Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh believes the “cult” of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his vision of “green growth,” which he says is essential for his nation’s future.
“Green bond issuance tripled globally last year to $36.6 billion – and that figure is expected to double by the end of this year,” GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said. “It’s clear that the market is looking for guidance to determine energy-efficient and low-carbon assets that will be sustainable investments over the long term.”
As robots get smarter, cheaper and more versatile, they're taking on more challenges – including bricklaying. Engineers in Australia have created a fully working house-builder that can create the brick framework of a property in just two days, working about 20 times faster than a human bricklayer.
Three-dimensional imaging of plant branching structures is allowing researchers to see how exactly their internal tissues respond under stress, giving new insights into the design of potential new engineering materials, such as those used in aircraft and sports equipment.
Collecting precipitation in rain barrels could result in significant savings for many people in India, according to an analysis of precipitation data collected by a NASA satellite. Estimates showed that harvested rain could provide at least 20 percent of average indoor water demand, or entirely irrigate a household vegetable garden. The savings associated with a vegetable garden could be between 2,500 and 4,500 rupees per year (39 to 71 U.S. dollars) — an amount equivalent to half a year’s rent in an average 1-bedroom apartment in an Indian city. In a country where the distribution of potable water is often a challenge, rainwater is an untapped resource that could provide significant benefits, the researchers write in the Urban Water Journal.
Flora Moon's insight:
Other areas, too - why not Africa, South America, anywhere where water is a significant cost especially for the poor?
Gravity-assisted space travel is when you use the gravitational pull of one planet or other celestial body as a fuel-efficient way to "slingshot" yourself toward another, more distant goal, someplace you could not have reached without assistance, either in terms of your velocity or even your basic direction.
A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. For nearly a hundred years, the incandescent bulb—which worked mainly by electricity passing through a filament and heating it to incandescent temperatures in a glass globe—lit up the world. It was effective in terms of turning night into daylight, but most inefficientRead More
Young adults aged 18 to 24 are in a pivotal transition period as they move toward adulthood and financial independence. New analysis of Census data sheds light on how young people in the Washington region fare on the critical measures of educational attainment and employment.
A new conductive ink can be applied to clothing and other textiles in a single-step printing process, thereby turning everyday fabrics such as underwear and gym clothes into sensors and wearable electronics.
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s mostesteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portr
Green banks are sprouting across America. Rhode Island just authorized its own public-private green and other infrastructure bank, joining Connecticut, New York, Hawaii, and California. In addition, a half-dozen other states are exploring how to leverage public money with private to finance low-carbon technology.
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