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On the face: Indian student group sent empty food wrappers back to the manufacturers!

On the face: Indian student group sent empty food wrappers back to the manufacturers!

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There are a lot of talks on the plastic pollution and how people should take the responsibility of growing severity of the situation. Environmentalists says “The problem lies in YOU!” and we are the root cause of this crunch. Unfortunately, this statement encloses a void. While people do need to change their attitude towards the environment but they could not be accused to take the complete responsibility. In the market, Mostly every daily routine product comes with the packaging that is either non-biodegradable or very hard to recycle. Such a system is designed to fail as people are given no choice but to generate the litter. Then how to tackle this problem? A group of school going girls residing in Toothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India, recognised the problem source and planned…
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Speech of Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the High Level Segment of the Eighth Session of Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change New Delhi – 30TH OCTOBER, 2002

Speech of Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the High Level Segment of the Eighth Session of Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change New Delhi – 30TH OCTOBER, 2002

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President of the Conference, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, India is privileged to host the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. I welcome our foreign guests to this land of rich cultural and natural heritage. Climate Change has emerged as one of the most serious environmental concerns of our times. It is a global phenomenon with diverse local impacts. In 1992, we adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has provided us with a sound basis for global cooperation. It reflects the consensus that addressing the challenge of climate change is an integral part of the need to achieve sustainable development to create a better world for all our peoples -- a world free of hunger, poverty and…
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Cricket chirping soon to become a thing of the past

Cricket chirping soon to become a thing of the past

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Fireflies may more be a thing of summer evenings but still it is incomplete without the chorus of crickets providing the background music to the space. When I was young, I learnt that male crickets lure the female ones by rubbing their legs together and making that chirps after the sunset. The simple song was enough to attract the partner and balmy the ambience. Tragically, that sound is fading with time and according to entomologists, may possibly extinct in the near future. Mr Christopher Hassall, Lecturer in Animal Biology at University of Leeds, writes about this fact in The Conservation. He says that, “There is strong evidence that large numbers of crickets and grasshoppers … are declining across Europe.” It is said that 30% of the 1000 European species are…
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Reducing food waste does reverse global warming

Reducing food waste does reverse global warming

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If food waste were a country, it will be the third biggest contributor of Global Warming after US and China. So, can our actions really make a difference to the present extreme environmental muddle? According to Mr. Chad Frischmann, the vice president and research director at Project Drawdown: an NGO committed to find solutions to global warming, reducing food waste is one of the most significant things we can do at individual level to reverse the global warming. Here on Zalaxie, we talk about single used plastic, alleviating pollution and use of renewable sources of energy. But I personally think food waste is not only a veiled factor which contributes to the same level of gravity but also a shameful contributor when in a country like India 190.7million people face…
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Cargill attempts to enter Limca book of records as a step towards sustainable environment

Cargill attempts to enter Limca book of records as a step towards sustainable environment

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Cargill Business Services, a unit of Cargill India, attempted to enter Limca Book of records by making 27.707 paper bags in the record time of 40 minutes. This was a joint initiative of Cargill Business Services and United way Bengaluru, an NGO. Cargill provides numerous food, industrial and agricultural products and services to the world. Recently, the company organised a mass volunteering event across the world for the duration of 3 months starting for April, Earth day to June, Environmental Day. These events involved 8,316 employees in 39 countries logged over 11,000 volunteer hour. The event in Bangalore was initiated with an intention of curbing plastic pollution. The bags which were made via used papers were distributed to the local vendors in the city with the help of the NGO…
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Solid Waste Management taking care of in Urban India

Solid Waste Management taking care of in Urban India

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Growing need and consciousness to save the environment is grabbing a lot of attention of the Indian government. This has led to the major fund allotment in this domain. Solid Waste management forms a significant segment of the environment conservation initiation. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), recently apprised that Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is taking care of Swacch Bharat Mission of the Urban areas. Solid waste management has been a major area of concentration for these government bodies. An amount of 7,424.24 crores has been allocated for the period of 2014-15 to 2019-20 for the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Projects. MoHUA is responsible for periodic audits of the measures taken by different organisations of the…
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Egypt is getting some sun!

Egypt is getting some sun!

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The world is moving towards renewable energy and developing significant projects for the world to witness the excellence. Which, do you think, is the country today that has the largest solar farm in the world? You may think it is California or maybe the solar obsessed country China. China does hold the batch but very soon this recognition is going to shift. The largest sun farm is soon going to open in the middle of the desert sands of Egypt. Let’s face it: Egypt, although has been the recipient of enormous sunlight throughout the year, has never been recognised for renewable energy. Infact, this country has faced numerous blackouts and now the country has prepared itself with a futuristic structure of $2.8 billion solar farm, ‘Benban Complex’. This solar complex…
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Going Green? Financial benefits that come along with saving environment

Going Green? Financial benefits that come along with saving environment

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Having a eco friendly lifestyle not only can save your life but also offer monetary benefits to you. Isn't it a great thought to save yourself from excess financial burdens, that too guiltfree? Curious, how? Following are the 4 financial benefits you can get while you make lifestyle eco friendly You can get tax credits for all your eco friendly spendings, as long as they meet the prerequisites. Energy Star is the organisation that checks on the spending and give you the tax credits. Abiding by the rules, you can get 10% tax credits. You tend to recycle the products you possess rather than buying new products everyday. Product packaging contributes to 10 percent of the total cost of the product that in any case end up in the landfills.…
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Plastic packaging: a convenience or a peril?

Plastic packaging: a convenience or a peril?

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Today when I opened the newspaper, the first headline I encountered was “Packaging makes up about half of the waste plastic problems!”. Say no to plastic is a common phrase which is taught to every school going child today. But, when it comes to the usage, the same child is given lunch in plastic box and water in a plastic bottle. Why is it so hard for us to give up on plastic products and adopt the innumerable replacements easily available out in the market? The answer remains veiled for the last 450 years! Facts say that 40 percent of the plastic produced is for the packaging purpose, which is used once and then discarded. If we talk about numbers then packaging contributes to 161 million tonnes of plastic. In…
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Ways to reduce your plastic waste today

Ways to reduce your plastic waste today

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Easy ways to reduce the plastic waste in daily routine! It is very difficult to break up with plastic nowadays as it is found virtually in every possible thing. It is used as a packaging material. All the gadgets surrounding you have the elements of plastic. Infact you maybe chewing the plastic in the form of a gum. Even though it is said that some categories of plastic could be recycled, the research says that the plastic can only be downcycled. In short, a plastic chair can never be recycled to form another chair but a product with a lower quality plastic.  (more…)
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Climate change will trigger extreme weather episodes in the near future!

Climate change will trigger extreme weather episodes in the near future!

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Humanity is now facing a visible threat of extreme weather conditions: warn the climate scientists. While global warming today is resulting in herculean storms and drought driven forest-fires, it would be a mistake to treat these incidences as “new normal” and till the time the planet does not reach the stability of destruction, the near future will show the darker colours. (more…)
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Kept in the DARK

Kept in the DARK

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“Even though only 15 out of the total of 170 homes of our village are supplied with electricity, the government still considers this place electrified” says Kumar, who belongs to a small village named Fateh Nagla in Uttar Pradesh, 250 kilometres east of New Delhi. This village has been declared as electrified as it just meets the government’s definition; according to which, there should be power supply in schools, health centres and other public places. Basic infrastructure should be in place and at least 10 percent of the households should have electricity. (more…)
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