Brahmapuram Landfill Fire: Points towards the Need for Decentralized Waste Management
02 Jun 2023| Sharada Balasubramanian
In this article, Sharada Balasubramanian highlights that a series of flames have been breaking out, year after year, at the Brahmapuram landfill in Kerala. Yet, it was not taken seriously. This year, the massive uncontrollable fire breakout urged the Kochi Corporation to take serious steps to resolve this issue as it impacted the health of people and the environment. Brahmapuram is the only landfill that is a bone of contention in Kerala, where solid waste management, otherwise is decentralized and systematic.
Nano steps towards Climate Smart Agriculture
25 Apr 2023| Palak Khanna
Its deceptively small size is no measure of its impact. Nanotechnology may work at a small scale, but the minuscule size of nanomaterials belies their efficiency. Little wonder then that the technology is being increasingly applied in agriculture to enhance efficacy and, importantly, to shrink the adverse impact of conventional chemical fertilizers on the environment and health.
A comparative assessment of biomass pretreatment methods for the sustainable industrial upscaling of rice straw into cellulose
18 Apr 2023| Prabhpreet Kaur| | Himadri B. Bohidar| | Frederick M. Pfeffer| | Richard Williams| | Ruchi Agrawal
Publisher- Springer Nature
Year- 18 March 2023
This paper gives a comprehensive characteristic comparison of cellulose-rich variants obtained from the rice straw using different pretreatment methods along with the preliminary cost analyses indicating their potential economic feasibility.
Mainstreaming Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Infrastructure For Long Lasting Impacts
17 Mar 2023| Dr Kriti Akansha
In this article, Manisha Jain and Dr Kriti Akansha highlight that it is necessary to support long-term thinking, transformation, flexibility and innovation while taking the associated climate risks into consideration to attain climate resilience. There is a need for a robust framework that ensures climate policies are integrated into all sectors and that planning, implementation, and evaluation are strictly followed.
International Year of Millets
10 Mar 2023
Renewed Focus on Nutrition Storehouse
The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). In this article, Livleen K Kahlon says that with the UNGA declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets, there’s a renewed focus on these nutritious grains. This move will serve best in the interest of developing countries, where almost 97 per cent of global millet production happens. But, it is going to take a lot of effort to change the mindset and lifestyles of consumers towards a millet-positive diet.
Climate Actions for Businesses
31 Jan 2023
How Big Should These Be?
When we talk and act on climate action and the energy transition in emerging economies, the discussion can range from topics such as climate mitigation, adaptation, energy transition, financing, and business model innovation to next-generation technologies.
COP27: Climate Chaos and Warfare for People and the Planet
04 Jan 2023
COP27 took place in November 2022 in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Conference concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalize a loss and damage fund. Dr Anil Pratap Singh takes us through the highlights of this important climate conference and concludes that at COP27, unrelenting deliberations took place on setting the needs and priorities of the Parties; thereby resolute implementation plans for the future were developed during the deliberations.
Solar Energy for India’s Energy Security: Reducing Variability and Achieving Stability
06 Dec 2022| Biba Jasmine
In this article, Biba Jasmine says India’s commitment to renewable energy reflects its synergistic efforts to accelerate solar growth and provide energy access to all. It is time for the global community to come together, share ideas, and think of environment-friendly solutions to address the challenges in the energy sector, especially to harness the enormous potential of renewable energy on a large scale.
India’s Women Farmers: The Unimagined Mass
04 Nov 2022
India is known for its agricultural produce, but what we do not know, or perhaps tend to overlook, is the contribution of women in the growth of this sector. In this article, Himanshu Kumar and Vivek Kumar enlighten us about the role of women in the agriculture sector and some of the problems they face.