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
Which Indian cities are the leading emitters of carbon dioxide? . . . → Read More: Top 10 Carbon Emitting Cities in India
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?
1) Geographical Location:
India is spread across . . . → Read More: Climate Change: Major Reasons Why India is Highly Vulnerable
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
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.
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
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 report, . . . → Read More: Lessons from Fukushima: A Greenpeace Report