Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The geoclimatic conditions of India make the country prone to natural disasters like floods and tsunamis. The frequency and intensity of floods has grown in the country over the years primarily because of the increased encroachment of flood plains. India receives an annual rainfall of 400 million hectare meters. 75 per cent of the annual rainfall is received during monsoon (from June to September) and, as a result almost all the rivers carry heavy discharge during these four months. Floods being a natural phenomena, total elimination or control of floods is neither practically possible nor economically viable. Hence, flood management aims at providing a reasonable degree of protection against flood damage at economic cost
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series A(H1N1), is a subtype of influenza virus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans, including the strain(s) responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic which killed 50–100 million people worldwide. Less virulent H1N1 strains still exist in the wild today, worldwide, causing a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza. World wide A/H1N1 virus has been confirmed in 5,728 patients in 33 countries, WHO said. The United States has the most, with 3,009 confirmed cases in 45 states, nearly 600 more probable cases and three deaths. Mexico has 58 confirmed deaths and Canada and Costa Rica each have confirmed one death from the infect
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series Hot as Hell Screening : Hot as Hell; Directed by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta Mining and industrial projects marginalise the poor and exasperate inequalities in the name of development allover the world. Although mining has been promoted as a livelihood option it employs less than 5.6% people in India today. Jharia in Jharkhand which is known for its massive store of primary coking coal and for raging underground coal fire has a different story to tell. The small township with billions of worth of coal is reeling under poverty. The prevailing lawless situation and thriving mining mafia apart from the coal fire literally turned life here a hell. Experts say it is the unscientific mining cause the inferno in Jharia. The life of mor
We invite you for a talk on the Yamuna In Delhi by Vikram Soni, today (20 December, 2008) at 4 pm at Kashmere Gate. Date: December 20th, 2008 Time: 4 - 5 pm Venue: Kashmere Gate - the monument at Kashmere Gate Vikram Soni will be talking about the (economic) importance of river Yamuna's floodplains and the need to keep the floodplains intact for providing water to the city and in keeping Delhi alive and full of life. A short film of 22 minutes will also be screened at the beginning of the film. The talk will happen just outside the Kashmere Gate Metro Station, at the Kashmere Gate monument, along the 'chabeel' - and drinking water, will be available - as it should be - for free. We hope to see all of you there. For further information, please contact: Govind Singh 981...