In my lifetime, I have never seen the world in such a terrible state as it is now. Pessimism is the default state of humanity today. You and I hold the power to change it all.

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In the 21st century, humans will face a scale of challenges that our civilization has never faced before. Our problems have never been bigger and more daunting.

However, today, none of that matters. All that we care about today, is just one threat — the pandemic. In particular, I want to write to my friends in India. Yes, it is a grim situation out there. Our country is touching new records for cases every day, while our medical supplies have never been this low. Our doctors and our countrymen are tired and exhausted and yet the virus is raging on…

What would happen if a large metropolitan area ran out of water? How would the residents deal with such an approaching calamity?

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Cape Town is the only urban area in the world that has ever faced a real possibility of running out of water. The experience of the city is a cautionary tale for people around the world.

In 2017, Cape Town narrowly escaped the fate of becoming the world’s first city to run out of water. Three years of below-normal rainfall was all it took for it to get there. …

Clarity is key to ensuring that starting up becomes a vehicle to fulfill your dreams.

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Starting up has become ‘fashionable’ in the 21st century. However, many young people start companies driven by this trend without understanding the implication of their decision completely.

I must admit, I, too, have been guilty of this crime myself. I call it a crime because it left behind a victim — myself. Looking back, there are some important questions that I had not answered. If I had done so, not only would I have made better decisions along with increasing my chances of success down the line.

To be clear, by starting up, I do not just mean starting a…

Finding time for your passion to write despite other commitments is simply a matter of choice.

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I began writing when I was a 7-year-old kid. Most of my writings are not for the world, they have basically been just for myself. However, every now and then, I have started a book with the purpose of publishing it (at least when I began). In fact, there have been 4 such attempts and I have managed to write a total of 500 pages worth of content without ever publishing a single word.

However, that is now about to change. My first book — 2050:The World we are Building is due for release on 2nd May 2021. It has…

Football is not just a sport, it is a way of life. Being a football fan and an amateur player has taught me many lessons that have helped me in every aspect of life outside the field.

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Growing up in India, I lived around cricket fanatics. We are a nation that is at its most comfortable on that 22 yards pitch. While cricket is fun, it was football that has truly entertained me over the years.

I became a football fan at the age of 8. Since then, it has been like a way of life for me. I don't claim to be a good player. However, that has not deterred me from playing, in fact, it has motivated me to try harder. …

Could the carbon cycle itself turn upon us and fuel an unprecedented rise in carbon emissions?

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There is a constant movement of carbon from one state to another on the planet. In fact, carbon is both produced from our carbon sources (such as respiration, burning, etc.) and then consumed by our carbon sinks(such as trees, oceans, and soil).

Through the ages, there has been a balance between the carbon produced on Earth and what was consumed by natural carbon sinks on the planet. This allowed the temperature of the planet to be within certain permissible ranges and for life itself to blossom.

However, with the advent of the industrial revolution, mankind gained an unintended ability —…

In the recent past, global mental health has faced multiple macro challenges. Could a changing climate now add to this threat?

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The human mind is probably the biggest wonder of the known universe. While humanity today understands the mind and its numerous complexities much better than any other time in the past, there is still a lot that we do not yet understand.

However, what has increasingly become clear are the numerous changes in our world over the last few decades have been causing deterioration in the mental well-being of people around the world.

Technology, for instance, while connecting the world like never before, has also caused mental strain to a number of people. Similarly, terrorism and growing global inequality are…

Real winners use failure as a learning opportunity.

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The year was 2014. I was a wandering college student who could move from idealistic optimism to sturdy cynicism in the blink of an eye. Most of the time the world around me appalled me, especially with regards to climate change, and yet, there would always be times when the optimistic would reign in and believe that these problems were an opportunity for my generation to solve.

More than anything else, I wished to be a part of the solution, however, I didn't know of a way in which I could contribute meaningfully.

All of that changed on December 1st…

According to recent scientific research, Covid-19 isn't going to be the only pandemic this decade, much less this century. Climate change is at the center of the forces disrupting the nature of pandemics in our world.

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According to a study analyzing global trends in emerging infectious diseases, published in the journal Nature, there has been a considerable increase in the number of infectious diseases between 1940 and 2008. Most of the pathogens causing these diseases are coming from animals. Unfortunately, this increase is directly related to the broader changes happening in our climate.

In the 1940s, there were a little over 20 emerging infectious disease outbreaks reported around the world. By the 2000s, this number had grown closer to 80. That is an increase of nearly 4 times.

There are three main links between climate change…

Simple bugs may soon be able to destroy our lovely planet.

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Since the beginning of life, the temperature has determined which species have lived where on the planet. In the process, it created the complex food webs that today feed all life forms. Temperature is a crucial determiner of the flora and fauna of a region. Trees that thrive in a given set of conditions may not survive in another. It is true even for bugs, pests, and insects.

In the past, whenever there were variations in the temperature, the different life forms would often evolve traits to survive in the new conditions of their habitats. …

Harshit Poddar

Clean Tech Entrepreneur | Activist | Author (2050: The World We Are Building) | I have dedicated my life to climate action

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