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Conference (Online): Addressing Sustainable Development Goals

GWCN Director General, Dr. Roger Achkar, is a keynote speaker at the concatenated events organized by Mapúa University, Philippines (GWCN member organization) on 14-17 September 2021. These events focus on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) highlighting how research and academic programs would contribute to giving solutions to SDGs. Dr. Achkar's presentation will be about Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

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Bioethanol is an effective alternative to fossil fuels, as it is a renewable energy source which also has the advantage of leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The use of first generation bioethanol, however, leads to competition between land use for food and energy production purposes. Second generation bioethanol is an attractive option, as it eliminates the issue, while also permitting the use of waste as biomass.

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Multifaceted Threats to Biodiversity in Central Asia

Biodiversity is an integral part of the earth’s ecosystem. Changes in animal species, temperature, water resources or soil composition directly affect the existence and habitats of flora and fauna. In Central Asia, local ecoregions and biodiversity are strongly affected by human behaviour in the region (agriculture, poaching) and by global trends in climate change. The case study of the snow leopard demonstrates that the supra-national and multi-dimensional challenges to its habitat create a challenge for individual countries to effectively regulate and implement preservation policies.

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Renewable Energy Industry in India – A Path towards Sustainability

The article attempts to study the reasons behind the growing need of renewable energy in Indian economy, explores the ways through which the non-conventional energy sources will benefit the country in the long run. It also reveals the energy landscape in India, the efforts and initiatives which are being taken to encourage the growth of the renewable energy industry in the country, the challenges which are faced while the expansion of renewable energy projects and suggests way-outs for achieving a better growth path for the industry.

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