All You Wanted To Know About Western Ghats?

Grass Hills view from Akkamalai

  Western Ghats are an important geological landform of peninsular India. It is the origin of Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri and a myriad of rivers which are life line for the people of southern India. On its ecological health depends livelihoods of millions of people belonging to the six Western Ghats states of Gujarat, Maharastra, Goa, Karnataka, … [Read more...]

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Atomic Energy Regulatory Board’s Annual Report 2011-12

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited(NPCIL), a public sector undertaking of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has the mandate for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear power reactors. At present, it operates 20 nuclear power reactors with an installed capacity of 4780 MWe (megawatt electrical), and 4800 MWe capacity is … [Read more...]

Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World

Thirsty Energy Infographic: Click for for full view of Infographic

Today, more than 780 million people lack access to potable water, and over 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. At the same time, estimates show that by 2035, global energy consumption will increase by 35%, while water consumption by the energy sec­tor will increase by 85%. Climate change will further challenge water and energy manage­ment by … [Read more...]

India Among Top 10 Countries In Hydro Power Capacity

Hydro Power

India acounts for 0.36 per cent of world's installed hydro capacity. India has an estimated potential of about 19,750 MW of Small Hydro Power (SHP) projects. So far, 898 SHP projects with an aggregate capacity of 3411 MW have been set up and 348 projects aggregating to 1309 MW are under implementation. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ensures performance … [Read more...]

Earthquake Risk And Vulnerability In India

Seismic Zone Map

According to the latest seismic zone map of India, about 59 per cent of India’s land area is vulnerable to moderate or severe seismic hazard, i.e., prone to shaking of MSK intensity VII and above. In the recent past, most Indian cities have witnessed the phenomenal growth of multi-storied buildings, super malls, luxury apartments and social infrastructure … [Read more...]

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Rivers Of India

Indian Rivers

The rivers of India can be classified into four groups viz., the Himalayan rivers, the Deccan rivers, the coastal rivers, and rivers of the inland drainage basin. The main Himalayan River System includes the Indus and the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna system. The Indus originates near Mansarovar in Tibet, flows through India and Pakistan, and finally falls … [Read more...]

Setting An Agenda For Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

There is a general impression that India is consuming more than what its ecosystem can sustain, and hence there is a need for programmatic interdisciplinary planning and inter-agency efforts at all levels. A number of national strategies and policies, which inculcate the principle of sustainability, have already been put into place. These policies … [Read more...]

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Biodiversity Profile Of India

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India is one of the 17 identified mega diverse countries of the world. From about 70 per cent of the total geographical area surveyed so far, 45,500 plant species (including fungi and lower plants) and 91,000 animal species, representing about seven percent of the world's flora and 6.5 per cent of the world's fauna, respectively, have been described. Nearly … [Read more...]

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World Bank Study On Water Sector

Groundwater-Irrigation

The World Bank has undertaken a study and Technical Assistance initiative on Ground Water Management in India with the objectives of identifying management strategies for promoting sustainable groundwater use in the heavily groundwater dependent States of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. An assessment was also carried out in Punjab. Based on … [Read more...]

Prime Minister Addresses The 4th Clean Energy Ministerial

Prime Minister Addresses The 4th Clean Energy Ministerial

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had addressed 4th Clean Energy Ministerial, in New Delhi on April 17. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia co-chaired the event with the United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Energy ministers from 23 countries participated in the event. The meeting was aimed at accelerating global clean energy economy. … [Read more...]