Over the last decade, India’s strong growth has increased employment opportunities and allowed millions to emerge from poverty.
India’s remarkable growth record, however, has been clouded by a degrading environment and growing scarcity of natural resources. Mirroring the size and diversity of its economy, environmental risks are wide ranging and are driven by both prosperity and poverty.
In a recent survey of 132 countries whose environments were surveyed, India ranked 126th overall and last in the ‘Air Pollution (effects on human health)’ ranking.
The annual study, the Environmental Performance Index, is conducted and written by environmental research centers at Yale and Columbia universities with assistance from dozens of outside scientists.
Big Data has emerged as a game-changing presence in commerce and politics. What used to be the vast and unknown cosmos of individual behavior and preferences can now be parsed for patterns and trends to aid in decision-making. Where policies used to be based on gut-checks and intuition, Big Data is now being translated into decisions that result in great profit, political gain, or, according its more sanguine proponents, to save the world. But forests don't tweet, and whales don't shop on Amazon. So what does Big Data mean for the environment and sustainability?