Environmental problems – Eco Label Tourism http://eco-label-tourism.com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:13:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://eco-label-tourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-23-120x120.png Environmental problems – Eco Label Tourism http://eco-label-tourism.com/ 32 32 PoK suffers from environmental issues due to the use of natural resources https://eco-label-tourism.com/pok-suffers-from-environmental-issues-due-to-the-use-of-natural-resources/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:13:23 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/pok-suffers-from-environmental-issues-due-to-the-use-of-natural-resources/ Due to excessive exploitation of natural resources and deforestation by Islamabad, the ecology of Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is in grave danger. Residents of the illegally held area have expressed concern over the indiscriminate felling of trees for timber, which is causing environmental deterioration and unusually hot temperatures. Former Muzaffarabad District Council Administrator Khursheed Hussain Kiyani […]]]>

Due to excessive exploitation of natural resources and deforestation by Islamabad, the ecology of Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is in grave danger. Residents of the illegally held area have expressed concern over the indiscriminate felling of trees for timber, which is causing environmental deterioration and unusually hot temperatures. Former Muzaffarabad District Council Administrator Khursheed Hussain Kiyani blamed the creeping depletion of natural resources for bringing the already fragile ecology to the brink of collapse, but the Pakistani government continued to ignore the situation. “It is essential to preserve the trees.” Tree removal resulted in high temperatures. The felling of trees must be stopped. Wood preservation is the most essential issue,” he said.

“A lot of promises were made that the government would create artificial lakes in the area, but no lakes were built,” he added. Kiyani also expressed concern that the government has not made arrangements for accommodation and other facilities to attract tourists to the area. Locals blame it on poor electricity supply and bad roads, and the tourism sector in the region has not realized its true potential under Pakistan’s illegal occupation. Pakistan has unrestrainedly abused the natural resources of the occupied region and built several dams and diverted the natural course of rivers. He even allowed the timber mafia to operate openly in the area and cut down trees in a rampant manner. Local residents have even protested Islamabad’s discriminatory policies for misusing the region’s natural resources for its own gain.

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Montana Tech students focus on solutions to environmental problems https://eco-label-tourism.com/montana-tech-students-focus-on-solutions-to-environmental-problems/ Wed, 04 May 2022 21:27:13 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/montana-tech-students-focus-on-solutions-to-environmental-problems/ BUTTE — Many of the senior projects at Montana Tech’s Techspo event in Butte address issues brought on by climate change and how to improve the environment. “The world is definitely changing, and climate change is a big deal, so we should definitely be doing everything we can to find ways to mitigate those changes […]]]>

BUTTE — Many of the senior projects at Montana Tech’s Techspo event in Butte address issues brought on by climate change and how to improve the environment.

“The world is definitely changing, and climate change is a big deal, so we should definitely be doing everything we can to find ways to mitigate those changes and the issues that are going to come,” said Montana senior Katherine Larson. Tech.

This group of environmental engineering students presented a project that could be used to trap harmful CO2 emissions from industry and convert them into biofuel.

“We can’t just keep emitting CO² into the atmosphere and cross our fingers and hope for the best. We need to create solutions so that we can continue to run these facilities and run things like mining, oil, power plants,” said Emily McGinnis, Senior Tech.

The green concoction can be used to absorb harmful CO2 emissions and also be converted into biofuel.

“So nowadays anything that helps protect the environment and keep it clean, I’m going to try to do,” senior Jaden Comings said.

Montana Tech senior Paul Helfrich and his team have discovered a myxozoan parasite that is harmful to trout as the water in the river warms. His findings indicate an increase in water temperature in the Madison and Big Hole rivers.

“It is very concerning, it is very hot for these regions and I think it is a reflection of climate change and its effects in these regions,” Helfrich said.

Looking for solutions.

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Montana Tech students focus on solutions to environmental problems https://eco-label-tourism.com/montana-tech-students-focus-on-solutions-to-environmental-problems-2/ Tue, 03 May 2022 00:16:35 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/montana-tech-students-focus-on-solutions-to-environmental-problems-2/ BUTTE — Many of the senior projects at Montana Tech’s Techspo event in Butte address issues brought on by climate change and how to improve the environment. “The world is definitely changing, and climate change is a big deal, so we should definitely be doing everything we can to find ways to mitigate those changes […]]]>

BUTTE — Many of the senior projects at Montana Tech’s Techspo event in Butte address issues brought on by climate change and how to improve the environment.

“The world is definitely changing, and climate change is a big deal, so we should definitely be doing everything we can to find ways to mitigate those changes and the issues that are going to come,” said Montana senior Katherine Larson. Tech.

This group of environmental engineering students presented a project that could be used to trap harmful CO2 emissions from industry and converted into biofuel.

“We can’t continue to emit CO2 into the atmosphere and cross our fingers and hope for the best. We need to create solutions so that we can continue to run these facilities and run things like mining, oil, power plants,” said Emily McGinnis, Senior Tech.

No, it’s not Mountain Dew, it’s seaweed, and this green concoction can be used to absorb harmful CO2 emissions and also be converted into biofuel.

“So nowadays anything that helps protect the environment and keep it clean, I’m going to try to do,” senior Jaden Comings said.

Montana Tech senior Paul Helfrich and his team have discovered a myxozoan parasite that is harmful to trout as the water in the river warms. His findings indicate an increase in water temperature in the Madison and Big Hole rivers.

“It is very concerning, it is very hot for these regions and I think it is a reflection of climate change and its effects in these regions,” Helfrich said.

Looking for solutions.

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Ezekwesili, Monsur and others advocate technological and sustainable solutions to environmental problems https://eco-label-tourism.com/ezekwesili-monsur-and-others-advocate-technological-and-sustainable-solutions-to-environmental-problems/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 13:10:25 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/ezekwesili-monsur-and-others-advocate-technological-and-sustainable-solutions-to-environmental-problems/ A former Nigerian Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; CEO of Menaget SPC, Olaniran Afolabi Monsur; and other industry experts, key decision makers and forward-looking leaders across Africa have been advocating for technological, innovative and sustainable solutions to land and other environmental issues facing Africa and the world are facing. This group of people recently […]]]>

A former Nigerian Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; CEO of Menaget SPC, Olaniran Afolabi Monsur; and other industry experts, key decision makers and forward-looking leaders across Africa have been advocating for technological, innovative and sustainable solutions to land and other environmental issues facing Africa and the world are facing.

This group of people recently made the call during a four-day event organized by the non-governmental organization (NGO), Futuresavers Sustainable Development Initiative, in partnership with Ervis Foundation India, to commemorate World Earth Day 2022, with the theme: ‘Invest in our planet’.

Futuresavers founder Seyi Akinwumi noted that his organization, which is made up mostly of young volunteers, grapples with the common goal of expanding climate knowledge in Nigeria and Africa.

Akinwumi; Futuresavers CEO Folashade Molade; and Ervis Foundation Program Director Priyanka Prakash applauded the sustainability work being done by Mr. Monsur and his team at Naturelab; Akanka, the Climate Footprint Reduction (CFR) project; Livingseas, Aqua World and Pop Movement in providing environmental solutions through climate and nature-based solutions approaches, as well as the integration of human skills and technology in solving environmental problems.

Olaniran Afolabi Monsur, during his speech, said that mastering digital technologies is essential to promote environmental protection and sustainability.

Monsur said that there is no sustainable development without investment in technology and that for better management of the implementation of environmental policies, it is necessary to develop human capital through digital culture, because this forms the basis of Africa’s sustainable development strategy.

“This is one of the most compelling reasons why I co-founded naturelleab.ai as an accelerated tech startup platform committed to helping nature-driven startups with mentorship, fundraising, and mentoring. professional supports,” said Monsur.

Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, while making his remark, stressed that to ensure sustainability and climate justice are achieved, young people have a moral duty to their generation and future generations to ensure that the planet is not ruined. by the actions of past generations.

“This can be done by asking for regulatory frameworks that support sustainability as well as embracing the intentionality framework,” Ezekwesili said.

Environmental economist, sustainability strategist and founder of Eco Heroes, Pamela Peeters, while contributing to the discussion, said that in providing solutions to the climate crisis and maintaining the ecosystem, it is necessary to listen to nature and adopt historical and indigenous approaches. in the management of land and environmental issues.

Other participants in the event include Derrick Mugisha, Samuel Okorie, Jumoke Ogunrayi, Paul Ayomide, Gitaka Nyawira, China and Chuba Ezekwesili, Dr Femi Omoniyi, Immanuela Celestine, Dominica Una among others.

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Author touts small solutions to big environmental problems on Earth Day https://eco-label-tourism.com/author-touts-small-solutions-to-big-environmental-problems-on-earth-day/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 12:48:00 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/author-touts-small-solutions-to-big-environmental-problems-on-earth-day/ By BRETT DAVIS THE CENTER SQUARE (The Center Square) – In a world that constantly calls for big solutions to big problems – including environmental challenges – Todd Myers advocates thinking small when tackling things like climate change, endangered species and pollution. In fact, it’s in the title of his forthcoming book, “Time to Think […]]]>

By BRETT DAVIS

THE CENTER SQUARE

(The Center Square) – In a world that constantly calls for big solutions to big problems – including environmental challenges – Todd Myers advocates thinking small when tackling things like climate change, endangered species and pollution.

In fact, it’s in the title of his forthcoming book, “Time to Think Small: How Nimble Environmental Technologies Can Solve the Planet’s Biggest Problems,” which champions low-key, pragmatic environmental solutions rather than broader political ones.

It’s a sort of follow-up to Mr. Myers’ first book, “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment,” published in 2011.

“I started thinking about how to solve the problems I identified in my first book and started noticing that small tech allowed people to do amazing things,” said Myers, environmental policy officer at the Washington Policy Center, a free market. thinking group. “It was exciting and the more I thought about it, the more I noticed these kinds of small but effective environmental approaches.”

He continued, “It’s important to note that what we’re seeing isn’t just the creation of cool gadgets. We have the opportunity for a fundamental change in the way we approach environmental issues, because small environmental approaches can solve problems that government is simply not good at solving.

Mr. Myers, who has been working on his most recent book over the past five years, presented several examples from around the world of the small-scale approach to environmentalism.

“There are smart thermostats that help you save energy through artificial intelligence,” he said. “There are gadgets that connect to your water and tell you how you are using water and how to reduce waste. There is an internet-connected water pump in Africa that not only reduces water waste by charging users , but also provides income for people to repair pumps when they break down. It used to take months to repair a government-provided pump, now it takes a day.”

Mr. Myers explained why bigger isn’t always better.

“The beauty of small environmental technologies is that they can be used in the United States, Ghana or Vietnam,” he said. “Some of the best uses for small tech are showing up in developing countries where government solutions aren’t an option, so people are getting creative. It’s really inspiring.

He highlighted carbon capture and storage technology as something that can be positively impacted by a more modest approach.

Carbon capture is the process of capturing carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas that traps some of the heat the Earth would otherwise have radiated into space – before it enters the atmosphere, transports it and does not store it long term.

“There are some exciting technologies that have the potential to make a big difference in the future,” he said. “Carbon capture is one of them. I tell the story in my book of a guy who wanted to use the captured carbon for a product. He used a crowdfunding site to sell products made from that carbon to to make carbon capture more economically attractive, so while people think of the big tech as carbon capture, the small tech is often there to make it viable.”

These technologies can have significant implications, according to Myers, beyond reducing costs for businesses and governments.

“The simplest are technologies that help people reduce their electricity consumption, save money and reduce environmental impact,” he said. “It’s not just about saving money; this can help prevent breakdowns.

He referenced Texas suffering a major power crisis in February 2021 following three severe winter storms that swept across the country.

“Texas’ energy crisis happened because demand hit an all-time winter high,” he said. “If demand had been reduced by just 10%, the outage could have been averted and lives saved. There is technology that can help people reduce demand when prices are high, but too few people have it Now. In the future, simple technologies like this can help prevent this kind of disaster.”

Mr. Myers’ penchant for small solutions does not mean that government has no role to play in addressing environmental challenges.

According to Mr Myers, however, when it comes to government, “the Hippocratic oath is in order – first do no harm”.

“But there are many opportunities to improve our policies to make prices more transparent and create incentives to hold when prices are high,” he added.

“Time to Think Small” will be released on November 1.

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Author touts small solutions to big environmental problems on Earth Day | Washington https://eco-label-tourism.com/author-touts-small-solutions-to-big-environmental-problems-on-earth-day-washington/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 00:40:00 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/author-touts-small-solutions-to-big-environmental-problems-on-earth-day-washington/ (The Center Square) – In a world that constantly calls for big solutions to big problems – including environmental challenges – Todd Myers advocates thinking small when tackling things like climate change, endangered species and pollution. In fact, it’s in the title of his forthcoming book, “Time to Think Small: How Nimble Environmental Technologies Can […]]]>

(The Center Square) – In a world that constantly calls for big solutions to big problems – including environmental challenges – Todd Myers advocates thinking small when tackling things like climate change, endangered species and pollution.

In fact, it’s in the title of his forthcoming book, “Time to Think Small: How Nimble Environmental Technologies Can Solve the Planet’s Biggest Problems,” which champions low-key, pragmatic environmental solutions rather than broader political ones.

It’s sort of a follow-up to Myers’ first book, “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment,” published in 2011.

“I started thinking about how to solve the problems I identified in my first book and started noticing that small tech allowed people to do amazing things,” said Myers, head of environmental policy at the Washington Policy Center, a free market think tank. . “It was exciting and the more I thought about it, the more I noticed these kinds of small but effective environmental approaches.”

He continued, “It’s important to note that what we’re seeing isn’t just the creation of cool gadgets. We have the opportunity for a fundamental change in the way we approach environmental issues, because small environmental approaches can solve problems that government is simply not good at solving.

Myers, who has been working on his most recent book for the past five years, presented several examples from around the world of the small-scale approach to environmentalism.

“There are smart thermostats that help you save energy through artificial intelligence,” he said. “There are gadgets that connect to your water and tell you how you are using water and how to reduce waste. There is an internet-connected water pump in Africa that not only reduces water waste by charging users , but also provides income for people to repair pumps when they break down. It used to take months to repair a government-provided pump, now it takes a day.”

Myers explained why bigger isn’t always better.

“The beauty of small environmental technologies is that they can be used in the United States, Ghana or Vietnam,” he said. “Some of the best uses for small tech are showing up in developing countries where government solutions aren’t an option, so people are getting creative. It’s really inspiring.

He highlighted carbon capture and storage technology as something that can be positively impacted by a more modest approach.

Carbon capture is the process of capturing carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas that traps some of the heat the Earth would otherwise have radiated into space – before it enters the atmosphere, transports it and does not store it long term.

“There are some exciting technologies that have the potential to make a big difference in the future,” he said. “Carbon capture is one of them. I tell the story in my book of a guy who wanted to use captured carbon for a product. He used a crowdfunding site to sell products made from that carbon to to make carbon capture more economically attractive, so while people think of the big tech as carbon capture, the small tech is often there to make it viable.”

These technologies can have significant implications, Myers says, beyond reducing costs for businesses and governments.

“The simplest are technologies that help people reduce their electricity consumption, save money and reduce environmental impact,” he said. “It’s not just about saving money; this can help prevent breakdowns.

He referenced Texas suffering a major power crisis in February 2021 following three severe winter storms that swept across the country.

“Texas’ energy crisis happened because demand hit an all-time winter high,” he said. “If demand had been reduced by just 10%, the outage could have been averted and lives saved. There is technology that can help people reduce demand when prices are high, but too few people have it now. In the future, simple technologies like this can help prevent this kind of disaster.”

Myers’ penchant for small solutions doesn’t mean government has no role to play in addressing environmental challenges.

According to Myers, however, when it comes to government, “the Hippocratic oath is in order – first do no harm”.

“But there are many opportunities to improve our policies to make prices more transparent and create incentives to hold when prices are high,” he added.

“Time to Think Small” will be released on November 1.

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EDITO: Earth Day, a time to renew collaborations on environmental issues | Opinion https://eco-label-tourism.com/edito-earth-day-a-time-to-renew-collaborations-on-environmental-issues-opinion/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/edito-earth-day-a-time-to-renew-collaborations-on-environmental-issues-opinion/ Earth Day 2022 is upon us, and it’s time to bring attention to our planet and how it is impacted by all of us. It is also a day to collaborate and find opportunities where people can work together in both small and bold ways to protect this place where we all call home. Earth […]]]>

Earth Day 2022 is upon us, and it’s time to bring attention to our planet and how it is impacted by all of us. It is also a day to collaborate and find opportunities where people can work together in both small and bold ways to protect this place where we all call home.

Earth Day was started in 1970, founded by Senator Garland Nelson, who went to the Senate after serving as governor of Wisconsin, where he was known as the “conservation governor.” He spent 18 years bringing environmental issues to the national stage, building on the emerging national consciousness of the state of our planet. President Richard Nixon further pledged to improve the environment through legislation governing the protection of air, water, wildlife and wilderness.

Many interesting results have flowed from this initial recognition, including the Clean Air Act, Water Quality Improvement Act, Endangered Species Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, to name a few.

Over the years, many environmental agendas and ideas have become partisan and created more political divisions. Democrats are portrayed as environmentally conscious while Republicans are seen as opposed to environmental causes.

Neither characterization is fair because the environment is important to all of us, and both parties have worked to improve environmental efforts. But, unfortunately, what happens in politics is that the focus is more on disagreements or divisions than on partnerships and collaboration when it comes to the environment.

And that’s what Earth Day should be about: partnering and working together to find sensible solutions to environmental problems. These consensual solutions exist and are in the process of being implemented. But overzealous partisanship somehow obscures those achievements.

So on this Earth Day, we should renew our focus on seeking partnerships and collaborations to solve environmental problems rather than seeking to divide and confront. We only have one Earth, and it’s in our best interests to work together to protect it.

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Iran to welcome neighboring countries to solve environmental problems https://eco-label-tourism.com/iran-to-welcome-neighboring-countries-to-solve-environmental-problems/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 23:19:51 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/iran-to-welcome-neighboring-countries-to-solve-environmental-problems/ TEHRAN – The Department of Environment (DOE) will soon host a meeting of officials from neighboring countries to strengthen and develop regional environmental relations. Strengthening environmental diplomacy through the creation of regional institutions to combat dust, water pollution and regional and international convergence in the fight against environmental risks are the main missions of the […]]]>

TEHRAN – The Department of Environment (DOE) will soon host a meeting of officials from neighboring countries to strengthen and develop regional environmental relations.

Strengthening environmental diplomacy through the creation of regional institutions to combat dust, water pollution and regional and international convergence in the fight against environmental risks are the main missions of the DOE.

President Ebrahim Raisi has directed the DOE and other relevant agencies to eliminate the dust problem through international diplomacy and forums and in cooperation with neighboring countries.

Accordingly, the DOE convened a meeting of ministers and senior officials from neighboring countries and representatives of relevant international organizations to discuss the matter.

This meeting will be held shortly with the cooperation of the organization concerned, with the aim of arriving at an international document on the various environmental problems of the region and their destructive effects on neighboring countries.

SDS affecting Iran

Dust events come mostly from arid or semi-arid environments, which make up about 33 percent of the total land area. In fact, the northern hemisphere generates about 90% of the mineral dust suspended in the air, where it also settles.

Most occurrences of “dust storms” occur in the region beginning on the west coast of North Africa and extending through West Asia into Central Asia. North Africa is the main source of dust, responsible alone for generating more than 50% of the total desert dust in the atmosphere and almost five times more than the second main source, the Arabian Peninsula.

In Iran, internal dust sources estimated at 34.6 million hectares generate an average amount of 4.22 million tons of dust per year, of which 122.7 kilograms are lifted per hectare per year.

Of this area, about 1.4 million hectares are arid wetlands and about 2.5 to 3 million hectares are in habitats managed by the Ministry of the Environment.

A study conducted in 6 provinces of Khuzestan, Ilam, Kermanshah, Sistan-Balochistan, South Khorasan and Hormozgan showed that this phenomenon led to a loss of about 590 trillion rials (nearly 2.1 billion dollars) on a period of 3 years.

370 million euros to fight against the FDS

Over the past four years, about 370 million euros have been spent by the National Development Fund to combat SDS, which has had good results, but it seems that the annual appropriation is decreasing as conditions worsen. are improving, Ali Mohammad Tahmasebi, head of the national SDF mitigation task force, said in March.

During the [Iranian calendar] in the year 1399 (March 2019-March 2020), 100 million euros were earmarked for this, but next year’s finance bill proposed 20 million euros for SDS mitigation, which experts say will destroy even those measures, he explained.

“However, various measures have been taken to combat the phenomenon, including the planting of seedlings on approximately 26,000 hectares of dust centers over the past three years, as well as the management of grazing on 2 million hectares of protected areas. and natural resources”.

Conservation agriculture (sustainable agriculture) has been carried out on 160,000 hectares of agricultural land, in addition to 100,000 hectares of dredging, he concluded.

FB/MG

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Nigeria: Federal government tackles environmental issues with new forest policy https://eco-label-tourism.com/nigeria-federal-government-tackles-environmental-issues-with-new-forest-policy/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 10:30:43 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/nigeria-federal-government-tackles-environmental-issues-with-new-forest-policy/ The Minister of State for the Environment, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, said the revised National Forest Policy (NFP) 2020 will address emerging environmental issues like climate change. The Minister, who said so during the launch of the NFP on the commemoration of the International Day of Forests, in Abuja, said the policy is guided by a […]]]>

The Minister of State for the Environment, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, said the revised National Forest Policy (NFP) 2020 will address emerging environmental issues like climate change.

The Minister, who said so during the launch of the NFP on the commemoration of the International Day of Forests, in Abuja, said the policy is guided by a vision of sustainable management of forest ecosystems, socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The International Day of Forests (IDF) is a day set aside to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

The occasion aimed to raise awareness on the advancement of the forest in the management of renewable natural resources through the current national forest policy.

Ikeazor said the country’s forest area was in continuous decline, from 10% in 1970 to less than 8% today.

She said that in light of the many emerging concerns and imperatives and the importance of the forest sector to the people and the nation, the 2006 National Forest Policy Review process was initiated in 2017 and completed with the adoption and endorsement by the Council on Environment (NCE) in November 2019. “The policy was finally endorsed by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in July 2020,” she added.

In his words: “The revised National Forest Policy 2020 sets out strategies to further develop the sector and address emerging environmental issues such as climate change resulting from population growth and the resulting pressure on forests and their resources.

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SCO must address emerging challenges of environmental issues: Dr Jitendra Singh https://eco-label-tourism.com/sco-must-address-emerging-challenges-of-environmental-issues-dr-jitendra-singh/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 11:12:49 +0000 https://eco-label-tourism.com/sco-must-address-emerging-challenges-of-environmental-issues-dr-jitendra-singh/ Union Minister of State (independent office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh called on Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries to come together to innovate affordable science-based solutions for common challenges like ensuring food, affordable health care and access […]]]>

Union Minister of State (independent office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh called on Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries to come together to innovate affordable science-based solutions for common challenges like ensuring food, affordable health care and access to energy for its people.

Addressing the SCO meeting in virtual mode, Dr. Jitendra Singh said member countries must jointly address emerging challenges of environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. The Minister conveyed his best wishes for a successful summit in the historic city of Samarkand in September 2022 under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan and assured India’s full support and active participation in all jointly agreed activities to be organized at the SCO summit in Samarkand.

Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that Prime Minister Modi at the SCO summit in Dushanbe in 2021 called for making the region a part of emerging technologies so that it can compete with the developed world. He said, “For this, we need to encourage our young talents towards science and rational thinking”, and added that this type of thinking and innovative spirit can be promoted by connecting our young entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Dr. Jitendra Singh pointed out that due to a constant push for research and innovation, India has reached the 3rd position in scientific publication according to NSF database. The country is among the top 50 innovative economies in the world (ranked 46th), according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) and it has also reached the 3rd position in terms of number of PhDs, size of the system of Higher Education ; as well as in terms of the number of start-ups, added the Minister.

Dr. Jitendra Singh informed fellow Ministers that India has recently launched several flagship initiatives such as National Cyber ​​Physical Systems Mission; Quantum computing; National Mission on Supercomputing, Deep Ocean Mission, etc. to strengthen scientific leadership in emerging scientific fields. He added that a national program called NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Exploitation of Innovations) which addresses the whole value chain of innovations has been launched. Moreover, to attract and encourage young women in STEM and to address the gender imbalance in science, several programs focusing on women have been launched by the government.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that over the past seven years government spending on R&D has almost doubled and in the current budget we have allocated about Rs 14,800 crore to the Ministry of Science and Technology and a budget of ₹50,000 crore was allocated over five years. for the creation of a National Research Foundation (FRN).

Dr. Jitendra Singh India remains committed to environmental and climate causes and pointed out that we have launched the National Hydrogen Energy Mission and several similar initiatives to fulfill India’s commitment at COP 26 to achieve net zero emissions. by 2070 and meet 50% of energy needs from renewable energies. energy by 2030. He said the research and innovation landscape continues to change as contributions to global scientific output from this region gradually increase. He also noted that the ranking of SCO countries in the innovation ladder is improving.

India’s Minister of Science and Technology assured that in times to come, SCO will have global significance as the most populous market driven by the knowledge economy. SCO countries can collaborate to develop joint S&T solutions tailored to local economies.

It is pertinent to mention that the SCO has become a key regional organization in the Eurasian space over the past two decades of its existence, and India attaches particular importance to the SCO in promoting multilateral cooperation in the region. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization represents about 42% of the world’s population, 22% of its land area and contributes 20% of the world’s GDP.

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