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Climate change impact on Respiratory Health

Climate Change Impact on Respiratory Health

An estimated 6.5 million deaths are associated with air pollution every year. Air pollution is a contributing factor in 1 in every 3 deaths from lung cancer, stroke, or heart disease. 92% of people worldwide do not breathe clean air. 87% of deaths from outdoor air pollution occur in low- and middle-income countries. And the number of deaths are going to increase with more changes in climate. Contents1 What is Respiratory Health?2 How Climate Change affect Respiratory Health?3 What can be Done:4 My Opinion: What is Respiratory Health? Respiratory health in layman language is absence of any respiratory diseases. So now the question arises what are respiratory diseases? Respiratory Diseases –...

Climate change and mental health

Climate Change Impact on Mental Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates an increase of 250,000 excess deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 due to the “well-understood impacts of climate change”. The impacts include heat-related morbidity and mortality, an increase in vector-borne diseases (e.g. dengue fever, malaria), an increase in respiratory illness, etc. But the impacts on mental health due to climate change are often overlooked. In this article we will get to know about how mental health is affected due to climate change and what can be done to prevent it.  Let us first look at what exactly mental health is. Contents1 What is Mental Health?2 How Climate Change affect Mental Health?3 What can be...

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. Contents1 What is a Vegan Diet?2 Types of Veganism : 3 Health Benefits of going Vegan : 4 Environmental Benefits of going Vegan :5 My opinion :  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...

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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. Contents0.1 What is BS ?0.2 Standards of BS – VI :1 How is this a leapfrog strategy?1.1 Challenges to be faced: 1.2 My Opinion : What is BS ? BS = “Bharat Stage”, it represents the emission regulation...

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. Contents1 Myth No.1 – THE EARTH’S CLIMATE HAS ALWAYS CHANGED: 2 Myth No.2 – PLANTS NEED CARBON DIOXIDE :3 Myth No.3 – GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT REAL AS IT IS STILL COLD :4 Myth No.4 – CLIMATE CHANGE IS A FUTURE PROBLEM :5 Myth No.5 – RENEWABLE ENERGY IS JUST A MONEY-MAKING SCHEME :6 Myth No.6 – POLAR BEAR NUMBERS...

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. Contents1 What is the Ozone layer and why is it required?2 What led to the hole in the ozone layer?3 How the Montreal Protocol came into force?4 How much successful the treaty is?5 My Opinion: What is the Ozone...

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. Contents1 What is AeroFarms?2 Technology Used:3 How is technology eco-friendly?4 Criticism and challenges faced: 5 Future of this Technology: 6 My Opinion 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,...

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...

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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,...