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  • Sewage infrastructure development along Ganga River remains slow

    Despite the urgency to clean and rejuvenate the Ganga River as per the 2019-20 deadline given by the Centre, the progress of sewage infrastructure development remains woefully tardy.

    Till August 2018, less than a fourth of the proposed sewage infrastructure projects have been completed under the Namami Gange Mission while no new sewage treatment capacity has been added at all in Bihar and Uttarakhand.


  • India urged to consider climate change too in hydropower planning

    Stating that generation of hydropower from top seven projects in India has suffered due to climate variability in the past six decades, a new research report has warned that future projected climate change may also hit reservoir operation for power generation from these projects.

    The government must consider changes occurring due to climate change while planning new hydropower projects, the study carried out by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar, has said.


  • South Asia river water flow seen increasing on global warming

    A wetter future awaits South Asia. A new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has indicated that the South Asia region will see a 20–30 per cent increase in mean annual runoff for the period 2046–2075 relative to the study baseline period of 1976–2005.


  • 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.



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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.


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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.