories

The CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program has recently come up with a compilation of articles written by barefoot advocates, also called as “Enviro-legal Coordinators”, about the cases they have worked on with affected communities. The publication titled ‘Making the law count: Ten environment justice stories by community paralegals in India’ chronicles its conviction that putting law… Read More Environment justice stories

Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

In a few weeks from now monsoon forecasts will begin. These forecasts are based on calculations made by computer modeling. The amazing advances in modeling of weather and climate is evident in the fact that given energy from the sun arriving at the top of the atmosphere, a model’s mathematical representation of the atmosphere, ocean… Read More Monsoon modeling is not like the ‘blind men and elephant’ story

ब्रह्मपुत्र कछार में आर्सेनिक, फ्लोराइड और यूरेनियम का खतरा

भारतीय भूवैज्ञानिकों ने एक ताजा अध्ययन के बाद ब्रह्मपुत्र नदी के तटीय मैदान में आर्सेनिक, फ्लोराइड और यूरेनियम पाए जाने की पुष्टि की है। अध्ययनकर्ताओं के अनुसार इन हानिकारक तत्वों का असर बच्चों के स्वास्थ पर सबसे अधिक पड़ रहा है। तेजपुर विश्वविद्यालय और गांधीनगर स्थित भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान के वैज्ञानिक ब्रह्मपुत्र नदी के कछार… Read More ब्रह्मपुत्र कछार में आर्सेनिक, फ्लोराइड और यूरेनियम का खतरा