Disaster management has usually meant responding to an extreme event in a limited geographical area; a tsunami, a severe drought, a flood, a severe hurricane, an earthquake, or an accident in a nuclear plant. But, this time governments and societies have had to respond to the global pandemic of coronavirus without being able to rely on past precedents. Most disasters, whether they are of geophysical, climatological, or metrological origin, have a limited geographical impact, allowing the damage caused to be mitigated through mobilization of resources from other parts of the country and elsewhere. Experience has resulted in progressive improvement in responses. While a severe cyclone on the east coast of India would result in the loss of thousands of lives in the coastal villages earlier, timely advance warning on mobile phones and assisted evacuations have brought down loss of lives to negligible levels. Global epidemics – and even pandemics – too have had less severe impacts on the national economy and hardly any on the global economy in recent decades.
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Indian Agrochemicals Industry Moving from Products to Solutions
Rajesh Aggarwal is Managing Director, Insecticides (India) Limited. Here, he is in an exclusive email conversation with us for TerraGreen.
India's E-Mobility Transition Shifting Consumer Preferences and Speed Breakers Ahead
In this article, Anita Khuller discusses the targets and challenges for the implementation of e-mobility in India. She talks about various policy initiatives as well as the ways in which various states and cities in India are planning to promote and introduce electric vehicles in the country on a larger scale.
Virtual Conferences More Inclusive and Better for the Environment
A research team led by engineers found that virtual conferences are more inclusive than in-person events, and also carry a smaller environmental footprint.
The Moghiyas From Poachers to Protectors
“Remapping the Moghiya community’s role in conservation, and weaning them off their last resort of hunting through necessary and much overdue capacity-building—supplementing existing efforts—can help break the systemic poverty trap that limits their horizon of opportunity.”
Engaging Youth with Mother Nature For a Better Tomorrow
In this article, Sumanta Kar tells us about environmentally-significant initiatives —zero budget natural farming and the nutrition garden programme, both aimed at enhancing well-being and self-reliance.
Upscaling Ecosystem Restoration through Collective Action
E-waste Recycling Cutting the Gordian Knot
In this article, Dhruv Verma discusses some facets of e-waste recycling that will leave you to ponder on this pertinent environmental issue.
Critically Endangered Forest Owlet Under Threat from Habitat Loss
Forest owlets are an endemic species to India. They are found only in small pockets of forest patches in India, and nowhere else in the world. The species were thought to be extinct, until a group of scientists rediscovered the species, and then started working on them. The forest owlets are threatened by severe habitat loss and development projects, apart from changes in climate. Sharada Balasubramanian writes about the birds, their rediscovery and how their habitat is threatened by ancient climate change and landscape modification.
Delhi Homes Record Poor Indoor Air Quality Low Willingness for Demanding Clean Air
In this article, Ashirbad Snehdip Raha tells us about a new research paper that measured indoor air quality in thousands of Delhi homes (across socioeconomic groups) between 2018 and 2020 and found very high levels of indoor air pollution and yet low demand for clear air or adoption of defensive behaviors. The study also observed that indoor PM 2.5 levels were consistently higher than those reported on the nearest outdoor government monitors. Surprisingly, PM 2.5 levels even inside more affluent homes were only 10 per cent lower than those found in poorer homes.
An Inspiration for All Delhi Teens Change Pollution Discourse in the Capital
As the National Capital Region continues to gasp for fresh air, two Delhi teens— 17-year-old Vihaan Agarwal and his 14-year-old brother Nav’s efforts have changed the discourse of pollution in the country. From the government to the Municipal Corporation and the court, they have become active on this issue and are trying to make Delhi breathable.
IN CALIFORNIA, SOME BUY MACHINES THAT MAKE WATER OUT OF AIR
The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices.
Could Fukushima Happen Here?
U.S. nuclear plants weren’t built for the growing risks of climate change
Toshiba Unveils Robot To Probe Melted Fukushima Nuclear Fuel
Toshiba Corp. unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and grip chunks of highly radioactive melted fuel.
How To Get Ready For Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Floods, and Earthquakes
Seismologist Lucy Jones is on a crusade to prepare us—and our infrastructure—for the next Big One.
Queen: My prayers for Tonga
THE Queen has sent a message to Tonga saying she is "shocked and saddened" at the devastation Saturday's volcanic eruption and tsunami caused.
IN THE DARK
>> Nightmarish aerial shots of Tonga shrouded in volcano ash >>Islands remain cut off with undersea web cables severed
British woman dies in tsunami trying to save her beloved dogs
A BRITISH woman drowned in the Tonga tsunami trying to save her rescue dogs.
Pacific tsunami threat recedes
VOLCANO ASH HINDERS RESPONSE
Ash hindrance as tsunami threat recedes
THE tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption has begun to recede but a massive ash cloud covering the tiny island nation of Tonga prevented surveillance flights from assessing the extent of the damage.
Tsunami crashes into Tonga
Alerts have been issued across the South Pacific and the US after the underwater volcano erupted