THE country's "gravest ecological disaster" is shaping up in West Bengal. Concerned by the extent of arsenic poisoning, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an updated and

IS WATER pollution all about throwing rubbish and other unwanted things into the water? No. In fact, a harmless activity like farming could lead to something as insidious as nitrate pollution. In

EVEN as diseases caused by arsenic-tainted water continue to ravage several districts of West Bengal, the state government has initiated a Rs 15-crore action plan to supply safe drinking water to the

ARSENIC pollution of groundwater in West Bengal is reportedly threatening 13 border districts in Bangladesh as well. Some people are said to have died because of the pollution in West Bengal, says a

Overexploitation, increasing salinity and industrial pollution are threatening groundwater resources in several parts of the country

DESPITE environmental pressure against the use of chemical fertilisers, world fertiliser production increased to 158 million tonnes in 1989, which is a 32 per cent increase over production in

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has carried out a study to assess the status of ground water quality and soil characteristics around Bhopal gas accident site in the surroundings of Union Carbide of India Ltd. (UCIL), Bhopal. The CPCB study confirms presence of heavy metals, pesticides and some of the volatile organic compounds in the soil samples and the groundwater.

Milind Ghatwai

A day before the Bhopal gas tragedy completes 25 years, the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed that chemicals dumped in the Union Carbide plant continue to contaminate land and groundwater.

This is the letter by the Congress of United States, Washington to Chairman & CEO of Dow Chemical Company, Michigan, requesting that Dow ensures that a representative appear in the ongoing legal cases in India regarding Bhopal, that Dow meets the demands of the survivors for medical and economic rehabilitation, and cleans up the soil and groundwater contamination in and around the factory site.