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  • Erratic monsoon could hit Indian economy, stockmarkets: IPCC report

    India's agriculture, economy, politics, foreign policy, and even the currently buoyant stockmarkets are at risk in years ahead as the Indian monsoon is expected to intensify and lengthen in some areas and cause drought in others, the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched last week, has warned.

    India, already one of the most disaster-prone countries, could face extreme changes in the rains and seasons, causing an increase in floods, cyclones, earthquakes and droughts.

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  • India Inc needs to step up to manage water issues: CDP report

    Indian companies are increasingly aware of water related risks but actions to manage water issues at a corporate level are still inadequate, a new report by London-based not-for-profit organisation CDP has found.

    India Inc is also currently underestimating water-related risks due to a lack of effective measurement and monitoring, the report titled 'The Business Case for Water Disclosure in India', jointly prepared by CDP and KPMG revealed. Grundfos Pumps India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Grundfos has partnered with CDP on the report.

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  • Large dam projects often economically unviable: Oxford University

    Developing countries risk drowning their fragile economies in debt owing to ill-advised construction of large dams, a new study by University of Oxford has said, adding that in a vast majority of cases, these large reservoirs don't turn around to be economically viable.

    Stating that large dam projects often lead to cost overruns, the study recommends that governments in emerging markets should undertake smaller dams to help ensure the projects remain economically viable.

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  • Ganga water carries deadly 'superbugs', finds research study

    The Ganga river may be the major source of water for 40 per cent of India's population across 11 states, but has remained polluted for years despite efforts.

    Religious ceremonies too are to be blamed for adding to the pollution in the river, as well as other water sources, as people bathe and throw all kinds of things into the holy water.

    Now, a new study has found that the spread of antibiotic-resistance in the river is also linked to the annual human pilgrimages to it.

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  • India's flagship rural water supply programme hits a speed breaker

    The Central Government's flagship programme to provide safe drinking water for rural India, National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), seems to have hit a speed breaker in the current financial year.

    Till January-end, the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation could manage to cover just 64,805 rural habitations under the NRDWP as against a target of 141838 rural habitations for the entire financial year. The Ministry will surely find it difficult to cover the remaining 77033 rural habitations within the next two months.

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Interviews

India on threshold of serious groundwater crisis

Collaboration, combination of ideas and community partnerships hold the key to the success of groundwater management in India, says groundwater expert Dr Himanshu Kulkarni.

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Setting the bar too low: Is there really progress on UN MDGs?

The UN report on progress towards MDGs seems so at odds with realities on the ground. A little more honesty and lot more rigour in monitoring achievement of MDGs is needed.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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