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Economic growth brings in invasive species

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2008
Fish invasion--0-5 per cent, 5-25 per cent and 25-95 per cent--is classified as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. They are the percentages of non-native fish species compared to the total number of fish present in the

Central Water Commission overestimates the country's usable water resources

Author(s): Archita Bhatta
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2008
If the government is to be believed there is enough usable water in the country to meet projected demand until 2050. Stumped by this claim, scientists at iit Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, pored over official calculations for estimating the country's water resources. They say the government has overestimated its usable water resources by at least 66 per cent.

Millions to be moved away from Three Gorges Dam

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2007
Weeks after Chinese officials warned of a potential environmental catastrophe, the government has announced that it needs to relocate at least four million more people away from the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir area to protect the dam's "ecology".

South asia

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2007
cleaning Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in the second week of October has directed the attorney general to prepare a new action plan within a month to reduce air pollution caused by vehicles in the capital city of Colombo. Acting on a petition filed by the Environmental Foundation Limited, a public interest law group, the court suggested introducing a new traffic system to stop all vehicles at the entrance of the city and transport passengers into the city using a public transport system.

Floods blacked out but real

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
I read newspapers and I watch the news unfold on scores of television channels. But in spite of these sources that keep me informed about current affairs, I would not know that floods are still ravaging vast parts of India. I would not know that over 2,800 people have died in these disasters, which have been termed as the worst ever in living memory. I would not know what is happening in the villages that drowned under the fury of nature or how millions are coping with the water that has swept away crops, livestock, worldly belongings, homes, roads, schools and what not.

Citizens' reports indict Gujarat government for Surat floods

Author(s): Nidhi Jamwal
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2007
The floods of August 2006 are among the worst Gujarat's Surat city has experienced in recent times. The sudden release of a huge amount of water from the Ukai dam led to over 80 per cent of Surat going under water. More than 2 million people were incommunicado--trapped in their houses without food and drinking water for four days and four nights.

Centre says yes to Athirapally project in Kerala

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2007
the Kerala State Electricity Board is hopeful that the Athirapally Hydro Electric Project in the state's Trissur district will be revived. The Union ministry of Environment and Forests on July 19 cleared the board's proposal to build a 163-mw

Coping with floods in climate change

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2007

Lessons in dealing with floods

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2007
The Comptroller and Auditor General's (cag's) audit report for Maharashtra tabled on April 18, 2007 scrutinised the post-flood disaster relief expenditure in the year 2005 and 2006. It indicated that preparedness for floods was inadequate, relief assistance was extended without proper identification of affected persons, financial management was deficient, and monitoring of relief and rehabilitation activities was unsatisfactory. This audit also went a step beyond just reporting the financial irregularities.

Tehri dam oustees to be rehabilitated again; threat of landslides

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2007
People living near the Tehri dam on the Bhagirathi river in Uttarakhand are in trouble. Villages on the slopes overlooking the reservoir are threatened by increasing landslides and those living downstream, once ousted for the building of the dam and rehabilitated, are losing their new homes to an airport expansion project. Deep slide
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