On International Women’s Day (March 8), the world celebrates women who have shattered boundaries and lead by example. In India too, women have been coming to the foreground to fight the menace of pollution and generate sustainable living alternatives.
In Kerala, when the COVID-19 cases were on the rise, several COVID care centres and treatment facilities were being set up generating a corresponding demand for beds, mattresses, etc. Social entrepreneur Lakshmi Menon got the idea of making mattresses from personal protective equipment (PPE) waste after she learnt that PPE manufacturing units were facing difficulties in disposing of the factory waste. Her unique bedrolls addressed the supply shortage in her area. The bedrolls so made are hygienic, lightweight, cost-effective, and much easier to disinfect, a necessity in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.
The growing amount of plastic waste is one of the biggest concerns in India, just like the rest of the world. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) figures, India generates tonnes of plastic waste. A significant amount of this waste remains uncollected and ends up in the natural waterbodies, that is, seas and oceans or as waste dump on land, polluting the soil.
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Joining the Dots Ecosystem services. Climate change. Global pandemic.
In this article, Biba Jasmine reflects on the linkages among ecosystem services, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The important components of ecosystems are also discussed with a focus on policies in place.
The Elf of Plants They Call Mushroom
Thomas Carlyle had said once, ‘Thou fool! Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom; the idle crag thou sittest on is six thousand years of age.’ Isn’t it a fact that we haven’t yet grown big enough to realize the benevolence of nature that has long been arming us to the teeth against all odds?—writes Rajshekhar Pant.
Calamitous Earth Reheats International Efforts to Curb Emissions are Needed
‘The year 2020 has been an unprecedented year for people and planet. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives worldwide. At the same time, the heating of our planet and climate disruption has continued apace. Record heat, ice loss, wildfires, floods and droughts continue to worsen, affecting communities, nations, and economies around the world,’ United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres, said recently. In this article, Dr Anil Pratap Singh discusses the urgent need to accelerate and deepen global actions with the political commitment and governments’ willingness. It would forge new partnerships while maintaining the tempo for mitigation and ways of cooperation to support international efforts to curb emissions.
Young Women Lead the Green Brigade in India
India, like the rest of the world, is facing the scourge of rising pollution levels, particularly in the urban pockets of the country. In the fight against pollution and environmental degradation, many youngsters are proactively working towards spreading environmental awareness, designing ‘green’ products and technology to prevent environmental degradation and reduce pollution and creating ‘sustainable’ enterprises for a cleaner and greener planet. Among the youngsters, it is the women who stand out for their sheer conviction and drive.
Railway Children India
Who might have ever wondered that locking down ourselves in our own little spaces of comfort would someday be out of an obligation than a personal choice made? During the lockdown when everyone was asked to stay home, where do you think the children living on railway platforms went who knew of platforms as their only home ever since they woke up to this life?
Earthquake Risk Signs of Nature Should Not be Ignored
In this article, Baseera Rafiqi talks about earthquake risk factors in Jammu and Kashmir while reiterating that ignoring signs of nature could prove detrimental for the region in the long run.
Recycled Plastic Bricks
Some Environmental Initiatives
WSDS 2021 Redefining Our Common Future: Safe and Secure Environment for All
Due to the unprecedented global impact of COVID-19, the 20th edition of TERI’s flagship event the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) was held entirely online from February 10–12, 2021. In two decades, the Summit series has achieved a position of repute in bringing together governments, policymakers, business leaders, academicians, scientists, youth and civil society in the fight against climate change and in promoting the agenda of sustainable development.
Avian Flu Protect Yourself from the Virus
Avian influenza is also a contagious viral flu disease of a similar nature to the coronavirus, says Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. Cooking contaminated chicken will not save you from infection because so many people and you handle the uncooked bird.
‘My Job is to Tell Stories that Need to be Told'
Gautam Pandey, a popular name in wildlife film festivals, such as the Wildscreen Festival, Jacksonhole, Jagran Film Festival, Woodpecker International Film Festival and many more, speaks to Elsa Lycias Joel about his passion, success, parents, and his love for the wild and untamed.
Your Facebook Friend Has Some Thoughts To Share About Your Covid Vaccine
Mark Zuckerberg wanted to make Facebook a source of reliable information about the pandemic. Instead he created a perfect platform for conspiracy theorists
A Squeeze on the Global Middle Class
An estimated 150 million people slipped down the economic ladder in 2020, the first setback in almost three decades
Unlocking the Mysteries of Long COVID
A growing g number of clinicians are on an urgent quest to find treatments for a frighteningly pervasive problem. They’ve had surprising early success.
An Exclusive Interview With Nandakumar Narasimhan
The Little Red Train
Our Sad Souvenirs of The Pandemic
Americans can’t go anywhere, but we’re still buying the T-shirt.
Oxford's dirty business
A gas station-turned-plant shop is a perfect spot for an OIL change.
A Room for Dad
Before Mom passed, I made a promise to her
Spring Break Staycation
Travel plans on hold this year? No worries—home is where it’s happening. Here’s how to map out the ideal anti-getaway right in your own backyard...
THE DANGAL IN THE JUNGLE, PART 1
YOU KNOW YOU’RE SOMEBODY WHEN YOU’VE APPEARED ON AN INDIAN DANGAL POSTER — IN OTHER WORDS, IN A WRESTLING ADVERTISEMENT.
WOUNDS AND THE WOMB
JULIE PETERS explores how to heal a relationship with the sacred womb, a place of death, life, and possibilities.