Tryst with destiny

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With all certainty, I sadly proclaim that my bicycle was stolen on 14 January , just a few days after I came back from India. I parked it opposite the jackfruit tree, in FEA, tied to the wall by a thick chain, like a goat tied to a tree. Despite these thick and thin locks, the person who wanted this very bike so badly, deftly managed to snaffle it by hoodwinking everyone in the courtyard. We must, proudly, appreciate his/her skill at cutting locks in broad daylight.

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World energy needs as Itaipu dam equivalents

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Humans have an intuitive sense for numbers. We know that 100 is smaller than 1000 and that a 4GB memory card stores less data than a 16GB one. Bearing this in mind, it was decided to approach the energy needs of Brazil and the world. Nowadays, it is very common to see a pie chart or a bar graph depicting various forms of energy consumption, in newspapers, televisions and magazines. One often wonders if these numbers makes any sense to a layperson. Is it possible to build on their numeracy skills, to further understand, say, their country’s needs? Continue reading “World energy needs as Itaipu dam equivalents”

Climate change – Food, Health and Misconceptions

Climate change and health In a 2014 article published in the British Medical Journal, James Milner and his co-authors outlined how some home energy efficiency improvements could cost lives by increasing indoor radon exposure and the resultant risk of developing lung cancer. read more in The Conversation. *** Veritasium on climate change misconceptions. *** Climate change and Food Recent studies show that current trends in … Continue reading Climate change – Food, Health and Misconceptions

Sustainably sourcing UK Roses

This was the topic for the Marks & Spencer and Cranfield University school of Management’s sustainable retailing challenge 2012. This video was made by the Warwick Business School’s distance learning MBA students and  students have to address the issue of sourcing roses keeping the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) in mind. What I found interesting is the way in which the issue was addressed … Continue reading Sustainably sourcing UK Roses