Monthly Archives: August, 2009

India’s environmental situation alarming: PM

The “multiple environmental crises that confront our country have created an alarming situation”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in New Delhi on Tuesday, while asking state governments to curtail pollution, clean rivers and fight climate change.Opening a daylong conference of environment ministers from all state governments, Manmohan Singh said: “Climate change is threatening our ecosystems, …

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Groundwater vanishing in North India, says NASA

Staff Reporter BANGALORE: Groundwater levels in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi are falling dramatically — by one foot a year — a trend that could lead to “extensive socio-economic stresses” for the region’s 114 million residents, says a scientific paper based on the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s satellite imagery. A staggering 109 cubic …

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A walk in the clouds

PUBLISHED IN THE FRONTLINE ON AUGUST 2009 http://www.frontline.in/stories/20090814261606400.htm TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHS BY A.J.T. JOHNSINGH A memorable trek across a rough but scenic terrain – from Bangitapal to Sairandhiri in the Western Ghats. THE KUNTHIPUZHA VALLEY enveloped in mist. Ten of us wildlifers were on a trekking expedition from Bangitapal (2,281 m) in the Mukurthi National …

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Delhi and its river

BHASKAR GHOSE IN THE FRONTLINE The national capital gets ready for the Commonwealth Games but nothing is being done to improve its drainage system and to clean up the Yamuna. SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA Garbage on the banks of the Yamuna river. Crores of rupees have been spent on cleaning the river but it continues to …

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Plant deodars, save Shimla

Shimla owes its beauty to the deodar trees planted 140 years ago. The pace of development has reduced the forest cover and resulted in changes in the soil strata and water regime. We need to plant deodar trees on a large scale to preserve the pristine glory of the queen of hills, writes Harsh Mitter …

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