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Simple water test may help prevent bone disease in India 18.11.2017 The Tribune
London A simple colour-changing test to rapidly detect fluoride in drinking water may help prevent skeletal fluorosis, a crippling bone disease, in developing countries such as India, scientists said. While low amounts of fluoride are beneficial for healthy teeth, high levels of fluoride can weaken bones, leading to skeletal fluorosis, said researchers at the University of Bath in the UK. This disease causes crippling deformities of the spine and joints, especially in children whose skeletons are still forming, they said. When water passes over certain minerals, it can dissolve fluoride, which results in elevated levels of fluoride in drinking water sources in parts of India, East Africa, China and North America. Levels of fluoride in drinking water are routinely monitored and controlled at treatment works in developed countries. However, in areas where there is no piped water system or treatment works, people rely on drawing untreated water from wells, which can often be contaminated with higher than ...
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Restoring coastal wetlandsfor climate resilience 18.11.2017 Hindu: National
600 hectares of coastal wetlands to be restored for paddy, fish farming
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BMC to distribute recycled sewage water in Mumbai 18.11.2017 news
Mumbai is likely to get 1,700 MLD of treated water every day for non-potable use in few years time. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is developing a parallel network to distribute recycled sewage water, and has appointed consultants to draw the plan. The other good news for the civic body is that after revised discharged norms were notified by the MoEF for the construction of sewage treatment plants, there will be a dip in the project cost by almost 20%. File picture of a sewage plant in the city, for representational purposes only A sigh of relief Under the Mumbai Sewerage Disposal Project (MSDP) – 2, the civic body has plans to construct and upgrade seven waste water treatment facilities or sewerage treatment plants (STP) at Colaba, Worli, Dharavi, Bandra, Bhandup, Ghatkopar and Malad to treat sewage to the level where the water can be reused. While MSDP-2 estimated at Rs12,000 crore was supposed to be completed 10 years back, except for the plant at Colaba, the other treatment plants are ...
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Maharashtra: Shiv Sena ‘donates’ Rs 2 crore for farmers, embarrasses BJP 18.11.2017 Free Press Journal: Mumbai
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday donated Rs 2 crore to the Chief Minister’s Farmers Relief Fund
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Climate change is going from bad to worse, says study 18.11.2017
Paris: Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. According to experts the Earth's average surface temperature last year was a record 1.1 degree Celsius (1.98 Fahrenheit) above the preindustrial era. The planet's rising fever is caused by the accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) cast off when fossil fuels are burned to produce energy. Sixteen of the hottest years on record have occurred since the start of the 21st century, and 2017 is on track to be the warmest year not affected by the El Nino weather phenomenon. The 196-nation Paris Agreement calls on humanity to block the rise in temperature at "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) compared to preindustrial levels, and to strive for a cap of 1.5 C. Apart from that the atmospheric concentration of ...
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Study finds climate change going from bad to worse 18.11.2017 Life | The Asian Age
According to experts Earth's average surface temperature last year was a record 1.1 degree Celsius above preindustrial era.
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Activists appear before Commission 18.11.2017 Hindu: Cities
Environmental activist S. Mugilan, who is lodged in Palayamkottai Central Prison, appeared before the Justice S. Rajeswaran Inquiry Commission probing the violence during the jallikattu agitation at ...
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Chennai: Lack of funds hits Rs 3,000 crore projects 18.11.2017
Chennai: Shortage of funds in TN local bodies has come as a cropper stalling major infrastructure proposals across the state. Projects worth more than Rs 3,000 crore starting from flyovers, subways, integrated drinking water projects and new stormwater drains in Chennai and other parts of the state are pending for the past three years and some of the projects are all set to be shelved, confirmed confidential sources with secretariat. In Chennai, the city corporation has already stalled proposals like construction of new flyovers at Valluvar Kottam, Chetpet, Mandaveli, Egmore and commissioning of Amma theatre and Amma weekly markets, which were earlier announced in corporation council. The extension of Usman Road flyover in T Nagar and construction of multi storey parking lots also remains a non-starter. "There are no signs of major projects coming to TN and the Japan consortium which earlier assured funding for stormwater drains and other civic infrastructure projects had also expressed lack of ...
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Chennai Corporation evicts 387 families from Cooum banks 18.11.2017
CHENNAI: Government buildings encroaching Cooum riverbanks will soon have to face the bulldozers if the Chennai Corporation Deputy Commissioner (Works) really meant what he said while evicting laymen from banks of the Cooum. Based on the report of the Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT), the Greater Chennai Corporation had begun evicting encroachments along Cooum and Adyar rivers. In one such move, the civic body, on Friday evicted 387 families from Muthu Mariamman Nagar, Arumbakkam, who made Cooum river bank their home. M. Govinda Rao, Deputy Commissioner (Works), and other officials supervised the eviction drive. "The eviction drive has been conducted with the full cooperation of the public. The enumeration process is going on to find residents who were deprived of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board houses," M. Govinda Rao said. The deputy commissioner also asserted that the government buildings encroaching the river bank will be evicted. "If Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board ...
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NGT appoints local commissioner to inspect Bhiwadi industries 18.11.2017 PTI: All news
NGT appoints local commissioner to inspect Bhiwadi industries
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NGT refuses to quash environmental clearance to Amaravati 18.11.2017 PTI: All news
NGT refuses to quash environmental clearance to Amaravati
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Tadepalli struggles with water problem 18.11.2017
Guntur: Tadepalli, the entry point of the new capital city of Amaravati, which has a population of 54,362 people, is having a drinking water problem despite being situated on the banks of the Krishna river. The influx of people to the place increased after the announcement of the new capital but the water supply was not increased accordingly. The locals are upset that earlier they would get a plentiful supply of water but now they were forced to purchase drinking water. The locals lament that Guntur city, situated at a distance of 34 km, Tenali situated at a distance of 29 km and Mangalagiri, situated at a distance of 9 km, are getting water directly from the Krishna river but the Tadepalli people cannot quench their thirst. The Tadepalli municipality supplies protected water from the Krishna river and borewells to 3,851 household connections, 513 public taps and usable water in slums through 196 hand bores. Locals L. Sivakrishna and others said the water pumping station on the banks of the ...
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State aims to irrigate 40 lakh hectares 18.11.2017 Metros | The Asian Age
Last year, the state had set a goal of bringing 28 lakh hectares under irrigation.
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24 sites to have sensors under hydro project 18.11.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 17 Nineteen sites have been identified for setting up a system to monitor water discharge in rivers and streams of Punjab under the National Hydrology Project (NHP), besides five sites where automatic weather stations (AWS) would be installed. It is envisaged that the NHP will improve reservoir operations by providing optimal dam filling and release schedules through timely and reliable data acquisition, storage, collation and management of water resources. This would result in releasing greater quantities of water for hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, drinking and industrial supply. According to studies, additional hydroelectric power generation from the NHP in Punjab is expected to be around 40 MW, resulting in an annual incremental benefit of Rs11.8 crore. The additional availability of water for irrigation, drinking and industrial production is assumed to be 4.7, 0.5 and 5.1 million cubic metres, respectively, with a combined annual incremental ...
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The superbugs of Hyderabad 18.11.2017 Hindu: Op-Ed
Effluent from pharmaceutical companies contain high concentrations of antibiotics that are turning the city’s lakes and sewers into breeding grounds of drug-resistant superbugs. Priyanka Pulla reports on a terrifying threat that could hasten the end of the antibiotic era
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National Green Tribunal gives nod to Amaravati 18.11.2017
Hyderabad: In a massive relief for the AP government, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday accorded approval for construction of the capital city Amaravati. It observed that there was no better site than the one presented before the tribunal. While declining to set aside the environmental clearance granted for the capital city project on October 9, 2015, a three-member bench of the NGT said, "We hold and declare that the project falls under category "B" of the EIA Notification of 2006, and thus the imposition of additional conditions would be necessary." NGT Bench: Various factors balanced while giving the nod  The bench comprising chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore and expert member Bik-ram Singh Sajwan made it clear that the conditions put forth by the NGT would be applied mutatis mutandis (making necessary alterations while not affecting the main point at issue) to the conditions mentioned in the environmental    clearance ...
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Behind the Ordinary 18.11.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Reorganisation of districts a bold reform, says CM 18.11.2017 Hindu: News
Reforms to be taken up at panchayat and mandal level
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So, let's talk green: I've said it a 100 times! 18.11.2017
"If you miss the train I"m on, You will know that I am gone, You can hear the whistle blow, A hundred miles", Peter, Paul & Mary. From their song 500 miles. I am in a reminiscing mood to look back at life over the last couple of years. The reflective mood is because, this is my 100th article for this column. As I started the rear-view-mirror session, "The Global Climate Risk Index 2017" (CRI) report was released last week by Germanwatch, an independent Berlin-based development and environmental organisation. The report analyses extent to which countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related events in the past. The past is meant to teach us how to deal with the future. Since the industrial revolution, we have been burning fossil fuels and releasing carbon into the atmosphere, which has caused global warming and the resulting climate change, leading to extreme weather events like storms, floods, landslides, droughts, heat waves. This has resulted in loss of ...
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Sagar water release likely from Dec. 10 18.11.2017 Hindu: News
Tail-end farmers advised against paddy
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