Greenhouse effect schematic

Why assessing carbon footprint is important for your organization?

ISO14064 is the specification developed by International Organization for Standardization. Being part of the the ISO 14000 series, ISO 14064 standards provide an integrated set of tools for programs aimed at measuring and quantifying greenhouse gas emissions. ISO14064-1 is used for organizational level quantification and reporting of GHG emissions and removals. Bringing credibility in GHG inventory is a very…

World map by quartiles of Human Development Index in 2011.

India is ranked at 134 out of 187 countries in terms of HDI, 2011

India is ranked at 134 out of 187 countries in terms of HDI (Human Development Index). The top countries were Norway, Australia, Netherlands, US, New Zealand (in order of rank). The HDI is an effective measure of Education, health and income parameters and lists the countries according to their rank. The data for India can…

Solar power tower

Solar Technologies- What do you feel about its future?

(This is a series of articles on the various technologies that can be employed to trap the sun’s energy. This is the first part of the series.) Almost every discussion on solar technology begins with the inevitable question- What about the low efficiency and high cost? People doubt whether solar can be economical enough; if…

Chemical Ion Contributing to Seawater Salinity

Seawater Salinity and its effects on earth’s climate

Salinity is the saltiness or dissolved salt content of a body of water. The term salinity describes the level of different salts e.g. sodium chloride, magnesium and calcium sulphates etc dissolved in water.  Sea water has strong salinity due to its higher dissolved salts content. On an average, seawater has a salinity of about 3.5% (or 35 g/L). Sea water has almost all type…

Indias GHG emission

Why climate change should be addressed by Indian industries?

Atmospheric concentrations of the Green House Gases (GHGs) have far exceeded their levels today and have increased over the years, primarily due to combustion of fossil fuels and land-use changes. Research has shown that air pollutants from fossil fuels combustion causing green house effects and contributing to additional warming of the earth’s surface. Evergrowing concentration…

The Shaky foundation of AADHAR

AADHAR project or the UIDAI scheme is a classic example of starting a factory first and then deciding what to produce from it. With no clear objective, the scheme was simply flagged off as a dream project with absolutely no clue as to what it will be used for. The AADHAR or the 12 digit…

Food and environment

Food Security Bill, 2011

The four R’s of the UPA namely, Right to Food Security, Right to Education, Right to Banking (Micro finance and credit) and Right to Information all sounded on high notes but slowly receded into the background. However, the food security bill is one area where there is absolutely no room for error as it would…

Glaciers in India – Are Himalayan Glaciers really melting?

Glaciers are considered to act as the sensors of climate change. Out of the 3% freshwater available on earth, 67% is stored in glaciers and ice caps. Himalayan glaciers alone supply an estimated 30-40% of the water to the Ganges which is particularly critical in the dry season prior to the Monsoon rains in India. Glaciers…