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Massive plantation drive in Ghaziabad aims for 31,000 trees

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A plantation drive in Ghaziabad. Photo credit: gurukultheschool.com

trees-in-parkGhaziabad: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Sunday launched a massive drive to plant 31,000 trees in the city.

The drive was launched in the city forest on the banks of Hindon river where GDA officials, members of civil defence and Paryavaran Sachetak Dal planted 3,000 trees.

“The city forest has emerged as the city’s lungs. It will be developed as the main picnic spot,” acting vice chairman of GDA Ravendra Madhukar Godbole said.

The GDA is planning to plant 2.6 lakh trees during this year and appealed to individuals, NGOs and corporate houses to come forward to make the city green.

(IANS)

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Researchers Develop Wearable Device to Measure Wearer’s Physiological Response to Environment

The team says the aim of Project Coolbit is to create a personalised comfort model for each wearer, as well as crowdsourcing environmental data in the city in real-time.

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Fitbit watches have sensors that get information from air temperature and humidity, but also from the physiological response of the individual in that environment. Pixabay

Researchers are developing a wearable device that aims to provide individualised information while gathering environmental data.

According to researchers, the device can measure the wearer’s physiological response to their immediate environment.

“We have added some sensors to the Fitbit watches that get information from air temperature and humidity, but also from the physiological response of the individual in that environment, such as your heart rate, your skin temperature, and your skin humidity,” said Negin Nazarian from UNSW.

“We have also developed some apps where you can interact with and tell us how you feel about the environment, so that way we can develop a methodology and a solution that is personalised and not one-size-fits-all,” Nazarian added.

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There are some apps where you can interact with and tell us how you feel about the environment. Pixabay

The team says the aim of Project Coolbit is to create a personalised comfort model for each wearer, as well as crowdsourcing environmental data in the city in real-time.

“So your wearable already knows your personal comfort model, it knows your preference of the environment, the type of activities you like and some information about your physiological response,” the team said.

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A Coolbit user could create a personalised heat safe route for a run, based on the previous information received by the wearable, according to the researcher.

“It also knows, based on the environmental information that other parties may give about the cities, the climate of the city,” the researchers said. (IANS)