Internet of Things ( IoT) to Internet of Campus ( IoC).

Internet of Things ( IoT) to Internet of Campus ( IoC).

We always thought that everyday objects called ‘Things’ cannot talk, sense, compute and communicate. Wrong. We always thought that everyday objects called ‘Things’ cannot talk, sense, compute and communicate. Wrong. Unprecedented technological development has transformed our thinking. Internet of Things ( IOT) has made such communication between the Things possible. The everyday ‘Things’ that we use at our homes, our work places and our schools and colleges are now sensing each other and communicating. They are not only communicating but even computing. And, here comes the shocker, that they will coordinate with each other without even we, humans, knowing it! The Things are establishing their communities. That’s the future of technology called IoT. It would be working silently, exactly like wireless waves, that work now around us in the background. 50 billion ‘Things’ will be talking to each other by 2020, to make the work of 8 billion people on this earth...
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Super Efficient Leap Frogging –Cool !

Super Efficient Leap Frogging –Cool !

Bulk procurement is a transformational market strategy that will have widespread benefits within India, for its export markets and worldwide. Low and affordable prices of super-efficient ACs will pull the entire Indian market toward better efficiency and justify higher minimum energy efficiency standards implemented ahead of previous schedules. Policy makers worldwide will be impressed with the price reduction and set their sights on local procurement at comparable or lower prices and comparable or higher energy efficiency. The most efficient manufacturers will compete in all markets to profit from large sales under certain conditions and to satisfy their own corporate pledges to do their part to protect the climate. TERRE Policy Centre (TERRE), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), The Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) joined hands to support of the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) campaign to make super-efficient room air conditioners (ACs) available in India and export markets...
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Montreal Protocol will be Remembered by the Results it Delivered.

Montreal Protocol will be Remembered by the Results it Delivered.

“We are aware that the greatest legacy we leave our children and grandchildren is the earth, not only as a place we live, but also as a livable place.”, Honorable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada. Honorable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada gave gripping  and impelling speech at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on 20 Nov. 2017, when 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol was celebrated. His speech: I’m honoured and delighted to join you for this celebration on the 30th anniversary of the landmark Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, the only universal UN agreement, ratified by 196 countries and the EU—more Parties than any other international agreement in history. The Montreal Protocol was the result of prioritized and proactive leadership by Canada, the United States, some Nordic Countries, and UN leadership of both the developed and developing world. From the perspective of our government,...
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New paradigms from UN Secretary-General : ‘fair-globalisation’ and ‘going-beyond’ Paris climate agreement. But is UN ready?

New paradigms from UN Secretary-General : ‘fair-globalisation’ and ‘going-beyond’ Paris climate agreement. But is UN ready?

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General in his speech in July 2017 says UN is not ready for bending global mega-trends of inequality and ecological degradation .António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General spoke at High Level Political Forum to review to progress towards Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) on 17th July 2017:  Twenty years ago, when I was starting my functions as Prime Minister of Portugal, the world was surfing a wave of optimism. The Cold War had ended, technological prosperity was in full swing, the internet was spreading and there was the idea that globalisation would not only increase global wealth, but that it would trickle down and would benefit everybody in our planet. Twenty years afterwards, I would say that the picture is mixed. It’s true that globalisation, technological progress have dramatically increased global trade, global wealth, it is true that the number of absolute poor has been reduced and...
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Obama’s Oven Fresh Views on India -Read the Interview

Obama’s Oven Fresh Views on India -Read the Interview

Connecting the disconnected. So that they give back to those who are left behind.  Hence NGOs, who connect to the people should be seen not as a threat, but a partner, and play a role in addressing  the planet’s challenges. Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s advisor Ben Rhodes speaks to The Hindu Former US President Barack Obama is in Delhi to address a townhall of “youth leaders”. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Obama’s Chief International Advisor Ben Rhodes says it is important to spread democratic values, as well as raise the importance of NGOs, religious tolerance and LGBT issues. What is the purpose of President Obama’s townhall in Delhi? In the world today, a lot of young people feel disconnected from the forces that are shaping their lives. We see that leads to young people not becoming active citizens. Active citizenship doesn’t just mean running for office or going into politics, it means starting organisations that...
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Will China lead solar revolution and India be contended just with virtual-win at Doklam? Candid Interview

Will China lead solar revolution and India be contended just with virtual-win at Doklam? Candid Interview

As the USA gets cold on global warming, a new contender has emerged to lead the action on climate change.Could China, another of the world’s top CO2 emitters, vision the opportunity?Interview with China analyst Sam Geall of Chatham House Q: What are the biggest incentives and drivers for China to take the lead on climate change? Sam Geall: There are big economic drivers for China to move towards a low carbon transition. They’re already reaping the benefits of long- term innovation policy, meaning they have firms positioned in strategic areas like renewable energy, which are now starting to lead in investments, increasing innovation and in patents. And as a result we’ve seen things like a huge cost deflation in solar and wind energy, largely thanks to the scale of manufacturing in China. So there are huge commercial opportunities as firms start to move into these increasingly profitable and dynamic sectors. At the same...
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What Al Gore thought on Trump’s breakaway announcement

What Al Gore thought on Trump’s breakaway announcement

New York Times  spoke with Mr. Gore about what went through his mind when Mr. Trump made announcement of divorce  from Paris Climate Agreement. In 1997, Al Gore, then the vice president of the United States, helped forge the first climate change treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, promising the rest of the world that the United States would lead the fight against global warming. That promise was broken when President George W. Bush later announced that the United States would abandon the treaty. In 2015, President Barack Obama made the same promise when he helped forge the Paris climate accord — a promise that was broken when President Trump announced in June that he would withdraw the United States from the deal. In a TimesTalks conversation in New York on Tuesday, I spoke with Mr. Gore about what went through his mind when Mr. Trump made his Paris announcement. Watch to find out how the Nobel Prize-winning climate change activist sees the...
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Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming as frequently as extreme weather events. But the world is ever ready for negotiations. The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming more frequently, than before.But these déjà vu moments are important for the world community simply because they serve as remembrance of the grave future. The frequency of déjà vu moments in climate meetings are also giving rise to growing complexities and entanglement of the issues, problems, and above all the agenda of the meetings themselves. Take for example the Bonn Climate Change Conference under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Conference that has opened this week in Bonn, Germany is bundle of mind boggling meetings. Hold your breath, here is the list : twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23), the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as...
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MDGs lesson:They did not reach universities.This project takes SDGs exactly there. Where young minds are moulded to implement them.

MDGs lesson:They did not reach universities.This project takes SDGs exactly there. Where young minds are moulded to implement them.

The first ever global movement for ‘inclusive development’ in the history of human civilization was launched by United Nations at the dawn of 21st century when, in year 2000, its General Assembly consisting of all of 196 countries UN adopted eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs) . The very second goal of the pack of the MDGs was to “Achieve universal primary education”. That indeed was challenging and formidable goal considering that the global enrolment in primary school in 2000 was only 83 percent. The final review report of MDGs in 2015, when MDGs were to be finally achieved, declared that the global enrolment had reached 91 percent. The target of 100 percent was narrowly missed but the point was made that “the global goals under United Nations do work!’. UN General Assembly of all 197 countries , on 25th September 2015, adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), post-MDGs. Their implementation was launched on...
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