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India has been ranked amongst the top five countries in the world, and the best among the G20 countries, based on its climate change performance. India jumps two spots higher, and is now ranked 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network International […]
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By LMB Staff
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Welcome to CitySessions: The Future where experts, entrepreneurs, researchers and designers come together to envision a sustainable future. In this edition, we are at Chennai where a bunch of climate enthusiasts get together to find solutions to Chennai’s mounting environmental issues— water crisis, river encroachment and urban flooding, heatwaves and wet bulb temperature, rising energy […]
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By LMB Staff
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This is just the beginning! Welcome to #CitySessions: The Future where experts, creatives, entrepreneurs, researchers come together to envision a sustainable future
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By LMB Staff
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Meet these young climate activists from Uganda – Evelyn Acham and Namaggwa Joan. They are demanding climate finance to recover the loss and damage faced by their communities due to climate change at COP27.“When I was young, the weather was cooler, my home was greener, and everything was better. But right now, we have extreme […]
By Evelyn Acham
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The sun emits enough power onto earth in a few seconds to satisfy the entire human energy demand for hours. Solar energy has been inching its way up as a promising energy source to manage long-term energy crises. In this episode, we talk to Singer, Voice artist and Entrepreneur Chinmayi Sripada, who shares her experiences […]
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By LMB Staff
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“Cities of the future are built with ideas that take shape on a paper and then taken forward,” said  Ujjwal Thakur, a university student, as he dwelled upon his subject of Infrastructure loss & Damage. Khare was part of over a dozen participants who had got together for the Mumbai edition of ‘City Sessions:The Future’ […]
By Smitha Verma
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It is a common sight to see people urinating in public places across India and the situation is aggravated by the lack of public sanitation facilities. Despite various initiatives by the government, the existing sanitation facilities don’t seem to meet the mark.  To tackle the problem of public urinals, Ashwani Aggarwal, founder of the start-up […]
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By Payel Sen
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How do we usher in novelty in the ideas pertaining to circularity in the global food and feed value chains? You may be astounded to hear the answer – “through the use of insects!” Easing off the pressure on our current system of agriculture and food production which ultimately adds an immense burden on the […]
By Ankit Bagaria
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Some of the participants had travelled for two hours to reach the destination. Some of the mentors prepared several hours in advance for the brainstorming sessions. Neither the heat nor the distance deterred climate enthusiasts from Chennai who gathered together for a day-long design jam “City Sessions: The Future’ where how to build a sustainable […]
By Smitha Verma
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McCain Foods, a leading frozen food provider, has adopted several planet-friendly practices in its businesses. In an exclusive interview, Debadatta Baxi, Regional Director, Communications & Sustainability, Human Resources – India, Korea, South East Asia & Taiwan, shares with Smitha Verma how the company is working with farmers and adopting sustainability as a corporate norm. Edited excerpts […]
By Smitha Verma
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Farmers are often considered to be only involved with growing crops. But not M Selvaraj, a farmer from Krishnagiri, in Tamil Nadu, in India. He is an inspiration for his farming community. The agricultural tools developed by him are helping his peers in reducing labour and farming costs.The 59-year-old owns 2.75 acres at Sesurajapuram village […]
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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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The ‘heat apocalypse’ across the globe, from China to England, has only shown how climate change is real and here. Climate action has become a necessity as climate and sustainability challenges hit a tipping point globally. Experts have put a 25 percent loss in gross domestic product by 2100, an economic impact arising out of […]
By Smitha Verma
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The urgency to deal with the climate emergency at a global level has resulted in countries adopting a target driven approach to reduce carbon emissions through Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). As widely reported, India’s position as the third largest CO2 emitter has brought it under pressure to undertake ambitious emissions reduction. This has drawn India’s vast and diverse forest ecosystems […]
By Manju Menon
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Ever wondered those empty potato chips packets or PET bottles which you throw away can be used to make beautiful murals? The artist duo are transforming waste from seashores into beautiful murals. Sampda Mago and Giovanni Allegrini, backpackers from India and Italy, respectively, believe that each piece of trash has a story to tell. They […]
By Nikita Bishnoi
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On a blue rooftop of an apartment in Chennai, a five kilowatt solar panel is harnessed. The brain behind the sustainable step was none other than Singer Chinmayi Sripada. Unable to convince her own house owners to install the panels, Chinmayi took a chance with her in-laws to go off-grid. “It’s been easily four and […]
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By Payel Sen
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In the first of a series of events held in the run up to the World Environment Day, a panel discussion was held around ‘Green Steel: Pathway to Sustainable Steel Production’. The need for greening of steel and the challenges in producing green steel was discussed by Dr Deepak Yadav, Programme Associate, Council on Energy, […]
By Smitha Verma
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June is pride month. Let’s talk about how climate change affects the LGBTQIA+ community. Many times gender takes a backseat during conversations of climate change, sustainability and the actions proposed to save the planet. But it is an important aspect that can no longer be ignored. The LGBTQ+ community is one of the marginalised groups […]
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By LMB Staff
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The second panel discussion, in the run-up to the World Environment Day highlighted the role of promoting cycling in cities and creating an infrastructure around it. The panel ‘Cycling: A Sustainable Mode of Transportation’ was organised by LetMeBreathe and UN Environment Programme, India. The four-membered panel discussed how India can bolster the adoption of a […]
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By Payel Sen
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On World Environment Day, a panel discussion, by LetMeBreathe and UN Environment Programme: Chef’s Manifesto, was held around ‘Chef’s Roundtable: Combating Plastic Pollution in the Food Industry’.  The five-membered panel moderated by food columnist, author and food historian Anoothi Vishal drew out the best in the industry to discuss ways to combat the plastic menace, […]
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By Payel Sen
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Our oceans cover over 70 percent of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. The ocean produces at least 50 percent of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a […]
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By LMB Staff
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Ever wondered how plastic waste can be upcycled and made into trendy stuff? Here is one such story for you.  Aditya Gupta, an entrepreneur from Delhi has been involved in manufacturing beautiful rugs out of the waste PET bottles that we usually throw away after a single use. Gupta says that the company makes rugs […]
By Nikita Bishnoi
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People who menstruate like to keep their period kits handy. But, is your period kit eco-friendly? Do sanitary pads and tampons that fill up our landfills affect the environment? There’s a lot of plastic that goes into Sanitary pads and tampons right from the packaging time. This is a major source of plastic pollution because  […]
By Nikita Bishnoi
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In the fight against climate change, it is the well-informed and the well-prepared who will prevail. But many times we don’t know what those courses or fellowships are offering.  Are they relevant?  Are they accurate?  Are they going to be useful for any pursuance in the climate or sustainability fields. We are here to help. […]
By Sahil Sharma
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A two-acre plot in Kuravapulam village of Nagapattinam, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu is home to India’s various traditional crop varieties. While indigenous crop cultivation is vanishing from the country’s conscience, owners of this piece of land hope to spread the importance of healthy farming to all consumers. These traditional seeds have been […]
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By Payel Sen
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You must have heard of a man who asked Canada for a medically assisted suicide due to his anxiety about the planet. Yes, we are talking about Howard Breen, the 68-year-old eco-activist known for super-gluing himself to log booms, stopping air traffic on tarmacs, and hunger strikes. In 2017, Breen was diagnosed with clinical eco-anxiety […]
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By Payel Sen
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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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With the ever growing energy demand and the need to mitigate climate change, a reliable, cost-effective, and everlasting renewable energy source is the need of the hour. Solar energy, among other renewable sources of energy, has been inching its way up as a promising energy source to manage long-term energy crises. The sun emits enough […]
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By Payel Sen
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In a recent study by India’s top non-governmental trade association, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), India’s green bond issuance is expected to reach new milestones in 2022, following an exceptionally strong 2021 which saw financing of USD 6.11 billion through these instruments, in the first 11 months of the year. […]
By Sahil Sharma