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The Unearth Bulletin

March 13 · Issue #56 · View online
Towards a Sustainable & Inclusive World

While the courts take ad-hoc knee jerk measures like stopping plastic use for elections or mandating green crackers, the executive has been fairly quiet the last couple of weeks. The Swachh Survekshan report was released and generated much debate in Tier 1 and 2 cities across India. If a competitive environment can be created between the city managers, and a systematic mechanism of rewards and incentives developed, perhaps just a simple rating exercise can create a significant impact.
Meanwhile, new technologies are coming up that can help humanity surmount its environmental problem far faster than political negotiations have been able to. It is time governments invested in technology more than negotiations that clearly have yielded little.
-Laveesh Bhandari

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Initiatives
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Green carbon or blue carbon can solve the problem.
Two stories, give much hope. One talks about how a small addition to the earth tree-stock, barely a trillion trees, can reverse the greenhouse process. Another story, on how sea plants hold a large proportion of the world’s carbon, and can potentially hold more. Whether green (land-based) or blue (sea-based), a relatively easier mission on improving green cover can work cheaply, create income opportunities, and delay doomsday significantly.
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Government Actions
Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Ji-VAN yojana
Improved formulation for manufacturing green crackers Improved formulation for manufacturing green crackers
China to produce 30 bcm of biogas, replace all rural coal China to produce 30 bcm of biogas, replace all rural coal
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