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World Water Day' is here - Article by S Vishwanath in The Hindu
Article Courtesy: The HinduAuthor: S Vishwanath Receiving water in taps is basic to one's living. But given our poor distribution system, supplying water for cities poses a big challenge. A look by our water expert S. Vishwanath. The U.N. has declared March 22 as World Water Day to bring focus and attention to this most precious of natural resource and to urge all — policymakers, governments, NGOs and citizens — to think about and take action on water. The theme for this year is “Water for Cities- Responding to the Urban Challenge.”As the U.N. website www.unwater.org/worldwaterday points out, it is the first time in human history that more of the world's population are in cities than otherwise and that the urban population continues to grow. Many of the population also occupy spaces of deprivation and live in slums. Access to clean water and sanitation is an impossibility for these people and has therefore a tremendous consequence on morbidity and mortality.
Gautham  posted 9 years 5 months ago
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Preparedness for tsunami-like disasters - MoEF Press release
In the background of recent Tsunami tragedy that has struck Japan,concern has been raised in India on the safety of critical infrastructure projects located in the coastal areas, for instance, power plants, oil storage depots, refineries etc. More such projects are likely to come up in the coastal locations in the years to come.Hazard Line MappingIn this connection, it may be recalled that a very important component of the Rs.1200 crore project taken up by the MoEF for implementation involves identification, delineation and demarcation of the hazard line along the 5400 kms of the main coastline of India.
Gautham  posted 9 years 6 months ago
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One of Asia s oldest primary forests still survives in Borneo, but it s a precarious existence
Article and Image courtesy: Outlook TravellerAuthor: Arati Rao The only way to get a full sense of a rain forest is to reach the canopy. The viewing platform visible here is an intermediate one, about 25m above ground. As the small airplane banked right over Sabah in Malaysian-Borneo, the valley and the river snaking through it came in to full view. It was resplendent: a thick shaggy green blanket swathed the hills. I was convinced there wouldn’t be wiggle room for a finger in there. But as the plane flew lower and the coast came in to view, my heart sank. The green had been cleared in neat tracks all the way down to the sea, like someone had run a giant fork through the landscape.
Gautham  posted 9 years 6 months ago
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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore is looking for Faculty positions - Apply by 30th April 2011
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore invites applications for endowed two faculty positions: Faculty position in Environment and Development: Person may be trained either in the social or natural/physical/engineering sciences or both. Faculty position in Social Science: Person must be trained primarily in the social sciences.
Gautham  posted 9 years 6 months ago
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Channels of change - Down to Earth

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Highway to hell - Elevated beach expressways in Chennai could hurt fisherfolk and turtles - Tehelka
Article and Image courtesy: TehelkaAuthor: Nityanand Jayaraman No comfort zone: Olive Ridleys will have to find a new haven if the roads on stilts become a reality. Photo: AP Ask Chennai's fisherfolk and they will tell you that the road to hell is built on stilts. Various Central and state government agencies plan to construct three controversial expressways on stilts in the coastal city. These roads will displace more than 1 lakh people — mostly urban poor — and create a 100 km maze of elevated expressways, all of which will be built over river banks and the city’s famed beaches.
Gautham  posted 9 years 6 months ago
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Vijayawada s water for all is a first in India : First city to have ensured universal access to treated water
Article Courtesy: Indian ExpressAuthor: Esha Roy Vijayawada has become the country’s first city to have ensured universal access to treated water. Every household in this three-tier town now receives water, a distinction yet to be achieved by India’s metropolitan cities.Andhra Pradesh’s third largest city has been concentrating on bettering its water supply over the past two years under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), say officials in the Urban Development Ministry. So while Andhra Pradesh has bagged the distinction of being one of the best performing states under the Mission, Vijayawada has found mention for its improved performance in water supply and sewerage.
Gautham  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWEA) is looking for volunteers for Wildlife Census 2011 at Nilgiris
Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWEA) is conducting a Wildlife Census for Nilgiris North, Nilgiris South and Gudalur Forest Divisions from February 25 -27. This is a count for all mammals.Over 100 volunteers are needed for this count which is simultaneously done in  three Forest divisions with support and guidance of the Forest Department.
Gautham  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Harbouring trouble: The impact of ports on commons - Infochange
Article and Image courtesy: InfochangeAuthor: Aarthi Sridhar Karwar port in North Kanara district, Karnataka, 2010. “Surely the Supercyclone of 1991 highlighted to the world the vulnerability of the Orissa coastline and its communities” “The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is likely to inhibit investor interest in coastal lands in Tamil Nadu”
Gautham  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Malnad Mela 2011, Vanastree Collective, 5th - 6th February 2011, Bangalore
Organizer: Vanastree Collective Venue: Golden Beads School, 157, Richmond Road, Bangalore
Gautham  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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A firm voice in the hills - Sachidanand Bharati's work on restoring the ecology of villages in the Himalayas - Civil Society
Article and Image courtesy: Civil Society In 1982, the Doodhatoli Lok Vikas Sansthan was formed to restore the ecology of villages in the Pauri Garhwal district of the western Himalayas.
Gautham  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Conference on Waste Management in India, Indian Infrastructure, 9th-10th March, 2011, The Imperial, New Delhi
Organizer: Indian Infrastructure Venue: The Imperial, New Delhi Theme: Waste Management in India: Trends and Opportunities, Issues and Challenges
Gautham  posted 9 years 7 months ago