Archive for January 2010
29 January 2010
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government today approved a special plan for the seven pollution zones in Orissa identified by the Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat today. The seven zones are Talcher-Angul, Jharsuguda-Rengali, Ib valley, Paradip, Rourkela-Rajgangpur, Joda-Barbil and Kalinganagar.Of these, three clusters, Jharsuguda-Rengali, Ib valley and Angul-Talcher have been identified as critically polluted and the OSPCB has initiated steps for preparing a regional environment management plan for these regions.The State Government had commissioned studies for pollution management in these regions. The Dhanbad-based Indian School of Mines University has submitted its report on the Angul-Talcher cluster.The National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, will submit its report on the Ib valley and Jharsuguda-Rengali clusters in February……Read complete news item….
29 January 2010
KOCHI: Kerala’s fishing communities have mixed feelings about the monsoon—the rough weather spells off the coast of the Arabian Sea can make it too dangerous for the boats. But the rainy season that runs from June to September also causes the formation of the chaakara—a mudbank that builds up parallel to the shore, creating an area of calm that is rich in nutrients and draws abundant mackerel, prawns and sardine and acts as a natural barrier against sea erosion.
The currents and monsoon winds churn the bottom of the sea, flushing out the silt and nutrient-rich slush to form the muddy pools that at times run several kilometres long, taking on the proportions of a lake.
Easy pickings for fisherfolk who cannot put out to sea, the chaakara has become a part of the state’s folklore, celebrated in song and cinema as a miracle of nature.
But the phenomenon has been on the wane in recent years, says K.K. Balachandran, scientist at the Kochi regional centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, who blames the “weak intensity of their formation and their infrequent recurrences now” on “climate change and land use that has blocked free water flow from the watersheds and lakes to the sea, like in the Vembanad lake in Alappuzha”……..Read complete news item…..
25 January 2010
By Jacob P. Koshy
NEW DELHI: The department of science and technology is framing a national data access and sharing policy that could change the way the government maintains and shares information, two government officials said.
The policy would compel departments and publicly funded bodies to scan their records, review the kind of data they maintain and release it for public consumption.
Officials involved with the initiative said that the move would, for the first time, create institutional systems to coax ministries into sharing as much information as possible, provided this does not pose a security risk.
…..P. Banerjee, director of the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research body, is confident of several interesting studies involving the Indian Institutes of Management and Indian Institutes of Technology if they release data.
“There may be issues of privacy, but as long as you withhold names, I don’t see why such data should be restricted in the first place,” he said…..Read complete news item….
26 January 2010
HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh has reaped a rich haul of Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, announced by the Government of India on Monday.
…..Dr. Dimri expressed happiness upon receiving Padma Sri and described it as “recognition” of the contribution made by the entire NGRI staff. “Its great news” he told The Hindu here on Monday.
The NGRI staff did a lot of good work in the fields of earth sciences, energy security, water-related problems, environmental studies and natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.
The conferment of Padma Sri thrust greater responsibility and the institute would focus on future challenges relating to climate change, natural hazards and hydro-carbon resources, among others…..Read complete news item….
26 January 2010
By Kalpana Jain
Some aspects of global warming may not be entirely understood and data may be sparse, but scientists do not dispute that global temperature has increased, especially since 1950, as pointed out in the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Indian scientists note the rise in the levels of the Indian Ocean along three cities in the country are close to the global averages stated in the report.
….The impact on India alone will be serious. Ocean experts say the mean sea-level rise along the coasts of Mumbai, Kochi and Visakhapatnam is due to the effects of global warming. “The Indian Ocean is rising by 1.3 mm every year,” A S Unnikrishnan, senior scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography, told Business Standard…….Read complete news item…..
23 January 2010
By Subodh Varma
When India became independent, the political leadership — like the people at large — had magnificent dreams. They wanted to build a prosperous, modern India casting aside centuries of stagnation, poverty and backwardness. And one of the important facets of this vision was the harnessing of science and technology to deal with the huge economic and social challenges facing the country. In the early years the foundation for a gigantic, state-funded scientific establishment was laid. Scientific research in the non-strategic sphere was entrusted to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with its 37 laboratories and over 12,000 scientists. Similarly, the Indian Council for Agricultural Research took on the task of addressing problems of increasing agricultural output through its 97 institutes and 45 agricultural universities…..Read complete news item…..
22 January 2010
A decreasing trend has been observed in SO2 levels in Delhi which are within new norms. Decreasing trend may be due to various interventions that have taken place in recent years such as reduction of Sulphur in diesel and use of cleaner fuel such as CNG. Other measures include implantation of Bharat Stage-III emission norms for new passenger cars commensurate with improved fuel quality which are in vogue. Bharat stage- IV emission norms compliant passenger cars and Bharat stage –III two wheelers would only be registered w.e.f. 01.04.2010.
….Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) is monitoring ambient air in Delhi. It monitors ambient air at one manual station in Delhi i.e. ISBT, Kasmere Gate. There are 17 monitoring stations in the city out of which 6 are manual of CPCB, 1 manual of DPCC, 3 manual of NEERI and 7 continuous stations and one work as part from monitoring van operated by the CPCB. The National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) is also operating three manual monitoring stations under the National Ambient Air Monitoring Programme (NAMP) at Town Hall, Sarojini Nagar and Mayapuri Industrial Area in Delhi…….Read complete news item…….