Spur in farmer suicides after untimely rain in Maharashtra

Spur in farmer suicides after untimely rain in Maharashtra

18 farmers end their lives in less than a month after unseasonal rain and hailstorm destroyed their crops. Social activists claim the figure could be anywhere above 80, more than the average for every two months

Platform made with waste pollutes groundwater

A railway platform constructed with urban waste at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is contaminating groundwater, allege residents. The Kerala Human Rights Commission asks the district medical officer to conduct an inquiry

Reduced buffer for Chennai lake 

The Environment Ministry has reduced the mandatory eco-sensitive zone around the fragile Pulicat lake in Chennai from 10 km to two km. Activists say this is to facilitate development of a port at Dugarajapatnam in Andhra Pradesh

GPRS to check water theft in Hyderabad

The Hyderabad Water Supply Board will extend radio frequency identification smart cards and GPRS tracking system to all the water tankers. According to officials, diverting water tankers for commercial selling is rampant in the city

3000 forced to drink contaminated water in Punjab village

Water from handpumps at Lopo village in Moga district was declared unfit for human consumption two years back. People steal water by puncturing underground pipelines, which contaminates the pipeline water too

NGT orders cleaning of drains in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal passed the order while hearing a petition on covering of storm water drains in the national capital. Forms committee headed by IIT professor A K Gosain to look into the environmental impact of covering of drains.

Tragedy of agriculture in Maharashtra

After a severe drought last year, farmers in Beed district thought they would be able to repay loans with this year's produce but the hailstorm wiped off crop in 55,000 hectares, foiling their plans

Hydropower plans in North-East ignore climate change

Plan to construct 160 hydel projects in the region not only ignores the fragile ecology but also fails to account for the climate change.

Natural aerosols can increase monsoon rain: Study

More dust from West Asia and North Africa due to desertification can increase monsoon rains in India, suggests a research paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

This is the news roundup of March 17 and 19, 2014.

The New Indian Express, The Hindu, The Guardian, Im4change, The Indian Express, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India
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