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Excessive waste taking its toll on Ganga: Expert

WASTE ABSORPTION capacity of the Ganga has decreased due to excessive inflow of waste and toxic material into the river. The uncontrolled pollution and involution of natural resources have created ecological imbalance across the world
None | By HT Live Correspondent, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2006 12:21 AM IST

WASTE ABSORPTION capacity of the Ganga has decreased due to excessive inflow of waste and toxic material into the river. The uncontrolled pollution and involution of natural resources have created ecological imbalance across the world.

These were the views of renowned environmental scientist and emeritus scientist, Banaras Hindu University, Prof JS Singh. He was addressing the inaugural function of the Environment Awareness Certificate Programme (EACP) at Tooker Hall of the Ewing Christian College (ECC) here on Thursday.

Prof Singh in his lecture on 'Environmental crisis' said that several factors controlling possibility of life on the earth were in the red zone and would result in undesirable changes in near future if not controlled timely.

He said that global warning had occurred due to increased use of green-house gas and our planet was in "No Analogue Situation" as the concentration of carbon-dioxide had reached 376 parts per million (ppm) which always remained below 280 ppm a few years back since the time of evolution. An increase in 1 degree Celsius change in the mean temperature of the earth results in a loss of 9 per cent grain yield. "The frontier forests have been reduced to around one quarter of the past recorded area covered by frontier forests," he pointed out.

Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor Prof RG Harshe, in his presidential address, expressed serious concern over the environmental crisis and advocated for environmental studies to check the desertification. He said: "We have become unkind to nature in exploiting the natural resources and even lost the joy of living in the race of scientific development, exploiting each other and lucid exposition."

He said that he would try to ensure that the best academic facilities reached the city and the best was served to the students of AU and its colleges. He urged everybody to fight against indecency and stimulate good and healthy work culture.

Earlier, ECC principal Dr M Massey delivered the introductory speech.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University Prof T Pati highlighted the importance of statistics and mathematics in every field. He suggested for developing an appropriate psychological environment for the benefit of entire humanity.

The guests distributed prizes among students, who secured position in poster, slogan and project competition held in the college recently.

EACP convenor Dr S Chaturvedi conducted the proceedings and proposed the vote of thanks.

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