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  • akbangia 6:13 pm on June 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A billion $ credit from World Bank to clean up the Ganga river 


    Sewage flows into the Ganga in Patna. File Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

    The World Bank has approved $1 billion as credit and loan to support India’s efforts to clean up the Ganga river.

    The sprawling river basin accounts for a fourth of the country’s water resources and is home to more than 400 million people.

    The $1.556 billion National Ganga River Basin Project with $1 billion in financing from the World Bank group, including $199 million interest-free credit and $801 million low-interest loan, was approved by the Bank’s board of executive directors earlier this week and will be implemented over eight years.

    The project will support the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) in building the capacity of its nascent operational level institutions so that they can manage the long term Ganga clean-up and conservation programme, a statement by the World Bank said.

    Apart from dedicated operational-level institutions at the Central and State levels, the Project will help the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) to set up a state-of-the-art Ganga Knowledge Centre to act as a repository of knowledge relevant for the conservation of the Ganga.

    While NGRBA will fund investments (in sewage treatment plants, sewer networks and the like) that are critical for reducing pollution in the Ganga, it is the cities and municipalities that will have to be responsible for managing and maintaining them in the long run. The project will help build the capacity of city-level service providers responsible for running these assets and also modernise their systems for doing so.

    The project will also help strengthen the Central and State Pollution Control Boards for monitoring the pollution in the Ganga better by modernising their information systems and providing staff training. The project will also finance the upgradation of the Ganga water quality monitoring system, as well as carry out an inventory of all the sources of pollution that affect water quality in the Ganga.

    One of the reasons why earlier efforts to clean the Ganga did not take root was the lack of public participation. The project will help the NGRBA devise and implement communications programmes to encourage people to participate in the clean-up programme.

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    • Athira 5:32 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It is a very nice project & very helpful so, thanks a lot …….:P

  • akbangia 8:10 pm on July 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Effects of Water Pollution & Solutions 


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    The effects of water pollution strongly impact the balance of nature, which ultimately impacts all humans. With proper care and consideration, many of the situations that cause water pollution can be stopped or decreased.


    Types of Water Pollution

    Without getting too technical, water pollution is a result of various things, but usually leads back to these sources:

    • Industry
    • Agriculture
    • Homes

    Man-made situations are typically the causes of water pollution. Often, it’s unintended and unknown that actions are contributing to water pollution. Many times it’s the last thought on someone’s mind that their actions could significantly impact the environment locally and beyond.

    Ways Water is Polluted

    Industry

    There are three main ways that industries contribute to water pollution. They pollute by disposing of waste directly into waterways, emitting toxic gases that cause acid rain and changing the temperature of water with their disposals into waterways.

    • Direct disposal of waste into natural waterways causes waste to build up within the water. A pungent odor is the result. Additionally, this waste decreases the amount of oxygen in water, causing the death of aquatic animals or other organisms.
    • The emission of toxic fumes into the air causes acid rain. When the acid rain falls, it contaminates local natural waterways including streams, rivers and lakes. This causes the death of many aquatic animals. Other animals drinking the water may become ill and die, too.
    • Thermal pollution occurs when water used to cool hot machinery is released into waterways and the temperature of the water is drastically increased. This temperature change may cause aquatic life to die and numbers to be reduced. Additionally, such a temperature increase decreases the amount of oxygen in water, causing more of a chance of death to organisms.

    Agriculture

    It’s common for farmers to use fertilizers and other chemicals on their crops to help them grow. However, these chemicals and nutrients added to the soil can soak into the underground water supplies. Additionally, when it rains, these chemicals join the run-off water and flow into streams, rivers and lakes, thus polluting them. Even just the sediments of dirt, without any chemicals, are pollutants in the fact that they cause the waterways to become cloudy and muddy.

    Homes

    Households are a leading cause of water pollution by the trash they create. Even if taken to landfills, often this trash finds its way to natural waterways. Human waste, disposed of typically by sewers, pollute water. Any time a septic system is not installed properly or bursts beneath the ground, the underground water supply may be polluted. Oils and anti-freeze leaked from vehicles pollute water.

    Effects of Water Pollution

    There are various effects of water pollution.

    • Spread of disease: Drinking polluted water can cause cholera or typhoid infections, along with diarrhea.
    • Affects body organs: The consumption of highly contaminated water can cause injury to the heart and kidneys.
    • Harms the food chain: Toxins within water can harm aquatic organisms, thus breaking a link in the food chain.
    • Causes algae in water: Urea, animal manure and vegetable peelings are food for algae. Algae grow according to how much waste is in a water source. Bacteria feed off the algae, decreasing the amount of oxygen in the water. The decreased oxygen causes harm to other organisms living in the water.
    • Flooding: The erosion of soil into waterways causes flooding, especially with heavy rainfall.
    • Harms animals: Birds that get into oil-contaminated water die from exposure to cold water and air due to feather damage. Other animals are affected when they eat dead fish in contaminated streams.

    The effects of water pollution are not always immediate. They are not always seen at the point of contamination. They are sometimes never known by the person responsible for the pollution. However, water pollution has a huge impact on our lives. With knowledge, consideration and preparation, water pollution can be decreased. It doesn’t take much effort — just a little thought.

    Water Pollution Solutions

    Water pollution is growing daily around the world, but so are water pollution solutions. Find out what you can do to combat water pollution in your area.


    Water Pollution

    Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. While less than 3 percent of this water is drinkable, all of it is necessary for supporting life on Earth. Water pollution is one of the biggest threats to the environment today.

    There are several types of water pollution ranging from sewage and fertilizers to soil erosion. The impact of water pollution on aquatic life and land life can be devastating. Effects of water pollution can include:

    • Overgrowth of algae and surface life, leading to loss of light and nutrients to deep aquatic life
    • Suffocation of aquatic life through sediment and loss of water depth
    • Disruption of the food chain
    • Spread of water-borne illnesses such as dysentery or typhoid

    Water Pollution Solutions

    The best solution for water pollution is prevention. While pollution that has already occurred is a current threat to all life on Earth, attempts to clean it up may cause even more harm.

    Chemicals used to treat or clean up oil spills may further contaminate water supplies. Adjustments in temperature to counteract heat or cooling pollution may not achieve proper balance, leading to more loss of aquatic life.

    Preventing water pollution does more for the environment by halting the level of pollutants where they are. This gives the environment needed time to begin to correct itself, and time for scientists to determine the best way to combat existing problems.

    Water Pollution Preventions

    There are several steps that can be taken to help prevent water pollution from getting worse.

    Conserve Soil

    Erosion is one of the biggest causes of water pollution today. When you take steps to conserve soil, you are also conserving water and water life. Planting vegetative covers, strict erosion management and implementing beneficial farming methods are just a few of the many possible approaches to soil conservation.

    Dispose of Toxic Chemicals Properly

    It’s always a good idea to use lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) products in your home whenever possible. If you do use toxic chemicals, such as paints, stains or cleaning supplies, dispose of them properly. Paints can be recycled and oils can be reused after treatment. Proper disposal keeps these substances out of storm drains, water ways and septic tanks.

    Keep Machinery in Good Working Order

    Oil is one of the largest polluters of water in the world. It’s estimated that just the transportation of oil is responsible for .0001 percent of oil contamination in water. Take steps to ensure you aren’t adding to this problem by repairing oil leaks in cars and machinery as soon as they are spotted. Clean up the residue and dispose of the used oils properly.

    Clean Up Beaches and Waterways

    Just picking up waste and litter wherever it is spotted can go a long way to keeping debris and pollutants out of the water. Do your part by taking your own trash, other wastes and any you see to a nearby disposal facility.

    Avoid Plastics When Possible

    Plastic bags in the ocean is a well documented water pollutant. Keep this problem from getting worse by changing to reusable grocery bags whenever possible.

    Get Active and Get Involved

    Is there a company near your home that releases heat, coolants or chemicals into a nearby waterway? You can get involved. Contact the EPA, local authorities or write letters to the heads of companies. Spreading an awareness of problems is a big first step toward combating them.

    While water pollution solutions may seem like too little, too late when viewed in the light of major oil spills and floating plastic bag islands they are necessary to prevent these problems from growing worse. Simply slowing down the rate of pollution can give the environment and scientists time to find long-term solutions to the very real problems of water pollution. If you do your part to prevent pollution in your area, then you’ll be helping to protect aquatic life.

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    • Yuvin 10:09 am on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Project Smile India,
      I am a student of the American International School of Bombay, and I was wondering if you could answer some questions I have about water pollution in the slums and rural areas of India.
      Thanks a Bunch!

      • akbangia 7:20 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

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        • Project Smile India
        • Yuvin 8:50 pm on May 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you so much! Here are my questions.
          1.) What are your views on water pollution in slums or rural areas here in India. How does it affect the people living in those areas?
          2.) Do you think it is possible for us as a community to help these people by making their water sources less polluted?
          3.) What do you think would be the best way that we could stop or at least decrease the amount of pollution in the waters of the slums and rural areas of India.
          Thanks again for taking the time to answer these questions, Yuvin.

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    • Yuvin 8:52 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much! Here are my questions.
      1.) What are your views on water pollution in slums or rural areas here in India. How does it affect the people living in those areas?
      2.) Do you think it is possible for us as a community to help these people by making their water sources less polluted?
      3.) What do you think would be the best way that we could stop or at least decrease the amount of pollution in the waters of the slums and rural areas of India.
      Thanks again for taking the time to answer these questions, Yuvin.

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    • Akash shinde 7:16 pm on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

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    • satyendra singh 7:40 pm on November 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      IT IS SOCIAL RESPONSBILITY AND ALSO SELF RESPONSIBILITY TO WATER AS WELLAS AIR.

    • satyendra singh 7:53 pm on November 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

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    • harshal 8:22 am on February 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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    • HUDA 10:44 pm on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      WHERE IS THE FIRST PICTURE TAKEKEN FROM IS IT A SEA OR OCEAN OR A LAKE

      • ZARA 10:45 pm on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        WHERE IS THE WATER IN THE FIRST PIC

      • ZARA 10:47 pm on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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      Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I
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      • akbangia 10:57 am on February 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for heads up, we are fixing the problem.

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    • ganesh 8:08 pm on July 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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    • Salman 8:32 pm on July 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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    • Sankar Chowdhury 11:52 pm on August 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      We should be more carefull about these pollution to think our future.

    • Avantyaa Shukla 3:15 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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  • akbangia 3:50 am on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fisheries and other marine captures, habitat conservation, natural forest loss, PLoS ONE, , water pollution   

    Brazil, US, China ,India among the worst 10 polluters: Study 


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    India figures among the world’s worst 10 countries causing environmental damage, according to a new study which lists Brazil as the most polluting country.

    The research led by professor Corey Bradshaw, of the University of Adelaide’s environment institute, has placed India at seventh position while ranking the U.S. and China as the largest carbon producers after Brazil.

    The 10 countries with the worst global footprint were Brazil, the US, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, India, Russia, Australia and Peru.

    Countries were measured on a range of indicators, including fertiliser use, natural forest loss, habitat conservation, fisheries and other marine captures, water pollution, carbon emissions and species threat.

    “If you’re clearing a lot of forests, you tend to also to overharvest in the ocean and use a lot of fertilisers,” Mr. Bradshaw said explaining the link between development and environmental damage.

    Study found that US, China and India are in the top 10 were not surprising, though he was surprised that a relatively poor country such as Brazil took out the top spot.

    “The wealthier you are, the more damage you do, on average,” he said. “It’s just a function of human nature. Growth is the be-all and end-all for all economies around the world, and if you’re not growing economically, you’re stagnant, and therefore that’s a bad thing and governments get sacked. So we have a system built around increasing our consumption rates, and that’s unsustainable in the long term.”

    The study, however, did not include human health and economic data, instead focusing exclusively on environmental indicators.

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    • ashok 2:05 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      water pollution is the majior problem in our country.

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