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.
Almost 29.7% of India’s total geographical area (TGA) underwent land degradation during 2018-19. The data released in the Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India published by the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, which comes under ISRO was published on its website in June. Besides land degradation, desertification had also increased. Some 83.69 million hectares underwent desertification in 2018-19.
In a country like India, the process of harnessing solar energy is yet to achieve its zenith. To put it simply, solar power is still in its infancy when the huge potential of India’s solar power is considered. As a nation, India has made great leaps as part of its National Solar Mission. As of August 2021, India crossed the 100 GW threshold and became the 4th country in the world with maximum solar energy capacity.
Green energy choices can help reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions and prevent further heating of the planet. Cleaner and greener energy alternatives are always available to us. It is up to us to consider and implement them for our daily energy needs. Some of these alternatives are economical and easily accessible. An individual can make a great difference by getting his/her carbon footprint down to net-zero. Remember, it all begins with you.
In an exclusive report published by Moneycontrol, Ilka Horstmeier, a member of the board of management at BMW AG (Worldwide), labour relations and human resources revealed that BMW is committed to the 1.5-degree target want to reduce the overall carbon footprint of every car of BMW by 40 per cent by 2030.
Green hydrogen is seen to be the next thing in the sustainability revolution. Indian companies are rushing for the production of hydrogen and making their equipment hydrogen friendly. Private players like Reliance Industries and Adani are also moving in the direction of hydrogen manufacturing. Large amount of capital investment and change in government policy has resulted in several PSUs rushing to procure the technology necessary for proliferation of green hydrogen and setting up electrolysers, these include GAIL, IOCL, NTPC.
Vehicular pollution is one of the biggest contributors to air pollution in urban areas of India. Car sales are projected to almost triple in quantity by the year 2025 and of the 15 most polluted cities in the world,13 are in northern India; the contribution of vehicle pollution to the toxicity of air cannot be undermined. Although steps have been taken by auto manufacturers to curb pollution such as changing the exhaust systems of internal combustion engines, switching to electric vehicles, bio fuels and to hydrogen powered vehicles in coming years. The technology however isn't ready, it isn't economically viable for mass production and it will not be affordable for the average consumers in India.
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 India State of Forest Report (ISFR) has, for the first time mapped climate change hotspots in the country in three future time period scenarios of 2030, 2050 and 2085. It was conducted by the Forest Survey of India in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani (Goa campus). According to the report, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are projected to witness the highest temperature increase whereas Andaman & Nicobar Islands, West Bengal, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh may face least temperature rise over these short, medium and long time periods.
Saint-Gobain and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 100% renewable energy research park. The park will be developed by IIT Madras and Saint - Gobain will invest Rs 1Cr. over the next three years. The park will be for academic research purposes, but will serve as a model of renewable electricity generation in India.
Half a century ago plastic entered our lives in medical miracle substance it is now ubiquitous so Is plastic waste; Carry bags, toys, straws, wrappers and now COVID-19 protective gear.Humanity has produced about 9 billion tons in its lifetime and most of it has ended up clogging our drainage or in landfills or is polluting the natural environment. Every year about 13 million tonne plastic ends up in oceans ,most of it is single use plastic that is labeled as disposable because it's not recyclable.Thin single use plastic is so light that it is hard to catch and it is carried around with ocean currents, it is projected that by 2050 the weight of plastic will exceed the weight of all the fishies in the sea. With ocean currents and change in temperature the plastic gets broken down into tiny pieces which the marine animals then confuse for microplankton, birds feed on them and some of it eventually ends up in human food.
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will place 50 e-waste collection bins at different locations in Bengaluru, including Vidhana Soudha and the High Court, and at 100 other locations in the other parts of the state. It’s a new approach to tackle E- waste and bring the large portion of the waste under regulated organized waste treatment systems.
India’s northern plains are home to the most polluted cities on the planet, with 13 of them making it to the top 15 most polluted cities in the world. India’s vehicular pollution added more than 300 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere and it is only going to increase if the country doesn’t take drastic steps towards green sources of energy like green hydrogen . The steel industry heavily relies on fossil fuel for heating iron making furnaces 50% of the heating furnaces in Indian coal industry is coal, it resulted in more than 240 tons of carbon dioxide in the last year which is 12% of India’s carbon emission. There is an industry wide consensus that the use of green hydrogen can drastically improve the efficiency and the state of carbon emissions of the steel industry.
Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, on Wednesday pointed to climate change as the biggest threat to mankind and called for a green industrial revolution. Mr Ambani in his address pointed out how the industrial revolution disrupted the ecosystem and triggered imbalances in the environment
India installed a record 1,700 megawatt (MW) of rooftop solar capacity in 2021, registering a 136 per cent year-on-year rise, according a research report of Mercom India.
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.
The current report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on 28th February 2022, has warned of multiple disasters in the next twenty years even if necessary actions are implemented for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
India has 5,745 dams, of which 293 are more than 100 years old, 25% of the dams are between 50 and 100 years old. The change in rainfall patterns have made the operation of these dams very difficult. There is a ‘rule curve’ for managing water levels and opening the gates of the dam, the ‘rule curve’ are simple graphs which tell how much water level should be maintained in the dams according to its location and rainfall pattern in that area.