In many rural villages in Gujarat, improved access to Water is about more than having something to drink, access to Water, Improves Quality of Life for Women and Children, Getting Water to Crops, and Slow and Steady Irrigation works wonders. There has been improved sanitation facilities for women and girls. Gujarat rural areas are developing with the bare necessities and more, Educating the women who learn to be literate and stop the drop out ratio which stand 58% amonst children going to school.
A worth read digging to Earth Talk Q & A:
Recently the UN voted to declare access to safe and clean water a “human right.” Isn’t that a no-brainer? What are the ramifications of this declaration? - P. James, Boston, MA
A 2009 World Health Organization and UNICEF study found that 24,000 children in developing countries die each day (one every three-and-a-half seconds) from preventable causes like diarrhea resulting from polluted water. Pictured. An Ethiopian girl drinks water from a newly-installed hand pump.
Were Japan to close all its nuclear plants following the recent damage and radiation leaks from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, what could its energy mix look like? Would it be able to provide all of its power in other ways? - Richard Miller, New York, NY
Japan would be hard pressed to close all of its 54 nuclear reactors anytime soon, especially given that these plants provide over a third of the nation’s electricity supply and 11 percent of its total energy needs.
- In Environment column
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