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“We need to act five times faster to avoid dangerous climate change. This is a daunting challenge, but it is one that we must meet. We have the technology, the resources, and the know-how to do it. What we need is the political will.” – Simon Sharpe

Here are some key takeaways from the book Five Times Faster :

  • We need to act five times faster to avoid dangerous climate change.
  • We need to invest in new technologies to decarbonize our economy.
  • We need to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • We need to work together to solve climate change.
  • Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution.
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Cobalt Red is a searing exposé of the human rights abuses and environmental devastation caused by cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The book, by Siddharth Kara, documents the use of child labor, forced labor, and dangerous working conditions in cobalt mines, as well as the pollution of rivers and streams with cobalt waste.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the book:

  • Cobalt mining in the DRC is a major human rights and environmental catastrophe.
  • Children as young as 7 years old work in cobalt mines, often under dangerous conditions.
  • Cobalt mining is linked to the use of forced labor and child labor.
  • Cobalt mining pollutes rivers and streams, poisoning the environment and the people who live nearby.
  • The demand for cobalt in our electronics is fueling the exploitation of Congolese miners.

There is a popular belief that that air pollution is a problem only in the big, rich cities but does not bother them. We know that PM2.5 is the real killer. However, its measurement does not trace back to a period of ten years across most parts of India. We also now know that there are at least 132 cities across India that do not meet the national air quality standards on any day of the year. There are days when many other cities overtake Delhi in pollution. What is the solution ?