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Why Pacific Islanders will lead the fight against climate change


The truth is, sometimes I fear that we Pacific Islanders are the closest thing to those canaries. True, we are not choking on poisonous gases, but we are cornered and caged by incremental sea level rise, high tides that reach farther inland than ever before and saltwater intrusion. We do not drop dead like the canaries, but we brace ourselves for hurricanes that have become more frequent and stronger. But this is not the story I tell my daughters. Instead, I remind them of who we are, where we come from and what we are made of. I tell the... Read More »

Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz begins from August 5th


In its 13th edition, to be launched on August 5 in Nagpur, the quiz will bring in innovative formats and an element of unpredictability to engage the intellectual curiosity of the participants. This year, the plan is to change the game to focus on deducing answers, rather than recalling from past trends and questions. Problem solving will be encouraged in a gaming environment emulating a decathlon style of events, along with random sequencing of the rounds during the competition. Participants from Tata and non-Tata companies across 25 cities... Read More »

Tata Power organises SSC students felicitation and education kit distribution programme in Dherand and Shahapur villages of Maharashtra


The objective of this initiative was to honour the students who passed their SSC examinations successfully while encouraging other students to take their studies seriously. Tata Power’s CSR team at Dherand has been supporting Adarsh Vidyamandir School for quantitative and qualitative improvement in education system at village level since 2013. This effort has resulted in the school consistently achieving above 95 percent pass result in SSC exam. Continuing its encouraging run of positive results Adarsh Vidyamandir School secured a passed percen... Read More »

Tata Capital Housing Finance launches ‘Prapti’ – a home loan scheme for low-cost housing


Tata Capital Housing Finance (TCHFL), the wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Capital, today announced the launch of ‘Prapti’ – a home loan scheme to cater to the low income segment in the affordable housing space. By providing home loans at subsidized interest rates from 4 percent, TCHFL will help individuals to realise their dream of buying their own home. Tata Capital’s ‘Prapti’ Home Loans scheme is a step towards the Government of India’s ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ for providing affordable houses to the urban poor by the year 2022. The sch... Read More »

#WorldOnFire: Forest-fire smog has no borders


The smoke from these wildfires covers 12 regions in Siberia; from the banks of the great Volga river and reaching far to the West. It isn’t dangerous for Moscovities yet – but millions of people are suffering from toxic smoke in Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan and other Russian cities. These fires are destroying one of the largest forested regions in the world – the Russian Boreal. The forests here are one of the most 'biologically outstanding' places on our planet. It is home to a range of species – from wolves and brown bears to golden eag... Read More »

Gazprom and CNPC approve Roadmaps for implementing Memorandum on underground gas storage and gas-fired power generation


The parties discussed cooperation issues. Particular attention was paid to the progress of the project for natural gas supplies from Russia to China via the eastern route. It was noted that the construction of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline was running strictly on schedule. In addition, the meeting participants addressed the companies’ collaboration prospects with regard to building underground gas storage and gas-fired power generation facilities in China, promoting the use of gas as a vehicle fuel, and ensuring occupational health and s... Read More »

Tata Power organises tree plantation drive in Dehrand and Shahapur in Maharashtra on the occasion of tree plantation week


As part of the tree plantation drive, a total of 300 saplings of fruits and medicinal plants were planted during the week at various locations which included surrounding of schools, grampanchyat building, public ponds and community halls. More than 350 people, comprising of students, villagers, teachers, gram panchayat members, and SHG (self help group) members participated in the initiative. The school students also organised awareness rally to sensitise people about the importance of tree plantation and environmental conservation. Speaking... Read More »

From L’Oréal to Revlon, which brands are polluting the ocean with microbeads?


Microbeads might be best known to you as the coloured beads in your shower gel and facial scrubs, but more recently they’ve gained notoriety for wreaking havoc on our ecosystems and marine life. The tiny pieces of plastic are added to everyday cosmetic products as an exfoliating agent, or for colour and texture. They’re tiny enough to travel down your plughole and right through water filtration systems and into our rivers, lakes and oceans. A single tube of face wash can contain up to 360,000 of these tiny plastic spheres. That means that onc... Read More »

Gazprom saves RUB 7.8 billion in 2015 on fuel and energy resources


The Committee members summed up Gazprom's environmental activities in 2015. It was stressed that Gazprom had continued its consistent efforts aimed at mitigating environmental impacts. As a result, in 2015 Gazprom's subsidiary companies reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 7.3 per cent and water consumption by 7.8 per cent versus 2014. Energy saving and energy efficiency are key to Gazprom's environmental activities. In 2015, the Company saved 2.7 million tons of fuel equivalent on fuel and energy resources, including 2.255 billion cubi... Read More »

World’s only whaling factory ship returns to Japan from North Pacific


In the bad old days of full scale commercial whaling I used to sit helplessly in the back of IWC meetings, watching as quotas for thousands of whales, including endangered ones, were voted through despite scientific findings. Public opposition was blunted by reducing the quotas. “We are making sacrifices to protect the whales,” said the whalers, and bought themselves a few more years. But it made no difference to the catch. The quotas set years before could no longer be reached. When the quota was 6000 but the previous year’s catch was only 35... Read More »

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