This week from the world of science and environment

NGOs demanding a ban on oil drilling in Virunga National Park to the new NFHS revealing that many of India's women and children are stillanaemic—a quick look at news you may have missed

By DTE Staff
Published: Friday 22 January 2016

More than 50% of children and women In India are anaemic: National Family Health Survey

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) for 2015-16 was released this week by the Union Health Ministry. It revealed some shocking facts. More than half of the children in 10 out of 15 states, where the survey was conducted, are still anaemic. It also showed that more than half of women were anaemic in eleven states.

Air of Delhi's schools full of metals, says Greenpeace study

Greenpeace India came out with a scientific analysis which revealed high concentrations of heavy metals inside classrooms of different schools across Delhi between October-November. The report showed the samples collected and tested inside the classrooms as having alarming levels of heavy metal presence on days when PM 2.5 concentrations were higher than the prescribed levels. The study was conducted to decode constituents of PM 2.5 from the collected sample. PM 2.5 concentrations from monitors installed inside the classrooms showed indoor air quality five times above the Indian safety limits, and as much as 11 times above the World Health Organisation’s safety limits, taking the average to 293 (µg/m3). The same samples when tested for elemental composition of PM2.5 showed dangerous levels of heavy metals such as
Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Nickel which are carcinogenic and detrimental to health.

NGOs call for a ban on oil drilling in the Virunga National Park

International environment and rights groups have launched a joint plea to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan governments not to allow oil drilling in or around the famous Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve famed for its mountain gorillas.

Water flow in great Asian rivers to increase in future, says new research

Contrary to fears that water supplies in the major Asian rivers would drastically decline in the near future, new research now shows that water flow in these rivers will be stable and may even increase in the coming decades. The great Asian rivers have their source on the Tibetan Plateau or in the neighbouring mountains. Tinghai Ou from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden who was responsible for the climate projections in the study, explained that increased precipitation and meltwater from glaciers and snowfall are contributing to increased water flows in the region.The study published in the journal Global and Planetary Change modelled the water flows upstream in the Yellow river, the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Salween, the Brahmaputra and the Indus.


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