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YSC India Preparing India’s Leaders For The Global Stage By Understanding Other Cultures

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – We are living in a fast changing, multi-polar world where international organisations and its leaders are not only dealing with these challenges, but also working out how to do business on a global scale with other cultures, where certain skills and insights are required to help build these international relationships.

Will “Floatovoltaics” Become the Next Big Thing?

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Energy and water keep showing up together in many articles and conversations. We now have the energy-water nexus, which is a term that highlights the interdependencies of the two. Getting water (from wells or desalination plants), moving it around and purifying it, requires a great deal of energy.

Farmers In India Empowered in the Palm of Their Hands by Vodafone

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for more than 58 percent of India’s population, a country with the world's second biggest population after China. For this emerging economy to prosper, it is vital that its farming sector prospers and that benefits reach the small and marginal farmers who are very poor.

G7 Leaders Up the Ante on Climate Action

(3BL Media/Justmeans) When the leaders of the world’s largest economies, United States, Germany, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, and Italy, otherwise known as the G7, met last week to discuss the global economy, climate and energy were high on the agenda, given the heightened level of concern and the major climate talks coming up later this year in Paris.

The group took a bold step, pledging to completely phase out greenhouse gas emissions by the century’s end, and to cut somewhere between 40 and 70% by 2050. Can they back it up? Not by themselves. These seven countries currently represent about a third of the world’s GHG emissions. That means they can have a significant impact, but they can’t do it without help, especially from rapidly growing economies like China (now the #1 emitter), India (#4) and Russia (#5). That will not be easy, considering that even among those in the G7, consensus did not come easily. Both Canada and Japan pushed back before finally agreeing to sign on to the statement that said, “We commit to doing our part to achieve a low-carbon global economy in the long-term including developing and deploying innovative technologies striving for a transformation of the energy sectors by 2050 and invite all countries to join us in this endeavor. To this end we also commit to develop long term national low-carbon strategies.”

However, if the goal is to limit global warming to 2 degrees or less, the goal of eliminating emissions by the end of the century is not enough. Even the 40 to 70% cuts mentioned by 2050 will fall short, even at the higher end, according to some sources. The carbon calculus shows that we have used up about two-thirds of the total emissions limit of around 3,200 gigatonnes that must be maintained if we hope to keep the climate from spinning out of control. At the current rate of emissions, we will run through that in the next 27 years. That’s a frightening thought when you consider that, at this point, the rate is still going up (albeit more slowly than it was a few years ago). That trend has to be dramatically reversed if the goal is to be met. Keep in mind that most greenhouse gases remain in the atmosphere for a hundred years or more, so even when we stop emitting, it will take a while for the concentration to begin falling. It also means that when we stop, we need to stop for good, or at least the next hundred years. Given the way that these emissions accumulate in the system, the sooner we act, the better.

Nestlé Answers Concerns about Maggi Noodles, India’s Favourite Brand

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – India’s favourite brand of noodles, Maggi, is undergoing a food safety scare. Authorities in Delhi, the Indian capital, banned the sale of Maggi noodles for 15 days after high levels of lead were found in batches tested in the city and the state of Uttar Pradesh. Now, the government has ordered countrywide tests of samples.

Chevrolet Supports Football In India To Help Street Children

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer and captain and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, is convinced that football can be big in India. Others have also called this nation, the 'sleeping giant' of football, but football is not just being used as sport here. It is being used to change lives of the many street children.

Bollywood Gets Behind An Urgent Appeal as Second Earth Quake Hits Nepal

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nepal has endured another major earthquake, on 13 May, the second in less than three weeks. The death toll has since climbed as officials tried to gauge the scale of the new wave of destruction. Rescue and relief teams are trying to reach remote areas near the epicentre of the quake which had a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale.

Fossil Unbound: Collaborating With Social Problem Solvers To Change Young Lives Worldwide

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Fossil Unbound is an organisation that is creating tumbleweeds of change by supporting projects that are nurturing and inspiring children. It strongly believes the best social entrepreneurs aren’t just changing the world, they’re changing the way we change the world. It has an affinity for collaborating with social problem solvers who are devoted to supporting young people and also likes taking on big ideas.

Star TV’s Aamir Khan Tackles Women’s Rights in India

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – India has the world's largest democracy and is a fast-growing, powerful economy. Yet of all the rich G20 nations, India was labelled in 2012 as the worst place to be a woman. How is this possible in a country that prides itself on being the world's largest democracy?

Child Marriages Rob Girls of Health, Education and Jobs: UN

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – While many brides are preparing for their big day, there are some weddings that should not be going ahead, and that’s child marriages. No girl should be robbed of her childhood, education, health and aspirations, yet millions are denied their rights each year when they are married as child brides.

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