Can Renewable energy replace Fossil fuels in India?

“The fact that oil is a “finite” material is not a problem…Every material is finite. Life is all about taking the theoretically finite but practically limitless materials in nature and creatively turning them into useful resources. The fossil fuel industry does it, the “renewable”—actually, the “unreliable”—energy industry doesn’t. End of story.”  – Alex Epstien.

Fossil Fuels like coal, oil and natural gas are formed after millions of years of processing of the plants and animals that existed then. The earliest known fossil fuel deposits are from about 500 million years ago, when most of the major groups of animals first appeared on Earth. Currently, we are (over)dependent on fossil fuels to heat our homes, run our cars, power our offices, industry and manufacturing. 87% of our energy demands are fulfilled by burning fossil fuels. At this rate of (over)consumption we are going to be left with no fossil fuels for the future and also emitting lots of Green House Gases in the process. For example,

Renewable energy is derived from natural processes like sunlight and wind. They can be used to generate power and cooling systems. Renewable energy, collectively provides only about 7 percent of the world’s energy needs. Burning fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitter that contributes to global warming, which hit its peak in 2012. In the last 30 years, temperatures have risen to the warmest since records began. If we continue to pump greenhouse gases into our environment. The average global temperature could increase by 1 to 4 degrees by 2100.

This graph, based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased since the Industrial Revolution. (Credit: Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.)
(Credit: Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.)

This graph based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased since the Industrial Revolution.

With the advent of 20th century, Humans pace of Industrialization increased. And for getting there, they started using various fossil fuels, which has led to the heating up of atmosphere. Estimates depict that the fossil fuel reserves have been going down for the past 50-100 years and the rate has been increasing further. Our need to prosper more and more cannot be just fulfilled by finishing the resources in hand. It is the high time that we realize the importance of renewable resources, which have less side effects as compared to the fossil fuels. Predictions estimate that energy demands may Increase by three times by 2035, But it is a saddening truth that more than 1.2 billion people still do not have access to electricity. With this increasing population, which is predicted to touch 9 billion by 2050, energy demands will always be on the higher side.

Scientists maintain that the impact of global warming on the environment is widespread. In the Arctic and Antarctica, warmer temperatures are melting ice, which leads to increases in sea levels and alters the composition of the surrounding sea water. Rising sea levels impacts on settlements, agriculture and fishing both commercially and recreationally. Air pollution is also a direct result of the use of fossil fuels, resulting in smog  and the degradation of human health and plant growth. There is the negative impact on natural ecosystems that result from collecting fossil fuels, particularly coal and oil. There is also the continuing threat of oil spills that devastate ecosystems and the impact of mining on land vitality.

The problem today lying in front of us is of change. Government and Industry both understand that renewable energy is future. But since the requirement is quite high and the infrastructure to make a shift is very less, this looks a distant dream. However, a start to increase the production of energy through renewable resources is the need of the time, because the basic requirement of wind and sun remains easily available and is eco friendly.

Eventually, the degree to which we depend on fossil fuels will have to lessen as the planet’s known supplies diminish, the difficulty and cost of tapping remaining reserves increases, and the effect of their continued use on our planet grows more dire. But shifting to new energy sources will take time which we don’t have

“The number one way to cut emissions quickly and get back to 350ppm is to stop burning dirty coal as soon as possible. Without coal, we must find a way to make cheap, renewable energy widely available in order to ensure all communities the right to develop cleanly.” Credits: (350.org 2013)

If we contemplate the finite dimension of our earth and our (over)consumption of our natural environment, the reality of extinction spreads beyond fossil fuels. Soil quality needs to taken care of. Erosion of top soil is a natural phenomenon, but with this also minerals get depleted. And with the pollution of soil becoming an increasing problem, soil quality is something which needs to be considered. Also, the scarcity of fresh water reservoirs is becoming an issue. These aquifers have been replenishing for thousands of years are now falling apart indirectly due to over use of fossil fuels. Cutting of trees has decreased our green belt significantly. And our trees are diminishing faster than they are being planted which is a huge problem currently. Ore Quality is another issue. Minerals form a very heavy chunk of our earth crust. With the decrease in high quality ores, only low quality ores are being left, because of which the production has come down significantly where these low quality ores are being used. Lastly, in this process to grow at a faster rate, we are ruining our own habitats and hampering our creatures life too. With this much pollution surrounding us, it is the high time to rethink of our approach towards the basic requirements of mankind. We must understand, if we kept on using the resources under the earth crust, we are digging our own grave, and now at a faster rate. CO2, heavy metals, noise, smog, fine particles, radiation are everywhere and gives winds to pollution rise.

In light of these ‘costs’ of fossil fuels, renewable energy is a solid alternative to meet the energy demands of our world. It may take few years before we reach there, but yes a small leap for the future of this mankind is the need of the time!

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Role of Media in our Democracy

India is a country of diversities with different cultures, languages, caste, creed, religion etc. Over the time we have evolved  by pushing the people forward from each section of the society and giving them opportunities at different level. In this quest the most honest and determined role has been played by media. In our constitution media has been given the position as the fourth pillar  on which our whole country stands and thus has seen this country grow from a close proximity.

Media has always been the driving force of Indian democracy. All the glories which has been  achieved would have been unknown to the general public, if there were no media. Media has ensured that anything which happens around the globe reaches the masses. Over the time, media has also evolved in itself. From being restricted to news papers to radios to a vast electronic form. No one can forget the historical message that our first prime minister Nehru conveyed from the Red Fort on the eve of Independence, or in recent the launch of the successful moon mission by ISRO. Today, if government has to announce anything, the electronic media is the most preferred source because of it’s access and the reach.  And in that doing, social media is enjoying most attraction. It is that powerful branch of media which is even faster than many electronic media sources. And the kind of reach it has, has surpassed any other source. People talk, discuss, enjoy and keep themselves updated through social connections. It is very important to be active on different social media platforms as we get to know the opinions of different people specially the youth of the country.

But as the era unfolded, quite a different picture also maligned the glorious image that media enjoyed. As the reach is very far and commanding, many people has started to use media as the source of spreading foul messages. In the Indian context, many political parties have influenced people by offering false commitments just in order to allure people and increase their vote bank. Be it social or electronic media or any other source, some media personnel just go down in front of power or money or any benefit. Sometimes some media houses have also been accused of leaking confidential news. Deliberately or by mistake these incidents malign the good image that media has built over the years.

So, concluding I believe that media has to play a major role in the development of  democracy. India has been evolving over the years and now an aspiring world power. It is very necessary to make sure that every policy whether related to rural development or FDI investment, scams or medals every message reaches the masses.To know everything is a major right and requirement of the people and a very big responsibility on the shoulders of media and I fully believe that media is very competent to play this role in Indian Democracy.

DATA IS THE OIL OF TWENTY FIRST CENTURY

There was a time when the countries with huge armies ruled the world. With the time the only thing which has changed in the power hungry world is the driving force .Today we live in 21st century. And today one power which makes anyone to rule is DATA.  Data is anything which directly or indirectly helps in planning and deciding on various future steps. It makes you finalize your policies, make decisions and progress in this competitive world.

It is rightly said that data is the oil of 21st century. Before this period, with the growth in industries, the need of energy increased. The countries with  major resources of oil flourished. Every powerful country wanted good relations with these countries to make sure their easy growth . The amounts of data being stored and analysed around the world has surged in recent years. World has become even a smaller place with so much data being available.

Today every country wants to know about every other country. World has fought two world wars and many other wars among themselves. And the learning has been, one with the information before hand ruled. Today the phenomenon like phone tapping has been done at huge levels. There was huge outcry of US tapping many European leaders phone. Even in recent as a taste of its own medicine, US systems were hacked by some unknown sources and the direct pointing is towards Russia. The clear question goes,Today everybody is after everybody! The answer lies in the fact that today information is everything. We live in a world where everything happens so fast that we even cant keep hod of it. In such scenarios the one with most knowledge will always be ahead.

Every country plan for its people, for that they need data. In a country like India, which is a growing economy, we have come across a long road. But still we need to improve on lot of aspects. We are a population of 130 crore people. So in order to plan or make schemes for different people of the country first we need is data, to finalize anything before finalizing or even starting things to know the scope of it. In the business world, many companies have been looking to cash in on the rising demand for data mining.

So the basic crux remains same. Data is the first thing you need to know even to imagine your first step, as oil was in the 20th century, which with all means is even today. Simply as oil made countries powerful in very short span, today the one with the information or rather a well aware person or a country rich on information is well ahead of its peer. So it can rightly be said that data is the oil of 21st century.

Why Shahid Afridi is not Brendon Mccullum!

I still remember the last few matches of Brendon Mccullum. I remember him as a  fearless batsman who batted like a powerful hitter, who can hit any ball. In his ending days he was literally smashing everything coming to him. He was successful in doing so. We all loved him. Now consider the case of Shahid Afridi. Like Mccullum, we all love him. He is like that bomb which is supposed to be very explosive but turns out to be not the one. No doubt, he has won a lot of games for Pakistan and in doing so,he has set and broken many records. But if, he has not showed something in his doing so, is resilience and compassion, the quality to stay there and play till his team wins.

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In the cricketing history we have seen a lot of players who come to limelight with some serious hitting, but vanishes with the same pace. Considering that, Afridi has done a phenomenal job. He has been playing for around 20 years now. Coming back from a retirement is never easy. So, overall he has done fine. The problem lies in the fact that Every single time he has come to bat, people believes that he may do wonders. At back of the mind everybody knows he can take his team to the winning side, but then he shatters and bows out. It’s a well known understanding that, you can not hit 10 sixes of 10 balls. But,If you closely examine his batting he seriously tries to do that. On a determinant front that looks like at least he is trying. But, in reality. Not happening.

No wonder that he has hit the most number of 6’s . Obviously in his tryst with destiny for hitting every ball for six, he must have hit like 1 or 2 sixes per match. But if you look to his average,he falls short. At least for  a person of his stature with so much experience, these figures are unexpectable

Having said that, I believe this is going to be the last match of Afridi as they crash out of the world cup. I belive he has done enough for his country. But he could have done a lot better by being little sensible. He had power. He had shots. But with all power and no thinking, this was destined to happen. He is not critisized simply, but because, people once believed in his power. But most of the times he has put them down. I am fan of Shahid Afridi, wanted to see him take them over the line against aussies the other day. But he couldn’t. And a generous suggestion in the end. You could have gathered more liking if you would have shown little sensibility today in your batting, than talking kashmir! Cheers! as you cricketers say! 😀

Five Point Someone

Hey there, long time. Somehow couldn’t write. Just couldn’t get that motivation. :/ Had lot of stuff this year. Really, it has been four strong months, before getting back here. It is very easy to say yourself with words, rather then expressing it face to face. So, the thing that brought me back to blogs, was a strong desire to express myself, Again.! There are stuff that happens to everyone of us in the  most unexpected manner. like Novels, sereously, that has nothing to do with me. But, see i m here to write my, yours , everybody’s life’s certain realities, all based on my connections with this novel, FIVE POINT SOMEONE

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Five point someone is a heart touching novel, as one can easily connect to it. Like, it shows how easily everybody thinks of getting pass through their college. It effectively shows how we can do whatever we love in these beautiful days. It makes you think, that studies have never mattered, if you don’t want to and it has least effect on you  and your life. Everybody can live their dreams and have no regrets afterwards.

For instance, the novel begins with the brilliant IIT’s campus and shows the miserable life there. I mean, not everyone gets into IIT, but yes, everybody has this miserable feeling about their college at some point,which changes eventually. It perfectly,shows that even how with all fun and little studying , one can land in at some good place in life. Now, we dont get job easily, especially, if we are from non-IIT, but then, yes by following the being cool policy, you become damn unconcerned  and stress free in your life. It’s so true that there comes a point in your college life, when you choose to study a lot or basically mug to score fantastically, or you stop worrying about anything such and instead start being just awesome. There will be lot of hurdles that you may face by being awesome, but all those are for time being and has nothing to with your ultimate life. You may get haunted at times by the fear of failing. But then, what’s failing ? It’s again, just for time being. Remember all those shit, one test can not decide anything. 

Then, the love connection. That is my personal favourite. Oh man, seriously this man has something to do with the girls.  You can’t deny the fact that in any college life you will have a girl, making and finishing your life thereafter(and destroying your thinking power). Otherwise, who the hell leak the papers to impress a girl! It beautifully touches the point, for what you want, you do whatever she wants.! 😛 

And then ofcourse the ending part. The time, when you get off to your new life, leaving all those crazy stuff behind. Those wonderful four years goes and everybody you always wanted to be with. There are times when you have to leave people, the best people you ever had, most unhappening time in every colloge grads life. This is how it is. When I completed this novel, I was left with this big question that what happened then between these two birds? And for God’s sake, why my college ended? You see, we never realize that it is ending, but it ends. And the time you realize it, is when you write these stupid things. Yeah, I miss those crazy stuff. The life was amazing. Now, the life is okaishh. Like everbody , i also want to be back there someday, with those people and who knows, this time I dont have to leave? See you guyz. Till then be young and have fun!

The strength of feelings

This thing whether you get it or not, is the real core of your life. What you feel is the sole thing which drives your actions. It’s not just your feeling, it’s a hope , a desire to remain in touch, to be their always and to be loved. All these feelings are not just feelings they all define an entire decision making in human life. It is human tendancy to expect a lot of things from others and in this series of expectations you tend to move a lot closer to some people. Yes, there are few people whom you can’t resist, actually you don’t want to resist. Your feeling to decide what is wrong or right is different with these people.You love to hang out with them. Your day is not complete without them. This affection doesn’t comes in a day but, it’s a process which you create over the time and then you try to repeat this pattern, until a strong desire to move forward compels you to be more affectionate or back off.

We all live once. We all have certain incidents which shook us from inside out, and which took our breadth away. We all want to be happy afterall and we try to find this happiness in some other person. Life gives us chances, not many but still many. And then there are certain periods like  now or never, when you decide to speak up everything you got and be released from this extereme trauma. You plan lot of things, but eventually end up doing some different stuff. You will cherish to be the best and do all good and be loved, but this life makes us do some irrelevant stuff and even unknowingly we keep on getting into this trap. And then after a long, comes a time when you realize, your mistakes or even though you may not be at the wrong end but, then you feel that what different things you would have done to save your life from reaching this point. This is just a matter of feelings. Yes, the feelings which you develop for some person, which makes you do all this mess at once, and even knowingly you get along with it.

So, live it freely people. Don’t get bothered by small things. Feel good. I mean yes, feel for others, do all good possible to them, But ultimately don’t get carried away in this so far that you start feeling much more for others, than for yourselves. Remember, true satisfaction comes from inside. So start and try to become that person, which you wish to become, cozz you don’t need any company always, to be happy. Feel freely and amazingly. Be perky and dude. But, have that small  control over your feelings to be happy in a long tun. Feeling Amazingly well.! 😀