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  • Safe and Sound Co-Processing Practices to use Hazardous Wastes
    [Date: 27/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    The country has potential to utilize entire hazardous waste generated through co-processing in the Cement and other industries. Guidelines on co-processing in the Cement industry have been published by the Central Pollution Control Board in February 2010. The data is being generated for preparing the guidelines for thermal power and also for other furnaces as coke oven and steel etc. Prof S. P. Gautam, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, expressed this hope in his welcome address to the one day workshop on “Co-processing of Wastes in Cement Kiln” here today.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66005

  • Workshop on Co-Processing of Wastes in Cement Klin begins Tomorrow
    [Date: 26/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    A one day workshop on co-processing of waste in cement klin will begin tomorrow. The workshop will focus on how to integrate, optimise and use appropriate technologies for co-processing of wastes in cement kiln. Sixteen eminent national and international experts will share their experience in the workshop.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65994

  • Jairam Ramesh Expresses Deep Concern Over the Death of Seven Elephants on Rail Tracks in Jalpaiguri
    [Date: 24/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C) has expressed deep concern at the tragic killing of seven elephants in West Bengal. In a statement issued from New York Shri Jairam Ramesh said that the Ministry will have further discussions with the railway Ministry to protect key elephant corridors.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65966

  • Renovation of Non-Functional Canals
    [Date: 22/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    The Union Government provides financial assistance under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) as per guidelines of the programme in order to renovate non-functional canal systems in major/medium irrigation projects. As the country is having vast system of canals for irrigation and it is very difficult for State Governments to look after maintenance of canals and distribution of water amongst the farmers as per approved cropping patterns, the State Governments should encourage formation of legalized Water Users Association on all irrigation projects which should look after distribution of irrigation water and maintenance of canal system.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65875

  • New Report on 'Green' Recycling Industry Exposes Unregulated Toxic Air Pollution Threat
    [Date: 16/09/10 Source: www.environmental-expert.com]

    A new report by a leading California Environmental Justice group, Global Community Monitor (GCM), has uncovered a potentially massive problem from the nation's billion dollar metal recycling industry. The report finds that metal recycling, generally considered a green industry, both releases toxic air contaminants during processing operations and is currently unregulated.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.environmental-expert.com/resultEachPressRelease.aspx?cid=36822&codi=195394

  • Country Celebrates International Ozone Day Today
    [Date: 16/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    Environment is not a lifestyle in our country but it is a matter of livelihood. When we save our mountains, rivers and forests, it is not obligation on anybody, but it is important for our daily life because crores of people in our country are dependent on forests. Presiding over a function to celebrate International Ozone Day here today, Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment & Forests (Independent Charge) further told the large gathering of school children, industrialists, authors and others that our rivers are associated with our culture and only in our country Gods and Goddesses are associated with animals and we worship them.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65815

  • UK Plans Thames Sewer Project
    [Date: 16/09/10 Source: www.water-technology.net]

    A £3.6bn ($5.5bn) sewerage project to halt pollution of the River Thames in London, England, has been unveiled.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.water-technology.net/news/news96039.html

  • "Dark Side of Climate Change" Seen in Record Setting Night-Time Temperatures in 37 U.S. States in Summer Of 2010
    [Date: 16/09/10 Source: www.nrdc.org]

    While many Americans focused on this summer’s day-time record-setting temperatures, there is growing concern about the largely ignored pattern of record-setting night-time temperatures, which pose special dangers to elderly and low-income Americans who are more dependent on overnight cooling during the hottest months.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2010/100916.asp

    [Date: 15/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Union Minister for Water Resources has said that the indiscriminate withdrawal of ground water for meeting the increasing water demands for various uses in some parts of the country had led to over-exploitation of ground water resources, which in turn has resulted in drying up of existing wells, sea water ingress in coastal aquifers and deterioration in ground water quality. Chairing the “4th Meeting of Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge to Groundwater” here today, he has emphasized that the rain water harvesting and artificial recharge measures need to be adopted as a National Mission involving people from all walks of life.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65770

  • Non Toxic Cleaning Chemicals Use Foam Formulation to Clean Hands
    [Date: 15/09/10 Source: www.free-press-release-center.info]

    Daimer Industries Inc.®, a New England-based international provider of non toxic cleaning chemicals, announced Eco-Green® Hand Wash Cleaner Foam for the Public Works sector. The institutional hand cleaner uses a plant-grade formula to clean stubborn oil, dirt, and grease from delicate skin.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.free-press-release-center.info/pr00000000000000088075.html

  • SICOM Project Launched Today
    [Date: 15/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Shri Jairam Ramesh said the major national initiative to protect our coastal ecosystems will start from states of Orissa, Gujarat and West Bengal. Inaugurating the office of the Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM) here today , the Minister said this is for the first time that a professional body with experts in various aspects of coastal science and management.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65773

  • Sanitation and Water Partnership Elects First Steering Committee
    [Date: 15/09/10 Source: www.sanitationandwaterforall.org]

    The Sanitation and Water for All partnership now has 59 members, drawn from developing countries, civil society organizations, donors, UN agencies and other sector partners. These partners have elected a Steering Committee—the decision-making body that represents the partnership’s various constituencies. The Steering Committee and Sanitation and Water for All’s partners will lead the global movement to raise the profile of sanitation and water, increase political prioritisation, promote evidence-based decision-making and support strong national processes.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.sanitationandwaterforall.org/files/ROA2_Press_Release_StrCommittee_Sept15.doc

  • Commemorating 30 Years of SDC-AFPRO Partnership
    [Date: 13/09/10 Source: AFPRO]

    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Action for Food Production (AFPRO) partnership continued for three decades for promoting sustainable approaches for improving rural livelihoods through socio-technical interventions. This period has been marked by interventions that have made significant contributions in the field of rural development and community empowerment. To commemorate the SDC-AFPRO Partnership, the event is planned at the India International Center, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi on 13th September 2010 from 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm.

    For more information, please visit: Press Release

  • 4th Meeting of Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge to Groundwater
    [Date: 13/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    Ministry of Water Resources is organizing 4th meeting of Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge to Ground Water here, on September 15, 2010. The meeting will be Chaired by Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Union Minister for Water Resources.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65714

  • MIT scientists observe single ions moving through tiny carbon-nanotube channel
    [Date: 10/09/10 Source: www.nanotech-now.com]

    For the first time, a team of MIT chemical engineers has observed single ions marching through a tiny carbon-nanotube channel. Such channels could be used as extremely sensitive detectors or as part of a new water-desalination system. They could also allow scientists to study chemical reactions at the single-molecule level.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=40000

  • Area Under Irrigation in the Country
    [Date: 10/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau ]

    The average rate of growth in the created irrigation potential during the I Plan to X Plan is about 1.47 Million Hectares per year. The ultimate irrigation potential has been assessed to be about 139.9 Mha against which creation of irrigation potential of about 102.7 Mha has been reported by the States up to the end of X Plan.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65669

  • Update on Dengue in Delhi
    [Date: 10/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau ]

    Intense and rigorous vector control measures being undertaken for tacling the problem of Dengue in Delhi by MCD, NDMC with the support from central institutions like NVBDCP, NCDC, NIMR, Medical colleges etc. Such an action has brought down the container index (measure of mosquito breeding- no. of container found positive for larval breeding per 100 container examined) in some areas particularly CWG stadia and games village.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65683

  • Depletion in Ground Water Level
    [Date: 09/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) under Ministry of Water Resources has reported that decline in ground water levels in an area is a cumulative effect of ground water withdrawal for all purposes including domestic, industrial as well as agricultural sectors. As per assessment carried out by CGWB in association with the State Ground Water Departments, the share of agriculture in total ground water used in the country is 92%. Remaining 8% is used in domestic and industrial sectors.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65638

  • World Bank provides $220 million to rebuild Kosi flood-affected areas in the Indian state of Bihar
    [Date: 09/09/10 Source: www.worldbank.org.in]

    The World Bank today approved a $220 million credit to support rebuilding efforts in areas affected by the 2008 Kosi floods in the Indian state of Bihar. The Bihar Kosi Flood Recovery Project will finance flood recovery efforts through the reconstruction of about 100,000 houses, 90 bridges and 290 kilometers of rural roads. It also aims to reduce future oriented risks by strengthening flood management capacity, restoring livelihoods, and improving the emergency response capability of the state of Bihar through a provision of contingency funding.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org.in/

  • Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Program get a shot in arm Government’s nod to 21,000 strong workforce
    [Date: 08/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    Rural drinking water and sanitation flagship programs of NRDWP and Total Sanitation Campaign got a shot in arm today with the Government ’s go ahead to hire the services of about 21,000 young men and women to work for community mobilization, awareness generation campaigns, training and handholding, sanitation and hygiene, water quality surveillance, etc. among Gram Panchayats, Village Water & Sanitation Committees (VWSCs) and Gram Sabhas to enable them to manage their drinking water schemes and achieve total sanitation in their villages.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65609

  • Benchmarks for the Urban Water Supply
    [Date: 08/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    The Ministry of Urban Development has formulated Service Level Benchmarks for the urban water supply sector with the intention of emphasizing service delivery outcomes, enforcing accountability and facilitating performance monitoring.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65616

  • Ten years on: hope stuck in the mire
    [Date: 08/09/10 Source: WaterAid]

    International development organisation WaterAid today launched a damning new report to mark the ten year anniversary of the signing of the UN Millennium Declaration.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.wateraid.org/international/about_us/newsroom/8658.asp

  • NWDA Receives 36 Proposals of Intra-State River Links from 7 States
    [Date: 08/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau]

    National Water Development Agency (NWDA) under Ministry of Water Resources has received 36 proposals of intra-state links from 7 States viz. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu so far. Out of above, Pre-Feasibility Reports (PFRs) of 12 intra-state links have been completed by NWDA.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65613

  • Atlanta Residents to Blog about Water-Life-Hope in Haiti
    [Date: 08/09/10 Source: waterlifehope.blogspot.com]

    Atlanta residents, Edward Buckley and John Beasley will travel to Haiti, Sept. 13-15, with the nonprofit Food For The Poor to visit remote communities in desperate need of clean, safe drinking water. During the trip, daily blog entries and photos will be posted online at http://www.waterlifehope.blogspot.com/.

    For more information, please visit: http://wesnetindia.org/attachments/Food For The Poor Atlanta Residents to Blog about Water-Life-Hope in Haiti.pdf

  • ITT Pledges to Provide Safe Water and Sanitation to One Million People by 2013
    [Date: 07/09/10 Source: www.csrwire.com]

    ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) announced today at World Water Week that it has pledged $10.5 million over three years (2011-2013) to provide one million more people around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. This announcement marks a significant expansion of the company's signature corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark®, which will reach 500,000 people by the end of 2010.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/30436-ITT-Pledges-to-Provide-Safe-Water-and-Sanitation-to-One-Million-People-by-2013

  • UNEP calls for 'greener' laws to avert world water crisis
    [Date: 07/09/10 Source: United Nations Environment Programme]

    Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled "Greening Water Law".

    For more information, please visit: http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=647&ArticleID=6742&l=en

  • India cancels hydroelectric project
    [Date: 07/09/10 Source: www.environmental-expert.com]

    India's central government cancelled a dam project on a Ganges River tributary last week, after the leading partner in the ruling coalition intervened because of environmental and religious concerns. The 600MW project is the third on the river scrapped because of environmental and religious pressure.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.environmental-expert.com/resultEachPressRelease.aspx?cid=35120&codi=193120

  • IBM'S World Community Grid Unveils Research Projects on Three Continents to Improve Water Quality
    [Date: 07/09/10 Source: www-03.ibm.com]

    IBM's (NYSE: IBM) World Community Grid, a worldwide network of PC owners helping scientists solve humanitarian challenges, today announced several computing projects aimed at developing techniques to produce cleaner and safer water, an increasingly scarce commodity eluding at least 1.2 billion people worldwide.

    For more information, please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/32422.wss

  • The future of water in the face of climate change
    [Date: 06/09/10 Source: www.iucn.org]

    There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. The call for increased funding comes as more than 2500 decision makers and leaders from the global water community are meeting in Stockholm, Sweden from 5 to 11 September, for World Water Week, where the theme of this year’s conference is "Responding to Global Changes – Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement".

    For more information, please visit: http://www.iucn.org/media/materials/releases/?5961/The-future-of-water-in-the-face-of-climate-change

  • How Toxic is Your Home?
    [Date: 04/09/10 Source: www.prlog.org]

    ADHD and cancers are on the rise, as are asthma and immune disorders. Dr. Mark Sneller, a leading expert in indoor air quality and author of the Amazon best seller Greener Cleaner Indoor Air, has something to say about why that is based on his decades of research.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.prlog.org/10909224-how-toxic-is-your-home.html

  • U.S. Provides Clean Water to Flood-Affected Citizens of Pakistan
    [Date: 03/09/10 Source: USAID]

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided 13 mobile water treatment units to support the Government of Pakistan's flood relief effort. These water treatment units are stationed on some of the most flood-affected districts and have produced over 7.5 million liters of clean water.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2010/pr100903_1.html

  • EIB supports innovative waste-to-energy project in Lahti, Finland
    [Date: 03/09/10 Source: europa.eu]

    At a ground-breaking ceremony led by Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen, the city of Lahti’s combined heat and power plant project was launched today. The European Investment Bank is the largest provider of financing for the facility with a EUR 75m loan, also signed today.

    For more information, please visit: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=BEI/10/141&type=HTML

  • Water Footprint & Water Stewardship
    [Date: 03/09/10 Source: pr.euractiv.com]

    Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will give the opening keynote address at a seminar on the Water Footprint and Water Stewardship, co-organized by the European Water Partnership (EWP) on 9 September in Brussels.

    For more information, please visit: http://pr.euractiv.com/press-release/water-footprint-water-stewardship-15791

  • Implementing On-Line TOC Analyzers for Real-Time Release Presentation at QbD/PAt Conference
    [Date: 03/09/10 Source: www.geinstruments.com]

    GE Analytical Instruments, part of GE Power and Water, will be presenting at the University of Heidelberg QbD/PAT Conference 2010, which takes place September 29-October 1, 2010 in Heidelberg, Germany. Alexis Sorokovosky, EMEA Marketing Manager for GE Analytical Instruments, will present "A Streamlined, Science-Based Program for Successfully Implementing On-line TOC Analyzers for Real-Time Release Testing of Pharmaceutical Water."

    For more information, please visit: http://www.geinstruments.com/news-events/news/implementing-on-line-toc-analyzers-for-real-time-release-presentation-at-qbd-pat-conference.html

  • National River Conservation Plan
    [Date: 02/09/10 Source: Press Information Bureau ]

    National River Conservation Plan The centrally sponsored National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) presently covers 38 rivers in 178 towns spread over 20 States. Sewage treatment capacity of about 4064 million litres per day (mld.) has been created and an expenditure of Rs.4085 crore has been incurred so far under this Plan.

    For more information, please visit: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=65507

  • IPS Corporation Pledges $100,000 to Fight Water Poverty
    [Date: 01/09/10 Source: Water for People ]

    Water For People today proudly announces a new commitment of $100,000 from the IPS Corporation (IPS Corp.) (www.ipscorp.com), and recognizes IPS Corp. as a new Global Sponsor of Water For People. This generous gift will provide essential support for Water For People’s programs across 11 developing countries.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.waterforpeople.org/media-center/press-release/ips.html

  • Labor Day Weekend Water Play Day at Arcadia County Park
    [Date: 01/09/10 Source: Mayor Sam Press Release Blog ]

    Arcadia County Park will be a great place for families to visit and stay cool this Labor Day weekend with two Water Play Days on Sunday, September 5 and Monday, September 6, 2010. Water Play Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on both days, and free fun for all ages will feature four water slides, children’s water games, music, contests and more.

    For more information, please visit: http://mayorsampressrelease.blogspot.com/2010/09/water-play-day-at-arcadia-park-for.html


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