Yes, that little white dot is a boat.
Want to know exactly where it is? Sorry, it's still a secret.
The vast majority of the planet's tap water is contaminated by microscopic plastic fibres, a new study claims. Researchers for the study, which was conducted by Orb and the University of Minnesota Sch...
Asit K. Biswas, National University of Singapore; Cecilia Tortajada, National University of Singapore, and Udisha Saklani, National University of Singapore As summer temperatures soar above 40°C i...
If you had to pick one adjective to describe a glass of water, it is unlikely that the first word to pop into your head would be flavoursome. But now scientists have confirmed that the old H2O does ac...
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Let there be water, water everywhere.
In Kutch, a dry region within Gujarat, fresh water is scarce and endangered by industrial pollution. Nevil Zaveri/Flickr, CC BY-SA Cecilia Tortajada, National University of Singapore and Sanchita Tal...
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Collective action through a Pani Panchayat (water council) has enabled a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra to provide for adequate irrigation in this drought-prone rain shadow area. By...
By Prof. Asit K. Biswas* India's water management has been on an unsustainable path for centuries. The Mughal Emperor Akbar decided to build a new capital at Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory). An Eng...
The government's initiative to deliver holy water via the postal services has taken off with a splash
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While putting dying rivers such as the Shipra and Sabarmati on life support by transporting water at enormous cost from other river basins is measure that's earning populist praise, it raises serious questions on the transparent allocation of this increasingly scarce resource.
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The dark shadow of dying rivers and receding water lie over the Kumbh Melas as hasty interventions and climate change threaten to disrupt the largest human gatherings on earth.
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The Kerala government in this year's vote on account has set aside more than ₹90 crore for Mazhapolima, a rainwater-linked well recharge scheme. It has worked because it has been community-driven and participatory, planning is bottom-up and led by panchayats, while the state government facilitates. It is a process-oriented programme encouraging innovation and diversity. Setting up a household system is inexpensive. As a result, groundwater levels have improved significantly in Thrissur.
Let's face it, water almost everywhere in India is not safe to drink without purifying it, either by boiling or by using a water purifier. Nor does recycled water appear to be safe for irrigation. After nearly 70 years of independence, we still can't be sure about the safety of water coming out of our taps, or the safety of the water we use for our crops. This is absolutely unacceptable.
On March 28th, at the 63rd National Film Awards, lyricist Varun Grover was awarded the prestigious award for penning down the lyrics for 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage' from Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). At the same...
About 20 villages in the drought-hit Navalgund taluk of Dharward district stand as a stark contrast to the calamity prevailing in the neighbourhood. A majority of farmers in these villages are unaffected by the drought. They are able to cultivate crops and keep them healthy by sufficiently watering them, and are making profits.
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The Central government has released considerable funds towards relief activities, but does the issue get solved there? Certainly not! A disaster like drought is bound to re-emerge if the situation is not handled appropriately. What is crucial is a structured multi-pronged approach towards preventing drought situations before the onset of the short-lived solace of the upcoming monsoon, which till date has been a reason for the loss of vigour in the disaster assuagement process.
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Where governing bodies have failed to help, women who until now had been the primary transporters of water, have gone a step further to solve the problem. A group of 20 women in Kalikavu village near the Malappuram district of Kerala, in an enthralling display of women power, have proved what it means to take matters into their own hands.
Holi is one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals of India. And while the bhang and gujiyas, the singing and dancing, the mischief and drenching in colours are great fun, the aftermath can sometimes be unpleasant, with some people left suffering from skin rashes, eye allergies and discoloration of hair.
How did the young, glamorous wife of former US ambassador to India, Richard Celeste, step out of the glitzy Page 3 of tabloids to help bring potable water to so many villages in India? "It began with taking our houseguests on field trips across India when Dick was ambassador," recalls Jacqueline. "They would fall in love with India and many of them wanted to give something back."
In a queue of about 20 people, six or seven backed out as their turn came, laughing nervously. One woman lost her balance in front of me; thankfully her grip on the handlebar was tight, or she would have hurtled down the vertical slide into god knows what. I grew more and more nervous as I moved ahead, imagining all sorts of scary scenarios, all involving injury or death.
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A week or so ago, I had begun this essay by listing out five different reasons on why I believe that that the life of a field researcher is similar to that of an itinerant mendicant. Today, I will describe how both field researchers and itinerant mendicants use a set of handy tools. While the nature of the tools could vary, the functions that these tools perform in the lives of the itinerant mendicants, is remarkably similar to those performed in the lives of field researchers.
I have come to the remarkable conclusion that the life of a field researcher is similar to that of an itinerant mendicant. Allow me to explain why! I shall do so in three parts. This is the first part of the series.
Now that the festive lights have been packed away, it's time for a reality check. It's time to bid adieu to copious quantities of sugar and fats and welcome some real food in our lives. Your body wants to get back to normal and is probably screaming for a cleanse. Below are some simple steps you can use to get back on track. The best part is that you can use these clean eating habits any time of year.
NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today offered a glass of water to AAP member Bhagwant Mann, who was protesting in Lok Sabha against the CBI raids on Delhi government secretariat where Chief...
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Palestinian voices seem to be relatively absent in India today except when being described in AP reports about "violence" or "terrorism". It makes me think of Martin Luther King Jr.'s aphorism that "violence in the language of the unheard". And yet even with the escalation of violence in Palestine, why is it so hard for us to listen to Palestinians in the India of today?
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When I walk down millionaire's row in the seaside town of Drobak outside Oslo where I live in summer, I see the owners of stately mansions and exclusive boats scrubbing their decks, cleaning cars, shovelling leaves from the driveway, conveying trash in top- of-the-line electric Teslas to the neighbourhood dump. They would be astonished to learn this was dirty work meant for underlings or lower caste people. How can ensuring cleanliness be dirty?
Filmmaker Ridley Scott says he knew about water on Mars much before NASA made the news public that liquid water exists on the surface of the red planet. Scott, 77, worked closely with the space agency...
Twenty-five-year old Lujendra Ojha may have just become Nepal's greatest scientist. The aspirant geo-scientist, who's yet to formally become a bonafide researcher and still pursuing doctoral studies a...
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In India, people are caught between weak regulation and low awareness. The helplessness is multiplied by the fact that even if you knew your water was unsafe, there is very little you can do about it.
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India is currently reeling under a terrible heat-wave, as you may have read. With reports saying that the monsoon is likely to be somewhat delayed this year, we all need to find a way to keep ourselve...
Clearly there is a relationship between living in a sustainable way and choosing not to engage with multinational corporations--especially when they're after your natural resources like the blue gold that is water.