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December 16, 2014 | Science & Technology - Bytes

Please elaborate more about this shield around the earth. Thanks in advance

By Vivek
December 16, 2014 | How clean are our forests?

First and foremost I congratulate you for putting forth the forest-pollution problem which infact remains veiled behind the cacophony of city-pollution. Pollution if we see is big issue in India subcontinent as a whole. People in subcontinent and particularly India are personally the pure and serene breed but the surroundings. India can be best imagined with red-washed ‘Pan’ spitted roads and streets.
Well the issue with forests is something more deleterious. The examples given in this article are eye opening. Let me highlight some forest-pollution problems in so called paradise on earth- Kashmir where I come from. We have recently faced a ferocious flood of larger impact, which put thousands of people stranded, without homes and property, with heavy destruction of agricultural and horticultural crops. This deluge is linked, as experts say with wanton loot of forests which Kashmir has witnessed especially during the period of turmoil in past two decades.
Kashmir is known globally for its beauty, its rich biodiversity and charismatic landscapes. Unfortunately the condition of our famous tourist destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg and others is very deplorable and disgusting. Being clad with rich coniferous forests, these are abode of diverse flora and fauna with some endangered species of both plants and animals. But all is not well here. The tourist rush has made concrete cities out of these alpine attractions with soaring filth in form of polythene and plastic as in case of other destinations in India. The religious pilgrimage on the other hand is another manifestation of pollution. While known as Land of seers and saints, Kashmir is dotted with the shrines, both in plains and hilly regions. The regular rituals of paying obeisance and conducting melas and ‘Urs’, though highly spiritual and enchanting, end up with vast heaps of human negligence- polythene wrappers and plastic. Most importantly the most revered Shri Amarnath yatra conducted every year is infact proving a biggest ecological threat in the fragile Valley. Located amidst serene, biodiversity rich alpine zone, people throng for yatra from all parts of the country only to leave the empires of filth. Though people come for attaining spiritual purity, they end up making the divine place impure. If left unabated, such interventions are bound to prove ecological catastrophe with recent deluge in Kashmir. There are scores of such examples where forests are highly threatened at the cost of pollution.
It is high time to focus on our saviours- the forests. As one of the kashmir’s most revered saint Sheikh Noorudin (r.a) said hundreds of years before “ Ann poshe telle yelle vann poshe”- meaning ‘food will suffice till forests last’ better explains the essence and importance of forests. Hope better sense prevails towards our forests.

By Mir Faizan Anwar
December 16, 2014 | Dyeing cities

Dear Sankara Narayanan

The article says situations has not improved in Tirupur. It only says some efforts have been taken to curb pollution in the area which has not happened in other parts of the country like Pali. SURFACE WATER contaminant levels have reduced compared to 2005.

Proper investigations have happened, I surveyed the area, please note the TDS values in the article you referred to, are misleading http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/effluents-...

2100 ppm is never a TDS limit of a surface water body. River cauvery has around 400 ppm TDS, River Noyyal must have TDS lower than that given the fact, Siruvani water source is the source of the river

We have also reported on the mushrooming issues of dyeing industry around Tirupur in Down To Earth, Please visit

Our study area was a very limited section of Tirupur, Karur and Coimbatore. Groundwater sample analysis was not done during the May 2014 study of ours as it was not included in the scope. Our study concentrates mostly on the surface water quality.

TNAU has collected 50,000 water samples (includes ground and surface water)and many soil samples, etc from three districts and is documenting the status to the court, and that can better reflect the status of the area. I m awaiting their report.

By soundaram
December 16, 2014 | Desperate to relocate

Der Suchitraji,
Thanks a lot for bringing out a well studied article about our plight inside Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. At last I could see some news about us in Down To Earth. I hope the authorities will look into it and expedite the matter of our rehabilitation.
Thanks again.

By Sreenivasan MB
December 16, 2014 | Desperate to relocate

Dear Suchitra Madam,
Thanks a lot for publishing our news in the Down to Earth Magazine. Though we are demanding rehabilitation for the past many years, no one is bothered to publish our pathetic condition except you.

thank you.

Gopalan, Bennai.

By N.R.Gopalan
December 16, 2014 | Desperate to relocate

Dear Suchitra Madam,

Thanks for bringing out our plight to the outside world. I hope your well written article will open the eyes of government officers.

Guntithal and Nellikarai are both in the MTR and are demanding for Rehabilitation. Infact I am from Gundithal and am one of the ardent seeker of rehabilitation only due to the hostile forest department and wild animals.
thank you very much for all hardwork done by you. Thanks to Down to Earth, which is as usual always with the poor and downtrodden.

Gangadharan, Guntithal

By K.Gangadharan
December 16, 2014 | Desperate to relocate

Through this article, M.Chitra has brought out the true story of the sons of the soil in Gudalur Taluk. They are merely surviving due to the grace of god, fighting all kinds of wild animals and forest department. Though they are demanding just rehabilitation for the past many decades, the process is being taken long time only due to the irresponsible and inactive bureaucracy.

thanks a lot for the author, M.Chitra and for the Down to Earth, for bring out the truth. it will definitely boost the morale of the people inside the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, who are unheard hitherto.

Thanks again.


By K.Sukumaran

Two things were achieved from COP 20: Wasteful expenditure of public money and pumped more emissions in to the atmosphere.

IPCC report says more than 50% [half] the global average temperature raise after 1951 was contributed by global warming. Here, they are not sure the exact percentage!!!

Then the question is which are contributing to the other less than half part. If urban-heat-island contribution is 0.006 oC/decade, does this is equivalent to 10% of global raise, as reported by IPCC; then which are the other factors.

Also, day by day all over the globe urban sprawl is rapidly growing by destroying the natural ecology.

In London urban-heat-island effect was noted 250 years back.

After deducting the cold-island effect part, what will be the raise in temperature?

Also prior to 1951, the global temperature presented a raise. Can we account this as the contribution by the other part.

Then what is the contribution of global warming to global temperature raise after deducting the natural variability part? Is it less than 0.1 oC/century.

This is reflected in Lima/Peru meet where nations forgetting the global warming, looking for how much they will get from green fund forgetting the ramifications of that in their national economy.

Let us not mix climate change with global warming.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

By Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
December 15, 2014 | Forced Vegetarianism

Is diet only a question of nutrition? What about the rights of animals? Or is it your position that animals have no rights and human beings are free to slaughter at will?

By Pancharatna Das
December 14, 2014 | Lessons from two cities

Dear Sir,

Great Article. So very informative.

Warm Regards
Nikhil Gupta

By nikhil
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