Survey of the Environment 2004
Groundwater is a source of drinking water for millions of rural and urban Indian families. According to some estimates, it accounts for nearly 80 per cent of the rural domestic water needs, and 50 per cent of the urban water needs in India. But in India a variety of land and water-based human activities are causing pollution of this precious resource. The new highway between Bangalore and Mysore has been in the thick of trouble. A look at the various controversies dogging the project. And finally some success stories - how community-based conservation can help local villagers and the mountain catlive in peaceful co-existence.
Survey of the Environment 2003
This book takes a peek into some of the burning issues on our environment (pun unintended). We first look at the feasibility, promises and pitfalls of a new networking solution to India's water problem - linking major river systems. Then two separate ecological challenges faced by Indian agriculture - organic farming and transgenic crops. Bhopal is revisited after 18 years, where the victims are suffering from pollution and rank injustice. And finally some environment success stories - the restoration of Chilka lake and the conversion of the jheel in Kolkata from a rubbish infested pit to one with clear water.