In 2019, the Olympic organizing committee decided to move marathon and race events from Tokyo to Sapporo, this was done to mitigate the impact of the rising temperatures on athlete’s performance. Sapporo is 830 kilometers away from Japan’s capital and is expected to have temperatures a few degrees lower than Tokyo.
Not just the marathon event, additional Tokyo Olympic events have also been scheduled for earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the city.
Many of the Olympic sports events are held in outdoor surroundings — rowing, sailing, surfing, beach volleyball, mountain biking…
Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and wondered where do these clothes come from, how are they made, where will they go once the use is over?
Piles of clothes lie on our shelves, many of them will not even get worn more than a few times. Either we get bored with them, the size doesn’t fit, or we’re continuously waiting for a special occasion.
What’s the fuss, you might ask?
It’s my money, my wardrobe, my clothes. True, but the fact remains that clothes and apparel are one of the biggest polluters in the world.
The biggest reason…
India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh has claimed that between 2017 to 2021, the government along with citizens have planted 100 crores (1 billion) trees in the state.
The current state government which was formed in 2017 has been planting more trees with every passing year. According to the state government, 650 million (65 cr) saplings were planted from 2017 to 2020, and another 300 million (30 cr) saplings are being planted in 2021.
The intensive tree plantation drives in the last 5 years are done jointly by the Forest Department and various other state departments.
Almonds, Melons, Raspberries, Strawberries, Mustard, Lettuce, Cucumber, Onion….and many more
If you like eating your fruits and vegetables, you have one species to thank — Bees
Apart from the farmers who help cultivate the crops, there are thousands of bees that labouriously work together to bring food to our plates. In fact, one-third of the food we eat depends on bees and pollination activity, whereby Bees transfer the grains of pollen between the male and female parts of the flowers.
Hence, when we think of bees, it is not only the Honey that they give, they are responsible for most…
In 2017, India became the largest manufacturer of two-wheelers in the world overtaking China. Three Indian two-wheeler companies-Hero Motors, Bajaj Auto, and TVS Motors — began their rule in the world motorcycle market.
Bajaj Auto is not only India’s biggest exporter of two-wheelers but is one of the most valuable two-wheeler companies. In January 2021, the Pune-based company became the first two-wheeler company in the world to cross a market capitalization of Rs 1 lakh crore. (~$7.5 bn)
Many factors make India such a dominating force in the two-wheeler space — large domestic market, extensive focus on R&D, international partnerships…
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
This famous quote is attributed to Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Whether he actually said it or not is debatable, but one thing is certain: this quote alludes to cars and must have been said during the late 1890s or early part of the 20th century when cars made their first appearance in the world.
The people forget that much before cars emerged on the scene, trams were efficiently transporting people faster than horses.
Trams, often called streetcar or trolleys, are a…
The quote is attributed to the famous physicist Albert Einstein.
Most of us know the difficulties in balancing the bicycle for the first time, you wobble, you fall, you hurt yourself, you need assistance, but once you succeed in moving the pedals and keeping the handle straight, it is a smooth ride.
They say once you know how to ride a bicycle you will never forget. Most of us pick up the bicycle at a young age and once we cross the mid-teens, the majority of that group forget to ever pick their bicycles again. …
Assam Floods: Over 56 lakh people affected in 30 districts; death toll mounts to 109 — DNA, AUG 2, 2020
China floods: 100,000 evacuated as waters reach Giant Buddha statue — The Guardian, AUG 20, 2020
Death toll rises to 36 and at least 1,607 hospitalized in Turkey earthquake — CNN, JAN 26, 2020
News headlines from climate-related disasters which occurred in 2020. As I mentioned in the Reflections 2020 article, the financial impact of natural disasters in 2020 caused due to weather changes amounted to $150bn.
When climate disaster occurs, we usually speak about deaths, financial losses, and property…
“Brevity is the soul of wit”
On 12th May, the price of Bitcoin reached the day’s high of $57,994.92.
On 13th May, the price of Bitcoin reached the day’s low of $47,729.77.
“ Grandma, I heard Dad listening to a YouTube video on his laptop. And the big uncle in the video kept talking about climate change and the consequences of industrialization.
When I enquired Dad about these terms, he mentioned protecting the natural resources, blah, blah… I didn’t quite get what he meant by it and now he is busy again. Can you help me out in understanding these things?”
Grandma, putting her reading spectacles aside, looked at her 9-year-old grandson’s face — there was curiosity written all over it. …