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High fluoride incidence in groundwater and its potential health effects in parts of Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh – A paper in Current Science
 Fluoride (F) is harmful to human health and knowledge of spatiotemporal distribution of F content in groundwater is thus a prerequisite for taking preventive measures.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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CPCB's report on Environmental Information Systems on GIS platform talks of strengthening the air/water quality monitoring network
CPCB's report on Environmental Information Systems on GIS platform talks of strengthening the air/water quality monitoring network
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Biomass production and carbon stock of poplar agroforestry systems in Yamunanagar and Saharanpur districts of northwestern India – A paper in Current Science
Poplar (Populus deltoides) has gained considerable importance in agroforestry plantations of western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir due to its deciduous nature, fast growth, short rotation and high industrial requirement. Poplar based agroforestry systems are prevalent among farmers of Saharanpur (UP) and Yamunanagar (Haryana) districts of northwestern India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Patterns of diversity and conservation status of freshwater fishes in the tributaries of river Ramganga in the Shiwaliks of the Western Himalaya – A paper in Current Science
 One tributary was within a protected area (PA; Corbett National Park); the other two were outside the PA (Lansdowne Forest Division). Cast nets were used for fish sampling, which was done from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Vicious cycle of fluoride in semi-arid India – A health concern – A paper in Current Science
More than 16 states in India are facing the fluorosis problem. Several southern-peninsular states are experiencing monsoon climate condition, where the rainwater is harvested through tanks and used for agriculture.
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Bioremediation ensures clean water - Analog forestry and organic farming - A presentation from the South Asia Conference on "Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques", Bangalore organised by OFAI (2009)
Article and Image courtesy: Organic Farming Association of IndiaAuthor: Kamal Melwani This presentation on Bioremediation by Kamal Melwani, Neo Synthesis Research Centre, Sri Lanka from the conference on Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques held during September 2009 at Bangalore deals with the use of natural processes to breakdown hazardous substances into less toxic substances. The impact of modern agriculture on the immediate environment specifically on ground and surface water resources has been negative. Bioremediation is the use of natural processes to breakdown hazardous substances into less toxic compounds. It includes microbial remediation, phytoremediation and the use of plants. 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Pest and disease management in organic, natural, sustainable agriculture - Presentations from the South Asia Conference on "Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques", Bangalore organised by OFAI (2009)
This set of presentations from the conference on Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques held during September 2009 at Bangalore deals with pest and disease management practices in organic farming, which rely primarily on preventive and integrated methods. Crop production and plan protection in organic farming This paper by S R Sundararaman presents organic farming as the only recourse for farmers, to save both livelihood and the health of the soil. Organic farming methods enable farmers save money and turn their farmyard waste into value-added products for increasing crop production. Farmers will not have to be dependent on agri-business companies for seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Our self-reliance is thus preserved. A large portion of our country's foreign exchange is used to pay for the import of petroleum products. By going organic we will also help our country save on valuable foreign exchange. Our land will keep giving us returns for extended periods of time unlike farming as per the green revolution, where the land stays productive for a short time and then becomes sterile. The uppermost question in the minds of farmers who have recently converted to organic farming or who want to turn organic is how to ensure that crop production does not reduce and how to protect the plants from disease, without the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that their fields have grown used to. This paper provides the answers and it also seeks to reassure all farmers that there is no farm which cannot turn around and produce quality crops in sufficient quantity, using organic farming methods.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Sowing seeds of consciousness - Presentations from the South Asia Conference on "Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques", Bangalore organised by OFAI (2009)
This set of presentations from the conference on Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques held during September 2009 at Bangalore deals with the conservation of seeds particularly for small subsistence farmers who are not very well linked with local markets and for whom seed production is still an integral part of farming activity seamlessly merged with the growing of crops and the totality of work and life on a farm.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Promoting plant health and a living soil in organic, natural, sustainable agriculture - Presentations from the South Asia Conference on "Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques", Bangalore organised by OFAI (2009)
This set of presentations from the conference on Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques held during September 2009 at Bangalore deals with methods for promoting plant health through organic farming. Healthy fields: Managing plant health This presentation by S R Sundaraman of Tamil Nadu Farmers Technology Association, Erode on managing plant health begins with an account of the techniques that can be employed in TNRH 29 rice through organic SRI methods. The following are recommended in harvesting stage – (a) four irrigations with fruit gaudi (b) two applications of MEM (c) application of four sprays and (d) four applications of parasites. The growth promoters used are Archea solution, Concentrated Amudham Sol, Panchakavya, Butter Milk Sol, Fish/Egg Extract, Leaf Extract Solution-pest control and TFPE-MN Supplements. Apart from rice, the other crops dealt with are maize, kadali banana, turmeric, sugarcane and vegetables.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Introduction to organic, natural, sustainable agriculture - Presentations from the South Asia Conference on "Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques", Bangalore organised by OFAI (2009)
This set of presentations from the conference on Outstanding Organic Agriculture Techniques held during September 2009 at Bangalore provides an introduction to organic farming, and bringing together various issues related to organic farming. Organic farming can feed the world This presentation by Claude Alvares, deals with the work of India’s organic farming community and the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI). It states that the best organic farmers look to the forest for their learning. It details out how one raises plants (or trees) without – (a) NPK (b) Dams and canal irrigation (c) Tractors (d) Pesticides, weedicides, fungicides, homicides (e) Bank credit or bank extension officers (f) Agricultural scientists or universities (g) Negative environmental effects like climate change and (h) Water pollution.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 3 months ago
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Lakes of Mahadevpura constituency of Bengaluru: Current status, changes in distribution and recommendations for restoration - A report by ATREE (2011)
The lakes are now faced with the impacts of rapid urbanization and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been consolidating management of the majority of the city’s lakes under its control in the recent years. The survey dealt with 35 lakes in 10 sub chains in Mahadevpura. The report describes current status, studies changes in extent, and suggests steps for reclamation and conservation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Social impact assessment of resettlement & rehabilitation policies and packages in India - Report of a research project by Centre for Social Development
The National Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) policy, issued in 2007, recognizes the need to carry out Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as part of the resettlement planning and implementation processes. While an assessment of social impacts prior to the commencement of a new project or expansion of an existing is now obligatory under this new policy, the appropriate guidelines for the purpose do not yet exist. This handbook on conducting social impact assessments aims to fill this gap.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Co-processing of distillery spent wash concentrate in cement industry – Inviting comments on the draft guidelines by the Central Pollution Control Board (2010)
In order to utilize the hazardous wastes generated in the cement industry the Central Pollution Control Board has come up with the draft guidelines (in February 2010) dealing with the co-processing of distillery spent wash concentrate in the cement industry.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Canacona flash floods (2009): Reports submitted by the National Institute of Oceanography to the Government of Goa
The report is based on a study carried out with the help of National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and attempts to (1) assemble and analyse available information to describe and identify causes behind the flash floods, and (2) suggest measures to be adopted in Goa to minimise damage arising from similar episodes in future. 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Socio-economic implications of depleting groundwater resource in Punjab: A comparative analysis of different irrigation systems - An EPW paper
It argues that while the consequences of negative groundwater draft have mostly been viewed as an ecological disaster, the externalities of groundwater depletion pose greater concern for socio-economic equity in the access to this resource.
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Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011: Not the end of the road - An EPW paper
 It falls short of offering greater protection to the coastal ecosystem, recognising the inalienable right of fisherfolk to their habitats and providing them with representation in decision-making.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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State of knowledge of coastal and marine biodiversity of Indian Ocean countries – An article from the Public Library of Science
The Indian Ocean extends over 30 per cent of the global ocean area and is rimmed by 36 littoral and 11 hinterland nations sustaining about 30 per cent of the world’s population. The landlocked character of the ocean along its northern boundary and the resultant seasonally reversing wind and sea surface circulation patterns are features unique to the Indian Ocean.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Seasonal prediction of the Indian monsoon – An assessment using atmospheric general circulation models (AGCMs) - An article from Current Science
The project was a collaborative effort of the coordinators and scientists from the different modelling groups across the country. All the runs were made at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) at Bangalore on the PARAM Padma supercomputing system.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Prediction of the Indian summer monsoon rainfall using a state-of-the-art coupled ocean–atmosphere model - An article from Current Science
 A model of the coupled ocean–atmosphere system, the climate forecast system (CFS), from the National Centre for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), USA, has been ported onto the PARAM Padma parallel computing system at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Bangalore and retrospective predictions for the summer monsoon (June–September) season of 2009 have been generated, using five initial conditions for the atmosphere and one initial condition for the ocean for May 2009.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago
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Financial aspects of irrigation projects in India – A report by the Central Water Commission
This publication by the Central Water Commission presents data on Major and Medium Irrigation and Multipurpose projects, Minor Irrigation projects, Command Area Develop
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 4 months ago

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