Monday, November 20, 2017

Invest in public transport instead, say mobility experts

The Hindu: "“The city administration needs to first make a conscious choice to opt for public transport instead of private,” he said.

Srinivas Alavilli from Citizens for Bengaluru said the alarming levels of pollution in NCR should ring warning bells for Bengaluru. “The State government hasn’t got the message from the Steel Flyover Beda campaign right. The campaign was a clear expression of people’s opinion against all flyovers, which are essentially stop-gap temporary solutions, not against that particular steel flyover alone,” he said."

Stop finger pointing, boost public transport: EPCA tells Delhi govt

Hindustan Times: "Citing that lack of public transport will make such an important pollution control intervention meaningless, the letter also said: “It is imperative that your government take urgent measures and decisive steps to augment public transport. Only then emergency steps like odd-even are effective.”"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wheat fungus thriving in warm, wet weather

undark : "No one in Bangladesh knew how wheat blast had jumped two oceans, but now it had a foothold on the Asian continent. In March, reports came out that wheat blast had surfaced in the Indian region of Bengal. Should the disease spread widely across Bangladesh and India, and into Pakistan, wheat blast could devastate a crop that feeds more than 1.5 billion people. And waiting to the north is China, the world’s largest wheat producer."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Now cars can kill with heat, from a distance of thousands of miles

InsideClimate News: ""Not even the fittest of humans can survive, even in well-ventilated shaded conditions, when the wet-bulb temperature stays above 35," said study co-author Jeremy Pal of Loyola Marymount University. The effects ripple beyond the existential threat to individuals to affect industries like construction, transportation, agriculture and utilities.

"Generally speaking, it is the poorest that are working outdoors and that don't have access to air conditioners. This is particularly unjust, because per capita emissions in most of these poorer regions are less than a tenth of those in industrialized nations," Pal said."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Renewables are wrong prescription for #climate

Saral Sarkar's writings: "
I hope now it has become clear to my readers that "renewable energies" cannot play any role in solving the multifaceted global crisis of today and that, on the contrary, investing in these technologies is a waste of time, effort, energy and, most important of all, scarce resources."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Patiala, India, climbing on top of buses

Students rue lack of public transport: "“It is very difficult to reach the college during the morning hours as all means of transport remain occupied due to augmented footfall of students. We have to climb atop private buses to attend the first lecture,” said Gurkirat Singh, a BA final-year student."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lahore - poor workers cannot afford bus fare

The Express Tribune : "A regular passenger of the new service, Muhammad Amir, tells The Express Tribune that passengers have to literally beg conductors to let them come onboard as they cannot afford a Rs200 smartcard.

“The other day, an aged housemaid touched the conductor’s feet to get herself aboard a feeder bus,” he recalled. “The woman, dressed in rags, complained she worked as a housemaid and could not afford the Rs200 plastic card for travelling. She claimed that she scarcely earned Rs3,000 to Rs4,000 a month after sweeping floors and cleaning dishes in different houses.”

“I am sure the Punjab chief minister and officers sitting in air-conditioned offices of the Punjab Mass-transit Authority (PMA) cannot identify with the miseries of an old housemaid who was begging a conductor in the scorching summer heat.”"