Recommended Readings for Water

Water Resources of India

This article, part of Current Science Volume 89, was written by Rakesh Kumar, R.D. Singh and K.D. Sharma in 2005. It discusses all of India’s water resources that they receive through rainfall, river flow, etc. It also talks about how India is a growing country and the demand for water is growing with it. In the end of the article they discuss the strategies for developing sustainable resources for future generations. I recommend this reading because it gives you a better insight on how fast India is growing and how they are going to need excessive resources for the future. (Hannah)

Improving access to water supply and sanitation in urban India: microfinance for water and sanitation infrastructure development

This article was written by Jenna Davis, Gary White, Said Damodaron, and Rich Thorsten in 2008. In this article, they look into and interview 800 households in the city of Hyderabad, India to see if anyone would wish to invest in improved water supply and sanitation. Through these interviews they are able to conclude most of the poor households would like to invest in water and sewer connections. I recommend this reading because it gives you a great insight on many families who do not have excess water and their everyday struggles. (Hannah)

Water Crisis in India

water crisis india bookThe link above is a link to a book, Water Crisis in India by K. R. Gupta. The book discusses the water issue that India is dealing with and what can they do to improve the situation. It discusses water a resource and with climate change, global warming and the growth of India’s population has aggravated the water supply issue. So due to the additional water contamination because of sewage and also the use of pesticide has stretched the limited supply of water that is available. The book also goes on to discuss the possible ways to face the issue. (Junalee)


Recommended Readings for Waste

E-Waste Hazard: The Impending Challenge

This article was written by Violet N. Pinto in 2008 about e-waste hazards. In the article she talks about the magnitude of the problem of e-waste in India. She also talks about what e-waste is, the health and environmental impacts of it, and organizations and networks working on e-waste issues. I recommend this article to further your knowledge about e-waste and the effects it has on India. (Hannah)

ewaste bookE-waste: implications, regulations, and management in India and current global best practices

The book above will give you further information about e-waste in india. E-Waste is among the fastest growing type of waste across the world today and its disposal is major problem because of various toxic elements in e-waste. So therefore there is an urgent need to adopt an environment-friendly and simple technology for recycling these wastes. So this book will be a good source for more information.



 Delhi May Drown in Its Own Waste

As we saw in Trash Inc., China’s capital was the cleanest city in their nation, pushing waste into the less important surrounding cities.

30_04_13-metro04aQuite the opposite is happening in India’s capital, New Delhi, where their waste problems are at a dismal point.  An enormously large 85% of the city’s population does not partake in a waste management pickup, resulting in over heaping mounds of trash putting pressure on the government to create more landfills for the city.  The previous landfills were not kept to properly, creating health hazardous toxins filtering into the soil with the rainwater.  Unfortunately, the city is forced to create more toxic landfills because of no other alternatives available.    Both the citizens and the government need to take initiative in cleaning up New Delhi.  The citizens can do their part by segregating their waste better, and the government can  do their part by having a more efficient waste management pickup system.  (Colleen)



Recommended Readings for Mining

Sustainable Mining Practices: A Global Perspective

sustainable mining practicesThis book expands on sustainable mining practices and focuses on India in addition. This book provides a basic overview of international sustainable mining practices since 1992. It discusses small scale mining in India and other mining techniques that India practices. So this would book would be a good resource for more info about an array of different mining techniques that are practiced around the world. It is also more of an academic read. (Junalee)





Status of Women Affected by Mining in India 

This article goes into depth about the affects of mining on women in India. It discusses the important link between women and the environment. Some other topics of the article talk about economic dependence, women as mine labor, violence and atrocities against women, and status and experiences of women in closed/abandoned mines. I recommend this reading because it discussed a few specific cases about women in the mining industry in India. It discusses in large detail the struggles of women in the industry, and would help explain some of the social perspective of mining in India. (Hannah)

Indian Small-Scale Mining with Special Emphasis on Environmental Management


This paper discusses small-scale mining in India. Many people believe that only large mining industries cause the most problems. This causes small-scale mines to be overlooked, when sometimes, they’re creating just as many problems. This paper discusses the environmental impacts that small-scale mining causes in India. I recommend this reading because it gives an insight on different sizes/sides of the mining industry and how they too cause many problems. (Hannah)



Recommended Readings for Climate Change

Variability of Climate Change in India

This article goes more in to depth about the affects of climate change in India. In this article, Hunt and Dash use meteorological data measurements to show how the temperature has increased in India over the last quarter century. I recommend this article because it talks about the social implications of these temperature changes like agriculture and the effects on human health. (Hannah)

Unleashing the Potential of Renewable Energy in India

india cc bookThis book discusses the potential of renewable energy in India. Some of the possible energy resources that India can accommodate is hydropower, wind power, solar and waste to energy. It discusses the numerous ways that the use of renewable energy can benefit India and its economy. The book aims to answers critical questions on why renewable energy development is relevant in India, how much development is economically feasible, and what needs to be done to realize the potential. This is an interesting read about the potential of renewable energy in India if that is a subject that interests you.

India’s high exposure to climate change will limit its economic growth, decrease national health levels and create more poverty. The government needs to take on more policies to lessen the effects of climate change. Due to the predicted rising temperatures and sea levels, coastal cities are in danger. The weird weather patterns will hurt agriculture, and lead to diseases and water shortages. Climate change will hurt many aspects of the nation from energy to tourism. Infrastructure within the nation are also in danger such as roads and airports. India has many important aspects of its nation in danger due to climate change. (Colleen)


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