The Science Behind Climate Change
Apr05

The Science Behind Climate Change

Climate change is one of the major issues being discussed globally for a long time.  It is now more certain than ever, that humans are changing Earth’s climate. But what is science behind the phenomenon of climate change? Basil Mathew, former Associate Director of Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory ( NPOL), Kochi writes all about it. “Climate change is real. There will always be uncertainty in understanding a system as...

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Global Warming Beware, Dog Days are Ahead!
Apr05

Global Warming Beware, Dog Days are Ahead!

Global warming is aggravating with it’s tell tale impacts on life on this planet earth as the climate is changing beyond our endurance. The relationship between water, energy, agriculture and climate is a significant one. More and more, that relationship is falling out of balance jeopardizing food, water and energy security. Yes, climate change is a phenomenon we can no longer deny as its effects have become increasingly evident...

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:  An Ambitious Initiative
Mar08

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: An Ambitious Initiative

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the mission to clean India’s cities and villages is no doubt one of the most ambitious initiatives in recent times to make the country on par with developed countries in respect of sanitation, hygiene and environment friendly, the main pillars of public health. The mission has been welcomed by the nation at large. However the success of the mission depends on a voluntary change in the mindset of the...

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Public Health: India Lagging Behind
Mar05

Public Health: India Lagging Behind

The growth of public health in India has been very slow owing to low public expenditure on health, very few public health institutes in India and inadequate national standards for public health education. However, there have been efforts in recent years to strengthen public health in India in the form of launching the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), and upgrading of healthcare infrastructure. Still there is a long way to go....

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Hazardous Crystalline Silica
Feb08

Hazardous Crystalline Silica

Construction workers are exposed to many possible health hazards, one of them being the crystalline silica. Most of you may be unfamiliar with this term, but those who are in the construction field will know what it is. What is crystalline silica? What are its possible health hazards? Crystalline silica is a basic component of soil, sand, granite, and many other minerals. Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica....

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Osh Cries For Better Attention
Feb08

Osh Cries For Better Attention

According to International Labour Organisation (ILO), each day 1,000 people go out to work and do not return home because they die in a workplace accident, the equivalent of four plane crashes. Against this backdrop, safety and health at workplaces today assumes greater importance than ever. Here is an overview of this vital area of concern. It is a fact that occupational accidents and diseases, and the economic costs they entail,...

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