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Rosa Marina Flores Cruz reached COP27 with one single goal – to represent the voices of the people who are impacted by climate change in Mexico. She belongs to an indigenous community that is currently bearing the brunt of greenwashing. “We are seeing a lot of greenwashing. We are seeing the same corporations for example […]
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By LMB Staff
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Nyombi Morris is an Ugandan climate activist and CEO of ‘Earth Volunteer’. Floods have devastated Uganda’s eastern Butaleja district, where Morris lived. Nyombi says, “Climate change disproportionately affect women and girls. When flood occurs, women and mostly girls are the first who are sent out to go and maybe going to marry because that is […]
By Nyombi Morris
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For the first time ever, children and youth who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change have an official space at a UN climate change conference. Community leader, climate activist and plastic surgery resident Dr. Omnia El Omrani is the first-ever Youth Envoy at COP27. Omrani is promoting the Conference’s inclusion of […]
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By LMB Staff
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India’s theme at COP27 this year is LiFE – Lifestyle for Environment, an initiative that’s encouraging individual action against mindless consumption. Mission LiFE is a global plan of action launched, aimed at saving the planet. Replacing the ‘use-and-dispose’ economy with a circular economy, four youth champions from India are rewriting sustainability at COP27. “What change can one […]
By Prachi Shevgaonkar
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Sunderbans has many Binas’ in its various corners. Women who have been impacted by livelihood losses arising out of climate conflict and unknowingly pushed into trafficking.    “A person called me while I was walking and tried to speak with me. And all of a sudden they made me inhale something, after which I don’t remember […]
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By Payel Sen
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Turlock Irrigation District (TID) in California is about to launch an experiment, called Project Nexus, to cover California’s canals and aqueducts with solar panels. In a conversation with LetMeBreathe, Josh Weimer, External Affairs Manager, TID says, “Project Nexus is really the proof of concept for an academic research paper that was initiated by two individuals […]
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By Payel Sen
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Misimi Isimi was just eight-years-old when she first started getting bothered by the waste around her neighbourhood. “Growing up it was difficult for me to breathe in society with a huge amount of waste littered everywhere,” says the Lagos resident. So she took up a broom and a trash bag and started cleaning. She did […]
By Smitha Verma
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In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its air quality database and the figures remain grim as ever. Almost 99 percent of the world breathes foul air that exceeds WHO’s air quality limits and people in low and middle-income countries suffer from the highest exposure.While the database shows the region-wise air degradation, what remains […]
By Smitha Verma
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There is no denying that to mitigate the disastrous impact of climate change the human dependence on fossil fuels needs to change. And what could be the best alternative energy source other than solar power? However, incentivising people to build the infrastructure for it still remains a challenge. Perhaps that’s what instigated furniture giant IKEA […]
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By Payel Sen
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A lifestyle change that had started in 1989 for Dr Meenal Kabra, followed her till 2019 when she finally launched Kivu, a vegan cookie brand that relies on solar energy. “My family has been using solar cooker since 1989. I thought if I channelise it in a proper way it could be very good for […]
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By Payel Sen
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“Everybody who is coming to the mountains needs to understand that they have their duty towards the Himalayas, towards local communities, towards this beautiful ecology,” says Pradeep Sangwan, with the kind of conviction in his voice that echoes through the Himalayas. And he leads by example. An avid mountaineer and founder of Healing Himalayas Foundation, […]
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By LMB Staff
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The indigenous community in Tamil Nadu, Kurumba is listed by the Union government as one of India’s Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups. The Kurumbas are primarily honey collectors, apart from doing small-scale farming for a living, marked by low-level literacy, and economic backwardness among other indicators. Saraswathi, a Kurumba Community member from Banagudi Village, says, “Our […]
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By Payel Sen
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Some of us started thinking that the climate crisis is sort of avoided because we are not looking at a four degree rise in temperature in the next 100 years. But it’s going to come down to 2.5 degrees, which is still going to be a nightmare for the entire human race, said Vijay Prateik, […]
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By Payel Sen
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At MENA 2022, there was a great buzz around what Chandra Dake, CEO of Dake Rechsand had to share. And why wouldn’t it be as he was sharing his expertise on a technology that allows deserts to be a lot less arid. He shows the way to turn them into spots fertile for desert sowing, […]
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By LMB Staff
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It was one of the largest known non-nuclear explosions ever to have hit any city. An otherwise dull evening of August 4, 2020, turned the world upside down for people in Beirut. A large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut in the capital city of Lebanon exploded, leaving 218 dead, 7,000 […]
By Smitha Verma
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In this episode of ‘Climate Course Correction’, Scott Carney, Investigative Journalist and Anthropologist and Jason Miklian, Senior Researcher, Oslo University talk to Smitha Verma about their recently released book ‘The Vortex: A True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation’. They discuss how the Bhola cyclone led to the liberation of Bangladesh […]
By Smitha Verma
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“Do not expect the government to find the solution, find your own solutions,” said the 78-year-old eco warrior from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  If eco warriors were to be considered the new superheroes then Dwarkadesh Suresh aka Solar Suresh would be an ideal candidate. With over 50 years of work experience in various industries such as […]
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By Payel Sen
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Picture that drain full of hair in the bathroom or the corner in your room where all of your dog (or cat) fur accumulates. Where does all of that hair and fur go? Typically, it will end up in a landfill. But what if we told you that your hair could save oil spills and […]
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By Shamita Harsh
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In this episode of ‘Climate Course Correction’, Teevrat Garg, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego, talks to Smitha Verma about the ways in which water pollution and deforestation affects local communities and how climate change is impacting social security programmes across geographies. Edited excerpts from the […]
By Smitha Verma
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In this episode of ‘Climate Course Correction’, Amali Tower, founder and executive director of Climate Refugee, talks to Smitha Verma about how climate displacement is a human rights issue that can’t be overlooked anymore. With extensive global experience in refugee protection and resettlement, her research on climate, conflict and displacement in the Lake Chad Basin […]
By Smitha Verma
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Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Policy, Cornell University, shares with LetMeBreathe, how climate change has an impact on agricultural productivity. He is also on the advisory board of US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE). In this interview, he discusses his research and key challenges that climate […]
By Smitha Verma
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In the third episode of ‘Climate Course Correction’, Padu S Padmanabhan, an energy specialist and sustainability expert, tells Smitha Verma why energy efficiency is the first fuel. The former USAID and World Bank official also talks about his latest book ‘First Fuel’ and how individuals to corporations need to look at energy efficiency as a […]
By Smitha Verma
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In the second episode of ‘Climate Course Correction’, Siddharth Singh, an energy and climate policy expert, talks to Smitha Verma about how energy efficiency can help nations fight climate change. He is the Lead India Analyst and Coordinator at International Energy Agency (IEA) and also the co-lead author of India Energy Outlook report 2021. He […]
By Smitha Verma
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There’s a small revolution brewing up in the steel industry. The need for clean steel is inching its way up with large corporations like JSW in India to Bill Gates-backed startup Boston Metal from Massachusetts in the US working around it. Something as universal as steel, with everything from construction industry to aerospace dependent on […]
By Smitha Verma
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Simon Mundy, Moral Money Editor at the Financial Times, discusses Race for Tomorrow, his new book on the global scramble to respond to climate change on our new weekly show ‘Climate Course Correction’. Mundy began his reporting career in Johannesburg, where he covered Southern Africa for the FT and spent seven years in Asia, heading […]
By Smitha Verma
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“[…] hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. I say it because hope is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency.”   (Rebecca Solnit, “Hope in the Dark”)  Across the globe we are witnessing debilitating heat waves, unusually cold days in summer, and […]
By Seema Mundoli
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Who would have thought that discarded plastic bottles and single-use plastic bags can be converted into footwear? But for Ashay Bhave, a 23-year-old entrepreneur, this was an opportunity that wasn’t going to be wasted. Ashay Bhave started to manufacture shoes out of segregated waste which includes plastic bottles and single-use plastic bags. His brand Thaley […]
By Nikita Bishnoi
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A rapid growth in development and the human population has created an anthropogenic pressure within and around elephant habitats in India. It has led to the loss of their traditional corridors of movement. Senthil Kumaran, a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, has been documenting human-animal conflict straight from the fields for over a decade.  In India, […]
By Nikita Bishnoi
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The Bishnoi community has been called the original tree huggers as they have been working to protect trees and wildlife even before the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 came into being. The word ‘Bishnoi’ comes from two words- ‘Bish’ and ‘Noi’ which means 20 and 9 respectively. The community adheres to 29 commandments set by the […]
By Nikita Bishnoi
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The average footwear contains plastic soles which when discarded takes up a million years to degrade. Entrepreneur Chandni Batra has a solution for you. Her company ‘A Blunt story’ creates footwear with soles made out of rubber, cork, rice husk and other bio-based material. She claims to have manufactured a footwear which is 96% bio-based. […]
By Nikita Bishnoi