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CSE surveys noise pollution in Delhi

CSE does noise level survey, finds many areas in Delhi crossing the norms

  • Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) Pollution Monitoring Lab tracks noise levels in Delhi and finds them to be very high in some places 

  • Constant exposure to noise can have serious health implications, ranging from deafness to heart conditions to sleep disorders

CSE Survey|Noise Pollution|Noise Pollution Control|Pollution Monitoring Lab|Media Resource Centre|Press Release
CSE slams petrol price hikes, calls for similar hikes on diesel prices

CSE slams hike in petrol prices. Says it should not be done without narrowing the price gap with diesel. Calls it “mindless”

It is leading to gross misuse of the poor persons’ fuel by rich car owners, massive revenue losses for the government, and serious damage to public health

Government should ban use of diesel in cars, increase price of diesel and tax on diesel cars

CSE|CSE Press Release|Diesel|Petrol pricing|Media Resource Centre|Press Release
Reform Agenda for India's Environmental Regulators

One of the key challenges faced by India today is how to maintain a high economic growth, and at the same time, ensure environmental sustainability and social justice.

State Pollution Control Board (SPCB)|Regulators Programme|Story
CSE’s international conference on parking reforms

Call for a parking strategy for better management that can control traffic chaos as well as dampen parking demand and car usage

Air quality|Parking|Parking Policy|Public Transport and Mobility|Press Release
Towards Lake Conservation

7 August, 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) India and Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Bangladesh (BIP) Bangladesh jointly organised a day  long workshop on lake conservation of Dhaka on August 7, 2011, The workshop was attended by researchers, activists, planners, advocates and regulators from both Bangladesh and India. The meeting was a first initiative to influence the policy debate on lakes in South Asia.

CSE|Dhaka|India|Lake|PIL|rainwater harvesting|South Asia|Water Management|Waterbodies|Wetlands|Lake Revival|Story
CSE releases its new report in Ranchi

Report supports proposal to share 26 per cent net profits of mining companies with local communities

Mining|Mining and Environment|Press Release
CSE welcomes and supports finance minister's move to consider removing subsidy on diesel used in passenger cars
  • Says this will check use of diesel in cars and cut toxic risk from diesel emissions. Will curb energy guzzling incited by cheap diesel and the shift towards bigger engines and SUVs

  • Will help government cap revenue losses from luxury consumption of diesel
diesel cars|Public Transport|Vehicle Technology and Fuel|Press Release
CSE fellowship media briefing on Water Bodies in India - Public Spaces, Private Designs

July 26-27, 2011

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

This workshop was supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust
 
Water is keenly contested today. Reports are emerging from across India about water bodies being encroached upon, gobbled up and sucked dry by a combination of forces ranging from industrialisation and urban growth to population pressures and severe pollution.

Media Briefing Workshop|Water Bodies India|Media Briefing Workshops|Story
Newsletter
     Editorial
    Reviving Catch Water
By Gita Kavarana
    Akashganga: The bounties of rain
By Anil Agarwal
      In focus / cover story
    Are water PPPs here to stay?
     News Updates  
    Delhi Water Shortages on Near Horizon  
 
     Policy  
    UP Stands Up for Groundwater  
     Best Practices
    Narayanpur
    When Krishaks become Bhagiraths
     Science & Technology
    Bamboo drip
    Drip irrigation stat
    Rain in a Bottle
    Water Quality Standards
     Media Point
    Book Review
    Water Frames
     Water Statistics  
 
     Reader's Space  
    Case of Ishwariya Village on Roof top Water Harvesting  
     People for Water
     Contributing Authors
    Gita Kavarana
    gita@cseindia.org
    Nikolas C Steinberg
    water@cseindia.org
    Sumedha Malaviya
    sumedha@cseindia.org
    Romit Sen
    Mohammed Shehfar
    Shehfar@cseindia.org
 

Reviving Catch Water

When we were in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district in December 2010 as part of our interactions with village communities on water issues, we saw that irrigation was largely groundwater-based, like in many other parts of the country. Dhar district is one of the overexploited districts of Madhya Pradesh and is a fluoride affected area. When we asked the farmers why they were not doing any groundwater recharging, they said that although this was necessary, this work was beyond their capacities. And this was in Madhya Pradesh, where the country’s largest watershed development programme was running successfully since 1994, the Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Programme. Our travels across several villages in Madhya Pradesh made us realise that the idea of water harvesting needed to be revived and pushed to gain momentum to become a nationwide movement.

Nearly 12 years ago, CSE launched its campaign on rainwater harvesting. We have come a long way since then – rainwater harvesting is firmly placed in the policy paradigm. Many states have incorporated rainwater harvesting in their policies, laws and schemes. Many NGOs are working on rainwater harvesting and enthusiastic and committed individuals are doing a fantastic job of showing what can be done by simply holding rainwater where it falls. The Central Ground Water Board has prepared a master plan for artificial recharging for the entire country. Yet, there is a yawning gap between these plans and groundlevel implementation. The National Water Mission has a target of improving water efficiency by 20% by 2020. What about having a target for groundwater recharging?

When CSE launched its rainwater harvesting programme, nobody understood what it was all about. Anil Agarwal, on the other hand, firmly believed that capturing India’s monsoon rains during the short period of not more than 3 months in the year, could be the answer to India’s water problems. He said,” an average Indian village needs 1.2 hectares of land to capture 6.57 million litres of water in a year for cooking and drinking. If there is a drought and rainfall levels dip to half the normal, the land required would rise to a mere 2.4 hectare. Thus, there is no village in India that cannot meet its basic drinking and cooking needs through rainwater harvesting”.

With this in mind, CSE launched its campaign on rainwater harvesting. Catch Water was the campaign newsletter. The newsletter, true to the campaign’s aim of “making water everybody’s business”, endeavoured to be the people’s voice and to showcase their efforts. It was initially brought out in several Indian languages as well as in English. Somewhere, along the way, this effort got lost.

Today, we are trying to revive the newsletter. This is the first issue, and in this year, it will be brought out every two months. We request our readers to send us in water stories from all corners of the country – the issues, the problems, innovative solutions, people’s solutions and technological solutions. We would like to disseminate these efforts in all areas of water management – urban, rural, water supply, sanitation, water quality, rivers, floods, pricing, industrial use, watershed – in fact, anything and everything to with water. This first issue remembers the initial campaign days with a piece by Anil Agarwal.

Read on and we look forward to your contributions and your efforts to make this newsletter truly a voice of the people.

Gita Kavarana

 

Rural water programme|Rural water|Story
Energy Drinks samples tested

The Pollution Monitoring Laboratory of Delhi non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) tested samples of eight brands of energy drinks. The aim was to check the standards energy drinks were following. The results showed that the caffeine levels in most brands exceeded 145 ppm. Only two brands—XXX Rejuve and XXX Nicofix— stuck to the 145 ppm limit (See ‘Energy drinks report card’).

CSE Study|Energy Drinks|Food Standards|Health|Health Effects|Soft Drink Standards|Energy Drinks|Story
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