India’s water crisis is of anthropic origin

This is what the 2019 edition of the Niti Aayog report says, highlighting the fact that most Indian states are mismanaging their water resources. According to estimates published by the government’s think tank, 600 million people in India are facing severe water scarcity, while 200,000 people die every year because they don’t have access to clean water. 

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Zimbabwe’s forests are under siege due to power shortage

Continuous blackouts, which can last up to 18 hours, have led to more trees and forests being cut down in the country. Firewood is used for domestic cooking and heating. According to Forestry Commission spokesperson Violet Makoto, Zimbabwe loses about 330,000 hectares of forests each year. The FAO estimates that only 15.6 million hectares are left in the country as a result of deforestation. 

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The Street

Light pollution is a threat to food security

A new study published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation calls for a reduction in light pollution as it is endangering the survival of many species of insects, including pollinators. The study found that 40 percent of all insect species could become extinct in the next few decades as a result of the negative effects of artificial lighting.  

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Indian farmers are improving yields through innovative farming practices

Thanks to the work carried out by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a group of farmers in India’s Telangana state has learned new agricultural practices that have allowed them to increase crop productivity. Specifically, they learned more about how to manage irrigation and fertilization with nitrogen, thus reducing losses due to over-fertilization and saving on water use. 

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