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Can Mumbai really be flood free ?
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Nivedita Bansal
Jun 20, 2021
Hi! I think this is a really interesting question. To be flood free implies either: we have rainfall that is lower than the capacity of our natural and artificial drainage systems Or We have enough capacity in our drainage systems to accommodate the rain we receive Therefore, this question becomes an issue of 'mitigation' and 'adaptation'. To address the first issue, we would need significant mitigation of greenhouse gases in the environment, through lower emissions and higher carbon sequestration or capture through natural or artificial means. When the carbon dioxide in the environment approach acceptable levels, it can help to stabilise the climate patterns on a global and local scale and thus also regulate climate on a more local level (i.e. microclimate). The second issue is an issue of increasing drainage capacity. This is a relatively more easy and quick-fix solution, because municipalities can spend money on widening drains or removing blockages like plastic from them. However, there is very little awareness of ecosystem services provided by nature in and around the city, be it trees or mangroves. Thus, there is little emphasis on conserving and restoring nature in our cities as a natural way to deal with climate change induced heavy and inconsistent rainfall. When both natural and artificial systems are enhanced, it can provide a unique opportunity to deal with the monsoon. It is important to note that both adaptation and mitigation are important to deal with climate change, because they are both in synchrony with each other. We should diversify our efforts to make Mumbai flood resilient or able to bounce back from adverse situations. It is easy to go for the artificial adaptation measures, as is seen in the strategy of Mumbai's municipal corporation. We must ensure that natural adaptation measures are also given equal importance, along with addressing the root of the problem which is climate change. Also, me to climate change and bad urban planning:
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What's the worst case of climate injustice you have heard of?
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Defining and coping with eco-anxiety
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May 22, 2021
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Should richer countries be expected to take on a greater burden of climate change mitigation?
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Nivedita Bansal
May 13, 2021
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