About Ravish Patwardhan on Environment…

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Author Ravish Patwardhan on Environment

Ravish Patwardhan explores topics that have come to more recent attention in the world, in relation to the environment. As industrialized nations have caused increased emissions of potential pollutants, such activity to try to benefit mankind simultaneously may have implications which could hurt mankind. Well-popularized cases of local streams, lakes, and rivers being affected from activities such as hydrocarbon processing, mining, and inappropriate waste disposal, all have been noted to contribute.

More recently, as Patwardhan notes, the Nobel Prize was given on the topic of “global warming” to previous Vice-President Al Gore – the idea of carbon and other emissions resulting in depletion of the ozone layer, affecting the heating of this planet, has been debated by some and emphasized by others. Separately, the pollution index of cities such as Beijing, which are often overpowered by air contaminants, is considerable.

Patwardhan’s childhood in India exposed him and his family daily to a prevalent problem of the over 1-billion people – the proper disposal of waste products. Almost daily, in the absence of public toilets with many of the inhabitants surrounding living in slums, Patwardhan was both keenly aware and exposed (as was the population locally at the time) to a plethora of infectious diseases. Subsequently, India was also known for the Union Carbide chemical problems in Bhopal, which afflicted thousands.

Environmental issues are not unique or limited to overcrowded and underprivileged communities – oil spills in waters off the United States, such as the Exxon Valdez and the more recent British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico are apparent reminders, as Patwardhan notes.

Each topic is considered, as possible, with a “past, present, and future” component as it relates to the environment – while considering simultaneously, as relevant, the human implications both from benefits and potential problems.

There are significant efforts, as a result of detection of such problems, to offer solutions – a “social awareness” campaign in many areas is prevalent and continues to be promoted, resulting in “social capital” investments from large companies.

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Ravish Patwardhan
(Dr. Ravish Patwardhan M.D.)