Kerala ,the land of Lakes, Letters and Latex is blessed with a salubrious climate. It is one of the major reason for tagging our state as "God's Own Country". But are we noting the changes in our climate recently? Are we not noticing the immense increase of temperature in Kerala?. During this year’s summer, average temperature of Palakkad was above 40 degree Celsius across the district. Ponds, wells, rivers and all other water reservoirs were dried up during that time.
Reports say that as per last year’s sale of Air Conditioning systems, there is a drastic increase in the volume of conditioned air spaces in Kerala. The heat energy emitted from the AC systems is carried by the unconditioned atmospheric air and thus causing increase in the atmospheric temperature in Kerala. Greenhouse gases released by these systems will also add intensity to the condition.
Interesting fact is that, when temperature rises, people will naturally tend to buy more air conditioners which in turn give a cumulative effect.This will also result in a steep increase in the consumption on electrical energy.
Finally, where are we heading?
Vinay Mathew John
Department of Mechanical Engineering