Sustainability

NEW TOWN, ND - AUGUST 13: View of three oil wells and flaring of natural gas on The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near New Town, ND on August 13, 2014. About 100 million dollars worth of natural gas burns off per month because a pipeline system isn't in place yet to capture and safely transport it . The Three Affiliated Tribes on Fort Berthold represent Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations. It's also at the epicenter of the fracking and oil boom that has brought oil royalties to a large number of native americans living there. More income has also translated to more crime on the resvation in the form of meth use and additction, drunk driving, assaults and domestic violence. A small tribal police force is finding it difficult to cover the nearly one-million acre reservation as well as retain officers. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

As CO2 Emissions Flatten, More Powerful Greenhouse Gases Flood The Atmosphere

Global carbon dioxide emissions remained flat for a third year in a row, yet far more powerful greenhouse gases "keep creeping up," according to the annual report from the European Union and the Nethe...
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-Elect Donald J. Trump disembarks his plane in the snow as he makes his way to a 'USA Thank You Tour 2016' event at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mi. on Friday, Dec. 09, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

At Ground Zero For Climate Change, People Think Donald Trump’s Denial Is Insane

KANGERLUSSUAQ, Greenland ― Knud Lyberth walked slowly back on the lone paved road that cuts through the middle of this remote former U.S. military outpost, his rifle slung over his shoulder and his 17...
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22. The oil drilling rig that had burned for 36 hours in the Gulf of Mexico sank Thursday as hopes dimmed for 11 missing workers and the risk of a major oil spill loomed, officials said. Picture taken April 21, 2010. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

New Studies Show How The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Still Starves Fish At Sea And Plants On Shore

Jeffrey Short has been asking the same question for nearly three decades: What happened to the herring? After the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill off Alaska's southern coast, the fish ― a vital link in th...
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella to visit U.S. troops before returning to Washington D.C. at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump Reportedly Plans To Withdraw From Paris Climate Deal

President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, multipleoutlets reported Wednesday. This would make the United States one of just three countries outside the histo...
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Meet The Woman Who Wants To Help India ‘Reform Waste’

In January this year, the ‘Guardian’ profiled Professor Veena Sahajwalla as “the woman who loves garbage.” Ever since her growing up days in Mumbai, Veena was fascinated by waste because she saw it as a hidden resource waiting to be tapped into. Today, her pioneering work completely transformed the way the properties of carbon-bearing materials are understood, including discarded graphites, plastics and rubber tyres. She has received international acclaim for inventing “green steel”.
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The Endless Refrain For The Foreign-Returned: ‘We Have It In India Too'

On one of my recent visits in India, I was desperate to eat "phuchka". While my father shook his head in dismay at the prospect of contracting digestive disorders, my mother laughed and encouraged me to seek out my friends for the adventure. Every phone call ended in disappointment. No one wanted phuchka or egg rolls or momos; instead, they came up with the best pizza and burger places in town.
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Why Online Shopping Is Not Nearly As Good As The Real Thing

I know you can order clothes, try them on and return them if you don't fancy them. But just imagine the courier boy hanging around the door when you're trying out stuff. I don't even take the husband for shopping because I don't want to be hurried through this meditative process. Moreover, what a wasteful exercise! I know of people who have tried and returned stuff that made its way into their doorstep from across the seas. I'm someone who counts my carbon footprint...
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Why India's Demand For UN Tax Committee Holds The Key To Funding The Paris Deal

Achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement will require a major shift away from the fossil fuel-based economies of today to a more sustainable and green economy. Such a transition, needless to say, will be enormously expensive. The main source of financing will be public funds, essentially raised through taxation by the government. It is here that an ongoing reform effort at the United Nations must be brought into the picture -- the campaign for an intergovernmental tax committee.
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Reframing Sustainability: Don't Be ‘Less Bad', Aspire To Flourish

Somewhere along the way vikas (development) became a one-dimensional concept for many, focused primarily on individual or organisational progress (profit) and the inherent interconnectedness of all things, of life, was forgotten. We are meant to be living in the age of sustainability, and in this regard, India is certainly in its infancy. In conversations I have had with business leaders in the private sector, it appears that the word sustainability is not fully understood, has lost its meaning. To many, it has come to mean being less bad.
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Demystifying The Sustainable Development Goals

An absence of a sense of ownership or understanding of these goals by individuals and institutions may become an impediment in the journey towards achieving them. So the question I found myself asking (as I'm sure many individuals and institutions have asked) is what do these SDGs (which are essentially vision statements) mean to me? What can I do? How does it align with me or my organisation's vision or commitment to sustainable development? Or, alternatively, how do I align myself or my organisation with these goals?
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Why We Must Invest In Education For A Sustainable Society

A sustainable society stands on four pillars -- people, planet, prosperity and peace. Education is the seal that binds these pillars individually and jointly. Sadly, today less than 4% of global aid goes for education. We need US$22 billion to send every child to school. This equals 4.5 days of annual military expenditure. Do we need soldiers more than teachers, armies more than educated citizens?
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Solar Bore-Well to Solve Water Problems of SECMOL University, Ladakh

Formed in 1988 to reform the educational system of Ladakh, SECMOL today creates opportunities for rural Ladakhi youth, and promotes sustainable living. Their aim is to help present and future generations of Ladakhis benefit from education and adopt a symbiotic relationship with their environment, stalling the impact of global warming and pollution on Ladakh's sensitively balanced ecosystem.