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Aerogels– How this technology can deliver on catchment management in India

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Aerogels are the world’s lightest solid material and are similar in construction to open cell foams. Early aerogels made of silica were termed ‘blue smoke’ due to their optical properties and are >95% empty space, possess mechanical strength, excellent thermal properties and elasticity (Kistler and Caldwell, 1934). Aerogels have evolved since the 30’s and now can be made from a number of precursors including polymers, metal oxides, Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. This diversity of precursors has led to a wide range of applications, for example, water and air filtration, insulation on space probes and energy storage for Li-ion batteries (Bheekhun et al., 2013, Duxbury, 2001). For more details click here

A Catchment’s Tale

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The River Mithi Catchment investigation was only one day in a week of action research which involved a wider UK team, a range of stakeholders, the INTCATCH water quality monitoring boat, some amazing community meetings and engaging with the Thane Pollution Control Board. The week ended in style on Versova Beach joining more the 3000 people taking action as part of the Worlds biggest beach clean on International Coastal Clean Up Day. For more details, click here

An insight into IUKWC’s Pump Priming Project in Sundarbans

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The coastal region of Sundarbans is fertile, but highly vulnerable to natural and human-made hazards (IPCC, 2007). Over the past century, cyclones, sea level rise, increased salinity, reduced freshwater supply, embankment deterioration, to name a few, have taken their toll on human life and property, and for this reason, Sundarbans is considered to be one of the most hazardous areas of the Indian subcontinent (IPCC, 2007).

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