December 21, 2018

To a geologist or an engineer, soil is not only a medium which is built upon but also a medium to be built with. Stones, bricks and sand are three but widely used components of a building obtained from earth’s crust. Although, built structures generally fall short of providing nutrients necessary for life to thrive. For instance, manufacturing process of brick requires clay to be burnt – volatilising elements like potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus critical to support lifefor...

October 18, 2017

In recent years, the practice of burning garbage in open spaces has proliferated within neighbourhoods of Bengaluru.  However, the practice is not uncommon in other cities of India either. The burning of waste has the potential to change soil compositions in urban areas and affect both environment and human health.

Burning garbage in a vacant lot, located along the Hessarghatta Road, Bengaluru (Author, 9 October 2017)

Residential areas in Bengaluru can be seen scorched with bur...

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