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A Travel Sustainable badge, provides highly coveted information to travellers all over the world looking to make more sustainable travel choices. Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable Badge, a first of its kind in the industryNinety-eight per cent of Indian travellers say they want to stay in a sustainable accommodation in the coming year, and with more than 28 million listings on Booking.com, the company sees a huge opportunity to highlight more of the impactful efforts its partners are making to create more sustainable experiences, making it easier for travellers to find a sustainable way to stay.
Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable Badge, a first of its kind in the industry | Photo by yousef alfuhigi on Unsplash
With 88 percent of Indian travellers indicating that they would be more likely to choose a specific accommodation that implements sustainable practices, it rewards and encourages providers to take the next steps on their individual sustainability journeys. "Building a truly sustainable travel industry will take time, coordination, and concerted effort," said Marianne Gybels, Director of Sustainability at Booking.com. "However, progress is possible through continued innovation, partner support, and industry collaboration."
"We are recognising the sustainability efforts of a broader range of properties globally in a credible and transparent manner for consumers." Displaying the practices they have in place allows everyone to make a more informed and hopefully more sustainable decision for their next trip, no matter where they want to go. As a result, we've inspired even more of our partners to take the next step toward more sustainable operations."
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: travel, sustainable travel, india, travellers, innovation.
Our generation is growing up in a time where we are seeing problems that have never existed before. Older tools and techniques don’t necessarily work anymore to solve such issues. We need a different approach that builds on the latest developments in science and takes an alternate path to innovation. Now more than ever, it’s time to come together to make a difference in society. But how exactly do we make that change?
Gitanjali Rao, TIME magazine’s 2020 ‘Kid Of The Year’, innovator and America’s Top Young Scientist, brings to you an interactive experience to help immerse students in the process of innovation in “A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM: 5 Steps to Problem Solving for Students, Educators, and Parents”(Simon & Schuster).
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Recognized by ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Marvel’s Hero Project, the accomplished author builds on her experiences and provides a prescriptive step-by-step process for identifying problems and developing solutions – her book striving to impact students, teachers, and educators to adapt to a new learning style, one that can have a positive impact on society.
What do you say? Let’s come together and create an innovation movement!
Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys” an early lead detection tool. She is also the inventor of “Epione” a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly” an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.
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She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired thirty thousand students in the last two years across three continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.
“Gitanjali Rao is an inspiring innovator and motivational speaker about her experiences as America’s Top Young Scientist. In her book, she provides an infrastructure to help students, teachers, and parents solve real-world problems in a way that can lead to real change. As a former educator, district leader, and STEM thought leader, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming an innovator to make the world a better place,” says, Dr. Cindy Moss, VP, Global STEM, Discovery Education. (IANS/SP)
Some leading Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are taking the initiative to provide clean water with the help of science and innovation in places where clean drinking water was not available easily. This effort has been made with the encouragement and vision of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
In fact, the Centre for Technical Excellence at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur is focusing on water purification these days. The Centre has also worked towards providing a supply of safe drinking water in several states of the country.
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The Water Purification Technical Excellence Centre at IIT Kharagpur has developed a low-cost nanofiltration technology that has ensured access to safe drinking water for 25,000 people at three different locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This water is free of heavy metals, considered hazardous for health.
IIT Guwahati has also undertaken similar initiatives. In fact, children at a primary school in North Guwahati, Assam, have benefited from drinking the purified water from which excessive iron and chemical oxygen demand (COD) was removed. There was a stink in the water, but now IIT Guwahati has set up a water treatment plant in the school.
The plant has been developed on the basis of chemical-free electrocoagulation technology in collaboration with DST and is capable of reducing the amount of iron and arsenic present in water, bringing the total dissolved solvent and chemical oxygen demand (COD) below the limits prescribed by BIS. (IANS/SP)
If India wants to become the third-largest economy in the world, the private sector must come forward when it comes to fostering innovation, as there is a dire need for boosting business sector contribution for Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) from the current 37 percent to close to 68 percent, the Economic Survey 2020-21 suggested on Friday. The Survey called for scaling up of business sector contribution to R&D by more than 50 percent.
“For India to become an innovation leader, its residents’ share in total patents applications filed in the country must rise from the current level of 36 percent, at a CAGR of 9.8 percent to reach the top 10 economies by 2030,” it noted.
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The country should also focus on certain key areas for boosting innovation like the ease of resolving insolvency, ease of starting up a business, political and operational stability, and regulatory quality cost of redundancies that affect businesses. The Survey emphasized that India needs greater thrust on innovation to catapult itself to a higher growth trajectory.
“This requires boosting gross expenditure on R&D from 0.7 percent of GDP currently to at least the average level of Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) in other 10 economies of over two percent,” the survey noted.
India entered the top 50 innovating countries for the first time in 2020 since the inception of the “Global Innovation Index” in 2007, by improving its rank from 81 in 2015 to 48 in 2020. The country today ranks first in central and south Asia, and third among lower-middle-income group economies. However, said the Survey, India’s innovation ranking is much lower than expected for its level of access to equity capital.
It stated that the government sector contributes a disproportionately large share in total GERD at three times the average of other large economies. “However, the business sector’s contribution to GERD is among the lowest in India”. The business sector’s contribution to total R&D personnel and researchers also lags behind that in other large economies. (IANS)