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Climate change

Many researchers are concerned about Keralas carbon foot print .and are devising means and processes to reduce it. One group proposed the popularization of Hot Boxes in the kitchens of Kerala. A hot box (for the novice) is a box with with an opening large enough to support a cooking pot. The box needs precooking preparation. First step is collecting the suitably dry biomas from own the backyard or others. Then chopping it to some sort of uniform size. This is ready for stuffing the HB now. Fill the HB tightly with biomass. Now the HB is ready for starting a cooking process. Light the biomass, and it will burn without any open flame. Place the pot with the half or partly cooked food stuff over the hot box. Further cooking will take place with out much of assistance of attending. The expectation is that such a HB will reduce the carbon foot print

A claim is made that the “Parishath Aduppu” is a great success. However, the design reduces the spread of smoke inside the kitchen by adding an exhaust stand pipe (generally recommended is a readymade AC pipe- opening over the roof. The success claimed in the proposal is not supported by a life cycle study of this “aduppu” anyway.



As part of the Malayalam news bulletin, an interesting report with visuals of piled up sand was on the screen of my TV in the Kairali channel this morning at 7:00 am. I saw the blue and striped kurta wearing image of Thomas Issac also somewhere along. The voilce over said about 1 laks tons of sand now recovered as part of the program of cleaning the Kayal. This sand dredging or recovery of construction sand was part of the project launched by the Travancore cements or someone like them. There is also a plan in Thiruvallom too to go for dredging.

Discussion of the classification and shore processes from the point of view of a geomorphologist
Climate change i still an issue of concern only in the scientific ministries and the climate scientists. As a consequence all planning, design and development including construction does not take into account the issue of CC driven SLR or other consequences. Unless a combined effort is launched in a holistic fashion the desired results will stay aloof leaving the masses to the mercy of the CC effort
The saint sans body or asareeri who descended to feet of Sri Bhuvanendran of Cherukol once commented about the exit of Bhuvanendran as well as end of the world that we live in. The observations made then about the end of the world had overtones on climate change as the leading force destroying the earth and its beings.
Jatadhari of Cherukol Sri Bhuvanendran on “How the world will come to an end” (This summary that follows here is based on part of the Chapter 27 of Bhuvanendra Khadgi by Varinjam Raghavan Pillai- the biographer of Bhuvanendran of Cherukol. It is surprisingly and broadly coincidental with the scenario of climate change consequences proposed by the IPCC. So here it is for you to read through the views of Jatadhari on the world of future professed in the early 1950’s)
The SLR due to GHE will affect the civil and economic life of the settlers in the landzone of coastal zone. Defensive measures are indeed essential to ward off the severity of the implications of rising sealevel.
From an environmental point of view, check dams are simple to build water harvesting structures and all the governments should be promoting this.
CDs can be built in a small watershed to prevent erosion, slowing down of water flow and hence opportunity for more recharge. In the trunk stream or in the main channel, CDs help again to slow down the base flow and not the flood waters. The former again is a forcing of more recharge opportunities. In fact it is like the classical pond that used to be the source for irrigation in lean months. The only difference being the placement of the pond as a no-seepage-barrier as opposed to check dams. The CDs are usually build with sand bags, rubble packs inside wire net or simple stacking of rubble as a dry rubble wall across a stream. In fact it is very much similar to a weir.

Advance summary
The erosion of beaches during the SW monsoon was long known to the administration, public and the beach-erosion-refugees. Even during the days of British Raj, engineering solutions were implemented (like building of groins and seawalls) in locations like the sea cliffs south of Papansam and at Anjego fort. In the post-rai India, despite huge investments and 290 km of sea wall of all ages, problem of beach erosion continues unabatedly. Settlers on the backshore of beaches in Kerala, continue to cry for protection of their property by building more seawalls. From time to time, Government and politicians afford a very patient ear to such demands as the seawall projects are obviously, are acts of pork barreling.

Instead, I take a point of view that the anti-erosion-project-funds also should be used for construction of clusters of tenements for the immediately affected.