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AIRBORNE: DISPLACED RADIATION

The mid aged man retired to his rural hut after a day's job in the field. Though the skies had been cloudy for sometime, it had not rained in a while. The cold weather created a deception... An expectancy of what was not coming soon. 'Empty' clouds kept gathering everyday only creating hope which would… Continue reading AIRBORNE: DISPLACED RADIATION

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AIRBORNE: INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

Air quality is just as important in our homes as it is outside of them. And here's the reason why. DOMESTIC ACTIVITIES Ever sprayed a can of perfume... Or lit up an LPG gas cylinder for domestic cooking... Ever painted your house... Or just moved in that sleek furniture shining with creamy varnish... These are… Continue reading AIRBORNE: INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

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AIRBORNE: SMELL THE RUBBER?

A pungent smell punctuated the air. The street family had just finished cooking up a simple starchy meal to 'hold' their stomachs during the night. Besides the challenge of accessing food, fuel was hard to come by. Living in a city meant fewer trees and therefore less firewood. Besides, most of the charcoal dealers were… Continue reading AIRBORNE: SMELL THE RUBBER?

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AIRBORNE: THE MAKING OF STEEL

A chimney has many functions one of which is blocking the release of harmful emmissions from industries. But what happens when it malfunctions... Well, nearby settlements suffer because of polluted air. Among the many industries, iron and steel production demands significant attention especially if their chimneys are malfunctional. And here's the reason why. IRON ORE… Continue reading AIRBORNE: THE MAKING OF STEEL

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WATER IS LIFE: WHEN AIR MEETS WATER

I stood there staring at the overflowing mound of rubbish in my kitchen. I think I had not thrown rubbish for ages. I was a bachelor then and I couldn't care less... Life was to be lived on the free lane... No worries... No sweat... Just enjoying the moment. But I knew that this carefree… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: WHEN AIR MEETS WATER

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A MENACING CONCOCTION: THE RUBBISH DUMP

The choking concoction filled the air. It was smoky and pungent. Every move towards the centre of the rubbish dump was proving a tall order for his lungs but he had to trudge on. He had to push himself towards the ultimate prize...the waste metal scraps lying near the center. If he delayed a bit,… Continue reading A MENACING CONCOCTION: THE RUBBISH DUMP

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METALLIC DUST: FROM HIDES TO LEATHER…

Rarely do we think much of the processes used to produce the sleek leather belts we wear... Or the classy leather handbags we carry around... Or even the cool leather shoes we put on. When I was younger, I often thought that hides and skins would mystically convert into the leather products we enjoy so… Continue reading METALLIC DUST: FROM HIDES TO LEATHER…

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AIRBORNE DAMAGE: ‘FLOATING’ PARTICLES

At times we might be mistaken to think of the noon haziness as mist that has outlived it's time. We may be right. But chances are that we are wrong and this should worry us. Haziness in the urban air could result from choking exhaust gases, burning rubbish and particulate matter. PARTICULATE MATTER These are… Continue reading AIRBORNE DAMAGE: ‘FLOATING’ PARTICLES

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AIRBORNE DAMAGE: THE AROMATIC RED FLAG

The word 'aroma' draws out images of sweet smelling scents that attract us. Flowers, food, perfumes...name them...produce aromas that we simply find captivating and irresistible. But so does burning of fossil fuels such as diesel and wood. POLYCYCLIC AROMATICS Polycyclic aromatics are a special group of chemical compounds produced by incomplete combustion of organic matter… Continue reading AIRBORNE DAMAGE: THE AROMATIC RED FLAG