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Project-based approach to state climate action won’t work

Though the process for state climate action plans is under way in India, the project by project approach could lead to several problems, including ad-hoc selection of proposals that are not long-term

It’s been six years since the process of preparing state climate plans in India was first initiated. So far, 28 states and union territories have prepared the climate action plans, making it one of the largest initiatives in domestic sub-national…Read more

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Chilika Lake recovers from Cyclone Phailin

A recent survey has found that the ecology of Chilika Lake in Orissa is bouncing back after it was hit by the monster Cyclone Phailin in 2013. But with scientists predicting more frequent and more powerful cyclones, no one knows how many times it can recover

Chilika Lake, India’s largest coastal lagoon, has fully recovered from the impact of Cyclone Phailin which had hit the region in October 2013…Read more

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Rain shock in Rajasthan exposes shortcoming of state climate plan

Farmers in around 21,000 Rajasthan villages are in deep trouble as much of the standing winter crops have been ruined by recent hailstorms and rain. Experts fear that worse is to come. It may be time for the state government to rewrite its climate action plan

South Asia has seen 150% more rainfall in the 45 days between March 1 and April 15, 2015 than the average for this time of the year…Read more

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Ma Jun wins Skoll award for innovative approach to transparency

Ma Jun wins prestigious 2015 Skoll Foundation award for ‘lifting the veil on pollution’ in China

Environmental activist Ma Jun has won the prestigious 2015 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Enterpreneurship for his many campaigns to obtain an accurate picture of pollution in China. The Oxford-based Skoll Foundation said it was recognising Ma Jun for “lifting the veil” on pollution in China, and praised his “innovative…Read more

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Analysis: Proposed US carbon target is realistic in view of hostile Congress

The White House has arguably offered the toughest carbon target it could muster given the limitations placed on it by a hostile Congress, argues Eliot Diringer, a longstanding analyst of UN climate talks

The US pushed strongly for getting climate targets on the table well ahead of this year’s Paris climate summit, arguing that exposing countries’ offerings to a bit of scrutiny would encourage them to put their best foot forward. With the formal…Read more

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Electricity trading in its infancy in South Asia

Power-starved South Asia can do much better if the countries improve cooperation on buying and selling electricity and move from bilateral agreements to a regional agreement. The obstacle is India

Acute energy poverty is one of the principal challenges in South Asia. Resource scarcity and a burgeoning population make electrification a particularly daunting task. Coupled with a high variance in distribution of natural…Read more

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US climate plan lacks ambition

The US government submission to the UNFCCC on how it plans to control greenhouse gas emissions is the same as it announced in a deal with China last year. It is not ambitious enough, and points to a weak deal at the Paris climate summit

Everybody following negotiations to a global climate deal – scheduled to be finalized at the Paris climate summit this December – has been waiting eagerly to see what the US government is…Read more

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Can Budget 2015 deliver for India’s environment?

Allowing private sector greater role in the renewable energy sector will be a major step forward, says a noted analyst

The year 2015 will see global leaders make some critical decisions for the world economy and the environment, impacting the future of current and future generations. India’s government has a unique opportunity to make such decisions. The country’s economy, now valued at $2.1 trillion…Read more

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Budget 2015: Rhetoric or serious thinking in climate policymaking?

India’s annual budget has missed a chance to lay down a roadmap for moving towards a low carbon future

The latest Indian Economic Survey has suggested a number of ‘green’ actions the government should undertake. The big ones are effective reduction of subsidies to coal and oil, and a move towards taxing carbon emissions. In light of the forthcoming series of international negotiations…Read more

Cover of the report: Stranded assets and subcritical coal - The risk to companies and investors

US, China, India have world’s dirtiest old coal-fired power plants

The old ‘subcritical’ coal-fired power plants are the least efficient, guzzle the most water and are the worst polluters. The trouble is, they still form 77% of all coal-fired power plants, with a preponderance in China, the US and India

As the world grapples with the pursuit of clean energy, the global dependence on coal is
under increasing scrutiny. Thanks to subsidies, coal remains the cheapest energy source…Read more

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