• A fascinating look at India’s Antarctic Research Centre showcased the stunning design of a building capable of withstanding some of the planet’s most extreme temperatures.
• Bt cotton continues to make headlines. Hot on the heels of news that Indian scientists were preparing to develop Bt cotton seeds indigenously, came a report that Bt cotton adoption had a direct relationship with farmer suicides in rain-fed agricultural areas.
• The National Green Tribunal banned the use of plastic bags in Haridwar and Rishikesh, the latest in a series of decisions aimed at mitigating the Ganga’s pollution problem.
The United Nations celebrates World Environment Day on the 5th June every year. The theme for 2015 is “7 billion dreams; one planet; consume with care.”
Watch the official video of the World Environment Day 2015, directed by Leonardo Dalessandri.
• The five year long BP-Gulf of Mexico oil spill saga finally drew to a close this week with the company agreeing to pay an addition 18.7 billion USD to settle claims with the US government.
• 160: The number of shark species in India’s commercial waters
• 34: The number of wild tiger deaths in the past 6 months.
• 12: The number of Asiatic lions dead after floods in Gujarat in June 2015.
• A Dutch court ordered the government to cut emissions by at least 25% by 2020. The decision is seen as a victory for concerned Dutch citizens who argued that the government needed to take strong action towards improving the environment. The decision was described as “unprecedented” and could spark a series of similar cases in countries around the world.
• 5 international NGOs have announced a new 20 million pound initiative to protect 100 elephant corridors across India. This initiative pairs well with efforts by conservationists like Dr. Ananda Kumar who received the “Green Oscar” earlier this year for his ingenious mobile phone based solution to reduce human-elephant conflict.
Resource And Waste
• In good news for renewable energy, the NYT reported that farm waste and animal oils would be powering a United Airlines jet later this year. Biofuels are increasingly entering the mainstream and this news is an excellent step in that transition.
Why You Should Care
• A new study has reported that climate change could turn back the clock on 50 years of global health advances. The study’s only silver lining was that curbing fossil fuel use could have a hugely positive impact on health. We’re standing at a crossroads - depending on our actions, things could get better or rapidly skid downhill! The Pope would agree - his encyclical last month was a sweeping call for “decisive action, here and now” on climate change.
• According to the Latest Census - How many Tigers does India now have Living in the Wild? Send us your ‘wild’ guesses... :)