Sundara Recycles Hotel Soap to Prevent Disease In The Developing World

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – While working in rural northern Thailand in 2013, Erin Zaikis met children who didn’t know what soap was, so she brought them some, trying to conduct an impromptu hand-washing workshop. She was stunned to see the children smacking their faces with the bars of soap, unsure of what to do with it.

A Dark Reality: 1 in 7 Girls Worldwide Becomes A Child Bride, Marrying An Older Man

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Were you aware that 27, 397 girls under the age of 18 are married every day in different parts of the world? That’s one in seven girls globally who becomes a child bride, often marrying an older man she doesn’t know. Sadly these figures are part of a harrowing reality, particularly in poor families who often view marriage as way to secure a girl’s future, especially in communities with limited economic opportunities.

India: The Last Major Economy To Pledge To Cut Its Carbon Emissions

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In recent news, the Pope and a President have spoken out about climate change. Now, a country too, takes action. India has pledged to cut the intensity of its carbon emissions by 33-35 per cent by 2030, in its submission to the United Nations (UN). It is the last major economy, following 140 other countries including China, the U.S.

Temple Prostitutes: Culture Clash In India

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The term ‘devadasis’ or ‘servants of god’ is a centuries-old Hindu tradition in India, where young girls from the ‘low Dalit caste,’ also called ‘untouchables,’ are turned into prostitutes. Originally, devadasi were celibate dancing girls used in temple ceremonies where they also entertained members of the ruling class.

India’s Youth: Its Most Influential Asset To Make Positive Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With 356 million 10 to 24 year-olds, India has the world's largest youth population. Despite having a smaller population than China, India is set to become the youngest country by 2020.

With Coal Production on the Rise, India Could Tip the Carbon Balance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - For several years now, all eyes have been on China as the elephant in the room when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. China’s soaring economy and voracious appetite for energy still represent a genuine threat to worldwide efforts to curb emissions in a timely manner.

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.


Subscribe to India