24 Apr 2017 | Ms Raina Singh | Financial Chronicle
Incessant rain and untimely snowfall that led to flood-like situations and brought life to a standstill in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley last week, was a grim reminder of the devastation caused by the deluge in 2014.
Looking at recent data, one will find that Srinagar is not the only city that is facing recurring climate related disasters. Mumbai, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Bhopal, Gurugram and many other cities are facing flood-like situations year after year due to very high rainfall, cyclones and storm surges.
21 Apr 2017 | Ms Sonia Grover | Deccan Herald
India generates 61,754 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage, but only 38% of it is treated, and the rest goes untreated into water bodies.
As per the estimates given by the Central Pollution Control Board, 38,791 MLD of wastewater finds its way into waterbodies, out of which 10,000 MLD alone comes from industrial sources. Because of untreated sewage discharge into waterbodies, the quality of the water is deteriorating while affecting aquatic ecosystems.
04 Apr 2017 | | The Statesman
One of the main issues likely to be discussed during the Bangladesh Prime Minister's impending visit to India is the sharing of the Teesta river water. The issue has repeatedly featured in previous talks, but without any concrete results. This time, can one expect any forward movement?
31 Mar 2017 | Ms Sonia Grover | DailyO
Most of the cities in India are grappling with the issue of demand and supply gap, with their administrations going beyond the city boundaries to lift water from distant sources to meet the rising demand.
On the other hand, these cities experience the problem of urban flooding during the monsoon. Even one intense shower can lead to water-logging, as was seen in Gurugram city last year.
The 2015 floods in Chennai are also an example of rampant development encroaching upon traditional water bodies.
30 Mar 2017 | | The Pioneer
Architects play a key role in determining the sustainability of a project. They must, therefore, utilise technology to enhance their designs instead of letting technologies govern their designs. A right combination of passive and active design strategies will minimise resource use.
21 Mar 2017 | Dr Pia Sethi | The Hindustan Times
India's forest policy recently came into the spotlight when a report by an institution was erroneously projected as a draft of the new forest policy. The resulting discussion it fuelled flagged some important issues including the need for a new forest policy, and the extent to which its objectives and emphasis ought to deviate from the previous one.
The 1988 National Forest Policy (NFP) was visionary in its scope and ambition, where precedence was given to maintaining the "ecological balance of the nation as vital for sustenance of all lifeforms."
18 Mar 2017 | | The Hindu Business Line
On March 22, we will celebrate the 24th World Water Day. The theme this year is 'Waste Water'. This day is generally observed to spread awareness among the general public and focus on its importance in sustainable development.
In any discourse about water, waste water is less talked about as against normal water supply. But waste water is a resource in a circular economy, and its safe management is an efficient investment in human health and the ecosystem. Although waste water is water that's generally wasted, in reality it is a resource.
20 Feb 2017 | | The Financial Express
Since demonetisation the whole concept of cashless society has been attracting a lot of attention. Thus, the current thinking is that as soon as possible, the country must move away from cash payments to those that are digital. Indeed, the government has taken a number of steps to push digital payments. The idea is to wean all strata of populace away from exchange of physical form of currency and move them to digital ones through online payments, credit/debit cards, and mobile-based apps.
15 Feb 2017 | Mr Sumit Sharma | Deccan Herald
The unacceptable air quality in our cities is a major challenge for the country. Almost 80% of the cities violate the standards prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board. A recent study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) showed that the whole Indo-Gangetic plain is severely polluted on account of particulate matter.
The situation would relentlessly worsen and spread to other parts of the country if remedial actions are not taken immediately. The transport sector is one of the reasons behind high levels of pollutants in cities.
12 Feb 2017 | | The Goan
The introduced species which are new to the environment can cause serious problems to the native biota. They can be severely damaging to the local flora and fauna through their over competitive nature. There are over 18 different species of plants and animals that are reported along the Indian coastline that might have got invaded and established 1, 2. This article highlights some of the well-known invasive species in the marine environment, its harmful effects, and points out the adaptability needed in an organism to succeed in a new environment.