Rivers are critical for groundwater recharge

Rivers are critical for groundwater recharge

Photo: In a report released recently, the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, University of California, and the India Meteorological Department, Pune, said nearly 50% of the country is currently facing drought with at least 16% falling in the “exceptional” or “extreme” category (Hindustan Times)

India’s groundwater recharge is not adequate even though drought conditions are making us extract more and more of the resource, and that the people are wasting


Global coal industry using as much water as a billion people each year

map: coal-fired power plants and regions of water scarcity in the USA

We already know that coal-fired power plants are bad for the planet, but that’s usually because we are just thinking about the enormous amounts of carbon dioxide emissions they contribute to our atmosphere. A new Greenpeace report entitled The Great Water Grab sheds light on another terrifying aspect of the coal industry – its astronomical water consumption. The report suggests that the global coal industry uses the same amount of … [more…]

Water shortages key environmental challenge of century, NASA warns

Water shortages are likely to be the key environmental challenge of this century, scientists from NASA have warned, as new data has revealed a drying-out of swaths of the globe between the tropics and the high latitudes, with 19 hotspots where water depletion has been dramatic.

Areas in northern and eastern India, the Middle East, California and Australia are among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a … [more…]

USA Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

U.S. Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

Report identifies water priorities in foreign policy.

Photo: A girl fills jars with water in Rajasthan, India. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

To coordinate its response to floods, droughts, disease, and other water challenges whose political and economic consequences leap borders the Trump administration submitted the federal government’s first global water strategy. Ordered by Congress in 2014, the strategy lays


Bring down water requirements for agriculture: K Kasturirangan

"There has to be strategies to harvest it, keeping it with limited amount of evaporation," he said. HYDERABAD: India needs to promote agricultural practices that need less water for crop cultivation and give thrust to water conservation and harvesting over the next one decade to avert crisis of shortage, according to an eminent scientist. Calling for a holistic approach towards water conservation, including recharging of structures, the former Chairman of