Last week the Indian Health Ministry launched 'Mental Health Awareness Campaign Week' as the world observed World Mental Health Day on Oct 10.
The Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show (VGGTS) 2022 which was planned to be held at Ahmedabad has been put off with immediate effect as announced by Gujarat’s state government in view of the Covid surge.
In the early 2000s, the gender empowerment consultations and workshops I attended had one constant in all of them - Men used to sit on the chairs and women on the floor. Such was the irony! The vision was gender equality/equity, and visible physical manifestation was the antithesis of the idea being promoted.
The Indian steel industry, one of the world’s largest and also one of the biggest drivers of India’s growth, is faced with an achillean paradox. Being one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, it is also one of the most carbon intensive sectors. Amidst the global push to cut down emissions, it faces a unique challenge and opportunity to significantly cut the emissions in coming years. India is the largest carbon emitter after the United States and China and has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2070, and to increase the share of renewable energy to 50% by 2030.In 2015, the steel industry accounted for 6% of the global greenhouse emissions, if it were a country it would have been the 5th largest polluter in the world after the USA, China, the European Union and India. Even with such a large footprint, it's largely been exempted because of its importance in driving India's growth and economy.
The resumed session of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) held from 28th Febr - March 2022 in Nairobi witnessed some historic resolutions three drafts were presented to address the global plastic pollution.
The recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia has made western countries rethink their dependency on Russian oil and fossil fuel in general. The EU gets roughly 40% of its gas from Russia: According to figures from the research group Transport & Environment, this dependence costs around $118m a day.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has unveiled MCAP or Mumbai Climate Action Plan, a climate action project that is first of its kind in India, it’ll be aimed at decreasing carbon emissions, switching to renewables etc.
In the historic move to tackle with the global issue of plastic wastes, 175 nations across the world adopted a resolution at the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi to form an international “legally binding agreement” by the year 2024 to resolve plastic pollution.
India surprised everyone at the COP26 by putting a date on the carbon neutrality goal, although it is 20 years later than what the developed countries have set and 10 years more than China. It is justified, because during the last decade when the climate change initiatives started to gather momentum around the world, India was just making it into the list of large carbon emitters. American and European nations have had enough time to pump the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, establish cities with good infrastructure and pull their people out of poverty before starting out on this ambitious journey of cutting carbon.
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.
Countries around the globe are chasing a net zero carbon emission target, some Indian institutions have come up with carbon capturing techniques, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a technology that captures methane and turns it into hydrogen.
“During our discussions, we reviewed the joint work plan for the Green Strategic Partnership. I am happy that significant progress has been made in various fields, especially in the areas of renewable energy, health, ports, shipping, circular economy and water management,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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.
Egypt will launch its National Strategy for Climate Change for 2050 in the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and other groups of ministers.
According to IEA’s 2020 report, the Netherlands’ 71% energy came from fossil based fuel sources..The country is now going to be the second in the list of countries issuing ban on fossil fuels for heating purposes after Germany.
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy which is funded by the European Union have chosen Jamnagar and Junagadh for climate action plan implementation.
A recent study has cast doubts on the nature of climate change contributions from corporations.
New Zealand, in an effort to curb its methane emissions will become the first country to be taxing cattle farmers for methane emissions.
According to the Renewables 2022 Global Status Report India is the third largest country in terms of setting up renewable power plants, after China (136GigaWatts) and USA (34GW). India set up 15.4 GW of power generation facilities.
A new report from Global Data says India will fall short of its 2030 renewable energy targets.