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Paint Your Roof White – Even Jerks Can Save the World

This is especially for those of you whose house any ways a bit of doing up, or who plans to build a new house. Do you know that painting your roof white or a light color alone could significantly reduce your cooling costs? Yes, this is because white reflects heat and hence the amount of […]

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Posted in: Energy Efficiency

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Composting – Even Jerks Can Save the World

Composting! Yes, I’m talking about that messy thing in which we – the world’s most respected sophisticates – are asked to indulge in gooey things like kitchen waste. The world can’t get more infra-dig, can it? Agreed, composting is not for everyone. If you are a couch potato who thinks messing around with soil and stuff of that sort […]

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Posted in: Organic Farming

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Sustainable Food – Even Jerks Can Save the World

You can use averages and statistics to prove anything. If Bill Gates walks into a pub with 9 hobos boozing inside, each occupant of the pub is worth $7 billion on average. Stupid, isn’t it? Which is why you should be careful when using statistics, especially averages. Why am I ranting on this now? A friend of mine […]

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Posted in: Society and Community

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And about bicycling – Even Jerks Can Save the World

And about bicycling! Bicycles. You know, those slim looking things having two wheels and pedals! I know, I know…the last time you had used them were when you were 12 years old. And since then, you have always felt that these were for the world’s unprivileged or unintelligent. How dare someone even suggest that you use […]

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Posted in: Climate Change, Transportation

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Reusable Plates & Utensils – Even Jerks Can Save the World

There can’t be an easier way for you to contribute to reducing packaging and plastic pollution than by using reusable plates and utensils. Even in a country like India which has not become super consumerist, I find that on many occasions at homes and offices, folks use disposable plates and cutlery while serving food at […]

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Posted in: Pollution, Waste Management

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Even Jerks Can Save the World – My Take on Sustainability for the Masses

I am a jerk. You most likely are one too. How the heck am I so sure about you being a jerk? Because, according to some surveys of rather disputable origins, over half the world’s population can be classified as jerks. So, there is a 50% chance you are one too. But let that not demotivate […]

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Posted in: Energy Education, Society and Community

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Decarbonization of Indian Railways: An Interview with Charith Konda & Dr Gireesh Shrimali

At a conference on the ‘Energy Needs of Indian Railways—Emerging Requirements, Strategies and Solutions’ held in New Delhi on April 6, 2017, key findings of the report, Decarbonization of Indian Railways: Assessing Balancing Costs and Policy Risks were presented by Charith Konda, Consultant, Climate Policy Initiative. Consequently, he and Dr Gireesh Shrimali, India Director, Climate […]

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Star Rating Scheme for Industrial Air Pollution Launched in Maharashtra

  Image credit: Monitor Anything Anywhere Unless we live in a city like Delhi where the air pollution is quite obvious as it is choking, most Indians do not seem to care too much about air pollution, mainly because it is not as visible in many cases as water or land pollution. But, air pollution can be […]

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Posted in: Mumbai, Pollution

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