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Another impact of land use change



India is a developing country and its newly developing state Chhattisgarh is also its apex of development. Development is the need of mankind, but not at the cost of changes in environmental outcome.  Due to developmental changes in landuse pattern affects most severely the entire natural asset of the area. As I can see here the drastic changes due to www.nature.comdevelopment; all over the urban periphery apartments, colleges, schools, hospitals, business parks.. etc will increases very rapidly. The land cover changes from vegetation, barren land, shrubs to concrete cover, pavements….etc. The property of the land has changed. All these changes will be going to affect not only this area but the effects we can also see in the nearby villages. This is rainy season. But here at urban area there will be no rainfall at this season. And at the nearby villages excessive rainfall will damage the entire farmers schedule for their plantation.

Climate variability

Why this happens…..;

why rainfall is below average at urban area and why it is heavily rained over the rural area near by urban periphery?? What is the reason behind this?? Who is responsible for this??

All such questions are arises when it comes to affect society economically; because no one bothered until it directly affects the present.

Questions arising in my mind that; why weather is not behaving according to the season?? And, Is it disturbed due to local changes in land use pattern?? These two questions are storming in my mind. The interaction and dependencies of processes across the boundaries of environmental compartments makes us difficult to understand these changes. Growing consumption and source to sink product life disturbed the hydro-geology
as well as ecology of the area that is contrary to any principles of sustainability. Resource depletion and pollution are facts to be faced by today’s generation. Understanding the interactions between the compartments in a hydro system is vital in predicting the effects of changes in climatic forces due to land use pattern.

Changes in any one compartment disturbed the nutrient and water cycle of the local area. Due to this we suffer natural anomaly of various kinds, which is going to affect our lives socially economically and politically. That is the scenario which not only our future generation will suffer but today we ourselves witness. All these are the cause of human interaction in haphazard manner on our ecosphere. We are the only responsible for the decay of our natural prosperity. Please preserve the ecosystem because we are the one who lives in society for the society.

India to Germany — ‘A Long Journey’

Raipur to Frankfurt

In a cold weather I landed at Frankfurt airport, after 14 hours of flight journey I realized that, I made it. And I still could not believe that right now I am in Germany. After coming out of the Frankfurt airport terminal I was intense since my cell phone has no signal and I use the pay phone, but it is not working or maybe I am not using correctly. Read more »

Some Impressions of a Mapping Survey in Hyderabad

metal pieces in hydrochloric acid

During my two months stay in Hyderabad I conducted a mapping survey for the field research part of my thesis. Two different research areas were chosen for a land use mapping survey, the ward Bholakpur consisting mostly of well-established slum areas and a considerably larger area around Fathenagar on the north-western fringe of Hyderabad. The mapping was mostly conducted on foot and only some areas were mapped on a motorbike. Because I was only used to mapping natural features like geology, soil or river systems in mainly European rural areas, the mapping of human activity in an Indian mega urban setting was a new and interesting experience.

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Is Mumbai the new Paris?

Fashion is an important part of everyday life… and this is also true for India. Traditional clothing in India greatly varies across the different parts of the country and is strongly influenced by local culture. But still the most popular dress for women remains the Sari.The sari is widely regarded as a symbol of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi culture and the most women wear it every day. The traditional Indian woman creates her style with make up and ornaments like, Bindi, mehendi, earrings, bangles and other jewelry, under the motto: More is more. But today it seems, that fashion in India is in transition. Read more »

Fog or Smog? – India’s megacities face another huge challenge

13 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are located in India. This result concluded by the WHO in 2014 clarifies the sheer magnitude of air pollution within the country. Even though being daily confronted with the effects of dusty smog, locals rather tend to use the term “fog”. This lack of conceptual clarity gives rise to the question if the population in megacities in fact requires more education on the phenomenon itself or if it refers to the displacement or non-consideration of air pollution problems. Regarding the research on growing megacities, it is important to take a look at further issues apart from the water topic as it gives an additional view on a variety of interconnected problem areas. Read more »