Wednesday , July 15 2020

Water

Landslide on Teesta V project in Sikkim damages the Dam

June 27, 2020 SANDRP A massive landslide has severely damaged the 55m high dam of the 510 MW Teesta Hydropower Project of NHPC, possibly in late hours on June 26, 2020 or early hours of June 27, 2020. This is a major blow to NHPC, considered India’s premier hydropower company. It’s also a major blow to the propaganda of International ... Read More »

Lifting livelihoods by lifting water

By Sabina Devkota DOLAKHA, Nepal, Jun 25 2020 (IPS) – While growing up in Lele village in southern Lalitpur, Pratap Thapa watched his parents plant maize on their terrace farm and wait for the rains. He often wondered how much of their drudgery could be reduced if water could be brought up from a nearby river. Read More »

Envisioning a Blue Recovery

By Erna Solberg and Tommy Remengesau, Jr. OSLO/NGERULMUD – From Jamaica to Palau and Norway to Indonesia, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is global, and national recovery efforts must be globally focused to seize shared opportunities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the global domain that unites us – the ocean. We now need to harness the potential ... Read More »

5 European companies helping to clean up the oceans

Addressing the environmental impact of CED This week saw the celebration of the 2020 World Ocean Day when world leaders were called upon to protect 30 per cent of our blue planet by 2020. To clean up plastics in oceans, it needs more than world leaders: multiple teams, innovators and innovations. Here we check out five start-ups from Europe. 1. ... Read More »

Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green

9 June 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day. “As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity – and responsibility – to correct our relationship with the natural ... Read More »

World Oceans Day Monday

Dhaka, June 08 – The United Nations marks June 8 as the day celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the oceans and sustainably use marine resources. Read More »

Michigan dam failures: New warnings for dam safety

May 25, 2020 SANDRP On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 evening following two days of heavy (4-7 inches) rains, Edinville Dam breached at 1740 and downstream Sanford dam overflowed at 1900 hours, leading to highest ever water level in downstream towns, leading to evacuation of over 10 000 people, besides massive damage, including to roads, bridges, buildings and crops. Both were ... Read More »

Historic Farakka Long-March Day Saturday

The Historic “Farakka Long-March Day” will be observed on Saturday in the country commemorating populist leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani’s huge long march towards Farakka Dam 44 years back. Different socio-political organisations chalked out various programmes to mark the day. On May 16 in 1976, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India’s ... Read More »

Healthy Oceans: Keeping Asia and the Pacific Afloat

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana BANGKOK, Thailand, May 13 2020 (IPS) – Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain at home. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, the region has thrived on our seas. Our namesake bears a nod ... Read More »

Stay home? Wash hands? But 1.8b homeless; 3.0b sans water

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, May 14 2020 (IPS) – The relentless battle against the devastating coronavirus pandemic has been underlined by several widespread advisories from health experts – Stay home. Wash your hands. Wear mask. Keep social distance. But the UK-based WaterAid and UN Habitat in Nairobi point out the paradox in at least two of the warnings: a ... Read More »

Fly Ash Dam Breach in MP, India: 6 killed, river gets toxic

A fly ash Dam of Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project of Reliance Company has breached in the evening of April 10, 2020, near village Harrahva in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, killing six people and destroying downstream river and fields. Following the breach there was massive flash flood of coal ash mixed sludge reportedly affecting hundreds of villages and destroying ... Read More »

Ganga-Yamuna-Cauvery flow cleaner in lockdown: The lesson

April 6, 2020 SANDRP A number of reports have appeared that show that the state of a number of rivers of India, including Hindon, Yamuna, Ganga and Cauvery has improved during the current lockdown due to Covid 19 crisis. That is indeed great news. At Kanpur and Varanasi, there are reports that suggest the dissolved oxygen level has gone above ... Read More »

Coronavirus and water: A round-up of global advice

The outbreak of a respiratory illness, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world. With one of the primary pieces of advice to regularly wash hands thoroughly to prevent the transfer of the disease, it means more than ever that the provision of clean and safe water by utilities is vital to stop the disease spreading. During times of ... Read More »

World Water Day India 2020: Top Positive Stories from Farmers

March 21, 2020 SANDRP The theme for World Water Day 2020 is ‘Water and Climate Change’. Indeed the changing climate has been altering the weather system in multiple ways. Extreme weather events like flash floods, intense heat, prolonged droughts, intense cold spells striking different parts of the world are increasingly being linked to climate change. Changing water cycle is a ... Read More »

Water resources essential part of solution to climate change

World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are an essential part of the solution to climate change On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. Read More »

All 11 dam projects violate Ganga environmental flow notice

March 19, 2020 SANDRP A review of the Indian Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring reports of all four quarters of 2019 reveals that all the eleven projects that were being monitored in Ganga basin have violated the mandatory Environment flows notification in each of the four quarters of 2019 at some time or the other. The reports are of poor ... Read More »

Manipur pledge to strengthen efforts for free flow of rivers

Dimapur, March 14 (EMN): Kangoi Khullen and Kangoi Khunnou village authorities, Centre for Research and Advocacy (CRA) Manipur and Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) on Saturday observed International Rivers Day on Saturday, with the theme “Let the rivers flow free in Manipur” at Kangoi lrangpham, Tengnoupal district. Read More »

Experts for joint river management for Dhaka-Delhi ties

DHAKA  – Experts at a seminar today stressed the need for proper watershed management of the common rivers aiming to establish people-to-people connectivity between Bangladesh and India. “…same rivers, same water and same soil, basically we have the same ecosystem,” executive director of Shillong-based Asian Confluence Sabyasachi Dutta said at the working session on economy, connectivity and regional cooperation of ... Read More »

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis: March 1, 2020SANDRP There are three Ramsar sites in eight states of north east India which includes Deepor Beel in Assam, Loktak lake in Manipur and Rudrasagar in Tripura. There are no Ramsar wetlands in remaining North East India states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalya, Sikkim. Here is an account of issues ... Read More »