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THE INDUSTRIAL TOWNS

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
LUDHIANA Ludhiana's problem is that of plenty. This industrial town has a per capita income of Rs 30,000, almost 30 times more the per

NON-INDUSTRIAL TOWNS

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
ALIGARH Aligarh was among the six districts chosen for the Green Revolution along with Ludhiana in the 1980s. The Green Revolution happened and Aligarh, like many other towns, went on to bigger things like rapid and unplanned industrialisation. In the process, the

KOTTAYAM

Kottayam in central Kerala is neither an industrial town nor yet an agricultural wonder. Apart from the occasional huge mansions that break the monotony of rubber plantations and palm groves, Kottayarn looks like a town that woke up a bit too late to cash in on the industrial and even agricultural boom happening elsewhere. Kottayam prides itself on its rubber plantations which makes the

TOURIST TOWN

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
JAISALMER Jaisalmer is one of the world's prettiest 4 desert forts. And it is one of the few in which people still live. But modern Jaisalmer is also bursting at the seams and using water in a way that may destroy the very Jaisalmer tourists throng to see. Unlike other towns in this study, Jaisalmer, named after Rao Jaisal who built the huge fort in 1156, has no surfeit of

Left Hanging

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THE Delhi Transport Corporation's (DTC's) ambitious plan to replace its ancient, polluting and gas-guzzling fleet with new low-emission and commuter-friendly buses has gone haywire. Irked by the DTC's decision to buy the buses from European companies, two Indian bus manufacturers lobbied intensely against the deal. It was not long before the state government gave in, stalling the process till the forthcoming elections.

A peoples charter

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THERE is no action plan of the Indian government to tackle air pollution in the short term, pointed out Anil Agarwal, director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), at the second anniversary function of the release of its book Slow Murder. In his presentation at the World Wide Fund for Nature auditorium on November 1, Agarwal reiterated that the air pollution problem in India has become abysmally bad.

NGO's prepare for COP-4

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THE Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) held a workshop and a seminar to discuss India's stance prior to the Fourth Conference of Parties on Climate Change (cop-4), which is currently being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Representatives of South Asian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) par- ticipated in the meet. Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to the

DYING FOR PROGRESS

Issue Date: Sep 30, 1998
Scientists worldwide now accept that along with industrialisation and urbanisation, there has been a steady destruction of nature. Cities and industries have both affected clean air and clean water.

DISTRESS SIGNALS

Issue Date: Sep 30, 1998
What does environmental deterioration lead to? It leads to changes in the planet's life support systems. When these systems become weak, their ability to support life deteriorates. Consequently, the health of individuals living in that ecosphere is bound to be affected. Some species profit by these changes and others lose out in the struggle for survival.

GREEN REMEDIES

Issue Date: Sep 30, 1998
Our bodies exist in the environment and we carry a soup of chemicals within us and we cannot stay insulated from the changes taking place in the environment. If the environment degrades, so does the state of our health. The key to good health is therefore in many ways a good environment If we pollute the environment our bodies arc polluted in turn. Therefore, it is vital to manage the environment in a manner that it does not become a health problem.
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