While Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a recognised media success, the absence of big-picture thinking is a serious threat to the success of the mission. And it will do nothing to solve the sanitation time bomb we are sitting on. We need to collectively explore sustainable solutions that address India’s sanitation challenges holistically without compromising our environment.
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is called sustainable development. Introduced as a concept in a 1987 report which showed the links between poverty, inequality and environmental degradation and how we could move to a fairer world without compromising livelihoods or the environment.
In 2009, a team of scientists from around the world came together to create what they called a Planetary Boundaries Framework. This framework identified nine processes that must be monitored to maintain life on earth.
Heavy metals are nothing but any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high molecular weight. But unlike normal metals, they are toxic or poisonous even at very low concentrations. Moreover, they have a propensity to accumulate in selective body organs and cause irreversible damage.
The world’s population coupled with ceaseless population growth leaves mankind facing a big challenge to provide a sustainable living to the current and future generations.
Seeds provide nutrition and protection to the embryo. The growth and development of the plant as a whole depends upon the performance of the seed. The yield, performance of the plant and its resistance to undesirable parameters of the plant depends upon the emergence and the germination rate of the seed.
Climate change, also called global warming, refers to the rise in average surface temperatures on Earth. An overwhelming scientific consensus maintains that climate change is due primarily to the human use of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air.
Pollution is a problem which exists in every part of the developed and developing world which further causes harm to the ecosystem. Cleaning up of such contaminated sites is a must to nurture human health and environment.
Recent news regarding the pink bollworm epidemic in the cotton growing belt has left the cotton growing belt of Maharashtra aghast and disappointed. The recent farmer deaths have been attributed to the illicit use of pesticides as a last ditch effort to save their crop from the pink bollworm attack.
The horizon for treatment of wastewater has expanded with the Namami Gange Project. Bioremediation with the help of microbes is the simple and most effective way out.