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2009-04-22 15:13:32

A U.S. study shows rivers in some of the world's most populous regions are losing water, with some losses attributed to climate change. The study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research suggests the reduced stream flow potentially threatens future supplies of food and water. The scientists, examining stream flow from 1948 to 2004, said they found significant downward changes in about one-third of the world's largest rivers, including the Yellow River in northern China, the Ganges in...

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2009-02-02 11:30:00

A climate change expert warned Monday, that rising sea levels are causing salt water to flow into India's biggest river, threatening its ecosystem and turning vast farmlands barren in the country's east.A study by an east Indian University in the city of Kolkata revealed surprising growth of mangroves on the Ganges river."This phenomenon is called extension of salt wedge and it will salinate the groundwater of Kolkata and turn agricultural lands barren in adjoining rural belts," said Pranabes...

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2008-09-11 13:45:00

In August torrential rains devastated the banks of the Kosi River of eastern India, displacing more than 3 million people. The monsoon rains weren't unprecedented, they occur every few years, which is why experts say the government should have been better prepared for such a scenario. "This is the mother of all floods," said P.V. Unnikrishnan of aid agency ActionAid. The Kosi, which feeds into the Ganges, flooded an area roughly the size of Belgium. The floods changed the course of the...

2008-08-30 09:00:25

By Andrew Buncombe It is a landscape of despair. The carcasses of dead animals lie adrift in the flood water, rotting and stinking. Entire villages in one of India's poorest states have been washed away and millions of people have been forced from their homes by the worst flooding in the region for 50 years. One aerial photograph showed a railway station - seemingly the only piece of land above water for miles in all directions - on to which countless people were crowded. India's Prime...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By D'Souza, Rohan For several decades following 1947, the modern large dam in India presented itself as a political conundrum, often voiced in strange, contradictory tones. In an oft-quoted speech in July 1954 Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister (1947-64), likened the large dam to a "modern temple." Later, in a less remembered speech before a gathering of engineers and technocrats in 1958, Nehru, as if in contrition, bemoaned the quest for big dams as a "disease of gigantism."1...

2008-06-20 06:00:16

Text of report by Bangladeshi newspaper New Age website on 20 June The High Court on Thursday [19 June] asked the government to explain in four weeks why it would not be directed to review the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty [with India] and take steps to ensure due share of waters. The bench of Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana and Justice M. Rezaul Haque gave the ruling after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyers M.K. Muraduzzaman and Faruk Hossain on 8...

2008-01-04 15:07:19

Hurricanes and tornadoes have seasons, but do earthquakes? They do in the Himalayas, and it's during the winter. For years, seismologists had observed that far more earthquakes shook the massive Asian mountain range in the winter months than in the summer, but they couldn't pinpoint the cause of this seasonal change. A new study of GPS and satellite data presented last month at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union has connected the increase in earthquake activity to the...

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2007-07-27 09:30:00

VARANASI, India -- WITH HER EYES sealed, Ramedi cupped the murky water of the Ganges River in her hands, lifted them toward the sun and prayed for her husband, her 15 grandchildren and her bad hip. She, like India's other 800 million Hindus, has absolute faith that the river she calls Ganga Ma can heal. Around Ramedi, who like some Indians has only one name, people converged on the riverbank in the early morning, before the day's heat set in. Women floated necklaces of marigolds on a boat of...

2007-06-27 09:00:38

By Brahma Chellaney The sharpening Asian competition over energy resources has obscured another danger: Water shortages in much of Asia are becoming a threat to rapid economic modernization. Water has emerged as a key issue that could determine if Asia is headed toward cooperation or competition. No country would influence that direction more than China, which controls the Tibetan plateau, the source of most major rivers of Asia. Tibet's vast glaciers and high altitude have endowed...

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2007-01-15 03:00:21

By BISWAJEET BANERJEE ALLAHABAD, India - Hundreds of Hindu holy men, naked but for the ash smeared on their bodies and an occasional marigold garland, led a sea of humanity to the waters of the Ganges River Monday to wash away their sins at the apex of a weekslong pilgrimage. By midmorning Monday, some 3 million people had immersed themselves in the waters near the north Indian city of Allahabad, said festival organizer P. N. Mishra. The number was expected to top 5 million by the end...


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2006-09-01 13:04:41

The Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) and Indus River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor) are two sub-species of freshwater or river dolphins found in India and Pakistan. From the 1970s they had commonly been regarded as separate species. The Ganges River Dolphin is primarily found in River Ganges and its tributaries in India while the Indus River Dolphin is found in the Indus river in Pakistan Taxonomy Until the 1970s the Indus and Ganges River Dolphins were...

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