Wednesday April 1, 2020

Mundka residents set to lose their 147-acre open space

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New Delhi: The Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s move to set up an industrial complex in Mundka has left the residents of the area fuming.

Aiming to promote greenery across the pollution-ravaged Delhi, social activist Diwan Singh is carrying out a protest movement against the Kejriwal government.  His protest began when the government initiated a move to set up a commercial complex on the only available space of 147-acre ground in Mundka.

Diwan Singh told the NewsGram that the ground is the only available space in the locality that houses around 8 lakh people. Children come here to play as there is no other ground nearby.  However, the Delhi government is going to create an industrial complex on the ground.

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Lack of playgrounds and open space have forced the children to play on the streets making them prone to accidents. Moreover, setting up industrial complex would also increase the pollution in the city.

Diwan Singh urged the Delhi government to set up a biodiversity park with a playground encircling it. The government must refrain from creating a situation when the children curse the people in future for destroying the environment.

The social activist is running a campaign called ‘Mundka Kiradi Harit Abhiyan’ through which he is educating people and spreading awareness about the need for a healthy environment.

Backed by a dynamic and motivated team, his move is supported by professionals from the locality. He has a team of young people among them are a teacher and other professional who are motivating the public of their locality. His team did a survey in which they found out that every family has, at least, one member suffering from some disease because of the polluted air of Delhi.

A survey by the team revealed that at least one person from each family in the locality was suffering due to adverse effects of pollution.

Diwan Singh revealed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s take on the matter had not only shocked him but also disheartened him. To Diwan Singh’s dismay Kejriwal focussed more on industrialisation rather than the future of the children.

 

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    Arvind Kejriwal and PM Modi call themselves Nagar Sevaks and Champions of Swaraj but fail to consult residents who want a playground and suggest space of industrial complex away from the residential homes.

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Researchers Develop New Framework To Select Best Trees For Fighting Air Pollution

Air pollution is responsible for one in every nine deaths each year and this could be intensified by projected population growth

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In a study, published in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, researchers from the University of Surrey conducted a wide-ranging literature review of research on the effects of green infrastructure (trees and hedges) on air pollution. Pixabay

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new framework for selecting the best trees for fighting air pollution that originates from our roads.

In a study, published in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, researchers from the University of Surrey conducted a wide-ranging literature review of research on the effects of green infrastructure (trees and hedges) on air pollution.

“We are all waking up to the fact that air pollution and its impact on human health and the health of our planet is the defining issue of our time,” said study researcher Prashant Kumar, Professor at the University of Surrey in the UK. “Air pollution is responsible for one in every nine deaths each year and this could be intensified by projected population growth,” Kumar added.

The review found that there is ample evidence of green infrastructure’s ability to divert and dilute pollutant plumes or reduce outdoor concentrations of pollutants by direct capture, where some pollutants are deposited on plant surfaces.

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As part of their critical review, the researchers identified a gap in information to help people – including urban planners, landscape architects and garden designers – make informed decisions on which species of vegetation to use and, crucially, what factors to consider when designing a green barrier. To address this knowledge gap, they identified 12 influential traits for 61 tree species that make them potentially effective barriers against pollution.

Beneficial plant properties include small leaf size, high foliage density, long in-leaf periods (e.g. evergreen or semi-evergreen), and micro-characteristics such as leaf hairiness. Generally detrimental aspects of plants for air quality include wind pollination and biogenic volatile organic compound emissions.

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Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new framework for selecting the best trees for fighting air pollution that originates from our roads. Pixabay

In the study, the team emphasised that the effectiveness of a plant is determined by its environmental context – whether, for example, it will be used in a deep (typical of a city commercial centre) or shallow (typical of a residential road) street canyon or in an open road environment.

To help concerned citizens with complex decisions, such as which tree is best for a road outside a school in a medium-sized street canyon, the research team has also developed a plant selection framework. “The use of green infrastructure as physical barriers between ourselves and pollutants originating from our roads is one promising way we can protect ourselves from the devastating impact of air pollution,” Kumar said.

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“We hope that our detailed guide to vegetation species selection and our contextual advice on how to plant and use green infrastructure is helpful to everyone looking to explore this option for combatting pollution,” he added. (IANS)