Green cover will bring down global warming, say experts

DINDIGUL: Creation of more green cover by growing a large number of trees will scale down global warming and keep the earth cool and make it an ideal place for all living things; traditional agriculture practices will protect cultivable lands.

These observations were made at the South Regional Environment Conference here on Tuesday.

Coastal Aquaculture Authority Chairman A.K. Rajan said that trees were the only viable source to bring down temperature. Degradation of environment and rise in temperature were faster than scientists’ expectations.

The poor would be the worst affected.

Rise in temperature by one degree centigrade would force surface-living fish to go 15 metres deep into the sea.

A further increase would force them to go deeper and even migrate towards north or south directions.

Such a change would make fishermen’s life miserable creating acute sea food shortage.

Coral reef would get destroyed and sea water contaminated. Natural farming scientist K. Nammazhvar said that human greed was the sole reason for the pathetic conditions prevailing on earth. Drought had gripped 14 districts.

Remedy to this crisis was not known.

“If you protect trees for three years, it will protect you till death and also your future generations.”

Traditional practices

Indians had excellent knowledge in traditional agricultural practices. Farmers should be knowledgeable to understand the nature fully and live with it.

Natural farming should be adopted and less water consuming crops cultivated, he said.

Former Vice-Chancellor of Gandhigram Rural University T. Karunakaran said that decentralisation of production would bring a desirable impact on global warming.

Peace Trust Chairman J. Paul Baskar said that Asian and African countries had realised the impact of global warming but only developed nations refused to take any preventive measures even though they realised the impact. Quick and concrete action was necessary, he added.

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Sachin Tendulkar bats for water conservation

MUMBAI: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is all set for another show, this time off the field. The cricketer will star in a civic campaign that emphasises on the need to conserve water.

The municipal corporation’s advertisement-Pani Vachwa Mumbai Jagwa or Pani ki Raksha, Mumbai ki Suraksha-has been shot by Eureka Films and directed by Meghnath Kulkarni. The 30-second ad will hit te screens in the next 10 days.

The civic officials are confident that the star batsman will play an important role in driving home the point.
Said Tendulkar, “We make sure that there not a single drop of water is wasted in our household. In fact, every person in my family uses just one bucket of water for bathing.”

The commercial was shot on Sunday.

“Sachin’s endorsement is likely to drive home the point better. We are sure that his promotion of the cause of water conservation, which is a pressing issue in the city, will have a positive impact and we will be able to save water,” said civic chief Swadheen Kshatriya.

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Tamilnadu: Rally to sensitise public to ill-effects of plastics

COIMBATORE: Residents, students and members of a citizens’ group took out a rally in the city on Sunday to sensitise the public to the danger plastics posed to the environment.

About 200 residents of Shruti Enclave at Ramanathapuram in the city and 100 students from Sri Krishna Arts and Science College and members of the Residents’ Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC) took part in the rally, the association’s honorary secretary R.V. Raveendran said.

The rally was flagged off by Coimbatore Corporation’s Health Committee Chairman P. Nachimuthu.

It was organised by RAAC as part of its Alagana Kovai programme.

Principal of the college K. Sundararaman also took part in it.

The college had teamed up with RAAC for a number of events held under Alagana Kovai programme.

It had also conducted a study on the usage of plastic carry bags by people in and around Coimbatore. After the rally, ITC’s Wealth out of Waste project was launched at the enclave.

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India: Youth camp to discuss democracy, global warming, promote dialogue

The Centre for Youth Development and Activities (CYDA) will organise a week-long youth camp on democracy, diversity, plurality, global warming and youth participation from February 1-5 in Pune.

It aims to promote youth-to-youth dialogue within the different South Asian countries.

CYDA expects around 80 youth from the Asian sub-continent, that is India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Srilanka, Maldives and Myanmar between the age group of 1825 years.

The first such programme organised by CYDA in Pune was in 2005 when around 25 Pakistani Youth stayed at CYDA youth volunteers homes for three days in Pune.

The second such larger programme was organised in 2007 in which more than 100 youth from different South Asian countries participated and deliberated on various issues of democracy and peace.

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Climate change and health are interconnected

Different arguments are made on different platforms

“With global warming and climactic changes, coastal regions are likely to be affected more”

“Civic body is trying to install solar lights and encouraging planting of more saplings”

CHENNAI: As we get ready to turn the decade, it is obvious that whatever lifestyle modifications we make, it is important to factor in climate change and its impact on health.

The world has already taken cognisance of the impact of climate change on health, but the different arguments are made on different platforms and are yet to come together forcefully enough to influence policy.

Speaking at the K. S. Sanjivi Memorial Lecture in the city recently, K. Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India, stressed the need for public health to be wholistic. “If we ignore other realities such as climate change and ignore the interconnectedness, again we will be taking a limited perspective,” he said.

Dr. Reddy used an example to highlight the interconnectedness. Cardiologists from the WHO recommend a dietary modification to reduce red meat consumption; the World Cancer Report says the same thing as it causes cancers of the digestive tract; and climate change proponents have been calling for reduction of livestock population. “During pandemics we run helter-skelter, looking for vaccines. We don’t question why over the last 30 years, there has been a new infectious disease outbreak every year, 60 per cent of them zoonotic. This is not because animals have suddenly turned virulent. It is because large animals are being bred in captivity in pathetic conditions, putting them in a position to transmit viruses that mutate easily. Then, it is also necessary to grain feed them, leading to deforestation, and thereon to food insecurity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases. This is the larger picture,” Dr. Reddy said.

Again, at a meeting held more recently at Kilpauk Medical College, there emerged more proof that the establishment was indeed worrying about the impact of climate change on health.

Corporation Health Officer P. Kuganantham said, “With global warming and climactic changes, coastal regions are likely to be affected more. With water levels predicted to rise, salinity of drinking water will also increase and directly impact on the health of the people. We are talking about hypertension and cardiac illnesses, here,” he added. But what is really bothering him is that the change of weather is likely to cause the proliferation of more numbers of vectors and rodents that are primarily disease carrying agents. “The infection they spread will be different, organisms will mutate, and our drugs may not work anymore,” Dr. Kuganantham explained.

Therefore, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases would be a great cause for concern for healthcare providers and policy makers. He stresses as Dr. Reddy does on addressing climate change and public health from the same platform.

“In fact, WHO even says that in future, policy makers and planners should keep public health experts at hand while developing strategies,” Dr. Kuganantham said. Going by what Mayor M.Subramaniam claimed, it seems that cognisant changes are afoot in the Corporation area. According to him, the civic body is trying to install solar lights wherever possible, and encouraging planting of more saplings to create green spaces and cyclist tracks.

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Salem: Need to save power stressed

SALEM: Salem Distribution Centre of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) organised a rally in the city on Saturday to highlight the importance of saving power.

For a cause: A rally was taken out in Salem on Saturday to highlight the need to conserve energy. – Photo: P. Goutham

As a part of Energy Saving Week observation, TNEB also hosted various programmes such as workshops and seminars.

The participants in the rally distributed pamphlets and carried placards exhorting people to conserve energy.

The importance of ISI certified electrical appliances, the need for purchasing ‘star rated’ appliances and the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which could cut power consumption by 75 per cent, were also highlighted.

It was pointed out that air conditioning machines should be maintained at 25 degrees centigrade and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes should be used for water supply.

Unnecessary lighting should be avoided and necessary capacitors must be linked with motors.

People were also warned of the dangers that power cables posed.

It was risky to hang clothes on earth cables for drying, the participants cautioned and added that in case of an emergency, people should dial the phone numbers 155333 or 2414616 for help.

Workers and officials of TNEB and others took part in the rally.

TNEB officials Kannan and Sampath organised the event.

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Salem: Fighting climate change

SALEM: Salem Steel Plant (SSP) observed ‘Environment Month’ from November 19 to December 18.

At the concluding function on Friday, a technical lecture on ‘Global Warming’ was delivered by Isaac Solomon Jebamani, Assistant Professor, Government College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Against the backdrop of the United Nations’ Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, the lecture focused on global warming, which was threatening the existence of all living species on Earth, and the steps needed to control it. SSP Executive Director Pankaj Gautam, in his keynote address, underlined the need for conservation and sustainable development. He also spoke about the measures undertaken by SAIL and SSP for protecting the environment.

He stressed the importance of the three ‘R’s of conservation – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

B Vijayaraghavan, General Manager (Works) also spoke.

Prizes were given to winners of various competitions such as slogan, drawing, elocution and essay, which were held during the month to create awareness on environment. A large number of employees and school children participated.

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