Bharat

Bharat is an environmental scientist, public policy dilettante and feminist with a gaggle of science degrees who tries to take a “public health” approach to his analysis and writing. This approach involves looking at the systems, institutions and community/population level information that determine what happens in the world, and what he would prefer to happen.

A simple example: Do we focus on bike helmets or safer cycling facilities to ensure safety? Bharat believes that we need both functional big institutions like governments, and involved grassroots activism to make change happen and stick.

He grew up in India, and is interested in many things South Asian. This also plays an important role in his relationship with Canadian colonialism. His views and comfort zones are very much a product of a class-privileged upbringing, and while he tries hard to step out of those boxes, he thinks he probably doesn’t always succeed.

He also loves birds, music, choir, sports and cooking. Bharat’s interest in the environment was sparked by working with the olive ridley sea turtle in India, and has appropriated the lovely turtle for his twitter handle @oliveridley.

Lovely man puts his hand on his head while he thinks, on a stairwell.
Pocket scraps Sep 8 (ish)

Pocket scraps Sep 8 (ish)

BharatSeptember 10, 20174 min read

So much travel, but it’s been 2 days of kangaroos, penguins, kookaburras and amazement. Why Giving Birth Is Safer in Britain Than in the U.S. — ProPublica The key to…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps Sep 1

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps Sep 1

BharatSeptember 1, 20176 min read

Asian and North American floods have been on my mind. While climate change can contribute to weather weirding, flood damage is exacerbated primarily by our insistence on ignoring how and…

Bharat’s pocket scraps August 25

Bharat’s pocket scraps August 25

BharatAugust 27, 20172 min read

A very short set of readings. I spent most of the week in a conference, and Friday in a 12 hour meeting, needless to say, I wasn’t reading much other…

Bharat’s pocket scraps August 18

Bharat’s pocket scraps August 18

BharatAugust 18, 20176 min read

A note on Charlottesville There are lots of articles on white supremacy I read last week, too many to scrap for you, so I will do the opposite and leave…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps August 12

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps August 12

BharatAugust 12, 20174 min read

The vacation, pre-Charlottesville edition. CRISPR fixes disease gene in viable human embryos An international team of researchers has used CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing — a technique that allows scientists to make…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps August 4

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps August 4

BharatAugust 4, 20174 min read

A short list this week, as I am on vacation (part of the week, FWIW). How to Build Resilience in Midlife Good article, I am doing some of this, but…

Bharat”s Pocket Scraps July 28

Bharat”s Pocket Scraps July 28

BharatJuly 28, 20176 min read

Pisces porn: Could the sounds of spawning lure lake trout? Lake trout make noise in bed, according to new research by Great Lakes scientists. The report may cause a smirk,…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps July 21

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps July 21

BharatJuly 21, 20176 min read

Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal First in a series on communities overcoming obstacles to become cleaner and greener. Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps July 14

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps July 14

BharatJuly 14, 20174 min read

This set of scraps is not very cheerful… Murder most foul: polluted Indian river given ‘living entity’ status but reported dead After the Yamuna river, a tributary to the Ganges,…