SURVEYS - 2019 August

August 20

The World Bank (WB) has released a report titled 'Quality Unknown: The Invisible Water Crisis' to address human and environmental harm. The study evaluated how a combination of bacteria, sewage, chemicals and plastics suck oxygen from water supplies and transform water into poison for people and ecosystems. Both rich and poor countries are at risk from poor water quality as a result of pollution. The researchers noted that a key contributor to poor water quality is nitrogen, which, applied as fertilizer in agriculture, eventually enters rivers, lakes and oceans where it transforms into nitrates. Early exposure of children to nitrates affects their growth and brain development, impacting their health and adult earning potential.

August 1

A recent research titled- Interrogating Indus inscription to unravel their mechanism of meaning conveyance- was published in Palgrave Communications, a Nature group journal, has claimed that majority of Indus Valley inscriptions were written logographically (by using word signs) and not by using phonograms (speech sounds units).It mainly focused on understanding how Indus inscriptions conveyed meanings, rather than on deciphering what they conveyed.