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Converting Waste into Fuel in India

As cities grow, so too do the quantities of waste generated. Sustainable waste management marked by efficient management of resources can address the growing waste challenge by reducing, reusing and recycling the waste. A wide range of technologies enable cities to minimise the negative impacts of urban waste while producing local, renewable fuels. Converting...

Renewable energy could be the solution for air pollution in India

Air pollution in India is particularly challenging. It is triggered by rapid economic development, urbanisation and the widespread burning of coal for power and heat. In 2018, India was home to half of the world’s 50 most polluted cities. Exposure to air pollution has been linked to mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar...

Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture in India

Artificial intelligence in agriculture in India has immense potential. Farmers are unable to predict weather patterns or crop yields accurately, making it difficult for them to make informed financial and operational decisions. Since 2016, three various farming applications have been developed and applied for use in these communities. Here’s how smart farming in India has...

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Overseas Indians Making us Proud on NRI Day

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on January 9 to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. During a special Convention in New Delhi, select overseas Indians are also honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to recognize their contributions to various...

Reducing Food Waste Makes Financial Sense

Reducing food waste can have a positive impact on suppliers’ and consumers’ well-being. Food loss and waste results in roughly $940 billion in economic losses globally per year, according to a report by corporate coalition Champions 12.3. Reducing food waste in India can generate a “triple win.” It can save money for farmers, companies,...

What to Expect in India’s Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy

Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) will be in the spotlight in 2020, going by Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan's latest declaration. He announced at the 107th Indian Science Congress last Friday that his ministry is in an advanced stage of developing a formal policy on scientific social responsibility. Through the Department of Science and...

Cancel Culture is Toxic, What To Expect in 2020

2019 brought into focus the “cancel culture” (named Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2019). Cancel culture is toxic, a term that captures an important aspect of the past year's Zeitgeist. It's an attitude which is so pervasive that it now has a name. Cancel culture has become, for better or worse, a powerful...

Resolution 2020 – Make New Furry Friends

You call yourself an animal lover yet haven't really done anything for your four-legged friends. However, sporadically feeding strays doesn't count! Well, 2020 could be the year that desire changes into action. In our first of the series, Resolution 2020, we propose making new furry friends. When most people think of helping animals, they think...

Andhra Pradesh Govt. Sets Up Non-Profit to Streamline CSR Funds

Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana governments set up their respective CSR advisory boards in 2019. Not to be left behind, Andhra Pradesh ended the year with an announcement on the same lines. On December 31, the State government created Connect to Andhra, a non-profit society—by subsuming Smart Andhra Pradesh Foundation—to streamline the mobilisation and utilisation...

2020 will be a make-or-break year for biodiversity

The UN General Assembly had declared the period 2011-2020 as United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. As the year 2020 brings the decade to a close, the scientific community has repeatedly sounded the alarm on biodiversity breakdown and the climate emergency. Scientists and most governments agree that the world is facing an unprecedented environmental crisis. Huge...

Kerala Tops 2019 SDG India Index

Kerala maintained the top spot in the 2019 SDG India Index by Niti Aayog. The report assesses the progress of states and Union territories in terms of social, economic and environmental parameters. Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim have improved as much as possible. However, states like Gujarat have shown no progress compared to the...

India Seeks Alternative to Killer DDT

India is the only country that produces and exports DDT, with Africa being its biggest importer. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is an organochlorine substance which was first synthesized in 1874 but its insecticidal properties were discovered in 1939. DDT has historically been one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, and today, it continues to be...

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