The Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday presented 50th Jnanpeeth Award to Prof Bhalchandra Nemade.
Praising the writing of Prof. Bhalchandra Nemade, the Prime Minister compared his views with those of Shri Aurobindo. He said the works of Prof. Nemade will inspire several generations.
Speaking after the presentation of the award Modi said, “Creative writing has the capacity to touch lives of several generations.” He reiterated that solutions to the problems of global warming and climate change, which the world is debating today, can be found in the Vedas.
The Prime Minister emphasized that literature is extremely important in the current age of technology. He said that the combination of wisdom (Saraswati) and prosperity (Lakshmi) are the key to India’s progress.
The Prime Minister expressed displeasure about the waning interest of people in books. He said people must ensure a special place for books in their homes. He recalled the “Vaanche Gujarat” (Read Gujarat) initiative that he had launched when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Global warming is likely to increase illnesses caused by undernutrition, due to the effects of heat exposure, researchers have warned.
For the study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, the researhers analysed daily hospitalisation data covering almost 80 per cent of Brazil between 2000 and 2015.
They studied the link between daily mean temperatures and hospitalisation for undernourishment according to the International Classification of Diseases.
“The association between increased heat and hospitalisation for undernutrition was greatest for individuals aged over 80, and those 5 to 19 years,” said the researchers from Monash University, Australia.
The researchers found that for every 1 degree Celsius increase in daily mean temperature during the hot season, there was a 2.5 per cent increase in the number of hospitalisations for undernutrition.
“We estimated that 15.6 per cent of undernutrition hospitalisations could be attributed to heat exposure during the study period,” said study’s lead author Yuming Guo.
The study said that increased heat may cause illness through undernourishment in a number of ways: reducing appetites, provoking more alcohol consumption, reducing motivation or ability to shop and cook and exacerbate any undernutrition, resulting in hospitalisation.
“Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the reduction of hunger and undernutrition, especially in low and middle-income countries. It has been estimated that climate change will reduce global food availability by 3.2 per cent and thus cause about 30,000 underweight-related deaths by 2050,” the report said.
“It is plausible to speculate that climate changes could not only increase the rate of undernutrition in the most affected areas of the globe, but at the same time, impair individuals’ capacity to adapt to projected rises in temperature,” said the researchers. (IANS)