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16 Jun 2012

It was June of 1992. The location was Rio de Janeiro. The occasion was the world conference on environment and development. A large number of people had come out on the streets. They were protesting the arrival of George Bush senior, the then president of the US. Just before coming to the conference, Bush had visited a local shopping centre, urging people to buy more so that the increased consumption could rescue his country from financial crisis. Protesters were angered by his statement that “the American lifestyle is not negotiable”.

The relationships between energy, the environment, and development are deep and complex. The International Energy Agency has noted that energy is deeply implicated in each of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of human development. Energy services provide an essential input to economic activity, contribute to social development, and help meet basic human needs.

The Technical Guidance Manual of "Thermal Power Plants" sector describes types of EIA, process and pollution control technologies, operational aspects of EIA with model TOR of that Sector, technological options with cleaner production and waste minimization techniques, monitoring of environmental quality, post clearance monitoring protocol, related regulations, and procedure of obtaining EC if lin

The sciences of industrial ecology, complex systems, and adaptive management are intimately related, since they deal with flows and dynamic interdependencies between system elements of various kinds. As such, the tool kit of complex systems science could enrich our understanding of how industrial ecosystems might evolve over time.

Stone crushing industry is an important industrial sector in the country engaged in producing crushed stone which acts as raw material for various construction activities such as the construction of roads, bridges, buildings, canals, etc.

Bio gas is the answer for three major problems: environment management, energy management and agri system management, President of the Lanka Biogas Assosiation, Professor Ajith de Alwis, said at the launch of Biogas Association yesterday. Sri Lanka must try to promote bio gas as a technology. Though in the past bio gas was considered a poor man's technology, it is well accepted and recognized for its triple importance and the unique capabilities of the process.

To address the wastewater management issue of medium to small-scale industries and other commercial establishments and institutions the WASPA Project has developed a series of booklets for selected sectors. This booklet is written as a guideline on wastewater management for vehicle service stations.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is organising a three-day seminar on Issues in Public Policy and Sustainable Development from March 26 in the Capital.

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