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Kota Sriraj

Robust monsoon the only palliative

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Given the sky rocketing pollution levels, especially in North India's Gangetic plains during winter, a robust monsoon is the only respite for a beleaguered environment as it washes out pollutants. India must embark on a long-term plan and strategy to recover its lost monsoons This time of the year a decade...

Groundwater contamination

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Ground water shortages have long been predicted but what is surprising is the rapid contamination of ground water with elements such as uranium and nitrate At a time when municipal water supplies are slowly drying up, people in urban and rural areas are increasingly banking on groundwater even though the availability...

Recycled plastic can be a threat too

Thursday, 07 Jun 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

In India, rules and regulations pertaining to e-waste disposal are neither robust nor followed in spirit. The usage of black plastic in recycling in India is an urgent concern that needs to be studied in detail Plastics are known to be a toxic threat to human health and environment alike, but...

Water crisis and the depletion of nature

Thursday, 31 May 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Millions across Asia rely on Himalayan water but this natural source is now being taken for granted as human activities are stressing the Himalayan water system. Thanks to unplanned development, the population explosion and a heavy influx of tourists, the region is in the throes of a crisis As ironical as...

Sterlite protests reach a climax

Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

It’s high time Central and State Governments as well as NGT step in to ensure environmental safety and go beyond economic considerations Tuticorin or Thootikudi in Tamil Nadu has been the epicenter of continuous protests against pollution caused by the Sterlite Copper Unit and the expansion of the same. Tuticorin, which...

No hiding behind rising temperatures

Thursday, 17 May 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Decadal mean temperature patterns and associated changes are suggestive of the fact that global warming is knocking at India’s door. The Government has a huge task ahead to not only improve the current state of affairs but to prevent the situation from worsening Global warming and climate change have always been...

Dust storms creating havoc

Thursday, 10 May 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

High incidence of extreme weather conditions, set to grow in the future, has posed challenges for weather forecasting mechanisms. India must up its game Dust storms coupled with rains are a normal feature during the summer months in the country. But this year, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) was forced to...

Bracing to a man-made crisis

Thursday, 03 May 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Like Cape Town, which faced a major water crisis recently, India too may soon run out of water. Changing weather patterns and rapidly dwindling ground water levels have contributed to the growing problem. We must take lessons before it’s too late The spectre of water crisis, akin to the one faced...

Green technology solutions on anvil

Thursday, 26 Apr 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Given the huge decommissioning load expected over the next few decades, India must utilise the opportunity and transfer the closed thermal power plant sites back to nature and script a win-win success story both for humankind and nature script a win-win success story both for humankind Thanks to a growing awareness...

Emerging chemical pollution threat

Thursday, 19 Apr 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

While stricter norms on industries and chemical usage has brought down concentration levels of these pollutants in the US and Europe, India is still engaged in a twin battle: One against industrial pollution and other on the vehicular pollution front. It’s a wake up call for the Government Traditionally, the subject...


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