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Major Climate Change Disasters of 2012

Since ages, mankind has been influenced by the sheer scale and magnitude of natural disasters. These disasters have time and again exposed human weaknesses in understanding their dynamics, ascertain with a fair degree of certainty on ‘when’ they would occur and determine the underlying factors responsible for their occurrence. Myths, doubts, speculation, and denial – all of them can co-exist in a global society but they need to respect or support the laws of Nature.

While it could have been satisfying to express our helplessness in meeting such environmental challenges as if there was no linkage . . . → Read More: Major Climate Change Disasters of 2012

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Top 10 Carbon Emitting Cities in India

Which Indian cities are the leading emitters of carbon dioxide? . . . → Read More: Top 10 Carbon Emitting Cities in India

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Climate Change: Major Reasons Why India is Highly Vulnerable

India is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts and ranks among the top 10 high-risk countries. This can have adverse economic consequences for India as an emerging market with a promising GDP growth rate of over 9%.

If big-ticket investments are to factor climate-risk in their financial decisions, it might dampen India’s attractiveness as a preferred destination. The social and environmental consequences are already being felt in some parts of the country. But what makes India, so prone to climate change risks?

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World Switches off for Earth Hour 2012

On March 31, 2012, to show their support and commitment towards Earth Hour 2012, hundreds of millions of people around the world, in thousands of cities, at hundreds of landmarks, on all seven continents, switched off their lights for one hour to display a universal commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet.

 

Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. The event encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for . . . → Read More: World Switches off for Earth Hour 2012

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Top 10 Green Cars of 2011

Top 10 Green Cars of 2011

With fuel prices on the sky-high again, car-owners around the world are turning to ‘green cars’ with high mileage to solve their commuting woes. Besides fuel efficiency, driving enjoyment, safety, techno-savvy features and comfort-level also factor in the decision-making process while buying a green car. The annual ranking for “Top 10 Green Cars” of 2011 by Kelly Blue Book (KBB) takes it all into account.

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A green car, or an environmentally-friendly car, or an eco-friendly vehicle, is one that produces less harmful impact to the environment as compared to conventional . . . → Read More: Top 10 Green Cars of 2011

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Lessons from Fukushima: A Greenpeace Report

On February 28, Greenpeace released a new report, “Lessons from Fukushima”, which showed that it was not a natural disaster which led to the radioactive fallout and resulting contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and surrounding areas on Japan’s east coast, but the failures of the Japanese Government, regulators and the nuclear industry.

Greenpeace had commissioned Dr. David Boilley, a nuclear physicist with the French independent radiation laboratory ACRO; Dr. David McNeill, Japan correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications; and Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Associates, to write the . . . → Read More: Lessons from Fukushima: A Greenpeace Report

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Most Polluted Industrial Clusters of India: A Review

India’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in conjunction with IIT-Delhi, surveyed 88 industrial clusters across the country, and found 43 “critically polluted” (with scores above 70 on a 100-point scale) while 32 were “severely polluted” (scores 60-70).

India is a newly industrialized country, wherein the transition from agriculture-based growth to industry-based development happened only post-independence (after 1947), and since then, industrialization has played a major role in the country’s modernization and socio-economic development. Though agriculture and allied sectors still account for 16.1% of the GDP, the share of industries has gone up . . . → Read More: Most Polluted Industrial Clusters of India: A Review

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Indian Cities: The Cleanest, Greenest and Dirtiest

While the Indian scenario looks most gloomy from the point of view of an environmentalist, it’s not all bad news where pollution and sanitation issues are concerned. There are a few Indian cities which are inching towards being “green” and others that are in the process of implementing required changes which would make them contenders for the ‘Nirmal Shahar’ Award.

In 2009, in order to sensitize administration and citizens of Indian cities about their current state of sanitation and to raise awareness about the need for improvement, the Government of India commissioned Ministry of Urban . . . → Read More: Indian Cities: The Cleanest, Greenest and Dirtiest

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Top 10 Dirtiest Cities of India

Sanitation, i.e., the hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes, is an important aspect of healthcare.

Though the earliest evidence of urban sanitation was seen in Harappa, Mohenjo-daro and the recently discovered Rakhigarhi of Indus Valley civilizations, the basic concepts of sanitation are still grossly overlooked and neglected in modern-day India.

With these concerns in mind, the Ministry of Urban Development of the Indian Government carried out a first-of-its-kind study in 2009 to rank 423 Indian cities in terms of sanitation and cleanliness, with the aim . . . → Read More: Top 10 Dirtiest Cities of India

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Top 10 Cleanest Cities of India

Sanitation is an important aspect of daily life – a principle vigorously championed by Mahatma Gandhi when he preached that ‘Cleanliness is Next to Godliness’.

However, even after seven decades of independence, sanitation is still an oft neglected area in India. What the Mahatma considered as a critical function of the government is most often grossly overlooked by politicians.

In 2009, the Ministry of Urban Development of the Indian Government carried out a first-of-its-kind study to rank 423 Indian cities in terms of sanitation and cleanliness. The first report published in May 2010 showcases . . . → Read More: Top 10 Cleanest Cities of India