Green India Series #1


I’m starting a Green India Series on this blog that brings information on how India is performing in the environmental movement. Although I am far away from India right now, I want to know what is going on in there. It amazes me to see how it juggles everything! Every Green India Series blog post will have 5 curated stories from India. You can easily access this series from one of the main tabs/categories/pages on this page on the top.

If you would like to submit stories, please email me at anuja (at) anujasawant (dot) com or tweet me at @anujasaw. I will be happy to credit you for your contribution.

Current Status of Desalination Plants in India

Three desalination plants based on the Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology, indigenously developed and demonstrated by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), have been successfully commissioned one each at Kavaratti, Minicoy, and Agatti islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep with expenditures of Rs. 5 crores, Rs. 10.4 crores and Rs. 16.4 crores, respectively. The capacity of each of these LTTD plants is 1 lakh litres of potable water per day. One experimental LTTD plant using condenser waste heat from power plant was set up at North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS) with an expenditure of Rs. 4.5 crores.  Read more. Also read.

Opening the doors to India’s first low-energy genebank

Vegetable crops are important for food security, contributing to nutrition and incomes, but the seeds are often stored by farmers in their own homes meaning many can be lost or damaged due to poor storage conditions and challenges like insect infestation. Having this backup is vital for long-term food security. Genebanks traditionally keep seeds in safe storage, using cold temperatures to prolong the seeds’ shelf life. But genebanks can be costly to run, and can be unreliable when power supplies are uncertain. A new method of dry seed storage is set to offer a much cheaper and more reliable alternative. India has just opened the doors to its first low-energy genebank which uses an innovative technique based on desiccants to dry vegetable seeds for storage – a technique that requires very little power to operate. Read more

Data on casualties due to heat waves in the last three years

The number of persons who lost their lives/seriously hurt due to heat waves which swept across the country during each of the last three years and the current year are as under. Graph excludes Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with both the states going off the charts with following figures. Read more



2013 2014 2015 Till March 2016
Andhra Pradesh 1393 447 1422 8
Telangana 584 56

heat wave

What Modi did not tell you about urea on Independence Day

In his address on Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi brought the welfare of farmers to the centerstage of the government’s development initiative. He said diversion of urea to the chemical factories by unscrupulous operators had long haunted the farmer in the country. “We have tweaked the chemical composition of this essential fertiliser by coating it with neem in such a way that it is rendered useless for the factory owner and provides extra nutrition to the soil in the fields,” he said. “Selling neem-coated urea has been made compulsory for all fertiliser outlets in the country. I caution the farmers against picking anything which is not neem-coated from the urea outlet,” he added. Read more

India signs historic Paris climate agreement along with over 170 nations

India on Friday signed the historic Paris climate agreement along with more than 170 nations, marking a significant step that has brought together developing and developed nations for beginning work on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar signed the agreement in the UN General Assembly hall at a high-level ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ceremony was attended by heads of government, ministers, corporate leaders and artists. Read more


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