There was a news article yesterday that London’s pollution level is worse than Beijing’s and the wood burning is contributing to it to a large extent. I am still getting used to the changes in the weather here. And I feel that the pollution is much much less than Bangalore’s. So I wouldn’t be a good judge of it, but do people still burn woods? In the countryside, yeah, I can understand. When we were in Dunmanway, Ireland, in that small country cottage, they had all things available for a wood burner and we tried it one day, but the effort was too much to handle especially with my asthma troubles. So, we didn’t bother with it the next day. Went with the gas central heating instead. Where do they get wood from? How costly would that be, especially in a city? Even though I love to see a wood burning for aesthetic purposes, I don’t think I would use it for my own to warm me up. I am too lazy to clean up after that.
I have been lagging behind on last week’s SoCS posts. I might complete checking them out this weekend since my niece went back home with her dad. I am a little sad, because suddenly the house feels so empty, but they all (siblings and their families) will be here next week for their week long vacation. So I am holding on to that.
In the mean time, lets talk about some no.’s especially of the ones that are associated with heat. Bangalore has always been known for its pleasant weather. But me thinks that this has changed in the recent times. I have been here for more than a decade and the climate has been getting worse every year. Thanks to pollution, population and various other factors. But this year it topped the charts. It used to be a little better at nights during summers and the only two months I would need the fan were April and May. But now I had to resort to buying an air cooler because I am sweating at nights. It is 38 going on 42 degrees during the day and god knows what late twentys or early thirties temperature at nights. If Bangalore is facing this problem, then we can only imagine what the situation is in places like Chennai, Hyderabad etc. I know that Coimbatore is blazing. The Indian Meteorological Deparment has issued Extreme Heat warning.
Here is an excerpt from their website (that opens a PPT).
The next 15 days forecast indicates that
Day maximum temperatures (Tmax) are likely to be above normal over parts of eastern states (East Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha) and peninsular India during 12th -16th April 2016 with probable development of heat wave conditions over isolated region of East UP, South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema).
The Tmax are likely to be above normal over most parts of India during 17th -21st April, 2016 except western coastal regions, Gujarat, western Madhya Pradesh and north-eastern states with probable heat wave over parts of northwest & central India (comprising Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, east UP, Jharkhanad, Odisha, GWB) and parts of southern peninsula (comprising Telengana and Rayalaseema).
During the period 22nd -26th April Tmax will be warmer than normal mainly over eastern coastal states of India and over the region of Vidarbha, parts of Telangana, Marathwada and Rayalseema) with remaining parts of India will be near normal Tmax.
Most parts of India are likely to experience warmer than normal night temperatures during 12th -21st April, 2016 outside the northwestern parts (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir) which is likely to remain near normal during 12th -21st April.
Even though Karnataka is out of the radar for today (according to the bulletin), I am not very sure. It sure feels like the oven.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “no.” Try to think of a specific number, as “no.” is often used as an abbreviation for “number,” and write about it. Or, use it as a word. Have fun!
During December 2015 and January 2016 (at least for the first 15 days) Delhi (capital city of India) was in the news for the initiative called odd-even scheme which was in place to curb the ever increasing pollution due to the traffic. Delhi has seen a steady increase in air pollution over the years. So the authorities decided to introduce this scheme to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. How does this work? Let me not bore you with those details. You can check it out here in depth if you are interested. Long story short, the cars whose numbers end with an odd number should not be seen driving along with the ones that end with an even number on a day scheduled for an even number. FYI: Here in India, all vehicles do have numbers at the end. They can’t have names associated with it as in other countries.
Looks like this scheme isn’t unique or even new. Various countries have adopted this whenever they have had to deal with the traffic and pollution. Mostly the developing countries. It was called Road space rationing. Looks like even Julius Caesar used it during his days back then and I quote from the Wikipedia,
The earliest known implementation of road space rationing took place in Rome, as carriages and carts pulled by horses created serious congestion problems in several Roman cities. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar declared the center of Rome off-limits between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. to all vehicles except for carriages transporting priests, officials, visitors, and high ranking citizens.
Not exactly the odd-even scheme, but still it was rather smart of him heh.
Now let me end it with a well known brain teaser
I am an odd number; take away an alphabet and I become even. What number am I?