Rajendra Singh leads a water rights march in Stockholm during the 2015 World Water Week (Image by Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan)

Water Nobel winner seeks water rights for people

The Stockholm Water Prize is often called the Nobel Prize on water. This year’s winner Rajendra Singh of India speaks exclusively to thethirdpole.net on the eve of the award ceremony and says water should be saved from the corporate world

Amidst a gathering of over 3,000 people from around the globe to celebrate 25 years of World Water Week in Stockholm, Rajendra Singh is being awarded the Stockholm Water Prize…Read more

A solar panel installed on a hut in Sundarbans (Image by Joydeep Gupta)

Solar lamps make big money for Bangladesh

Bangladesh earns 3.56 million euro by installing home solar energy systems in villages off the electricity grid

“Now things are totally different for us. The solar lamp has changed our lives,” said Momena Begum. “We can do some work in the evening. Like now I can stitch a nakshi kantha (a cotton wrapper with a traditional design) if I have some time in the evening. Some other women in my…Read more

The 100 KW unit which has been fixed atop the golden jubilee building of Kerala University’s Karyavattom campus. (Image by ANERT)

Lessons from the solar campus

Karyavattom Campus at Kerala University gets the biggest grid-connected photovoltaic power plant project of the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology. Other institutes in India are following suit

When Kerala University approached the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) to implement a 100 kilowatt (KW) solar project as part of its energy…Read more

In one of China’s most parched regions, villagers in Ningxia province are being relocated to less arid areas as precious water supplies evaporate in the face of climate change. (Image by 徐晓林)

China’s climate migrants

Forced relocations in China’s arid Ningxia province underline the difficulties of adapting to climate change

As the roof of their home was brought crashing down in a planned demolition, Ma Guoqing and his family set off to start their new life. Ma, 31, was leaving the village of Luziwo in the northern Chinese province of Ningxia, where he lived with his parents, his wife and his son. They knew nothing of their…Read more

Glacier lake in northern Bhutan (Photo credit: Choidup Zangpo/ICIMOD)

Glacier floods a growing threat across the third pole

Melting glaciers and warmer temperatures have expanded glacier lakes across the region, increasing the risks of catastrophic floods downstream

The number of glacier lakes on the Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountain ranges has grown significantly over the past three decades because of melting glaciers, a new study has revealed, warning of the growing risk of catastrophic floods downstream. The Hindu Kush…Read more

India’s new glacier monitoring programme will involve high altitude mountaineering to collect detailed field data from over 260 glaciers (Credit: Patrick Wagnon)

India to monitor all large Himalayan glaciers

India has launched an ambitious project to monitor all Himalayan glaciers above 10 sq km to calculate future water availability and plan for the safety of people living downstream

India has this year embarked on a massive programme to monitor every glacier that is 10 sq km and above in the Indian Himalayas. The ambitious project from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh is aimed at monitoring 267 glaciers for water…Read more

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The UN summit in Paris: a race to the bottom?

India must keep its own development imperatives in mind and at the Paris climate summit champion the cause of developing countries which are the most vulnerable to climate change, say experts; strongly opposed to any idea of India taking on more mitigation commitments without financing and technology transfer from developed countries

Despite the advice reportedly given by India’s Chief Economic Adviser, the overwhelming…Read more

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Wind starts to blow offshore

Until now, it was the onshore wind sector in India which was making waves. However, with a pilot project in Gujarat underway and the FOWIND project, things may finally be looking up for wind offshore

In the last few months, the government’s decision to continue with policies such as Accelerated Depreciation (AD) and Generation-Based Incentive (GBI) – along with its plans to launch…Read more

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Renewable energy act has miles to go

The draft National Renewable Energy Act 2015 is a good first step, but has substantial shortcomings; the government needs more substantial consultation with players outside its system before coming up with the next draft

The Indian government has released the draft National Renewable Energy Act 2015 (NREA) in July. Right now, over 70% of the country’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels but…Read more

Researchers predict sweeping vegetation changes in Kashmir Himalayas due to climate change (Image by Sandeepachetan.com)

Sweeping vegetation changes projected in Kashmir Himalayas due to global warming

A team of researchers predict sweeping changes in vegetation in Kashmir Himalayas due to climate change. Kashmir is likely to lose a large chunk of its snow cover to invading shrubs, steppes and forests by the end of the century which could severely impact stream flows, agriculture productivity and biodiversity in the region

Kashmir is likely to witness sweeping vegetation changes due to global warming…Read more

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