Environment

Earth Day on IIT KGP campus

Earth Day on IIT KGP campus

Vision Prabaho, the eco-conservation-cum- awareness forum of IIT Kharagpur, observed Earth Day 2019 with its program for “Un-nailing Trees”. Volunteers of the group went around the campus armed with pliers to pull out nails, brackets, iron rods, wires and screws from tree trunks. This was their attempt to prolong the life span of the trees. Each nail or protrusion hammered into trees interrupt the circulation of water, sugars and other valuable nutrients, thereby damaging them. Not surprisingly, the area surrounding the nails or bits of metal become dark and stop growing. Within an hour, the foreign objects extricated from the…
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Canals as green lungs

Canals as green lungs

Since the 1990s, we have observed a rapid change in the urban landscape of Kolkata and the most significant impact has been in areas with extensive water bodies. In addition to the reducing surface water landscape in the city, there has been a considerable deterioration in the condition of the water bodies which thereby has led to the decline of the drainage and sewage system. Notable among these is the Adi Ganga – Tolly’s Nullah stretch, which continues to be the backbone of city’s drainage system. The ‘khal’ or canal system of the city was once integral to the life…
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Say No to Single-Use Plastic

Say No to Single-Use Plastic

Students at IIT KGP are working towards preventing single-use plastic usage Business Standard    The Week    The Echo of India    Indian Express (PTI)   NDTV    Indian Express   Indian Express (Print)  NewsBytes   The Telegraph  The Telegraph (Print)   About 30 students at IIT KGP have taken up the task of reducing single-use plastic usage in the campus. The students are in the process of forming a students’ society which among other environmental issues will extensively work towards creating social awareness in collecting and disposing of plastic waste including e-waste. The students have led by example not using single-use plastic for over 4 months and…
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