Category: Awareness

Vegan Diet

Shifting to a Vegan Diet – Good for Health and Environment

Out of all Greenhouse gas emissions, 26 % comes from the food sector. Animal Products account for 58 % of the total emissions from the food sector. Half of all farmed emissions come from beef and lamb only. What is a Vegan Diet? Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of the diet or the philosophy is known as a Vegan. – Wikipedia  It was coined in 1944 by a small group of vegetarians who broke away from the Leicester Vegetarian Society in England from the Vegan Society. The term...

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Big Step by India – Implementation of BS-VI norms

As per a study conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) – there is a 26 % increase in deaths due to vehicular pollution in India.  Out of total number of deaths, 66 % were attributed to diesel vehicles.  There were 74,000 transportation-attributed deaths in India alone in 2015.  The Government of India has made it compulsory for vehicle manufacturers to sell and register only BS-VI (BS6) vehicles from April 1, 2020. What is BS ? BS = “Bharat Stage”, it represents the emission regulation standards set by India. The standards are set by the central government to keep a check on the pollution levels by combustion engines. The...

10 Myths About climate

10 Myths About Climate Change

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding among people about climate change.Over time people have developed certain myths about climate change. It is very important that we make ourselves aware of these myths and do not take things as they are told by anyone. Let’s try to bust these myths one by one. Myth No.1 – THE EARTH’S CLIMATE HAS ALWAYS CHANGED:  Yes it true that in the 4.5 billion years history of Earth, there has been a lot of changes in the climate. But the drastic rise in temperature and increase in severity of disasters cannot be explained by natural cycles of warming and cooling. The changes that would...

Montreal Protocol

Montreal Protocol – the world’s most successful treaty

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller” In 1987, countries around the world came together to sign it. Their mission? To save the ozone layer and signed the world’s most successful treaty – the Montreal Protocol.  Without the treaty, the hole in the Antarctica ozone would have been 40% larger in 2013. Phasing out 99% of ozone-depleting chemicals in refrigerators, air conditioners and other products. What is the Ozone layer and why is it required? The ozone layer or ozone shield is a region of Earth’s stratosphere (layer in the earth’s atmosphere) that absorbs most of the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation. It contains a high...

Aerofarms

Growing Food Without Soil and Chemicals in Factories – Aerofarms

You must have seen food being processed in factories, but could you have imagined growing food inside factories and that too without soil! – Aerofarms has made it into reality. Using 95% less water than traditional farming with 390 times the productivity per square foot than a commercial farm. Saving 70% of the water that goes into agriculture globally. What is AeroFarms? Having headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, they are built inside abandoned steel mills. They are basically farms where mostly leafy eatable plants are produced. It is not just farm, it is more like full-stack vertical farms and world-class experts changing the way plants are understood. AeroFarms is on a...

World's Largest Beach Cleanup

World’s Largest Beach Cleanup

“For the first six to eight weeks, nobody joined. Then two men approached me and said, very politely, ‘Please sir, can we wear your gloves?’ Both of them just came and joined me. That’s when I knew it was going to be a success.” – Afroz Shah. These were the words of the man who headed the world’s largest beach cleanup – Afroz Shah.  Afroz and his volunteers cleared nearly 23 million kg of trash and dirt at Versova beach.  It was all done because of three and a half years of tireless efforts.  After the strenuous efforts of 160 weeks, Afroz Shah proudly announced on Twitter that a miraculous change...

Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo – Green Gold! Can it replace plastic?

Over the years, the earth has been turned into a dumping ground for garbage and the main culprit is plastic!  There is no doubt about the durability, strength, low-cost of plastic products but we cannot ignore the impact they have on the environment.  50% of plastic is never reused or recycled. It takes up to 1000 years for plastic to biodegrade. Over 1 million plastic bags are used every minute in the world. Creating plastic requires fossil fuels (oil), which increases our planet’s carbon emissions. Over 17 billion pounds (8 billion kilograms) of plastic end up in the ocean every year. There is an urgent need to shift to an alternative...

Food waste reality

Food Waste, Shocking Reality! – you must know

“Cutting food waste is a delicious way of saving money, helping to feed the world and protect the planet.” – Tristram Stuart Of all the food produced in the world, one-third is never consumed which equates to nearly 1.3 billion tons every year.  At the same time, 815 million people are hungry and the global economy loses $940 billion annually from food loss. Food decomposing releases Methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  If it were a country, food loss and waste would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the USA. In fact, according to experts from the University of Birmingham,...

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy – innovation the world has been waiting for!

By the middle of the century, the demand for energy will be twice as it is now, we immediately need a source of energy that can fulfill this demand, besides being sustainable. Could you have imagined that there is a source of renewable energy which is 1000s times larger than oil and gas fields combined together? Yes, there is a source that is not much explored and it is found under our feet – geothermal energy.  What is Geothermal Energy? Geothermal energy is the thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth. The geothermal energy of the Earth’s crust originates from the original formation of the planet and from radioactive decay...

Earth is heating

Is Climate really changing?

“Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”–Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change July 2019 was the warmest month ever recorded on Earth. According to data from NASA, the average temperature over the month of July 2019 was 2.34°C above the average temperature calculated for the years from 1980 to 2015 and used as a reference period for the chart. The Arctic ice pack reached a historic low in July (19.8% below average), as did the Antarctic ice pack, which reached its smallest extent for July in 41 years of observations. The last 10 years have been the hottest ever recorded, says the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and...