Day Zero: Avoiding a Global Water Crisis

From the air we breathe to the water we drink, pollution has pervaded every activity essential for human beings. With the current state of water pollution and climate-change-induced drought, the world may be heading towards a water crisis. Certain pockets of the world have already confronted severe water shortages, leading up to Day Zero. DayContinue reading “Day Zero: Avoiding a Global Water Crisis”

The Tragedy of Commons

The concept of Tragedy of Commons revolves around an individual’s motives to act according to benefit oneself without taking into account the interest of the whole community or society. The theory of Tragedy of Commons was first developed by the American ecologist, Garret Hardin who defined it as “a situation where shared environmental resources areContinue reading “The Tragedy of Commons”

The Montreal Protocol

Depletion of the ozone layer began in the 1960s and there was an immediate need to draw the world’s attention to it. Some of the primary warnings on the threats to the ozone layer came from the Nobel laureates Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina in 1974 in their publication “Stratospheric sink for chlorofluoromethanes: chlorine atomContinue reading “The Montreal Protocol”

Principle of Preventive Action

Among the several principles of environmental studies, preventive action is an important principle that focuses on the oft-quotes proverb, “Prevention is better than cure.” Historical significance The approach to Preventive Action can be traced back to the London Convention, named ‘Convention Relative to the Preservation of Fauna and Flora in their Natural State’, of theContinue reading “Principle of Preventive Action”

Tobacco is killing us and the planet

As of 31st May 2022, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised concern over the impact of the Tobacco Industry on the environment and human health. Annually, “the tobacco industry costs the world more than 8 million human lives, 600 million trees, 200 000 hectares of land, 22 billion tonnes of water, and 84 millionContinue reading “Tobacco is killing us and the planet”

The Global Menace of E-waste: A General Overview

Annual e-waste production is estimated to exceed 74,000,000 tonnes in 2030 and is expected to weigh more than 203 Empire State buildings (Graham, 2020). It is alarming and there is a dire need to address the global menace of e-waste in light of the growing advancements in the field of science and technology. What isContinue reading “The Global Menace of E-waste: A General Overview”

Climate Finances – A brief overview

In order to meet the global targets of climate change and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, every member nation requires funds in order to meet the objectives. These funds allocated towards climate change mitigation are called climate finances. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) defined climate finances as those “local, nationalContinue reading “Climate Finances – A brief overview”

What Ghazipur’s Trash-Mountain can Learn from Brazil’s Estructural Dump?

Brazil and India may have their differences, but they are surely similar on one point. While Brazil’s capital had the Estructural dump, India’s capital is home to the Ghazipur trash mountain. With an increase in population and urbanization, the amount of garbage has also increased over the years across the world. The problem of garbageContinue reading “What Ghazipur’s Trash-Mountain can Learn from Brazil’s Estructural Dump?”

Pallavaram’s Open Dump Cannot Become the Next Trash Mountain

While on one hand, Chennai Corporation has collected an estimated amount of INR 24 lakh from the imposition of penalty on open garbage dumping (The Hindu, 2021), the same entity is ironically a contributor to a growing garbage mound in Pallavaram. This is of serious concern. Chennai has been confronted with the problem of wasteContinue reading “Pallavaram’s Open Dump Cannot Become the Next Trash Mountain”

Impact of Heatwaves in India on Bird Mortality

Climate change has made heat waves a normal event and a household conversation. But, the impact is not just on human health. It has dehydrated and exhausted birds too (Clarke, 2022). In India temperatures across the country have reached close to 49 degrees causing heatwaves in several cities. It has been reported that bird mortalityContinue reading “Impact of Heatwaves in India on Bird Mortality”