Child Labor Nightmare in India’s Coal Mines

This wrenching image is of a young boy who works in one of India’s many coal mines near Ladrymbai, in the Jaintia Hills district in northeast India. In the Los Angeles Times Mark Magnier reported grim and disturbing details about the horrific child labor situation in the country’s coal mines:

“The young miners descend on rickety ladders made of branches into the makeshift coal mines dotting the Jaintia Hills in northeast India, scrambling sideways into ‘rat hole’ shafts so small that even kneeling becomes impossible. Lying horizontally, they hack away with picks and their bare hands: Human labor here is far cheaper than machines.”

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What Makes Cities Smart & “10 Smartest Cities on the Planet”

TIME recently featured a video of top U.S. mayors discussing what makes cities smart. If you watch it, you’ll noticed that high-speed rail seems to be a big part of that these days. Interestingly, Fast Company recently had a post on the “10 Smartest Cities on the Planet” as well. Not a bad list it came up with. I’m not a fan of such lists, in theory, since blogs don’t use in any kind of real objective measures to come…

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24 Green Cities for India

Japan is looking to help India get 24 green cities off the ground with a combination of loans and technological help, Mridul Chadha of our sister site Cleantechnica recently reported. This is all part of a proposed $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor mega-infrastructure project aimed at boosting green economic growth in relatively undeveloped towns along a long transportation corridor that connects India’s largest cities, New Delhi and Mumbai. Developing these smaller cities is expected to help reduce migration to those megacities…

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North Should Help South More

A recent study has concluded what many have been saying for years: countries in the “North” (i.e. the U.S., European countries, Canada, etc.) have had a much stronger effect on global climate change than countries in the “South” (i.e. South American countries, Asian countries, and African countries). “We found that the industrialised ‘North’ of the globe has so far been mostly responsible for the rise in carbon emissions. Since carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for around 100 years, it…

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Where’s the World’s Most Painful Commute?

I was just writing earlier on the power of cities and the progressive transportation choices cities can take to turn the world around (environmentally, economically, and otherwise). Looking at this from a different (and perhaps more negative) angle, IBM recently released a global “Commuter Pain Study.”

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2 Rhinos Killed in Kaziranga By Poachers Posing As Park Visitors

Two greater one-horned rhinos were found murdered with their horns missing inside India’s Kaziranga National Park – and authorities believe it was the work of poachers posing as park visitors. Forest guards covering the Agartoli range of Kaziranga National Park have discovered the bodies of a male and female rhino – both with their horns removed. Officials say the killers simply entered the park posing as visitors.

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Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions Trends — 1990, 2000, 2008

Overall, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels increased 29% between 2000 and 2008 and 41% from 1990-2008, and the current concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is now at its highest in at least 2 million years, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The new report published this week by an international team of researchers who are part of the “Global Carbon Project” shows emissions trends through 2008 (including changes in emissions causes and in the…

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Rhinos: 11 Incredible Facts, Plus Photo Gallery

Thanks to rampant poaching and habitat destruction, rhinos have the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most endangered animals on earth. Over the last 30 years, the world’s overall rhinoceros population has declined by over 90% – and if not for dedicated conservation efforts over the last 100 years, it is likely that all rhinoceros species would already be extinct. To help raise awareness for these proud pachyderms, here are 11 incredible facts about rhinos – plus a compilation…

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10 Fascinating Tiger Facts — And Photo Gallery!

Still in the mood for International Tiger Day? Enjoy a photo gallery of gorgeous tigers – and 10 fascinating tiger facts. One day hardly seems like enough for endangered tigers. To celebrate International Tiger Day a bit longer, here is a gallery of gorgeous tiger photos – and ten fascinating tiger facts. Enjoy!

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Safest & Least Safe Countries to Live in

A new report by Maplecroft, a world leader in global risk assesment, lists the countries at the greatest and the least risk of climate change problems. The new study examined 166 countries in total. With climate change, it is hard to guess who will be hit the worst, but here is one scientific attempt at ranking the countries’ vulnerability to climate change.

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Vultures Killed and Sold as Roasted Chicken

A disturbing incident in Eket, Nigeria reveals that unsuspecting roadside barbecue patrons may have been eating vulture meat instead of chicken. Hungry buyers tempted by the scrumptious sizzle of meat cooking over a charcoal fire may want to think twice before buying a snack from one of these outdoor roasting vendors. What they think is chicken could actually be … vulture.

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What’s Behind the Decline in India’s Tiger Population – and What Can Be Done About It?

India’s tiger conservation efforts have suffered a multitude of major setbacks, and threats from inside and outside the country may lead to extinction of the wild tiger. Can the tiger be saved? When Project Tiger was launched in 1973, India reported a tiger population of 1,827 tigers – a decline from 40,000 tigers in India at the turn of the century. Now, the tiger population in India is only approximately 1,400. The Indian public is outraged, and recently held a…

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