Air travel today is the prefered means for passenger and freight transport around the globe owing to its fast pace. It has made possible physical commodities’ exchange faster and easier, delivering to faster realization of globalization tenets. Air travel, similarly, has become an innate part of the global business environment, for the global workforce. Along with that, it is also prefered means of transport for travelers for domestic, leisure, medical and other reasons.
India is breaking records again, but these new highs are no reason to celebrate! People living in India's northern and central regions are experiencing severe heat waves. The temperature in Delhi crossed 45 degrees celsius, while UP’s Banda district registered a record high temperature of 49 degrees celsius. Although, high temperatures are typical in April and May, this year’s temperatures are unprecedented. India is witnessing its hottest summer in 122 years. Climate experts are pointing towards compound events as the major reason behind the increased frequency of heatwaves in the past few years. A compound event is one where two or more weather events which may not be necessarily dangerous occur together to create severe impacts. The heatwaves result from the compounding effect of global warming, weather pattern changes and existing weather cycles. An IPCC report released in August 2021 warned India might experience more frequent heatwaves. This was confirmed by a recent report by NASA which observed urban ‘heat islands’ in the Delhi NCR region. Although concrete is considered a good material for construction, it is notoriously known for absorbing and reflecting large amounts of heat. These concrete structures create heat islands that aggravate the impact of heatwaves where even the nights seem to offer no relief to the common people. While Delhi and its neighbouring areas recorded night time temperatures of 35 degrees celsius, the rural fields cooled off to 15 degrees celsius. The major differentiating factor was the lack of green spaces in urban areas.
As we all are aware that human induced activities that are meddling with the natural ecosystem are impacting our planet in so many ways. The global temperature is rising alarmingly and directly affecting humans. The rise in sea levels, frequency of natural calamities, and other negative impacts on several sectors are pointing towards the urgency for immediate action.
The spike in global temperature, rise in the sea levels, an increase in the number of natural calamities, and risk of more COVID like outbreaks are just few outcomes of human-induced activities that are meddling with the natural ecosystem. The ongoing human interventions in the name of the development in each sector are causing drastic climate impacts. While highlighting the same, the latest IPCC report calls out for immediate action and warned that it's ‘now or never’ to avoid the doomsday that we are heading to.
Bengaluru was once known as a windy city, a pensioner’s paradise. Bengaluru’s IT industry boom, followed by the fast-growing startup ecosystem, fueled migration into the city. The population of the city is expected to grow by 30 million by 2025, according to a report. More people mean more corporate buildings, residential complexes and new road constructions. Construction projects require cement and cement guzzles water. For every 1 Sq. Mt of wall construction, an average of 350 litres of water gets consumed. Obviously, such large-scale urbanization cannot happen without leaving an imprint on the environment.
There’s a difference in how humans respond, to positive news of improvement or meaningful progress and to negative gloomy news. The news of a new bridge being successfully constructed or a rocket landing back on its base after flying through the ionosphere doesn’t need to alarm you. But, anxiety and guilt will surge through your nerves if you read somewhere that after a few decades rising sea levels will engulf coastal cities because of a compounding effect of you streaming your favorite show on your TV while browsing social media simultaneously, and the AC keeping the room cool by pumping heat out into the atmosphere.
Unlike the traditional and legal tenders of currencies such as coins & notes being used around the globe, Cryptocurrency is no longer an unknown term as we are escalating towards the global digitization era. In the simplest term, Cryptocurrency is a decentralized currency that has a digital presence that is used for online secure transactions. Crypto’s origin dates back to 2008 when a group of people (currently known under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto) created the guiding principles of the first and leading cryptocurrency in the market today which is known as Bitcoin.