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Zayed Sustainability Prize Invites Applications for Rewarding Pioneers

Zayed Sustainability Prize Invites Applications for Rewarding Pioneers

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The Zayed Sustainability Prize recognises pioneers whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in sustainable and humanitarian solutions across communities around the world. It is also a significant vehicle for generating support for the global sustainability agenda, and rewards excellence in individuals and businesses that are seeking to reduce global carbon footprint, develop an inclusive society and bring about sustainable development. The various categories which are considered for the Prize are Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. In its eleventh year now, the Zayed Sustainability Prize also rallies for renewable energy by recognizes visionaries and motivating research and development in this field. The Prize seeks to acknowledge and reward solution based i...
Atlantic Ocean Observing System to be Reviewed by Scientific Community

Atlantic Ocean Observing System to be Reviewed by Scientific Community

Global
The next decade, 2021-2030, has been marked as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Wastewater, plastic and over-fishing, are some of the many issues threatening the world's oceans. This despite the fact that the role of oceans in climate regulation is vital and nearly three billion people depend directly on it for their livelihoods. A better understanding of ocean ecosystems and their impact on humans and climate is therefore essential and requires a coordinated, integrated and continuous global observing system. This was the motivation behind setting up the AtlantOS, an in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observation System for better management and sustainable exploitation of its maritime resources. With an estimated budget of € 20.65m for 4 years (April 2015 – Jun
Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

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A Waste-to-Energy Plant is a waste management system where waste is burnt to produce electricity. These plants usually burn municipal waste. The various techniques used in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plants are biomethanation, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis. Non-recyclable and not-hazardous wastes should ideally be burnt in this process. The waste to energy plants comparatively release less pollution than a coal-based plant. Recently, residents of Okhla region and nearby areas in Delhi have been protesting against WTE plants in their vicinity. Why India Urgently Needs a Waste Management Plan?  Increasing urbanization and industrialization has paved the way for greater economic growth in India. This is only augmented by increasing purchasing power of the average citizen. Simultaneou
On World Water Day, Reflecting on the Lost Tihar Jheel

On World Water Day, Reflecting on the Lost Tihar Jheel

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Tihar Jail is known to every Delhites but how many Delhiwalas are aware about Tihar Jheel. Not many, I guess. It is another lake in Delhi that we lost. Tucked away in a corner of Hari Nagar in West Delhi, the Hari Nagar Lake or Tihar Jheel was a serene wetland bustling with migratory birds basking in the winter sun not many years ago. During the years between 2011 and 2016, I personally counted over 50 migratory and resident birds that made the Jheel and the surrounding park a vibrant bird-spot. Among the water birds Painted Stork, Indian Spot-billed duck, Northern Pintail, Black-winged Stilt used to throng this lake in large numbers. The year 2012-13 was the most exciting when one could even spot Mallards and Great Cormorants here. Tihar lake also used to have a vibrant winter, ...
Young Champions of the Earth Prize Announced by UNEP

Young Champions of the Earth Prize Announced by UNEP

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The United Nations Environment Program invites applications for its Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2019. The Young Champions of the Earth is a Prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. Managed by UN Environment in partnership with Covestro, Young Champions is inspired by the long-running Champions of the Earth Award, which remains the UN's highest environmental honour. It aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 with outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. About the Young Champions of the Earth Prize Global warming is forcing our societies, our economies and our world to change. Our way of doing business; our careers and job opportunities need to change too. With this change comes unpr...
Fact or Fiction? Debunking 4 Myths About Indoor Air Quality

Fact or Fiction? Debunking 4 Myths About Indoor Air Quality

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Those who live in the warmer parts of the globe are well acquainted with the need for keeping cool while inside. Without it, remaining productive almost becomes an impossible feat to accomplish. In extreme cases, even falling asleep may pose quite a challenge. Unlike what used to be the case, most modern households can now afford air conditioning without problems. That being said, many individuals still believe in various myths surrounding these handy machines, so let us get to the nitty and gritty and take a look at what they are: Myth #1: Air Conditioner Filters Should Be Changed Every Year Nope – this is far too infrequent! Realistically, you should be changing these every 2 months if your health is any dear to you. Alternatively, you can hire someone to do this for you or have
Fellowships Worth 1 Lakh pm at Delhi Assembly Research Centre

Fellowships Worth 1 Lakh pm at Delhi Assembly Research Centre

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The Government of NCT of Delhi is inviting applications to appoint Delhi Assembly Research Centre Fellows for a period of one year, extendable by another year. This is as part of the Legislative Assembly of National Capital Territory of Delhi initiative to setup the Delhi Assembly Research Centre (DARC). The objective of the DARC is to create a repository of valuable research and reference material for use of the lawmakers and other stakeholders by involving the young and talented youth of Delhi. A total of 50 Fellows and 90 Associate Fellows are being recruited at the moment. The Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 1 Lakh while the Associate Fellows will be given a monthly stipend of Rs. 60,000/-. The Fellows and Associate Fellows shall be responsible for conducting re...
TATA Starbucks to Go Fully Green by Environment Day 2019

TATA Starbucks to Go Fully Green by Environment Day 2019

Corporate Greening
Tata Starbucks has recently announced that it will completely transition to compostable and recyclable packaging solutions across its stores in India by World Environment Day, 5 June 2019. Starbucks claims to have a 30-year track record of focusing on sustainability across all aspects of its business, including achieving 99 percent sustainable coffee and committing to eliminate single-use straws globally by 2020. Starbucks entered the Indian market in October 2012 through a 50/50 Joint Venture with Tata Global Beverages and currently operates 138 stores across the country. In India, the company is further advancing this commitment to serve its sustainable coffee in sustainable ways across the market. Tata Starbucks Pvt. Ltd. has been working to eliminate the use of single-use plasti...
Panasonic Launches Harit Umang, Joy of Green Initiative

Panasonic Launches Harit Umang, Joy of Green Initiative

Corporate Greening
Panasonic India announced its ambitious Project Harit Umang (Joy of Green) on 22 February 2019. Among the attendees included Mr. Ritesh K. Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change; Mr. Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India and Ms. Ritu Ghosh, Head, Corporate Affairs and CSR, Panasonic India along with school children and representatives from Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs). The event began with the announcement that over one lakh trees will be planted as part of the initiative with the help of schools and RWAs. Harit Umang Project will also work towards promoting the 5 Rs being Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle. Harit Umang, in its first phase, will partner with 200 schools and 50 RWAs. With a focus on waste management ...