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How did China and London tackle pollution?

Mythbuster Aojasvi China In 1997, World Bank issued a report targeting China’s policy towards its ballooning industrial pollution. It said,”Hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and incidents of serious respiratory illness [have been] caused by exposure to industrial air pollution. Seriously contaminated by industrial discharges, many of China’s waterways are largely unfit for direct human use”. This presents the acute pollution crisis that China has been facing since over 2 decades now, which has emanated from particularly China’s economic rise, indiscriminate mis-regulation for the environmental and a little bit on its unaccountable political system. According to an Asian Development Bank report in 2013, 7 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are ...

#PollutionInRealty

Pouring Cement and layering bricks are not the only factors of construction, there are many co-related factors with consequences, especially the environmental ones. Till recently, the investors and builders were enjoying smooth returns on real estate construction, without having to consider the deterioration caused by the atmosphere. MythBuster Anushree With the increasing numbers of environmental stakeholders speaking about responsible construction, the ball has landed in a different court now.  Investors & builders are forced to follow the environmental laws to maintain the air & water quality surrounding the construction site. Skyrocketing buildings, traffic running at lightning speed, impeccable infrastructure, and well-connected roads are the elements comprising the dream of a...

Indian metro cities will never be carbon free! Know why?

After signing and subsequently ratifiying the Paris agreement, 2015 for green developmental agenda post 2020 and also thinking to ratify Doha amendments to Kyoto Protocol 2005, India has shown considerable commitment towards streamlining its future development through a green prism and pursuing a green growth, hence time is pretty ripe for India to develop a carbon-free city to make it as a model city for mobilising similar commitments from other towns. And pursuance of such a green policy can be more effectively implemented under the head of smart cities mission of the Central Govt. Let us understand what a carbon free city is and what it takes to develop the same in the Indian scenario- What is a carbon-free city? A carbon-free or a zero carbon city is a city with no carbon footprint. Th...

The fate of the homeless in winters and the inefficiencies of the government

Winter comes with poetic mist and crispy breeze. Days are for rubbing off the fog while crossing it and nights are for slipping into the quilt and relishing the warmth of a cup of coffee.  The transparent dew drops in the morning, warm sun rays in the afternoon, evening mist and the cool breeze at night; these elements define the essence of winter and the charismatic symphony that croons pleasantly amidst the cold waves melting our ways with the nature. One can try to remove the blankets and take a chill dip into the air that is around. MythBuster Anushree While all this sounds poetic and one might become intoxicated from consuming the overwhelming winters; what we often forget to acknowledge is the hardships of those who don’t have shelters. The poor in Delhi shivers under the influence o...

Healing the Planet – Soil, Carbon and Human Intervention

‘The wound is fresh, and the bleeding would not stop till we give it some time to heal’. Killing earth with slow poison would be the most ruthless way to prematurely crush it under our feet.  We Humans – the deadly destroyers, we don’t need more evidences to reach the simple conclusion that flood, tornados, wildfire, hurricane and storms are the consequences of our actions. The so called progressive society diminishes the existence of the alternate ways of living, which doesn’t necessarily have to be sidelined as living and surviving through jungle methods, but can be a point of equilibrium between civilized survival and alternate survival. MythBuster Anushree To initiate the healing process, we need to assess the composition of different elements of this planet – The microbial makeup and ...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – All starts at home

Learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle can help us, our community, and the planet by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level but have we thought of the potential of having implementing minor changes in our habits that can contribute to this. Home recycling requires a trivial amount of time, yet offers substantial benefit to the homeowner as well as the environment. The waste management hierarchy–Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–actually expresses the order of importance of these ideas: Reduce needless consumption and the generation of waste. Reuse any item that can be reused or give it to a person or charity that can reuse it. Recycle whatever discards remain if you can and only dispose what you must. Our home is a trea...

This year, I pledge to become a responsible citizen in an Irresponsible Capital

The year 2016 was like the 9th Grade of years; everyone had to go through it but only a few enjoyed the term. The year took away a lot from us; lives in terror strikes, our freedom to breathe in the first fog of 2016, our right to spend mindlessly and our freedom of expressing views under the fear of being labelled anti-nationalist among other things. Although the memories of these events will continue to affect the nation, I have decided to let bygones be bygones and start afresh. We all have 365 new days, new pages to write the destiny of our nation, and like every almanac, let’s start this diary with a pledge towards a better nation and a better world. MythBuster Tanya I, a citizen of the world, pledge to be more responsible than I ever was, and take positive steps with immediate urgenc...

Do you think waste management is a critical element of infrastructure underpinning society?

Global waste management systems is a key utility service and a critical element of infrastructure underpinning society, but it is often not recognized as such. This article tries to embody within itself the facts related to solid waste, benefits of such management systems, things that needs to be done and the requisite know-how for such arrangement to function effectively with a managerial prudence. Mythbuster Aojasvi Planet earth through anthropogenic waste generation generates around 2 billion tonnes per year of municipal solid waste. In addition to that, around 7-10 billion tonnes of urban solid waste is produced from households, commerce, industry and construction. If a country wide analysis is done, then due to globalization, industrial and hazardous waste generation is shifting to de...

This New Year, I pledge to be responsible!

Its New Year, pledge responsible! Yes, like every other New Year eve, we are into that resolution zone where we pledge to either correct our bad habits or start an all together new one. Unfortunately, all these resolutions are individualistic and self-centered; non of them are motivated from environmental issues. At a time when we are facing many health problems due to ecological imbalance, we must come forward and act now to reinstall that balance. After all, it is our environment and we must pledge to be responsible towards it.   MythsBuster Aojaswi In the very inception of year 2017 and umpteen number and bundles of resolutions lining up across the citizenry, time is definitely ripe to find a small mentioning about the environment in these promissory pronouncements which is a tradi...

Quest to save the living world – Are you doing your bit?

The urgency is not new but it started as an intellectual revolution, much before the modern era. During the 18th century romanticism, the matter of concern shifted its focal point and got inclined towards anti-individualism and anti-capitalism that was hammering hard on naturalism and serenity. The romantics witnessed the bleeding cells of nature and tried to heal it with music and other literary pieces. Poets like William Wordsworth and Robert Frost treated and respected nature as religion. The romantic literature provided a soul for the resurrection of ecological awareness. The society that started to claim individualism needed a reminder that symbiosis is the law of survival; even the fittest cannot outperform everyone and live in solitude. MythBuster Anushree “How important is a consta...

Realism in the Real World

Realist, by definition, is a person who sees things as they really are, rather than what he/she perceives them to be. An existence of realism in the real world is however, a debatable topic. And we as a nation would know. Every year, the system rolls out schemes and policies for the benefit of the country and its people. Coincidentally…NOT, every year the people of India have new topics to crib about. The year 2016 was particularly the year that gave us a lot to think (read: crib) and consider before materializing any concept in form of movements for our nation. MythBuster Tanya The AlterNATION The year began with the odd-even scheme in the capital, which gathered quite a positive response in the first season in January, but lost its mettle in the second season in April. The mission ...

Thousands of armed police, bulldozers for 3700 artists of Kathputli Colony

The dwellers of the Kathputli colony pressurized for evictions. Massive armed police deployed with bulldozers surrounding the colony. Cops have already barricaded the area and are planning to disconnect electricity. Souma Mukherjee, Sr.Correspondent Kathputli colony, the small cultural hub of Delhi NCR is facing immense trouble with the redevelopment of the locality. In 2010, Government of Delhi initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership model. The contract was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, 2800 flats were to be built in 10-storey buildings on the 5.2 hectare and a portion of the land was to be given to the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. Currently, the negotiations are on with Delhi Development Auth...

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