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Wasting Food Akin to Carbon Crime

Wasting Food Akin to Carbon Crime

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"If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after US and China." - World Resources Institute Here is some food for thought, imagine disposing off one of the three shopping bags after you go grocery shopping in the nearest garbage bin. Feel some guilt? Basically, that's exactly what's happening with our food globally. One third of all the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted. Every year world leaders meet at the UNFCCC led Conference of the Parties (CoP) to agree on global agenda for tackling climate change. Diverse issues including energy generation, transportation fuels, forest conservation and food production, among others are addressed. But one domain that needs more focus at present is how to tackle food waste and i...
AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

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Air pollution has become a consistent environmental challenge in Delhi in recent years. An air quality based graded response system is now being put in place which could increase your parking rates and close down schools during peak pollution days. What is important to understand is if it will actually help bring down Delhi's air pollution and what role can citizens play in helping the Government fight this life threatening menace. Here's a quick understanding of this AQI based graded response system. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India directed the framing and submission of graded response action plan for various categories of National Air Quality Index (AQI) on 10 November, 2016. An AQI is a number which considers the health impact of individual air pollutant (e.g. particulate matter, ...
S.I.P. Kiya Kya? DHFL Pramerica Mutual Fund Targets Young Indian Investors

S.I.P. Kiya Kya? DHFL Pramerica Mutual Fund Targets Young Indian Investors

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DHFL Pramerica MF, one of the leading new mutual fund houses has recently unveiled their digital campaign to reach out to young investors with a series of video and banner ads urging them to invest in a S.I.P (Systematic Investment Plan). Developed in house by the marketing team, the campaign will be using social media extensively and has been kick started on Facebook and Youtube. The campaign has already managed to garner over 20 million video impressions till date and has seen very strong acceptance within the target audience. DHFL Pramerica MF has chosen to approach this Investor Awareness S.I.P campaign differently than what has been done earlier by the industry.  The campaign has been designed to spur action without trying to explain what SIP is all about. Riding on the fact th
Top Ten Reasons Why You Must Celebrate Earth Day 2016

Top Ten Reasons Why You Must Celebrate Earth Day 2016

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Most of us can begin listing dates of festivals and public holidays as soon as we're asked. Why? – Because we simply love having a day off from work, love gorging on sweets, and love celebrations. But, lost in infatuation with festivals, we often forget to celebrate a day which probably holds the most significance in our lives, and the future of our planet – The Earth Day. The idea for a day to focus on the environment came to its founder G. Nelson, then a U.S. Senator, who was inspired by the 1970 student anti-war movement. He realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the political agenda. The idea clicked, it garnered national and international support over the y
Finally, Environment Ministry Learns the Difference Between Waste and Junk

Finally, Environment Ministry Learns the Difference Between Waste and Junk

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The citizens of India have long practiced the habit of reusing and recycling materials ranging from old mobile phones to old newspapers. The kabadiwallahs are a regular feature in most Indian urban colonies and residential areas and stacking of junk materials by citizens for selling it to the kabadiwallah is an as old Indian habit. However, and in spite of the above, the Rules for Hazardous Waste (the kind which makes good junk) Management in India have been such that they have not maintained any difference between Waste and Junk. And while it may not sound a very big deal, it is this very 'indifference' in the Government's understanding of the waste problem because of which Delhi has three overflowing mountains of waste, otherwise called landfills. But all that is about to chang...
Reflections On the Ongoing Administration Crisis In Delhi

Reflections On the Ongoing Administration Crisis In Delhi

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Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal paying his respects to the first Chief Minister of Delhi Ch. Braham Prakash. There has always been a strain in the Centre-States relationship in India owing to our Quasi-Federal structure and the multi-party system we have. At any given time, there are usually two different parties in power at the Center and State levels. This makes things a little complicated, as we are witnessing in the case of the NCT of Delhi today. The tiff between the Hon'ble LG Najeeb Jung and the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal started as soon as the latter took up the office. For the Delhi Government, it became logical to claim that having LG as the chief administrator practically means a permanent President’s Rule in 'Delhi State'. What makes the situat
Seven Monuments in Delhi You Need to Visit More Often

Seven Monuments in Delhi You Need to Visit More Often

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The history of Delhi is so rich that it astonishes us all. Yet there are many monuments in Delhi that are not included in the list of attractions meant for tourists. We all know that what is out of sight, gets out of mind. But what we also need to know is that what becomes out of mind could be lost in so many way. Indeed, many of long-forgotten monuments of Delhi need our urgent attention lest they will be lost to increasing urban pressures. Here are seven forgotten ruins in the heart of Delhi that are hardly visited by us. 1. Salimgarh Fort Almost always overshadowed by the Red Fort, Salimgarh Fort has its own historical importance. It even has some links with the Indian National Army (INA) which was led by Subash Chandra Bose and many of the relics of Salimgarh's past as well as ...
Delhi Dengue Debacle: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

Delhi Dengue Debacle: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

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The dengue fever has yet again returned to Delhi and the situation this year is no less challenging. Large number of cases are being reported from different parts of the city and Delhi has become a dengue capital. With the reporting of the sad loss of life of children, the situation has only become more worrisome. The frequent rainfall events in the last few days has only made the situation more complex thereby making it an even bigger challenge to tackle the dengue crisis and bring it under control. As with all vector borne diseases, it is important to become aware of the ways through which dengue can spread before we can actually control it. Since every citizen of Delhi is equally at threat from dengue, it becomes every citizens' responsibility to become aware and help find a solu...
How Natural Are Natural Disasters?

How Natural Are Natural Disasters?

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Natural disasters have affected more than 200 million people every year since 1990. Globally, the rate of natural disaster events has gone up by 400% in the last 20 years. On an average, in the last 30 years, more than 4,600 people have died annually due to some sort of natural disaster. The impact of natural disasters is felt even harder today because of overcrowding and less open spaces. But who has time for the changing climate or showing concern towards the consistently dropping water table anyway? Everyone is so busy and is getting late for work, or something like that. Once upon a time, monsoons in India were associated with fests, sweets, kheer and regarded as a season of love. But since the last decade rains have become a death knell of disaster and possible disruption of...
Need of the Hour: Information Dissemination for Sustainability

Need of the Hour: Information Dissemination for Sustainability

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If I told you that each pair of jeans that you own drank 3,800 liters of water; and that on a daily basis millions of people do not have access to fresh drinking water,  you would perhaps think twice before buying your next pair of jeans. If I also informed you that one pair of jeans is responsible for 33.4 kilograms of CO2 emission, you will certainly reconsider the wearing of jeans altogether! Likewise, if students are made aware about how much energy a single pencil or a piece of paper takes to be manufactured, they will learn to respect books even more. What is the real cost of the things that we are consuming? What is the cost Earth is paying? Clearly, what we need to be provided with, is information – how our every actions is manifesting itself on the global scale, and who
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