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Factsheet

Climate change affects low-lying areas, puts poor at risk

Issue Date: May 15, 2007
Low-elevation coastal zones (leczs) are areas at an elevation of 10 metres or less above sea level. Although leczs account for just 2 per cent of the world's total land area, they contain about 634 million people: 10 per cent of the global population. About 75 per cent of people in leczs live in Asia

Dying diversity: North profits from destruction of southern hotspots

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2007
Lukewarm spots >> Biodiversity hotspots are regions of significant diversity threatened with destruction through commercial exploitation. There are 34 hotspots in the world, accounting for just 1.4 per cent of the world's land. These regions support 60 per cent of species on earth. A hotspot contains at least 1,500 species of endemic vascular plants

Coal-based power plants pollute most

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2007
The total installed capacity of the power sector in India is around 128,000 mw. Thermal power plants--using coal, gas or oil--together account for more than 65.6 per cent of the total power capacity in the country

Each computer leaves a toxic trail

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2007
>> Computers, the hub of modern business and lifestyle, are considered to be the vanguard of clean technology that has freed us from the use of paper and unnecessary transportation. By default, the industry that produces computer is also perceived to be clean. However, a un study reveals that each computer at its birth uses at least 240 kg fossil fuels, 22 kg of chemicals and 1.5 tonnes of water-more than the weight of a rhinoceros

A look at world urban population

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2007
Homo sapien as an urban, undeveloped species >> From 1950 to 2000, the urban population of the world quadrupled--from 732 million to 2.8 billion. In 2006, the number of people living in urban areas was about 3.2 billion. In 2008, it is estimated that more than half the world's population will live in urban areas

Blow hot, blow cold

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2007
Climate change is real. The sheen of industrial revolution is wearing off

Water strikes the poor, says report

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2007
Water-related disasters include flood, windstorms, drought, water epidemics, famine and landslides. These combine with other water-related hazards such as pollution and chemical spills, aquifer depletion, land subsidence, salinisation of arable land, marine intrusions, sea and storm surges, coastal flooding and water-borne diseases to affect ecosystems and food and livelihood security

Findings of third National Family Health Survey

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2007
The third National Family Health Survey (nfhs) was carried out during 2005 and 2006. Preliminary findings reveal Child n In Madhya Pradesh, 60.3 per cent of the children under three are underweight. This is the highest in the country the problem exists in both urban and rural areas. 53.5 per cent children were underweight in the state according to nfhs-2

US attempt to promote corn ethanol challenged

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2007
The west Asian crisis, rising prices and global warming are pushing large oil users to rethink energy alternatives and biofuel has become the buzzword. Various options are being tried out to produce ethanol in laboratories as well as in industry The US with 5 per cent of global population and 25 per cent of global

Livestock production causes global warming, strains land and water resources

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2006
  Livestock production has become a major envioronmental management challenge. When its full commodity chain is included, the sector contributes to global warming, causes stress on land by grazing, increases demand for water for feed crop production and leads to water pollution by animal waste and chemicals
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