We have no need for data and statistics to know what our experience already tells us. Recent deadly heat waves, cyclones and pollution peaks in India are enough for us to be aware that global warming, increasing intensity of disasters and unsustainable living are alarming trends indeed. This being said, data and statistics are crucial tools to understand clearly what the challenges are, and to make decisions to effectively address and remedy them.
Read opinion piece by Balakrishna Pisupati, former Chairman of the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India, and Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network: The Hindu
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