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Population Control - the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions.

Population Control – the most effective way to reduce Carbon Emissions!

Currently, more than 80 million people are added a year to our global population. As per the UN, without any action to control the population there will be 2 billion more people by 2050, and 3.5 billion by 2100. Having one fewer child reduces 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per person. Why population control matters/ How population control reduces carbon emissions? Population control and climate change are inextricably linked. Every additional person increases carbon emissions — the rich far more than the poor — and increases the number of climate change victims – the poor far more than the rich. With climate-changing at an unprecedented rate, population control is very important. As the...

3D printing - a technology that can build house and make food sustainably

3D printing – a technology that can build a house and make food sustainably

It is estimated that 150 million people are homeless worldwide. Habitat for Humanity estimated in 2015 that 1.6 billion people around the world live in “inadequate shelter”.  Food is responsible for approximately 26% of global GHG emissions and 31% of total food emissions come from livestock and fisheries. What is 3D printing? Also known as Additive Manufacturing.  3D printing is a process of making solid objects from a digital file. A digital model is turned into a physical three-dimensional object by adding one material layer at a time until the object is created.  It is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which involves cutting out/ hollowing out a piece of metal or...

Coronavirus Recovery

Why Green Recovery from Coronavirus is necessary?

The world has turned upside down in 2020 by a virus called Coronavirus. Everything is halted, countries are under lockdown, people are dying, and many other unprecedented happenings are taking place.  This is the biggest threat to humanity since World War II. It is very immoral and shocking that it took a pandemic for us to realize that how beautiful our mother earth is. We have forgotten the beauty of nature. Air and water are so pure that our generation has not seen in a whole lifetime. In India, smog has dropped to a 20-year low. Himalayan mountains can be seen from hundreds of kilometers after many decades. The Ganga water...

I have see the future & it is very scary!

I have seen the future and it is very scary!

While watching “The Dark”, a show on Netflix based on time travel. I wondered what would it be like, in reality, to travel to the future and past.  Using a similar kind of time machine as shown in the show, I traveled to the future in the year 2050 to see how does our world will look like. The following portrayal of the future is adapted from the book – “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis” by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. An assumption is made that beyond the emissions reductions registered in 2015, no further efforts were made to control emissions. Let us see how does our future...

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. 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 – diseases that affect the lungs and other parts of the respiratory system.  They can be caused by...

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. What is Mental Health? As per Wikipedia, Mental Health is the level of psychological...

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...

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,...