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CSE’s Fortnightly News Bulletin

October 1, 2019

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BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS
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  • Editorial by Sunita Narain
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  • Stories from Down To Earth
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GO FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH
The Clean Air Concern
Sunita Narain
Editor, Down To Earth
Twiiter @sunitanar Twitter: @sunitanar
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Cheering for toilets, with caution
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This is big. No doubt about it. In the past four years, India has built 100 million toilets in about 0.6 million villages and another 6.3 million in cities. The country has been declared open defecation free (ODF) — a seemingly impossible task just some years ago. According to government estimates, by February 2019, over 93 per cent of the country’s rural households had access to toilets; over 96 per cent of them also used the toilets, suggesting an important change in behaviour.

Then, 99 per cent of the toilets were found to be well maintained, hygienic and in 100 per cent of these toilets, excreta was “safely” disposed — there was no pollution and, in fact, in 95 per cent of the villages, there was no stagnant water, no wastewater and only minimal litter. Amazing.

How do we know this? The Ministry of Jal Shakti commissioned two private consultancies, IPE Global and Kantar, to conduct a nationwide survey to be used for future financing by the World Bank.

The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) Phase 2, done between November 2018 and February 2019, covered 6,136 villages and 92,411 households. Also, the Economic Survey 2018-19 says the gains of the toilet programme are showing up in health indicators — dramatic reduction in diarrhoea and malaria cases in children under 5 years of age in districts with high coverage of toilets in households… Continue Reading
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Announcements - Trainings & Events
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Training
Training
Certificate Course on CEMS, CEQMS and Data Interpretation, AAETI , October 1-5, 2019
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Workshop
Water Efficiency/Conservation, Wastewater Treatment and Local Use, Ranchi, October 4, 2019
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Training
Green Campus: Design and Operations for Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure, AAETI, 0ctober 14-17, 2019
Training
Round Table Dialogue
Plugging the Linkages in Sanitation Value Chain, Lucknow (TBC), October 15, 2019
Training
Media Workshop
The City, the River and Public Health, Varanasi, October 17-18, 2019
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Urban lake management, AAETI, October 15-18 , 2019
Please visit www.cseindia.org for more training programmes and announcements.
From Down to Earth
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Special Coverage: India is Open Defecation Free
Now, we must sustain it
Pollution: No ban on single-use plastics, to be phased out by 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates a commitment that India made last year
Lifestyle: Gandhi at 150: A contemporary fable
It is crucial to the future of our species to understand why Gandhi anticipated the environmental crisis more than half a century before the term 'sustainable development' was coined
Natural Disasters: Why fires that scorched the Amazon are a planetary emergency
From the Arctic to the Amazon, fires are raging at an unprecedented scale, stoking an unfathomable fear: is the planet staring at an irreversible meltdown?
Health: Menstrual hygiene: A challenging development issue
Illiteracy, poverty and lack of awareness are the major reasons behind menstruation still being a taboo in the Indian society
Video:Extreme El Niño events may double in 21st century: IPCC
Frequency of El Niño and La Niña events may rise significantly in the future, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
More from Down To Earth
 
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First Food: Business of Taste
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Green Rating of the Fertilizer Sector
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For more titles, please visit www.cseindia.org or write to rchandran@cseindia.org
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