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Harnaaz Sadhu became the 3rd person from India to win the Miss Universe title. Sushmita Sen had been the first Indian to wear the crown in 1994, followed by Lara Dutta in 2000.
Born in 2000, in the village of Kohali in Gurdaspur District of Punjab, the Sandhu family had shifted to England in 2006. They came back to India after 2 years and Harnaaz went to Shivalik Public School in Chandigarh. She later joined the Post Graduate Government College in Chandigarh and is currently in the final year of her master’s degree in Public Administration, from the same college.
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Her family consists of her father Pritampal Singh Sandhu, a realtor, her mother Rabinder Kaur Sandhu, a gynaecologist and senior medical officer at Sohana Hospital, Mohali and her elder brother Harnoor, who works as a musician and video editor. Although the mother and brother knew, the father had no information that his daughter was going to take part in a pageant for the first time and was informed only after she won the competition. Regarding this situation, her father later in an interview said that he had told his daughter “that there was no need to hide her interests. Times have changed and she must do what she is good at.”
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The Sandhu family have been busy doing interviews since Harnaaz won the Miss Universe title. In one such interview, her mother, Dr. Sandhu said that Harnaaz’s father dotingly calls her a ‘Sherni’ (a lioness). Dr. Sandhu also said she never forced her daughter to become a doctor or engineer and told her to follow her heart. She also added that Harnaaz loves working with underprivileged children and she would encourage her to continue doing so and to speak out on women empowerment.
Harnaaz had started taking part in beauty pageants from around 2017. As a teenager, she won Miss Chandigarh 2017 and Miss Max Emerging Star India 2018. After that she won Femina Miss India Punjab in 2019. She took part in Miss Diva in 2021 and won the title along with the titles of ‘Miss Beautiful Skin’, ‘Miss Beach Body’, ‘Miss Photogenic’ and ‘Miss Talented’.
She also added that Harnaaz loves working with underprivileged children.Harnaaz Sandhu's Instagram accoumt
While competing for Miss Diva, she spoke about how she was bullied when she was a kid, which affected her mental health. It was one of the reasons why she chose this path and decided to inspire the youth.
The following is an excerpt from what she said at the Miss Diva 2021 competition as her opening statement in the Grand Finale.
“From a young girl with fragile mental health who faced bullying and body shaming to a woman who emerged like a phoenix, realizing her true potential. From an individual who once doubted her own existence to a woman who is aspiring to inspire the youth. Today, I stand proudly in front of the universe as a courageous, vivacious and a compassionate woman who is all set to lead a life with a purpose, and to leave behind a remarkable legacy.”
While speaking about ‘Global Warming and Climate Change’ in the final question and answer round at Miss Diva 2021, she said:
“One day, life will flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching. However, this is not the life you want to watch, where the climate is changing and the environment is dying. It is one of the fiasco that us humans have done to the environment. I do believe that we still have time to undo our irresponsible behaviour. Earth is all we have in common and our small acts as individuals when multiplied by billions can transform the whole world. Start now, from tonight, switch off those extra lights when not in use.”
"Know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful."Harnaaz Sandhu's Instagram account
While in the top three contenders for the Miss Universe crown, she was asked “What advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with pressures they face today?” Her answer, “The biggest pressure the youth face today is to believe in themselves. Know that you are unique and that’s what makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. I think this is what you need to understand. Come out, speak for yourself because you are the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that’s why I’m standing here today.”
From having mental health issues as to kid to becoming the self-confident person that she is now, Harnaaz Sandhu has come a long way. She urges everyone to believe in their ownselves and not compare their lives to that of anyone else. Everyone is unique and that is why they are beautiful.
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday said if the world achieves a 30 per cent cut in methane emissions from human activity by 2030, it would have a similar impact on global warming as switching all world's cars, trucks, ships and planes -- the entire global transport sector -- over to net zero emissions technologies.
After two weeks of intensive discussions on how to step up international efforts to tackle global warming, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow concluded on Saturday night.
The IEA has played an active role throughout, participating in a range of events addressing the ways in which the energy sector can help solve the world's climate challenge.
IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol joined dozens of world leaders, led by US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, at the launch of the Global Methane Pledge, underscoring that reducing methane emissions is the most impactful way to limit near-term climate change.
An official statement quoting Birol said he welcomed the commitment by more than 100 countries worldwide to join the pledge to cut global methane emissions from human activity by 30 per cent by 2030 and highlighted the IEA's longstanding efforts to push for an end to methane leaks from fossil fuel operations.
Multiple leaders including Colombian President Ivan Duque, at the Global Methane Pledge launch, noted the IEA's important role in advocating measures to clamp down on methane emissions.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his country was the first to commit to meeting the IEA goal of 75 per cent reduction in energy-related methane emissions by 2030.
US Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, who moderated the event, said the IEA has "played a tremendous role for all of us" and expressed appreciation to Birol for his leadership.
At COP26, Birol also met key leaders and top officials from around the world for discussions on key energy and climate issues, including a substantive meeting with Chinese Special Envoy on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua.
They discussed the IEA's recent Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and Energy Sector Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in China, as well as China's energy transition and climate goals.
Birol also held a bilateral meeting with UAE's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, at which they discussed cooperation between the UAE government and the IEA to support the Gulf nation's efforts to accelerate its clean energy transition and diversify its economy with the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
At a meeting with Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif, Birol focused on strong and growing programme of IEA-Indonesia cooperation on the energy transition, including the country's net zero roadmap and the energy agenda for its G20 Presidency in 2022.
During the first week of COP26, the IEA published a commentary on new analysis showing that if all the climate pledges made by countries around the world as of November 3 -- covering methane as well as carbon emissions -- were to be met in full and on time, it would limit the rise in global temperatures in this century to 1.8 degrees Celsius.
That's a notable improvement from the 2.1 degrees Celsius of warming that was projected by its World Energy Outlook 2021's Announced Pledges Scenario in mid-October, based on the climate pledges to date at that point.
But Birol believes this progress is still not enough to put the world in line with the critical goal of limiting warming to 1.5 Celsius -- and the pledges still need to be backed up with clear policies to actually put greenhouse gas emissions into decline.
Tracking and accountability will be critical to ensure that countries and companies are following through on their promises.
At the request of the UK's COP26 Presidency, the IEA is leading the tracking of global progress against the Glasgow Breakthroughs -- five goals aimed at driving down the costs of clean technologies. Meeting these goals will be essential to enabling the achievement of governments' long-term net zero pledges. (IANS/JB)
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The current global temperatures on Earth are unprecedented in the last 24,000 years, since the last ice age, according to a new study.
In the study, a team from University of Arizona created maps of global temperature changes for every 200-year interval going back 24,000 years.
The results showed that the main drivers of climate change since the last ice age are rising greenhouse gas concentrations and the retreat of the ice sheets.
It suggested that a general warming trend over the last 10,000 years, settled a decade-long debate about whether this period trended warmer or cooler in the paleoclimatology community.
Further, the study published in the journal Nature also showed that the magnitude and rate warming over the last 150 years far surpassed the magnitude and rate of changes over the last 24,000 years.
The fact that we're today so far out of bounds of what we might consider normal is cause for alarm and should be surprising to everybody," added lead study author Matthew Osman, by Markus Spiske on unsplash
"This reconstruction suggests that current temperatures are unprecedented in 24,000 years, and also suggests that the speed of human-caused global warming is faster than anything we've seen in that same time," said Jessica Tierney, a geosciences associate professor at the varsity.
"The fact that we're today so far out of bounds of what we might consider normal is cause for alarm and should be surprising to everybody," added lead study author Matthew Osman, a geosciences postdoctoral researcher also from the varsity.
To reconstruct past temperatures, the team combined two independent datasets-temperature data from marine sediments and computer simulations of climate-to create a more complete picture of the past.
The researchers looked at the chemical signatures of marine sediments to get information about past temperatures. Because temperature changes over time can affect the chemistry of a long-dead animal's shell, paleo climatologists can use those measurements to estimate temperature in an area. It's not a perfect thermometer, but it's a starting point.
Computer-simulated climate models, on the other hand, provide temperature information based on scientists' best understanding of the physics of the climate system, which also isn't perfect.
Now, the team is working on using their method to investigate climate changes even farther in the past.
Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ AY)
Electric vehicles have increasingly been dominating the news in recent months. In the domain of the car business, the electric vehicle (EV) is a concept that is still in its infancy. Electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Tesla Model S, and Chevrolet Volt are excellent ways for you to save money and contribute to the maintenance of a safe and stable environment. Cars emit a significant amount of carbon dioxide, subjecting us to environmental hazards such as pollution and greenhouse gases. An electric vehicle is a significant step forward in terms of favourably impacting the environment.
EVs are the best alternative if you want to reduce your influence on the environment. As the electric engine in an EV functions in a closed circuit, it does not generate any gases often attributed to global warming. A fully electric vehicle does not need the use of petrol or diesel, which is ideal for reducing your carbon footprint. With an electric vehicle, you won't have to make a pit stop at the petrol pump. An electric automobile can be charged with nothing more than a standard wall outlet.
An electric automobile can be charged with nothing more than a standard wall outlet. | Photo by myenergi on Unsplash
The cost of energy needed to charge an electric car is around 40% less expensive than the cost of fuel required to drive a comparable-sized vehicle over the same distance. Previously, having an electric vehicle was unaffordable. However, as technology progressed, both the cost of production and the cost of servicing has decreased. Due to the mass manufacturing of batteries, the cost has been further reduced, making it far more cost-effective. Also, Electric vehicles are powered by electrically powered engines, which eliminates the need for lubrication or anything linked to a regular fuel car engine.
By being far quieter than conventional automobiles, electric cars help to reduce air pollution. Motors powered by electricity can give a smooth drive while also offering increased acceleration over long distances. The reduction of dangerous exhaust emissions is beneficial to our health as better air quality will result in fewer health issues and lower healthcare expenses because of air pollution.
Companies such as Nissan and Tesla manufacture electric vehicles that provide a significant number of advantages to those who want to invest in them. You'll be saving a significant amount of money, which will benefit not just you but also your family. In addition, the environmental effect of an electric automobile is zero, which means you are lowering your carbon footprint while also having a good influence on the economy.
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