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Researchers say the energy efficiency of dry cement plants in India has gone up over the years and currently they operate very close to the global best available technologies. (Image by Heatheronhertravels.com)

Indian industries doing their bit to go green

While India continues to shy away from taking on legally binding actions to cut greenhouse emissions, Indian industries are in fact doing their bit to mitigate climate change as opposed to the general perception, say IPCC coordinating lead author Joyashree Roy and contributing author Shyamasree Dasgupta

The current political position of India in international climate negotiation is non-commitment…Read more

Women and children are 14 times more likely to die than men during natural disasters, according to UN Women. (Image by  Rajkumar1220)

Why is it so hard to get people to talk about women and climate change?

Climate change policies will fail unless women have greater influence over decisions, from where to build wells to how to negotiate a global deal

The impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect people living in poverty in poorer countries, notwithstanding their minimal per-capita contributions to greenhouse-gas emissions. It’s here where the damage will be greatest and where people have the lowest capacity to cope…Read more

India may be “the last man standing in Paris”, said former union environment minister Jairam Ramesh at a recent conference on climate change. (Image by Yann Forget)

India ‘Last Man Standing in Paris’?

Former environment minister Jairam Ramesh tears into India’s stance at global climate negotiations, saying the government was being ostrich-like, inflexible and moralistic, and that it was a disastrous route, dangerous internationally

India may be “the last man standing in Paris”, said former union environment minister Jairam Ramesh, referring to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet…Read more

Solar water-heating mirror installed in a village in Maharashtra. (Image by World Resources Institute)

Finding the best clean energy markets in India

With more than 300 million people living without access to electricity, India’s off-grid electricity market is large and widespread. So how do enterprises decide upon the area to focus? Is the market selection based on a robust methodology or is it more of a blindfolded dart game?

When it comes to providing electricity in off-grid markets in India – usually through renewable sources – some entrepreneurs choose areas…Read more

Nearly 50 traditional wells in Kerala have turned saline. (Image by TV Manoj)

Is the rising sea turning Kerala well water salty?

Nearly 50 wells in and around Poovar, a coastal resort in Kerala, have turned saline. Yet, the government has failed to conduct any detailed study to find out if sea level rise due to climate change is the reason behind it

Near Kerala’s well-known coastal resort Poovar, Mavilakadavu is a small village, five km from the Arabian Sea shoreline. It is a village where residents have traditionally used groundwater…Read more

With old-fashioned power plants and inefficient energy generation, India languishes at the 11th spot in energy efficiency among world's 16 largest economies. (image by Vikramdeep Sidhu)

India trails in energy efficiency

Antiquated power plants and inefficient electricity generation are the hurdles that India faces as it seeks to power its growing economy and also improve people’s access to electricity

India languishes at the 11th spot in energy efficiency among the world’s 16 largest economies, says a global energy efficiency scorecard released by the US-based non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)…Read more

Tea crops can’t be insured and farmers receive no compensation for losses due to climate change. (Photo by Akarsh Simha)

Erratic rain, rising temperatures hit Assam tea gardens

Tea growers in India’s Assam state are worried as production falls due to high temperatures and lack of rain and are looking at ways such as irrigation and planting more shady trees to mitigate the problem

Acres of rolling greens, endless rows of orderly tree shrubs broken by tall, leafy trees, women with bamboo baskets slung on their backs busy plucking tea leaves…To the unsuspecting eye, it is all normal at the Koomsong Tea Estate…Read more

Data shows that many areas in India have experienced heat waves extending to eight or more days on an average per season. (Image by Bert Kaufmann)

India heating – and killing

Weathermen are noticing that 25 of their observation stations from north, northwest and central India registered major increases in heat waves in the first decade of this century, and five stations – mainly from northwest India – showed an increase in severe heat waves

Long-term data from 103 weather stations analysed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Pune have confirmed that heat waves…Read more

(From left to right) Dr Francisco Gaetani, Deputy Minister of Environment of Brazil; Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa; Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India and Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of NDRC of China attend the 18th BASIC Minesterial meeting on climate change in New Delhi. (Image by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

Walk the talk on climate, BASIC group tells developed countries

The four BASIC countries stick to their developing nation stand at a meeting to prepare for the next round of climate negotiations

Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) presented a united front and reiterated their stand on climate negotiations at the 18th ministerial level meeting held in New Delhi this week. Developed countries had been hoping that the four governments would at least drop a hint…Read more

An Indian village home lit up through a micro-grid (Image by Karan Vaid)

Lighting up more lives, the micro way

Around 300 million Indians lack access to electricity, the largest chunk among the world’s 1.2 billion people in this situation. The International Energy Agency estimates that 55% of these people will have to get their access through micro-grids, individual lighting systems and other alternatives to central grid connections. So how effective are micro-grids?

A 2011 review of the rural electrification situation across 10 states in India revealed that…Read more

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