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November 6, 2022 In 2020, 559 million children were affected by four to five heatwaves a year; numbers could increase four-fold by 2050, as per a report by UNICEF
Heat-related mortality is four times higher among children under 1 year of age than in persons aged 1–44 years (Image: Taqver, Wikimedia Commons)
October 22, 2022 Role of MGNREGA in the year after the 2020 lockdown: Survey findings from Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh
MGNREGA provided income support or security to vulnerable households during the pandemic (Image: UN Women)
October 14, 2022 Arthan organizes a fireside chat to highlight the need for more data talent for social impact
There is a need to integrate data science into the existing education system (Image: Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan, Public Domain Pictures)
September 9, 2022 Highlights from a new report released by iFOREST
An old coal-fired power plant has been dumping vast quantities of ash out in the open for many years. (Image: Lundrim Aliu/ World Bank; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
July 14, 2022 The river is faced with the dual problem of flood plain encroachment and growing levels of water pollution
Illegal transverse check dams (Badhals) built on Ichamati near a village in Basirhat (Image: Prithviraj Nath @ TheWaterChronicles)
July 10, 2022 People in India fleeing disasters like drought more likely to have experienced trafficking or modern slavery than those fleeing floods or cyclones
The country's climate change assessment suggests things are only going to get worse (Image: Saurav Karmakar, India Water Portal Flickr)
Green nod granted to Centre’s ambitious Rs 72,000 crore project in Greater Nicobar Island
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 17 Nov, 2022 06:02 PM

MoEF grants green clearance to multi-development projects in Greater Nicobar Island

Havelock, Andaman Island. Photo for representation only (Source: Vikramjit Kakati from Pixabay)
Protecting children from climate change impact not child's play
In 2020, 559 million children were affected by four to five heatwaves a year; numbers could increase four-fold by 2050, as per a report by UNICEF Posted on 06 Nov, 2022 05:45 PM

On October 25 2022, UNICEF released a report titled "The Coldest Year of the Rest of Their Lives: Protecting Children from Escalating Impacts of Heatwaves".

Heat-related mortality is four times higher among children under 1 year of age than in persons aged 1–44 years (Image: Taqver, Wikimedia Commons)
Children demand ecological rights ahead of COP-27
Children say ‘Nothing about us children without us children’ Posted on 06 Nov, 2022 02:38 PM

Ahead of the Conference on Climate Change COP 27 at Egypt, PRATYeK, a registered organization with UN ECOSOC status, known for its national child led-advocacy initiative NINEISMINE, hosted an online event NO COP OUT on November 4 and 5, along with coalition partner

Millions of children face the brunt of climate change in their day to day lives. There Is No Planet B (Image: Blaine O'Neill; Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0)
Employment guarantee during Covid-19
Role of MGNREGA in the year after the 2020 lockdown: Survey findings from Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh Posted on 22 Oct, 2022 09:33 AM

As the Covid-19 pandemic fades from media headlines and public consciousness, it is important to ensure that lessons learned are not forgotten.

MGNREGA provided income support or security to vulnerable households during the pandemic (Image: UN Women)
Lack of data professionals in the impact sector
Arthan organizes a fireside chat to highlight the need for more data talent for social impact Posted on 14 Oct, 2022 06:50 PM

Arthan, a social enterprise, recently organized a Fireside Chat Session - Data Talent for Social Good to bridge the awareness gap of the lack of data professionals in the impact sector.

There is a need to integrate data science into the existing education system (Image: Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan, Public Domain Pictures)
Pyrolysis-based decentralized biorefinery can reduce residue open burning
Biochar use as carbon sink or coal substitute determines the environmental impacts, as per the study Posted on 13 Oct, 2022 09:43 AM

Crop residues are an abundantly available lignocellulosic feedstock that can provide multiple value-added products in a biorefinery (Kamm, 2007). However, approximately 24% of the generated residue is burned in the fields in India (Ravindra et al., 2019). 

It was environmentally beneficial to treat biomass locally rather than in a centralized unit. (Image: Zack Dowell)
Climate predictions and tipping points
United in science 2022: The world is heading in the wrong direction Posted on 05 Oct, 2022 09:59 PM

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2 O) continue to rise.

Cities – responsible for up to 70% of human-caused emissions – will face increasing climate impacts (Image: cocoparisienne, Pixabay)
Shared water commons
Community reflects on how to make villages in Bhilwara water secure Posted on 05 Oct, 2022 10:24 AM

Water is a vital natural resource, but continuous consumption of freshwater sources at an unsustainable r

Discussion with community members of Baghmali village (Image: Ishita Gupta)
Harnessing energy from wind
Study looks at critical aspects of wind power development Posted on 20 Sep, 2022 10:24 PM

India’s ever-increasing energy demand is putting a heavy load on energy generating agencies. Shifting towards renewable energy entails a series of judicious steps in consultation with the government bodies, energy developers, market valuation, and consumers.

Over 23% of India's energy production comes through renewable energy sources (Image: Eric Wilde, Wikimedia Commons)
Odisha’s untapped renewable energy potential
iFOREST proposed a target of ‘30 GW Renewable Energy by 2030’ for Odisha Posted on 17 Sep, 2022 03:44 PM

The International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST) organized a major conference last month in Bhubaneshwar to start a dialogue on Odisha’s new Renewable Energy (RE) policy for 2022-30. Odisha’s present RE Policy was introduced in 2016, and is set to lapse at the end of 2022.

Experts stressed on the need to remove barriers related to land, procedure, institutional capacity and finance, to attract investments in the sector (Image: Aiseinau, Wikimedia Commons)
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