Five long term actions for controlling air pollution in Delhi

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

 

China will trap its smog and turn them into diamonds. 

– World Economic Forum 

 

As bizarre as it sounds, this video posted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on their Facebook page claims that China will tackle Beijing’s air pollution problem by turning the carbon from smog particles into a diamonds.

If at all such a technology is practically and economically feasible then maybe it is time for our Delhi government to explore the possibility of use of such a Technology, the pollution levels in Delhi being at its highest and one of the worst in the world.

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While the schools remain shut for three days, all constructions and demolitions have been banned for five days, as usual the center and the state government are busy leveling charges against each other as to who is to be blamed for the smog that shrouds Delhi. Whereas Delhi govt sites crop burning in Punjab as the major reason for pollution, the central govt says that 80% of the pollution is caused inside the city.

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Impact of Uttarakhand Forest Fire

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

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A few weeks back I had written a poem on Forest Fire.  Here is a following  write up by Reshma Gandhi, elaborating upon the impact of the Forest Fire and the related environmental concerns.

A fierce forest fire blazed across the state of Uttarakhand in May. Ruthless and punishing it created havoc and disaster. Several viewpoints emerge to get us thinking. Was it the aridity of the forest that prompted it? Did the combustible chir pine trees attract it? Political greed too seems to be the motive behind this relentless destruction.

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Baked Earth – A poem on the need for Water conservation

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Baked Earth

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The earth cracks

with blistering heat,

rivers dry, crops wilt;

if water is consumed

without a thought,

we all shall bear the brunt of drought –

Life is water, water is life

Conserve water before shortage is rife.

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Forest Fire

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Wildfire

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A raging forest fire
Since the past few months
Burns the green cover
In the state of Uttarakhand
The worst of its kinds
In the recent times
Natural or motivated?
Several theories transpire –
Combustible chir pine trees or
The greed of mafia and lobbies-
What stoked the fire
Remains yet unknown
Meanwhile the disaster spreads
Agony unfolds

 

© Somali K Chakrabarti

 

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Monsoon Forecast – A haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Monsoon Forecast

Sun baked grounds

Forecast of monsoon abound

Hopes soar!

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Voice of Nature- Dream of harmony between humans and nature

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Nature has always been a source of wonder and woe, prospect and peril, delight and danger.  ~ Voice of Nature

Do you remember the fables in which the  trees, animals and birds talk among themselves, and also mingle with humans as if they were living in a seamless world?

I am talking about the kind of world that is depicted in children’s magazines such as Champak, (widely popular in North India)  or the world that you see in the Disney movies or in Chronicles of Narnia.

What if you suddenly discover that you had the gift of understanding what the birds and animals are talking about? Won’t you be interested to peep into their world?

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