Magazine Articles # Water

Catch Where it Falls

The answer to India’s perennial drought problem despite high rainfall lies in addressing policy failures and formulating measures not just for mitigating problems, but drought proofing the entire country.

Earth Science # Environment

Soil Erosion and Conservation in India

Soil erosion in India Excessive soil erosion in India combined with consequent high rate of sedimentation in reservoirs and decreased soil fertility has led to grave environmental problems. Soil erosion mostly affects practically all kinds of lands such as the forest lands, agricultural lands, arid and semi-arid lands, surface mines, roads, construction sites, coastal areas etc. Further, since soil formation is a very slow process, the erosion of the upper layer of the soil leaves it barren for a long...

Magazine Articles # Water

Hydrogeology in Strategic Water Conservation

Conventional approaches to conservation of groundwater have not considered the need to involve an understanding of aquifer measurement and hydrogeology. Considering India’s diverse geography, it is pertinent to develop a scientific understanding of underlying geology of groundwater resources and how aquifers work.

Magazine Articles # Water

Water conservation and community responsiveness

In colonial India, water ownership became entrenched with the State, a practice that continued post-Independence. For ensuring sustainable and assured supply addressing the needs of communities, decentralised practices such as rainwater harvesting can be beneficial.

Magazine Articles # Water

Managing waters in India’s varied ecological zones

It is IRONIC that the Himalaya, often alluded to as the ‘water tower of Asia’—the source of mighty rivers that support millions, now face stress especially during summers. The rapidly reducing flow in surface drainage and the disappearance of springs are signs of looming disaster. Changes in micro-climate, anthropogenic pressures, infrastructure development, increase in the consumption and use of water, a reduction in vegetation cover—particularly diverse forests and pastures with mixed species...

Resources

The Green Rock: A Dialogue on Coal

Coal or ‘black diamond’ as it is popularly known, is composed primarily of carbon and hydrocarbons, along with an assortment of other elements including sulphur. Coal as we are aware of is the buried and partly decomposed vegetation of the lost world, which has changed through immense period of geological time into brown or black combustible rock. In this sense, coal is a fossil fuel and the energy thus generated from it is of biological origin – bioenergy. The coal age Coal was the first...

Forests

Forest Cover Trends in India

Dr.Sibal Dasgupta

Education # Water

Free Online Courses On Water Conservation and Management

Free online courses have helped disseminate specialised knowledge and enabled learners gain access to information at a scale previously unheard of. We present to you a few courses in the area of Water Conservation and Management to help you gain new avenues to learning. Introduction to Water and Climate Presented by:  Delft University of Technology Total Duration: 7 weeks Total Cost: Free course with USD 50 certification fee Certification: Available Latest engineering interventions...

Policy

Forest Policy in India since Independence

Forest policy in India during the colonial period was one where forest management was attuned towards the redistribution of economic gains for the benefit of the British Empire. Forest management was mainly state-led and was primarily undertaken in terms of control over resources and people. This involved commercialisation of many forest resources, large scale deforestation and restrictions on the rights of local populations (Aravindakshan, 2011). The first National Forest Policy in India was formulated...

Pollution

Air pollution spikes in Delhi

For 3 days from June 13 to 15, 2018 air quality at ‘severe’ levels in the city of Delhi. The spike in pollution levels led to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi banning all construction activities in Delhi until June 17, 2018. The air quality started improving on June 15, 2018 when an AQI (Air Quality Index) of 447 for the day was recorded (HT, 2018). During the 3 days, Delhi was covered with a thick blanket of smog and haze whose chief cause was attributed to dust storms occurring in western India...