Tag: India

How to Make Good on the Promise of Water as a Human Right

by | 12.22.2014 at 9:00am

Is the creation of a National Water Framework Law or other stronger national legislation the right approach to creating a more sustainable water regime in India? To answer that question, one has to look at the current constitutional status of water rights in the country.

Indian Government Takes Steps on Agriculture, Water, Climate

by | 7.23.2014 at 9:43am
Cabinet Secretariat of India. Image Source: Wikipedia.

In terms of the urgent need to reform agriculture, address climate change and promote sustainable watershed development, the Indian government’s new budget provides for a number of promising initiatives.

In India, Reducing the Dependency on Monsoon Precipitation

by | 5.28.2014 at 3:47pm
India maps rainfall and crops cropped

The Centers for International Projects Trust has undertaken various low cost technological innovations to reduce the amount of water used for the production of rice and wheat in India. Such innovations not only reduce water usage in agriculture but also make farmers less vulnerable to climate variability, especially as it relates to the monsoon season.

This Dance Class Could Be Worth $1 Million

by | 1.31.2014 at 2:56pm
Capoeira in the street in Brazil. Photo: jonrawlinson / flickr

You could be dancing a Dollu Kunitha in Karnataka, or a Kpanlogo in Ghana, or a samba in Rio. Dance is integral to most cultures, and it’s also a social and fun way to improve physical fitness. It can help prevent cardiovascular disease and control weight, among other health benefits. And that is the point that a group of Earth Institute students are hoping will win them a million dollars to finance their project, named “Health for All.”

Of Cow Dung, Cook Stoves and Sustainability in Practice

by | 5.15.2013 at 11:35am | 1 Comment
biogas stoves, India

When the Environmental Defense Fund asked me to measure how biogas cook stoves were changing the lives of farmers in rural India, there wasn’t a word in that question with which I was comfortable. Having just graduated from the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development, I had never done fieldwork; and the concept of a biogas digester, which turns cow dung into natural gas through anaerobic digestion, was itself a mystery. I had no idea that this was the beginning of a steep learning curve into low-carbon development at a large scale. But even more, that it would provide a window into the lives of families whose existences have permanently improved thanks to the clean cooking stoves.

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: A Guide

by | 2.27.2013 at 10:37am
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Earth Institute research expeditions investigating the dynamics of the planet on all levels take place on every continent and every ocean. Most projects originate with our main research center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and are often run in collaboration with other institutions.

Tensiometers in Punjab

by | 2.20.2013 at 10:27am | 1 Comment

So far, tensiometers have been tested in four central districts of Punjab, initially with more than 500 farmers the first year, and then peaking with an additional 4,500 farmers in 2011 before testing was scaled back. Data showed, on average, a 30 percent reduction in the water used in the test plots when compared with the standard practices employed in the control plots.

Achieving Sustainable Water, Energy and Agriculture in Gujarat, India

by | 2.19.2013 at 12:01pm | 3 Comments
Groundwater pump, Gujarat, India

Watch a video about the Columbia Water Center’s project to address a looming water crisis in north Gujarat, India.

Conclave in Sylhet, Bangladesh

by | 2.5.2013 at 2:13pm | 3 Comments

Our project studying the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta in Bangladesh consists of many components studying different tectonic and sedimentary aspects of the geology. To bring all the parts together, we are holding a meeting we are calling the “conclave” in NE Bangladesh. We are jointly visiting places that can help us to develop an integrated understanding of the basin.

Managing Hazard Risk and Weather Extremes at AGU

by | 12.3.2012 at 4:04pm

Researchers from the Earth Institute’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions will present their work at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco this week. Psychology doctoral candidate Katherine Thompson will present a poster entitled “The Psychology of Hazard Risk Perception”; and visiting research scholar Diana Reckien will present a poster entitled “Realities of Weather Extremes on Daily Life in Urban India—How Quantified Impacts Infer Sensible Adaptation Options.”