Readings

» Evolution of Water Law and Policy in India

This is a short chapter that focuses primarily on India’s water laws and how they have changed throughout time. It explains in detail the many factors that contribute to the changes of these laws and how the usage of water from the people has changed and contributed to the water policies.  It also includes a brief history of the definition of water to different religions and their struggles and contribution to the policies.

» Rains or Not, India is Falling Short on Drinkable Water

This New York Time’s article takes a look at how real people are affected by the problems facing India’s water supply. People living under the deplorable conditions offer their personal accounts, sharing stories that demonstrate how removed the people are from a fresh and clean water supply.

» Vaidyanathan, A. India’s Water Resources: Contemporary Issues on Irrigation. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2006. Print.

This book touches the key issues relating to water resources management in India. It focuses on irrigation. Author argues that a proper study of water must note that their different aspects (physical, economic, and institutional) are closely inter-related and that they are part of dynamic, historical process.

» Johri, Rakesh. E-waste: Implications, Regulations, and Management in India and Current Global Best Practices. New Delhi: Energy and Resources Institute, 2008. Print.

This non-fiction book, written and published in India, monitors the rising problem of a specific type of waste in India: electronic waste. The book outlines the dangers of the elemental decay from E-Waste and how detrimental it can prove to be to the environment. Experts from various fields are featured in the book, and it aims to improve the problem of E-Waste in not only India, but throughout the world.

» How India’s Cities Came to Drown in Sewage And Waste

An article from the publication The Guardian. This article goes in depth with civil engineer, Almitra Patel, and her role in the development of waste management in India. A firsthand documentation of the detriments to the Indian environment are also given in depth. The article also touches on future projections, specific waste laws in India, and more.

» Letters From India: Drowning in a Sea of Garbage

A New York Times article describing first-hand experiences with the growth and increasing problem of waste dumps in India. The article outlines a citizen’s own life being negatively affected by burning garbage and the slow-but-sure increase of littered land all throughout India, and the ways in which officials are trying to go about changing it.

» Indian Illegal Mining Investigation Ends Without Explanation

An article from The Guardian regarding the currently ongoing problems with illegal mining in India. The article goes in depth to analyze the abrupt ending to the Indian government’s mining scam investigations. THe investigation began in November 2010, but came to an end in October of 2013 with little to no regard as to why – initial problems still stand.

» Timeline – India Moves to Curb Iron Ore Mining, Exports

An article from worldwide news source, REuters. The article lays out a  rather interesting timeline outlining the steps India has taken to limit iron ore mining and exports in concern for environmental detriment and other costs. The timeline begins in 2010 and ends in late 2013.

» In India, Missing School to Work In the Mines

A New York Times article describing a first-hand study of a large amount of children in Indian mines, cutting school in order to make money for their families in the mines. The article includes statistics from UNICEF about student to worker ratios in children, and also features interviews with the young miners, highlighting their experiences.

» Toman, Michael A., Ujjayant Chakravorty, and Shreekant Gupta. India and Global Climate Change: Perspectives on Economics and Policy from a Developing Country. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 2003. Print.

This publication, written a bit over a decade ago, is a great source of information regarding the impact on India’s economy from climate change and ways to prevent or bring relief to the issue in the future, where the problem will no doubt become more intense. The information used in the book includes contributions from many scientists as well as Indian professors.

» India: Climate Change Impacts by World Bank

This insightful list-form reading goes in depth with the increasingly problematic effects of climate change in India. The World Bank reports the effects, including droughts, rainfall, flooding and many more. Each impact is also accompanied by “What We know”, “What Could Happen” and “What Could Be Done”.

» Indians Question How Far Flash-Flooding Disaster was Manmade

This article by The Guardian from summer 2013 outlines the extreme detriment caused by flash flooding in India and questions the extent to which man-made projects are pushing climate change. Especially noted in the article is the state of Uttarakhand.