Health and Pollution : Features

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  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • COMMENTARY: Urban India is drowning in its own waste

    13 March 2012

    For the modern Indian city, the principle behind management of water and waste is a simple one: flush and forget. Not surprisingly, most cities are drowning in their excreta, says Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science and the Environment (CSE) in Delhi. Her outspoken Commentary is one with global resonance.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Reforesting Guatemala - the careful way

    18 March 2009

    At least two-thirds of the Central American nation of Guatemala is already deforested and settlers are even slashing and burning the last remaining rainforest in the northernmost part of the country, with disastrous effects on the environment and on the lives of people who breath in the smoke from open fires. Here Anne Hallum reports on one successful project that is tackling the problem, the careful way.

  • When pipe dreams become a watershed reality

    21 November 2008

    Even until two years ago, in the Indian village of North Chandrapura, Tripura (a state that adjoins Bangladesh and Myanmar), clean water was a luxury and water-borne diseases a way of life. This was, of course, until a group of women in this village - which lies about 75 kilometres from Agartala, Tripura's state capital - got together and launched the 'Jal Ano' (Bring Water) movement a few years ago.

  • India struggles to supply school toilets for all

    20 November 2008

    "Who will clean my toilet - is the refrain from schools across India. The government cannot clean toilets in thousands of schools, many tucked away in rural corners," says Prashant Panigrahi, Chief Engineer in charge of rural water supply and sanitation in the government of Orissa, a state in the east of the country bordering the Bay of Bengal. "The schools will have to develop their own mechanism to keep their toilets useable," he says - and some are beginning to do just that. But the problem remains a serious one in many Indian states, especially for girls. We are publishing this article to mark this week's World Toilet Day and the 2008 Year of Sanitation.

  • African agrofuels threaten local energy, food needs

    13 November 2008

    Although agrofuels are often described as an opportunity to unleash Africa's agricultural potential, these crops are grown to meet the needs of a global energy market, while Africans face an insecure energy future.

  • New Year Resolutions to help save the planet

    19 December 2006

    As the New Year approaches, it's a good time to make a few personal resolutions that can help save the planet from environmental meltdown. Fortunately Friends of the Earth has come up with a handy list which we reproduce here.

  • Ghana's gold inflicts heavy price

    6 December 2006

    Gold mining is Ghana's most valuable export industry: in 2005, US$1.4 billion worth of gold was shipped from the country, dwarfing the value of its other major foreign currency earners - timber and cocoa. However, very little of the gold revenues stay in the country while damage to the physical environment by both large and small-scale mining is inflicting an incalculable cost to the economy with vast tracts of farming land permanently ruined, forests destroyed and water resources diverted and polluted.

  • 'China's pollution increase is inevitable'

    25 May 2006

    Although China is doing many of the right things, its pollution levels will inevitably rise says a leading Beijing-based independent energy consultant, Jim Brock.

  • SUCCESS STORY: New computers for old

    20 January 2006

    Recently this website published a report on the dumping of useless IT equipment on the developing world. Here by contrast is a report from Canada on an initiative which is successfuly recycling old computers for local use.