Nature Conservation Day - Think Globally, Act Locally!
Celebrated on July 28 each year, World Nature Conservation Day salutes the supreme role of Mother Nature in providing a foundation for a stable and productive society that can ensure the well-being of present and future generations.
The increasing threat of climate change
The world is waiting, watching and speculating if member states of the United Nations would join in to make the landmark global warming treaty, the Paris agreement, a living reality. The treaty has cleared the first pre-condition of atleast 55 countries ratifying it by 2016, and now the climate experts are anxiously waiting at the edge of their seats to see if it can fulfil the second hurdle too, of ensuring support from countries which account for a minimum of 55 per cent of global emissions.
Sustainable development in fragile ecologies: flood fury in Kashmir
Thousands and thousands of Kashmiri families are bearing the brunt of large scale trail of death and destruction left behind by the raging flood water, one of the biggest and most ferocious to hit the region in the century. As monsoon progresses flash floods and river water hits different parts of the country breaching embankments, eroding houses, tearing away roads and sometimes even swathes of hillsides, killing hundreds in the course. Last year similar flash floods and landslides had devastated the state of Uttarakhand killing 4,500 people.
Odd and Even Scheme, a response to alarming pollution level
Every climate debate and action is incomplete without understanding the core of transportation and mobility. The fact that transport sector alone is responsible for one fourth of the energy related GHG emissions worldwide is a proof of its centrality. It is also important to note that for establishing sustainable cities, sustainable transport should also be in place.
Food Assistance in Ethiopia
The 2015-16 El Nino episode (Box 1), considered as one of the strongest of its kind to date, is finally over. But the devastating impact of two consecutive years of extreme weather and rain failure on crops, continues to be felt across the world. Nearly 100 million people in Africa, Asia and South America have been affected and are expected to face food shortages for several months to come1.