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5 breakthrough technologies in the fight against climate change
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From sequestering carbon to developing fast-charging, long-lasting EV batteries, the next wave of innovations may hold the key to saving the planet By Ganesh Kaveeshwar As several countries make concerted efforts to achieve emission cuts and restrict the global average temperature rise to 1.5C from pre-industrial levels, new technologies would...
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Tech Innovations and Waste Pickers can save our planet from the garbage menace
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An estimated 1.5 million to 4 million waste pickers collect, clean, sort and segregate our recyclable waste every day in India. Their work fills the gap left by municipal and other waste management authorities while contributing to local economies, public health, and environmental sustainability. Most waste pickers across India work...
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Krishi Mangal: A Game-Changer for Agriculture and Allied Value-Chain
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Indian agriculture today stands at a crossroad. On one hand, it suffers from less-than-optimal productivity, low income for smallholder farmers, lack of irrigation facilities, unsustainable agricultural practices and vagaries induced by climate change; and on the other, it has opportunities to tap into its tremendous growth potential by embracing innovations...
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‘We have barely scratched the surface…We have a lot more to do.’
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I hope you and your family are taking care and keeping safe. COVID-19 outbreak has wreaked havoc across the world. With a raging second wave in India and ramifications poised to surpass any catastrophe in our living memory, we believe our collective and coordinated efforts will change the course of...
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Takachar: Offering a lucrative solution to crop burning
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The Delhi-based startup converts waste biomass into fuels, fertilisers and speciality chemicals at the farmgate resulting in surplus income for farmers Neither the torrid summers nor the harsh winters prepare the residents of Delhi for the deadly annual assault in autumn when the air turns into a toxic soup of...
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Urja: Sensors that act as fitbit for machines
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A complex algorithm tells the user about machine health and whether maintenance is urgently required If a machine could have a best friend, it would be the sensor that Delhi-based startup Occipital Labs Pvt. Ltd — better known as Urja — has developed. There are reasons for the founders, Saurabh...
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Pandemic steers healthcare in the right direction
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Focus shifts to integrating digital solutions into standard systems of care It is the worst of times and, perhaps, the best of times as the pandemic unleashed a wave of unprecedented disruptions. Lives and livelihoods were lost and people suffered in every conceivable way as economies around the world crumbled....
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Grassroots Energy’s modular BioCNG plants can solve energy poverty in rural India
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Its clean energy solution, BioCNG, will bring down energy costs for minigrids by replacing diesel and creating additional scope for power generation, while reducing dependence on solar batteries. BioCNG also serves as cooking fuel as an alternative to LPG, expanding the clean fuel options for end users. The growing demand...
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Techtonic — Treasure trove of clean energy solutions
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The third edition of Social Alpha’s clean energy challenge, titled Techtonic — Innovations in Clean Energy, recasts the spotlight on the need for nurturing solutions that can radically improve the quality of life of the underserved communities and fight climate change. Techtonic’s diverse offerings are aimed at fulfilling specific needs...
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REVY: Administering medicines to enhance the power of STPs and ETPs
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The Ganga is perhaps the best example of society’s attitude towards waste — where devotion is tainted by wilful blindness to a river’s plight. According to a report tabled in the Lok Sabha in 2017 by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the very river, which...
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