Out of India’s Trash Heaps, A Controversy on Incineration by David Ferris: Yale Environment 360.
Incineration for waste recovery in India – Is it a viable option? Lax laws, cheap quality of incinerators, low emphasis on air-pollution control – dioxins and furans in air…takes away regular income of waste pickers…
Saves landfill space and tackles other issues related to landfilling, to see the other side…
Debate is that is it really the right thing to do, as of now?
Dubai Taxi Corp hails the hybrid | GulfNews.com.
Hybrid of petrol and electricity…33% less fuel usage, thus reduced CO2 emissions…more and more companies coming up with such cars…Good start!
Source: Ministry of Environment and Water, UAE
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Talking about waste is crucial in these times – one because it follows us everywhere; and secondly, it can be treated as a resource!
Why We Waste and that too so much?
- We think ‘short-term‘: Future impacts of current resource use and waste generation on us and environment are not factored in the present costs of goods; raw materials and labor from certain communities of world is exploited for manufacturing of such goods; All these ‘externalized costs’ are not reflected in the price we pay.
- There is a change in the economic and cultural scene – ‘Use and throw’, ‘buy first, think later’, showing off of material wealth etc. is the essence of the prevailing consumerist culture; This is encouraged by the availability of cheap, inferior-quality goods meant for short use (Planned obsolescence – designed for the dump) and the rapidly changing trends in fashion etc. glorified in advertisements (Perceived obsolescence).
- Little or no institutional thrust (in terms of economics and legality) exists to make waste creation a negative activity and waste recovery a positive one – Particularly in developing and under-developed societies; Laws and policies here can help for instance, incentives for recycled products and penalty for violators of waste-disposal code.
- Proper infrastructure for better storage of agricultural products is lacking – again, particularly in developing and under-developed nations.
- There is little or no awareness about ill-effects of waste
What can we do about it?
Solutions are hidden in the causes listed above –
- Attitudinal change related to our felt connection with nature is required – Need to be inculcated through education and awareness programs.
- Pro-active, long-term government policies are required – Through a ‘carrot-stick policy’, citizens and industries can be stimulated to own responsibility (also as discussed in point 3 above).
- Clear and focused legislation is the need of the hour – Legal enforcement of an agreed-to waste disposal code is required.
- Infrastructure creation for storage and processing of agricultural and food products, especially the perishable ones, through government and/or private initiatives is required.
- Public environmental education and awareness campaigns are crucial – This is about ill-impact of waste on us, if left unattended to and untreated and the urgent need to address the issue of waste generation and management.
Source: Views shared by participants of Online Course of Solid Waste Management, UNESCO-IHE.
Posted in Sustainability, Waste Management
Tagged awareness, conservation, consumerism, education, environment, Environment conservation, IHE, infrastructure, obsolescence, policy, UNESCO, waste, waste disposal, waste management
In this blog, I want to take the idea of ‘eco-conscious use of resources’ further…
By this idea, I mean that while we continue to reap the convenience of latest technologies and products, we give a periodic check to our consumption pattern – Are we using one resource/product way too much? Is that product/resource environmentally sensitive like plastics, water, paper, electronic items, electricity, petrol as fuel…?
If we feel we are (as reflected in our family/corporate budget or just an intuition), next thought can be ‘Can we rationalize the use of that product/resource’?
We DO make such assessments whenever a consumption pattern burns a hole in our pocket.
Costs of certain consumption patterns are not apparent today, but does that mean ‘they do not exist’?
And if there are such seriously high costs, would we still continue with the same old consumption pattern?
Hope this sets us thinking. More on ‘Costs of certain consumption patterns’ in the coming blogs…
Thanks for reading!
Posted in Climate Change, Sustainability, Waste Management
Tagged Chill wave, climate change, cold weather, Dubai, eco-conscious, electricity, electronic waste, Europe, fuel, global warming, India, paper, plastics, resource, water, world
What world is witnessing in the last one month or so, is it not ‘Climate change’? Europe’s Christmas party was spoiled by unprecedented chill wave n floods..resulting in mobility issues n power outages. In US, Christmas went thankfully fine, but a very Chilly new year eve n beyond followed…Canada is on ‘extreme cold weather alert’…Dubai is experiencing unusual cold n rains in the usually ‘pleasant season’ of December-January. Whole of North India is gripped in cold wave…not unexpected in winters EXCEPT that dip in temperature n fog is breaking all records… and the list goes on!
It is the question of facing unprecedented climatic conditions…we are not fully prepared for the ‘uncertainty’.
It is truly now the question of coping with the unexpected on an increasing frequency.
Apart from facing the wrath of nature, what more can we do? Strike at the root of the issue…question is how.
What causes ‘Climate change’? Global warming (GW)…How can GW be abated? GW is due to trapping of heat in the atmosphere due to increased concentration of ‘greenhouse gases’. This increase in lower atmosphere’s temperature changes the movement of oceanic winds, causing weather patterns to change and stick for longer periods.
So where these greenhouse gases come from?
From the waste and manufacturing processes and fuel burning – all on the rise!
But increased consumerism and industrialization are bound to result in all of the above.
So what can be done?
Eco- conscious use of resources…less is more! (More on this in the coming blogs)
Posted in Climate Change, My take, Waste Management
Tagged Chill wave, climate change, cold weather, Dubai, Europe, global warming, India, methane, nitrous oxide, USA, winter, world