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Preventing & Minimizing Mental Health Problems In Indian Youth

Mental health constitutes an integral part of overall health and wellbeing. The youth of a nation are its most valuable resource and they are also most vulnerable to mental illnesses. As per a Statista survey, nearly 70% of youth believe that mental health issues are common and are rapidly increasing among the Indian youth. Though the government's progressive policies like National Youth Policy and New Education Policy (2020), link holistic development and integration of mental health, is a welcome development, still, a lot needs to be done on the adequacy of psychiatrists and mental health programs at the institutional levels.

Reducing Carbon Usage at Household and Institutional Level will lead to National Development

The alarming rate of hydro-meteorological disasters last month in a series in the Himalayan region, have raised serious questions in the higher echelons of the policy making bodies as well as amongst the individuals in their respective communities.

Strengthen Public Transport System to Decarbonise Indian Transportation Sector

India’s transportation sector is a promising one, both from a development and sustainability point of view. Catering to over a billion people, it is fueled by rapid urbanization and actively contributes to congestion, pollution and about 29% of India’s total CO2 emissions. Without immediate action, transportation alone could be producing over 40% of India’s GHG alone by 2040 and 60% by 2050.

Canada’s catastrophic flood: a sign of climate change crisis

Last week Canada’s British Columbia province which is famous for its heavenly mountains and coastline was severely hit by the drastic floods and forced about 17,000 civilians to leave their homes and seek a safer destination.

Carbon emissions from steel

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.

Some Forests Are Becoming Sources of Carbon

In a recent study, it has been found that the cooling effect forests and trees have on the planet are a result of a much more complex process than just carbon sequestration. The tropical forests store one third of the world's carbon, but apart from that they are also large containers of moisture, they keep their surroundings cool, they create more clouds which apart from giving rain provide cover from Sun’s heat radiation.

India Promoting Carbon Capturing Tech to Boost Climate Change Mitigation

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.

Study Maps Potential Natural Carbon Storage Sites

A new study has revealed that with efficient and planned maintenance of natural carbon sinks we can leverage the natural carbon storage of Earth.

India to cut output from 81 coal-fired power plants to save 60.2 MT carbon emission

India plans to reduce power generation from at least 81 coal-fired utilities over the next four years, the federal power ministry said in a letter on May 30, in an effort to replace expensive thermal generation with cheaper green energy sources.

Know Your Carbon Footprint and Take Action NOW!

It would be surprising for one to know how much impact one’s daily activities have on the environment and climate. It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant they may seem, each choice one we make sets off a chain of events in motion.

Special Fungi May Help Forests Absorb More Carbon

A study conducted by the scientists of Imperial College London has revealed that a certain kind of fungi may enhance trees’ capacity of absorbing carbon dioxide.

Who Pays For Decarbonizing The Planet

At the COP26, the Indian prime minister announced– somewhat surprisingly– that India will go carbon neutral by the year 2070. The deadline is about two decades longer than most countries’ 2050 deadline and China’s 2060 deadline. It was a surprising move, because India was reluctant to put a date on its carbon neutral journey, unlike other developed countries, primarily because the Indian economy is still growing and so is its carbon emission.

Trading Carbon Emissions

As the changing climate is gripping the world, countries and institutions are rushing to help people adapt to it and mitigate the damages done because of it. Like any other disaster, it has also brought to the world’s attention the inequalities among countries in various ways, some are better placed for a renewable energy transition while others are still developing their economy with fossil fuels, some are protected against rising sea levels and others are losing land every year.

7th BRICS Environment Ministerial Meet Adopts New Delhi Statement

The 7th BRICS Environment Ministerial Meet commenced at the Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, chaired by India on Friday, 27th August 2021. The highlight of the Meet was implementation of the Delhi Statement along with other discussions.

Vedanta To Use 380MW Green Energy For Aluminum

Vedanta Aluminium has announced that its smelters will now run on 380 MW of renewable power; it is expected to help the company reduce its emissions by cutting 15,00,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

World's Largest Carbon Capturing Plant to be developed in Iceland

Iceland is about to develop world's largest carbon capture plant

Germany To Push For 'Climate Club' At G7

Heads of state from the G7 nations will gather in Germany this year for the annual G7 meet. Germany wants to focus on inflation, global warming, global energy crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Recycled Wood Stronger Than Steel

Orlando Rojas at the University of British Columbia along with his colleagues have devised a process to turn recycled wood into a material that is five times stronger than steel.

Local Community Participation goes a Long Way in Sustainable Climate Protection Approaches

Local participation by people is crucial to attaining a sustainable environment and inculcating a sense of responsibility towards nature. Read along to know how you can do your bit for preserving the environment.

The focus of technology for developing nations: renewable energy or net-zero?

With the rapid push towards reversing climate change, every country is facing its own set of challenges but especially the developing nations.