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State of Environment Report India 2009 – It Is Grim. Very Grim.

In Environment, Human Rights, India, Renewable Energy on August 12, 2009 at 6:45 am

No other word describes the results of the State Of Environment Report India 2009 that was released by environment minister Jairam Ramesh. Among the grim stats:

  • 45% of India’s land area is degraded due to erosion, soil acidity, alkalinity and salinity, waterlogging and wind erosion
  • levels of respirable suspended particulate matter has been on the increase “in over 50 cities and with their population of 110 million the public health damage costs were estimated at Rs 15,000 crore in 2004
  • 10 per cent of its wild flora and fauna are on the threatened list
  • With drinking water demand expected to double by 2025 from the present 25 billion cubic metre and 70 per cent of water sources polluted

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