JAMMU: Toxic air that chokes Indian cities and kills hundreds of thousands of people also carries a grim economic burden for the country’s companies of around $95 billion a year, according to researchers who urged firms to lead the drive against pollution. Air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average and causes millions of premature deaths annually. India is one of the worst affected countries with many regions often cloaked in a smog of hazardous particles. The Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease study estimated pollution caused some 1.7 million premature deaths in India in 2019 — nearly 18 percent of all deaths in the country. Building on this, a new analysis by consultancy firm Dalberg Advisors found that pollution-related absenteeism, productivity loss, reduced consumer and tourist spending all add up to cost Indian businesses $95 billion a year, roughly 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. “Clean air is a precondition for businesses ... » Learn More about Pollution costs India $95B/yr
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PepsiCo announces 2030 goal to scale regenerative farming practices across 7 million acres, equivalent to entire agricultural footprint Company’s efforts estimated to reduce at least 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade PepsiCo’s ‘Positive Agriculture’ ambition additionally targets to improve livelihoods of those in its agricultural supply chain, and sustainably source 100% key ingredients PepsiCo, Inc. on 20 April 2021 announced a new, impact-driven “Positive Agriculture” ambition, anchored by a 2030 goal to spread regenerative farming practices across 7 million acres, approximately equal to its entire agricultural footprint. The company estimates the effort will eliminate at least 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by the end of the decade. Additional 2030 goals within the agenda include improving the livelihoods of more than 250,000 people in its agricultural supply chain and sustainably sourcing 100% of its key ingredients. ... » Learn More about PepsiCo announces 2030 goal to scale regenerative farming practices across 7 million acres
The Indonesian Military (TNI) deployed warships Thursday in the hunt for a navy submarine that went missing with 53 crew aboard off the coast of Bali, as other nations sent vessels to help with the search. An oil spill where the vessel was thought to have submerged early Wednesday during regular exercises could point to damage, the navy has said, fanning fears that Indonesia may be the latest country to suffer a fatal submarine disaster. The German-built KRI Nanggala 402 was scheduled to conduct live torpedo exercises when it asked for permission to dive. It lost contact shortly after. Indonesian Navy spokesman First Adm. Julius Widjojono said Thursday that search teams were focused on an area around the oil slick, but that the exact location of the vessel had yet to be pinpointed. "It has not been found yet," Julius told AFP. "But we've detected the area...Today, around 400 personnel have been deployed." Six warships and a helicopter have been sent out to look for the ... » Learn More about Warships deployed to to find missing submarine with 53 aboard
SINGAPORE -Savour your hunger for food deals, check out an arts events or help a family in need. FOOD & DRINK Putien's Yellow Croaker dishes This spring, Putien is adding new dishes featuring the prized yellow croaker. They include Yellow Croaker in Sambal Sauce ($39.90), Yellow Croaker in Chopped Chillies ($39.90) and the popular Pan-fried Yellow Croaker ($39.90 per 500g). Diners can also enjoy the dishes with sake at $20 a pot (150ml) instead of the usual price of $25. Where: All 17 Putien Outlets When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 10pm Tel: 6295-6358 Info: Putien's website Monday Brews at LeVel33 Drink away the Monday blues with freshly brewed craft beers - from Blond Lager to India Pale Pale to seasonal brews - at $10++ a pint. Where: LeVel33, 33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard MRT: Marina Bay When: Mondays, 11.30am to 10.30pm Info: Level33's website The Whisky Experience featuring Mike Cheong ... » Learn More about Events and listings: Food, arts, charity
All eyes are now on a national, indeed multinational, operation to locate the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine, which went missing with 53 crew on board north of Bali during a torpedo drill on Wednesday afternoon. Our prayers go to not only the crew, but also to those involved in the search and rescue effort as they race against time. Navy chief of staff Adm. Yudo Margono said on Thursday the oxygen supply in the event of a blackout, as might be the case of KRI Nanggala, would last 72 hours. With the clock ticking, every second will count in this life-saving operation. Singapore, Malaysia and Australia have responded to Indonesia’s call for help while other nations, including the United States, Germany, France, Turkey, India and Russia have offered assistance. A slight hope arose on Thursday as Navy ship KRI Pulau Rimau detected a high magnetic object at about 100 meters below the sea surface, according to Yudo. Previously oil slicks were spotted in several different locations. As we ... » Learn More about Save our sailors
Today is Earth Day, so let's take a look at this ranking released earlier this year. In 2021, the greenest countries in the world are Iceland, Denmark, Norway and France. With Iceland's aim for carbon neutrality by 2040 and the efforts of Denmark and Norway to move away from fossil fuels, as well as France's massive investment in the development of the hydrogen industry, Europe is making a bold showing as a future leader in environmental issues. Produced by the MIT Technology Review, the 2021 edition of the Green Future Index, which ranks 76 countries around the world according to their environmental commitment, places France in fourth place, behind three Nordic countries, Iceland, Denmark and Norway. These countries stand out in particular for their production of renewable energy. For France, it's the importance placed on hydrogen that earns it the fourth spot in the ranking. "France is a global leader in hydrogen production and has recently pledged to exceed EU targets for ... » Learn More about Earth Day: Which countries are leading in terms of green progress?