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  • NGT asks Railways to seek CGWA NoC for groundwater extraction

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Railways to seek no objection certificates (NoC) from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) for extracting groundwater to clean station platforms and coaches even as the green tribunal is understood to have directed the Centre, state governments and their various agencies to submit a comprehensive plan for restoration of groundwater and check erosion of the water table on an urgent basis.


  • Climate change to depress living standards, erode GDP in India

    Over 800 million people, or half the population in South Asia could see their living standards worsen by 2050 due to climate change. India is expected to be one of the worst hit, a recently released study by the World Bank has warned.

    The study - South Asia’s Hotspots - focused on all six countries in South Asia and found that average temperatures in the region have increased in the last sixty years and will continue rising. Additionally, rainfall is becoming more erratic: some areas will experience more droughts, others more rain.


  • World is off the track on water and sanitation goal

    The world is not on track to reach United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water and sanitation, with billions of people across the globe still lacking safe water, sanitation & handwashing facilities.

    Also, water pollution seems to be worsening. While the water and sanitation sector lacks funding, governance structures in many countries are weak and fragmented, said a new report by UN-Water.


  • Uranium contamination found in groundwater across 16 Indian states

    A team of US researchers has found widespread uranium contamination in groundwater from aquifers in 16 Indian states.

    While the main source of uranium contamination is natural, human factors such as groundwater-table decline and nitrate pollution may also be exacerbating the problem, the Duke University-led study found.


  • Eighty per cent Ganga clean-up expected by March 2019: Gadkari

    Presenting yet another report card on the ongoing Namami Gange programme, Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed hope that as much as 70 to 80 per cent of the Ganga River would get cleaned up by March 2019.

    The Union Government had launched Namami Gange as an integrated Ganga conservation mission with the aim to integrate previous, currently ongoing and new projects. The programme was given a Rs 20,000 crore budget and is to be implemented over a five-year period ending in December 2020.


Why forests should take centre stage during the water decade

Only a tiny fraction of national biodiversity plans consider the impact of forests on water supply, and only a fraction of national water plans place ecosystems at their centre.


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.