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Turning rivers into killers

Posted on: 11 Jun, 2014
The recent tragedy in Manali caused by flash floods in river Beas raises serious  questions on the management of dams and barrages in the country Sweeping away on June 8, 2014 evening, of twenty four engineering students from Hyderabad by flash flood in river Beas is a tragedy beyond words. The fact that the tragedy is entirely manmade sounds sickening and unpardonable.

Escape route

Author(s): Indu Mathi S
Issue Date: May 15, 2014

Ministry in a hurry

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
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Breaking the impasse of 2013

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2014
When I look back at 2013, I hear a cacophony. There was huge dissent about the way we are mismanaging coal reserves; the Supreme Court shut down iron ore mining in Goa; there was outcry about rampant sand mining and the havoc it is wreaking on rivers. There were equally loud calls for the need for green clearance to all projects, from hydropower projects in the Himalayas to mines in dense forests of central India. One side wanted to shut everything; another wanted to open up everything.

How clean is green

Author(s): G Dhanapal 
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2013
Over 80 per cent of India’s energy needs are met from non-renewable energy sources, the fossil fuels. Coal provides a little more than 50 per cent of the energy supplied from non-renewable sources, followed by oil and natural gas. Such an energy regime leads to high carbon emissions. Not surprisingly, nearly 40 per cent of India’s carbon emissions are from the power sector.

Tigers fall prey to development

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2013
It was March 2013. We were on a field trip surveying wild carnivores. As we walked along a flank of the Tillari reservoir, my companion pointed at a large “scrape” (a patch of jungle floor recently cleared by an animal’s hind paws) along the forest trail and asked if it belonged to a tiger. It did look like a tiger’s scrape. I was excited.

Afforestation interrupted

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013

The past and present of rivers

Issue Date: Sep 29, 2013

Uttarakhand on bumpy recovery road

Author(s): Manu Bhatnagar
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013
A resilient ecosystem can regain its equilibrium even after a major natural disturbance. But human interference is robbing ecosystems of their resilience, pushing them beyond recovery. Following the cloudburst in mid-June, Uttarakhand is on the brink of such an ecological disaster.

Rivers, up close and personal

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2013
See also:  River, my bosom pal Adapting to Catastrophes A Road called Sutlej Dillis without the yamuna The Femininity of Rivers How my river changed A vision for a new kind of city An Unquiet River The melting pot No loss of humour Neither Land, Nor Water E-book  
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