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Indian Railways to generate 1,000 MW of solar power

Carrying goods by train rather than road will reduce energy use and carbon emissions, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in his maiden budget speech

The Indian Railways – the country’s largest organization and biggest employer – will generate 1,000 MW through solar power on the rooftops of the myriad buildings it owns. Delivering his maiden speech as Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu informed Parliament on Thursday that the…Read more

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri steps down as chair of IPCC following a sexual harassment charge against him. (Image by   COP20)

Sexual harassment charge forces Pachauri out of IPCC chair, TERI

After 13 years as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has been forced to step down, following a charge that he sexually harassed an employee of TERI, the think tank he heads. He also went on leave from TERI

Facing a charge of sexually harassing a woman colleague in the think tank he heads, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chair of the…Read more

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Breathing gets more injurious to health in India’s capital

Already notorious as the world’s most polluted city, New Delhi is struggling with worsening air quality, public apathy and government myopia

The air that residents of New Delhi breathe takes three years away from their life spans, says a recent study by Michael Greenstone of the University of Chicago. The study, involving environmental economists from Harvard and Yale universities as well, says, “Bringing all regions of the…Read more

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Indian coal power plants world’s most polluting

Carbon emissions from coal-based thermal power plants in India are rising fast and will continue to go up in the near future. A recent report warns that these plants are among the most inefficient and polluting in the world

India has the world’s third largest coal reserves, and its power generation is primarily dependent on burning coal, both now and in the future. But the coal-based thermal power plants in…Read more

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India’s renewable energy plans to create over a million jobs

A new study reveals that, if successful, India’s wind and solar energy plans can give employment to over a million people

If Prime Minister Modi’s vision of 100 gigawatt (GW) solar energy by 2022 comes true, its benefits would stretch beyond energy security and environmental paybacks. According to a new study, it could create a million green jobs in India, where large scale unemployment is one of the top…Read more

Genetic resources stored in gene banks will provide the plants  the capacity to cope with a variety of environmental conditions in a warming world. (Image by CIAT)

More gene banks can help cope with climate change

As climate change spreads its tentacles across the world, it is the food supply that will be directly hit. A recent meeting organized by the UN stressed on the need to conserve agricultural biodiversity which could provide climate-resilient DNA for raising hardy crops to feed the planet in future

Some international environmental meetings get more coverage and attention than others. Every time there is a meeting related to the…Read more

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction pegs global economic losses by the end 2100 at $25 trillion, much of it to be borne by developing countries unless strong measures for climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction are taken. (Image by Manipadma Jena)

India seeks global adaptation goal in Paris treaty

The climate agreement expected in Paris this year must also have a global goal on adaptation to climate change effects, not just mitigating global warming, say Indian officials

Forty-eight year-old Sushila Majhi exhales in relief as she places aside the hollow bamboo funnel she has been blowing into the fire, as it flares up in the three-stone firewood cook stove. But then she starts to cough uncontrollably, once again…Read more

The Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change needs strengthening to ensure comprehensive coverage of issues relevant to India including ecological impacts of climate change. (Image by Kirandeep Atwal)

India is unprepared for Paris climate summit

India’s preparations for the crucial climate summit in Paris are wanting, especially when it comes to long-term impacts on ecosystems

In the run-up to the seminal UN climate summit in Paris this December, the big question is, can the world construct a ‘house’ where all countries, while keeping in mind that in this process there is one party that does not negotiate – nature. Climate change negotiations for several years…Read more

Delhi is the world’s most polluted city, according to the WHO, and the Yamuna in Delhi is India’s most threatened stretch of river (Image by Mark Danielson)

Wanted: clean air for Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party government needs to urgently use its poll symbol the broom to clean Delhi’s air

After the overwhelming victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly polls, when Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as chief minister next Sunday, will he keep coughing as he habitually does? The AAP convenor has a chronic respiratory problem, caused by the poisonous mix that goes by the name of air in India’s capital…Read more

According to a recent scientific paper, variation in sunlight could be causing anomalies in rainfall pattern. (Image by dmallen321)

Does sunlight impact the monsoon more than humans do?

A recent scientific paper says the changing rainfall pattern in India is more due to natural variation in sunlight than human-induced climate change, but other scientists do not agree

Rainfall patterns in India are changing due to natural variation in the amount of sunlight received at the top of the earth’s atmosphere rather than climate change, says a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Delhi. As many…Read more

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