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The development process to turn raw earth into steel merits a high spot on a list of mankind’s most ingenious achievements. The metal provides the backbone of skyscrapers, bridges, motorways, internal organs of cars, fridges, washing machines and buildings. It makes up 95 per cent of global metal production. Iron ore, the raw material from which it is made. does not attract too much attention.

 

It is startling.

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Need to kill 10,000 sq km of forests and rich lands

Savandurga hillside forest, Bangalore, India

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The six sectors occupied in 2009 about 0.7 million hectares [or 7000 sq km]. This included land leased out to mine coal, bauxite, limestone, and iron ore.

But this might be a gross underestimation because in the past, industry has acquired far more than what is required for power production facilities. Golf courses are not uncommon in industry premises and golf turf consumes 30 liters per square foot of grass. Continue reading

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The desert’s relentless march

India’s desert lands are expanding. Recent satellite maps show, between 2003 and 2006, an alarming 32 per cent of India’s lands to be degraded and nearly 25 per cent to be desertified.

Of course Rajasthan is the worst hit. The Thar Desert has become bigger, extending from an area of 196,000 square kilometer in 1996 to 208,000 square kilometers at present. Continue reading

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