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Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

yamuna river, delhi
Indian workers remove religious offerings from the Yamuna river in Delhi. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty

Environmentalists say holy ceremonies such as 10-day Durga Puja overwhelming already polluted Yamuna river

October 3, 2017 — Sections of a major river in Delhi are choking with plastic, flowers and debris after an annual Hindu festival in which hundreds of idols were immersed in Indian waterways. Continue reading Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

Polluted Indian river reported dead despite ‘living entity’ status

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A man looks for recyclable items on the banks of the Yamuna, on the outskirts of New Delhi. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

After the Yamuna river, a tributary to the Ganges, was granted the accolade, it made sense for activists to tell police that somebody had killed it

July 7, 2017 — One morning in late March, Brij Khandelwal called the Agra police to report an attempted murder. Continue reading Polluted Indian river reported dead despite ‘living entity’ status

Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

a view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the kaskawulsh glacier
A view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh glacier, seen here on the right, away from the Slims river and toward the Kaskawulsh river. Photograph: Dan Shugar/University of Washington Tacoma

First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse

April 17, 2017 — An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. Continue reading Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days