Despite a 7500 km coastline and a total marine fisher folkpopulation of 3.57 million spread across 3,305 marine fishing villages in India, no media outlet, government or otherwise, broadcasts information about marine weather. All weather broadcasts are directed at farmers and the general public -- they only talk about the possibility of rain, its intensity, distribution and scarcity. It is only during the cyclone season that information on wind speeds and its direction, wave heights and direction are added to the bulletins.
Regular marine weather broadcasts are commonplace in radio stations across all developed maritime countries but India, sadly, has no stations broadcasting marine weather. Radio is the best medium for such alerts because of its wide reach particularly into the sea. Marine fishermen risk their lives daily by working in an environment that has the potential to turn hostile any time. An adverse change in the weather can become life threatening in the open sea, particularly for small boat fishermen.
Clearance to Cuddalore Thermal Plant suspended
The National Green Tribunal in New Delhi has suspended the environmental clearance (EC) given to the Chennai-based IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company to set up five units of coal-fired thermal power stations with a combined capacity of 3,600 MW in Cuddalore district.
Secrets of the Western Ghats
The government's decision to keep the Gadgil Committee report under wraps has prevented an informed discussion on the competing claims of development and ecology, says Ramachandra Guha
Climate Conversations - Indian ashram turns to clean energy in sustainability push
Muni Seva Ashram sits near the village of Goraj in the Vadodara district of India’s state of Gujarat. The ashram houses a variety of integrated community welfare programmes including an old age home, an orphanage, a cancer hospital, a primary and secondary school and a home for mentally challenged girls.
Re-imagining public spaces
An innovative new approach to Mumbai's open spaces is an extensive mapping survey. The same approach can be used in other cities too. Darryl D'Monte reports.
Disaster Governance - a Complex Process
by Ahana Lakshmi
Groundwater in coastal areas – a worrisome growing problem
Cyclone Thane -- Disaster Preparedness and Response
By Annie George, CEO, BEDROC with additional information from Ahana Lakshmi, TRINet; based on field observations and various reports on the internet. The views are of the authors alone.
Banana plants destroyed by the cyclone