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  • This blog post originally appeared on WRI.org.

    Anand Mahindra, chairman of the India-based $19 billion Mahindra Rise conglomerate, told a World Economic Forum crowd that climate action is “the next century’s biggest business and financial opportunity.”

    “Everything that our group of companies has done to try to improve energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has given us a return,” Mahindra Rise chairman...

  • Locals around Aberdare National Park say that the Kenyan Defence Forces hold a gun in one hand to protect the country from external threats and a seedling in another to protect an internal enemy - hazards of deforestation. Green Belt Movement (GBM), since its inception in 1977 by Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Mathai, has worked with locals and Kenyan Defence Forces to plant over 51 million trees in Mount Kenya, Aberdare and Mau complex - three of five major mountain ecosystems of Kenya.

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  • Devanahalli, a small municipality outside Bangalore with a population of 30,000 people, has successfully set up a faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) to provide end-to-end solutions for faecal sludge management (FSM). The Devanahalli Town Municipal Council (TMC) partnered with the Bangalore-based not-for-profit Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society and the German NGO Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) for this project.

    The entire municipality of Devanahalli is unsewered, and most households use onsite collection systems such as septic tanks...

  • Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and has become a poster child for the problems confronting urban India. Rapid, and often unplanned urbanisation has led to stressed urban infrastructure and lack of basic service delivery. Whilst this pattern of urbanisation brings many challenges, wastewater, or sewage management remains one of the most critical yet neglected areas. As in many Indian cities, Bangalore’s urban wastewater management systems presents a grim picture...

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