A satellite that reveals all | Mining under the scanner

India has now turned its eyes on mining beyond permitted lease areas in various open cast mines. A pilot project by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on a group of mines in Tandur, Telangana, and Bellary, Karnataka, to monitor the deviations of mining activities, threw up interesting results over two time periods. We present […]

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India and Pakistan with worst scores in South Asia in Healthcare Index

India and Pakistan with worst scores in South Asia in Healthcare Index

In the World Healthcare Index released by Lancet Medical Journal, India’s rank is 134 among the 195 countries surveyed between 1990 to 2015. China has the best score among India’s neighbouring countries, while India fares worse than its minnow neighbours – Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In terms of overall scores in providing healthcare, […]

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Coal India’s most common energy source

Coal India’s most common energy source

In India an overwhelming amount of energy sources utilized are sources that are not environment-friendly.  71.6 per cent of energy sources utilized are unclean sources, with coal having the largest share. Clean sources of energy form only 28.4 per cent of the share, with renewable energy contributing a paltry 14.2 per cent. Coal energy is […]

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Wet habitats in mangrove ecosystems have brilliant water dwelling life

India’s mangrove ecosystems record a total of 3,111 faunal, or animal species. Among the classificatory faunal groups present in our mangrove ecosystems, the greatest diversity in species is predictably among insects and some invertebrate species. However, being a wet habitat, other than them, the most plentiful form of fauna are fishes and reptiles, followed by […]

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Benefits of Sustainable Development of Mangrove Ecosystems in India

The total area covered by Mangrove forests in India is 4627.63 sq. km. Out of this, West Bengal occupies 2097 sq. km, while significant areas are also present in Gujarat (1103 sq. km) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (604 sq. km). Sustainable development of mangrove ecosystems is important to any estimate for their economic […]

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Almost all districts unerringly affected by floods in Bihar

Almost all districts are affected by floods in Bihar. Those areas falling under the high to very high flood risk are concentrated in the districts of East Champaran, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, Sitamarhi, Madhubani and Khagaria. In the period between 1998 to 2009, 26.09 per cent of the total land area of 94.16 lakh hectares was […]

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Parts of Assam that are hazardous as a flood-prone area

Floods are a universal problem in Assam, with almost all districts in Assam being flood affected. Many parts of Assam get regularly inundated each year. About 1.55 lakh hectares land in Assam come under the very high risk category as a flood-prone area. Among the most hazardous areas are those areas that are close to […]

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threats to the western ghats

Threats to the ecosystem of the Western Ghats in India

The Western Ghats of India is facing severe threats to its ecosystem. In the period between 1920 to 1990, 40 percent of its natural vegetation was depleted. This is coupled with dangers arising from encroachments. The rise in human settlements has led to the over-exploitation of forest products through activities such as livestock grazing. The mining […]

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