March 2013

Cyclothon plan to save Oshiwara wetlands

 MUMBAI: Believe it or not. The Oshiwara-Lokhandwala belt has 1,200 acres of natural assets, including 500 acres of mangroves, wetlands and a lake. Since October 2012, environmentalists and local residents have sighted birds such as greater juvenile flamingos, black winged stilts, herons, sandpipers, spot bill ducks, whistling ducks, common coots, snakes, pythons, resident jackals, along with a rare visitor—purple heron. Close to 20,000 birds have descended on the wetlands, especially flamingos from West Asia. 

Public hearing held

 Nagercoil, March 26, 2013.

A public hearing on getting environmental clearance to lift sand containing rare minerals from the coastal areas of the district, particularly in Manavalakurichi and Thengapattinam, to Indian Rare Earth at Manavalakurichi, was conducted at Thuckalay recently.

Forty-three persons from organisations, including the public, from Manavalakurichi extended their support and 12 persons registered protest.

Salinity, sedimentation rise in Mandovi

, TNN | Mar 25, 2013, 03.51 AM IST

PANAJI: A change in the siltation pattern inMandovi river due to combined factors of decreasing rainfall and construction of dams upstream has raised salinity levels and the sedimentation rate in its mid-estuarine zone.

CRZ activists root for once-strong 'patrol strategy'

, TNN | Mar 21, 2013, 06.46 AM IST

PANAJI: A weekly system of patrolling by mamlatdars and fortnightly monitoring by deputy collectors was a workable strategy to keep abreast of encroachments in CRZ areas; strengthening it would keep violators on their toes, say environmentalists.

Failure Becomes an Option for Infrastructure Engineers Facing Climate Change

BOSTON – Civil engineers build rugged things designed to last for decades, like roads, bridges, culverts and water treatmentplants. But a University of New Hampshire professor wants his profession to become much more flexible. 

Theme park to come up in Sindhudurg

TNN | Mar 21, 2013, 03.47 AM IST

PUNE: About 1,300 acre of land will be acquired for the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation's (MTDC) Oceanarium-based theme park, previously referred to as Sea World, in the Malvan tehsil of Sindhudurg district, courtesy the budgetary allocation of Rs 100 crore for the 2013-14 fiscal.

Erosion of Sea-Shores in the Country

 The National Center for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai in association with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai has conducted a study regarding “assessment of shore line change for the entire coast of mainland India, extending from Gujarat in the West coast to West Bengal in the East coast”. The shoreline change was assessed for a period of 38 years from 1972 – 2010. Accordingly, the coastline of India has been classified into high, medium and low erosion stretches as well as stable coast. The study has revealed that on an average around 40% of the Indian coast is subjected to coastal erosion (either high, medium or low). The study also reveals that out of 1008 kms. long coastline of Andhra Pradesh, about 82.27 kms. falls under “high erosion zone”, 63.7 kms. under “medium erosion zone ” and 88.7 kms. under “low erosion zone”. This was stated by Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, in the Rajya Sabha today, in a written reply to a question by Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy. 

Can TDR save CRZ in Goa?

By, TNN | Mar 18, 2013, 03.00 AM IST

Fukushima Two Years Later: Lessons For India

By Nityanand Jayaraman

12 March, 2013

Two years ago, an earthquake and tsunami devastated a fair section of Fukushima prefecture. If they were the only disasters, life could have been rebuilt after the waters receded and the debris cleared. The nuclear meltdown that followed may keep this region uninhabitable for decades, if not longer.

The Independent Commission appointed by the Japanese parliament to investigate the accident observed that while natural disasters may have triggered the nuclear events, the meltdown itself was “profoundly manmade.” The Commission concluded that “The. . .accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO, and the lack of governance by said parties.”

In India, as in Japan, the lack of governance and independent regulatory oversight was identified by the Comptroller Auditor General as crippling factors in the nuclear safety regime.

The coast is not clear

 Nityanand Jayaraman, Hindustan Times