Editor's Desk

The landmark report of the United Nations Panel on Climate Change released recently, has warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 °C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

This report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) titled Global Warming of 1.50C, calls for urgent and unprecedented changes needed to reach the target. However, the report is optimistic and says that remedial action is affordable and feasible.

Two economists, who have won this year’s Nobel Prize, have been giving useful suggestions to address the problem. India has, meanwhile, taken the initiative to find a practical route to reduce global warming, which would benefit other solar-rich developing countries as well. Know more about India’s strategy from the write-up ‘The final warning on global warming - India’s initiative for a way out.' 

The world-renowned wildlife reserves of Kenya have been victims of poachers and trophy hunters for years, despite the government’s marathon efforts to save the East African country’s rare elephants, rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, buffaloes and giraffes. But an India-headquartered international non-profit organization promoting spiritual, cultural and social welfare across the globe has come to the rescue of these hapless lives. Know more about the modus operandi of this outfit from the inspiring article ‘Saviours of wildlife.’

In a major scientific breakthrough, a team of international researchers including 18 scientists from India have decoded the wheat genome. Decoding the wheat genome, once considered indomitable, has generated information that will help in identifying genes controlling complex agronomic traits. Learn more about this amazing revelation from the article ‘Gigantic bread wheat genome discovered.’

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has recently launched an exclusive matrimonial web portal at its campus for people living with HIV, seeking matrimonial alliance. The portal launched jointly with an NGO, based in Gujarat, facilitates marriages among persons living with HIV. Know more about this path-breaking effort from the write-up ‘IIMA’s wedding link.’

Two Pune-based students have turned their college assignment into a startup idea and also managed to raise funds. What got them thinking was a performance by deaf dancers who followed visual cues from a teacher. The two classically trained artistes set about exploring ways in which hearingimpaired dancers could sense music with an aid. They worked on a way to convert sound to vibration and created ‘Blee Watch,’a wearable product for the deaf community, which could increase the knowledge and reduce the communication barriers of the differently-abled community. Read more about these innovative women entrepreneurs in the article titled ‘Pioneers of Wearable Tech innovation aiding the deaf.’

More inspiring stories on Freedom Fighter Sucheta Kriplani, Education, Personalities, Travel, Health, Agriculture, Technology, Aviation and so on published in this issue should inspire you and widen your knowledge base.

H. Shaju