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February 12, 2021 The havoc points to the faultlines in the developmental planning of ecologically sensitive areas.
The glacial burst in Chamoli is nature’s way of telling the state not to play havoc with the local ecology. (Image: Down to Earth)
December 26, 2019 Policy matters this week
The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
December 6, 2019 A report by the India Rivers Forum highlights the need to focus further than the main stem of the Ganga river.
Distant snow clad mountains, the smaller hills and the Ganga river (Image: Srimoyee Banerjee, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
November 27, 2019 Policy matters this week
An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Bridging disparities: India's hydropower dilemma
Hydropower in India: Navigating the currents of opportunity and adversity Posted on 30 Sep, 2023 04:33 PM

The integral role of dams in shaping modern India, as highlighted in India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's speech where he referred to them as the 'temples of modern India,' is undeniable.

Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project is built across the Chenab River at Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir (Image: ICIMOD)
Demand for work under MGNREGA rises as monsoon plays truant
News this fortnight Posted on 17 Sep, 2023 12:15 PM

Rural job demand under MGNREGA rises as monsoon plays truant

Labourers build check dams under MGNREGA. (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
NITI Aayog panel likely to propose incentives for water efficiency
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 15 Apr, 2023 11:32 AM

NITI Aayog panel likely to propose incentives for efficient use of water

Solutions that enable comprehensive reductions in water in agriculture (Image: WallpaperFlare)
Prepaid cards for power to save groundwater
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 01 Apr, 2023 04:49 PM

House panel suggests prepaid cards for power to save groundwater

Over exploitation of groundwater is due to wide cultivation of water guzzler paddy and sugarcane crops (Image: Thamizhpparithi Maari, Wikimedia Commons)
Decentralised solar transforming rural India
News this fortnight Posted on 02 Mar, 2023 09:51 PM

Decentralised solar is transforming rural India

Solar power use in a Tamil Nadu farm (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Study reveals Indian dams to lose 26% water storage capacity by 2050
Annually, the globally averaged losses amount to approximately 0.36% of initial global storage capacity. Posted on 08 Feb, 2023 05:13 PM

Reservoir sedimentation is often seen as a site-specific process and is usually assessed at an individual reservoir level. At the same time, it takes place everywhere in the world. However, estimates of storage losses globally are largely lacking.

Hirakud Dam is the longest dam in India (Image: India Water Portal)
Odisha’s untapped renewable energy potential
iFOREST proposed a target of ‘30 GW Renewable Energy by 2030’ for Odisha Posted on 17 Sep, 2022 04:10 PM

The International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST) organized a major conference last month in Bhubaneshwar to start a dialogue on Odisha’s new Renewable Energy (RE) policy for 2022-30. Odisha’s present RE Policy was introduced in 2016, and is set to lapse at the end of 2022.

Experts stressed on the need to remove barriers related to land, procedure, institutional capacity and finance, to attract investments in the sector (Image: Aiseinau, Wikimedia Commons)
Etalin hydroelectric project: Centre grants nod, FAC approval awaited
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 08 Jun, 2022 01:20 PM

Despite concerns, Etalin hydropower project gets government nod, FAC yet to give clearance

Upper Dibang Valley District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
India's rank continue to fall in the global SDGs Report
News this fortnight Posted on 08 Jun, 2022 12:03 PM

India ranks 121 in the global Sustainable Development Report, 2022

Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 as a part of the 2030 agenda. (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
Coal mining in Hasdeo forests gets a go ahead; protestors continue to resist
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 10 May, 2022 07:34 AM

Chhattisgarh government allows coal mining in Hasdeo forests

Work in progress in a coal mine in India (Image source: IWP Flickr Album). Image for representation only