Category Archives: International Developments

Donald Trump and the environment: Are we heading towards disaster? Not quite.

Donald Trump emerged victorious in the recent US elections despite mass propaganda against him by media and celebrities alike. He plans to make “America great again”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to see the environment and ecology of the continent part of the America that needs to rise to greatness.

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He has made his perspective perfectly clear; climate change is a “hoax”, we need to revive the oil and gas industries and “bring down” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This ideally should have been a major talking point in the months leading up to the debate, but that never happened. Let’s talk about it now. Continue reading Donald Trump and the environment: Are we heading towards disaster? Not quite.

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Delhi air: So bad kids can’t go to school anymore!

In the latest news from Delhi’s crazy haze, schools have decided to close for the next three days because of the unbearable smog. The situation remains critical, with many people complaining of burning eyes and retching tastes when they step outside.

Kids can celebrate their extra holidays by staying put inside their houses. This is ridiculous. The situation isn’t likely to improve in the next few days, as the forecast suggests continually low temperatures in the city.  Continue reading Delhi air: So bad kids can’t go to school anymore!

Clean air: Something Delhi hasn’t seen in a while

Click here, and here to make a change in Delhi’s air (but go ahead, read the post too).

Diwali is a time of jubilation. It is a time when we run around the place in new clothes, boggling sweets and putting on weight. There’s smiles, laughter and if your Diwali is anything like it is in my house, then there is a pooja followed the narration of the Ramayana.

The concentration of PM2.5, tiny particulate pollution that can clog lungs, averaged close to 700 micrograms per cubic meter, 12 times the government norm and a massive 70 times the World Health Organisation standards.

But in Delhi, there’s the added Diwali bonus of foggy air, terrible smells and a constant burning sensation in your eyes and nose. Every year, Delhi Continue reading Clean air: Something Delhi hasn’t seen in a while

World’s first hydrogen powered passenger train will debut in Germany

Hydrogen has been a common fuel for rockets. It’s a clean fuel that burns completely and releases only water vapor as a byproduct. However, the gas as a fuel was too expensive to be put to use for day-to-day activities. Neither did it have the technologies to compete with the existing and cheap technologies of the petroleum industry. All that is about to change… Continue reading World’s first hydrogen powered passenger train will debut in Germany

Why the COP21 Paris Agreement means absolutely nothing in the wake of 21st century environmental crises — Millennial Environmental Issues

“We’re still pinning our survival on a capitalist system, mainly because it’s a structure we’ve always known, instead of acknowledging our survival in the greater system–the ecosystem.”

 

To begin, the COP21 Paris Agreement was not legally binding in the slightest. While it may be a great feat for countries like the U.S., China, and India, to “sign a commitment to fighting climate change” (Sampathkumar 2016), the actual effects of the agreement will be overshadowed by the reality of our climate situation. Despite […]

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Great Australian Bight also at risk

Australia is extremely lucky to have such ecological riches. The Great Australian Bight is one of them. Now, that is also fighting for its survival.

Conservation groups have been waging war against oil drilling into the vast underwater of the Great Australian Bight located in the Southern Sea, and it may take political will to stop BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd from its oil exploration project in the area once and for all. South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young announced […]

via Great Australian Bight at risk with BP’s oil project — The GREEN JOURNAL AU

Carmichael coal mines: The worst thing to do in the current environmental crisis

Carmichael coal mine is a proposed coal mine in the Northwestern coast of Australia (Galilee Basin), which is a venture of the Adani Group from India. It is a mine of epic (and disastrous) proportions. The coal mine, if functional, is expected to produce 60 million tonnes of coals per year, or 2.3 billion tonnes in 60 years. It would be the largest coal mine of Australia.

In October 2015, the federal government gave its approval for the project to start, and on February 1st 2016, the Queensland State Authorities gave an environmental clearance for the project to kick off. Continue reading Carmichael coal mines: The worst thing to do in the current environmental crisis