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PM Narendra Modi Conducting Aerial Survey of Kerala Floods

PM Narendra Modi Conducting Aerial Survey of Kerala Floods

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi conducting aerial survey of flood affected areas in Kerala on August 18, 2018. Kerala has been hit by one of the worst flood the world has seen till date, with many having lost their lives and many others losing their houses and belongings. The Kerala Flood Tragedy is a reminder to all of us that Nature's fury is supreme and we must learn to live in harmony with nature.
Why Is Every Monsoon Bringing Devastation for Uttarakhand?

Why Is Every Monsoon Bringing Devastation for Uttarakhand?

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Uttarakhand is often referred to as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods and is known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes. A Google search for Uttarakhand today, however, throws open images and videos of flash floods, falling mountains and people and property being washed away. Uttarakhand faced flash floods back in 2013 which became a national concern as it was the most petrifying disaster after the Tsunami of 2004. That disaster, it seems, was just a starting point. Ever since then, we hear news of devastations like landslides, buildings collapsing, floods etc. caused due to rains during the monsoon season. This year, yet again, the monsoon is bringing news of devastation across Uttrakhand. In Dehradun, the State capital, the onset of the monsoon witnessed the loss of 7
Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Held in Kathmandu

Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Held in Kathmandu

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The European Union Delegation to Nepal hosted a regional conference on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation on Kathmandu, on May 26-27. The backdrop of the conference was the growing prevalence of natural disasters and increased vulnerability to climate change in South Asia. The conference was organized in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), Centre for South Asian Studies, and DAI Europe. South Asia is one of the most vulnerable to natural disasters and to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, the region is home to creative initiatives which can inspire the rest of the world. With new international commitments, such as the Paris Agreements signed on April 22 2016, there is renewed momentum...
New Building of National Museum of Natural History to Come Up Behind Purana Qila

New Building of National Museum of Natural History to Come Up Behind Purana Qila

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The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), under the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, was established on June 5, 1978 and was curated at a rented building in FICCI building, New Delhi. The Museum was completely destroyed due to a fire incidence recently. Speaking after visiting the National Museum of Natural History (NMMH), completely gutted by fire, the Environment Minister Shri Javadekar noted, "This is a real loss. We will assess the loss and see how we can restore it and how the recovery plan can be made." Shri Prakash Javadekar has also ordered an Energy and Fire Audit of all establishments of the Ministry across the country. This is importance since there are 34 such museums in the country which are visited by thousands of people daily. The Minister...
Celebrate Van Mahotsav: Bring Alive the Spirit to Plant and Save Trees

Celebrate Van Mahotsav: Bring Alive the Spirit to Plant and Save Trees

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit Makes that extra effort to ensure the proper plantation of saplings during a Government led tree plantation drive. “Sir santhe rooke rahe to bhi sasto jaan“ (If a tree is saved even at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it.”), noted Amrita Devi Bishnoi as she hugged the trees to stop them from being felled. Trees have been serving humanity since times immemorial. The very existence of man would not have been possible without trees and other green plants. Trees also play an important role in the achievement of human security. Whether it is through the provision of livelihood resources (e.g. food, medicine, cooking fuel, construction materials etc) or ecosystem services such as water and air purification, climate regulation and erosion control, trees
The Gods Have Spoken

The Gods Have Spoken

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Ever wondered why Gods chose the remote and impassable Himalayas as their abode for us to visit? Why couldn’t ‘they’ have located themselves at the now Metro ride away Kashmere Gate or the then barren, uninhabited and higher Delhi Ridge? Surely that would have saved a lot of energy and resources and would have avoided tragic disasters like the one we are presently witnessing. Why then did the omnipotent and omniscient Gods chose invincible places like Kedarnath, Badrinath and Hemkunt Sahib as their abodes? The answer lies in the awe-inspiring and mighty Himalayas and the understanding and manifestation of God through this power of Nature. Religion and culture developed at a time when Nature was seen as a supreme power, not an object to be conquered. The upper Himalayas were inaccess
Nature’s Fury, Man’s Worry: Time to Reflect and Reconnect

Nature’s Fury, Man’s Worry: Time to Reflect and Reconnect

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The past few days have been the most devastating and the most dreadful days for the state of Uttarakhand. The state which is otherwise popular for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage, has been washed away with Nature's fury. What is left behind is completely shattered. Recent flash floods in Kedarnath and in rest of the Gadhwal region of Uttarakhand have not only created havoc but have also resulted in a disaster of an intensity which one cannot think of. Torrential downpour accompanied with landslide has transformed a usually serene area into a powerful river of death within minutes. All those who were are caught unprepared amidst the power and velocity of the flash floods could not survive the catastrophe. The magnitude of the disaster is told to such that villages, people, animals were...
Managing Fire Accidents Part II: Are You Ready?

Managing Fire Accidents Part II: Are You Ready?

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All disasters--whether floods, earthquakes, cyclones, droughts or fire--inevitably cause upheavals not only in the physical but also in the social and economic context where they occur. In our last post, we discussed about fire hazard and steps you can take to prevent the occurrence of a fire disaster. Fire has very special characteristics if one considers the particularities of the causative agent and the type of damage it produces to living beings. Also, when fire comes into contact with objects and materials it burns or destroys them in a relatively short time.Thus, there is a greater need to not just prevent fires in urban and densely packed settings but also be ready in the event of a fire disaster. Of course, the safest thing to avoid harms caused by fire would be to always be ou...
Disaster Management: Managing Fire Accidents

Disaster Management: Managing Fire Accidents

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In the present day world, disasters are considered to be nothing more than consequences of inappropriately managed risks. These risks are in turn the product of hazards and vulnerability. Hazards that strike in areas with low vulnerability are not considered a disaster, as is the case in uninhabited regions. On the other hand, rapidly urbanizing cities like Delhi are much prone to disasters largely owing to increasing densities of people and infrastructure. One such hazard with a rapid potential of turning into disaster is fire. Delhi alone registers over ten thousand cases of fire every year!! Before you start asking where to get an extinguisher, here is what more you should know about preventing fire incidences in your area. The number of people exposed to all kinds of disasters i...
Public Lecture on Radioactive Hazards: A Pertinent Issue Facing the Country

Public Lecture on Radioactive Hazards: A Pertinent Issue Facing the Country

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series “We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.” - Marie Curie The role of radioactive substances is largely hidden especially in developing countries like India. With radiation becoming a key concern in today’s time, bringing information in the public domain is needed. The recent radiation exposure and loss of life has caught not only people’s

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