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Rapid growth in India’s solar energy market

Clean energy investments in India show an increase of 59% in the first three months of 2015 alone. Even as Modi govt ramps up policy support to boost solar energy, even greater action is needed to achieve the target of 100 GW by 2020

The Indian solar market is growing at a rapid clip. The market recently exceeded 4 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar energy and is headed toward becoming one of the largest global…Read more

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China aims to cut carbon intensity 60-65% in national climate plan

China has unveiled details of its national climate plan that maps out how the world’s largest emitter will peak GHG emissions by 2030 or earlier

China will today map out how the world’s largest emitter will try and peak greenhouse emissions by 2030 or before, details that could have a major bearing on UN climate talks aimed at delivering a deal in Paris later this year. China “will work hard” to peak its CO2 emissions before…Read more

A study shows that Mumbai fares worse than Delhi as it has more urban heat islands, despite being located on the coast and registering lower maximum temperatures.

A tale of two cities: Is Mumbai hotter than Delhi?

A new study shows Mumbai has more heat islands than Delhi, perhaps due to higher concentration of high-rise buildings in some areas. But not all scientists are convinced by the study

For decades, Mumbai has challenged Delhi by claiming to be the country’s most developed metropolis. The commercial capital steals a march over the nation’s capital in density – it tops the world’s list with 29,650 persons…Read more

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Infographic: What Do Your Country’s Emissions Look Like?

World Resources Institute releases an interactive map of the current state of global emissions. Findings show that the top 10 emitters contribute to 72 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions but on the other hand, the lowest 100 emitters contribute to just less than 3 percent

In the past couple of weeks, climate change has captured the headlines: Leaders of the G7 agreed to a decarbonization of the global…Read more

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Largest investment in India is for solar

The largest single investment in the Indian economy by a foreign organization has been announced – $20 billion to generate 20 gigawatts of solar energy. The Prime Minister’s goal to generate 100 GW by 2022 now looks a little more achievable

Japan’s SoftBank Corp has just announced that it will invest $20 billion over the next ten years to generate 20 gigawatt of solar power in India. The investment will be in association with Indian…Read more

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Payday for India’s first solar farmer

A smallholder farmer in India’s arid Gujarat state has started harvesting what could become the country’s most climate-smart cash crop yet – sunshine

Ramanbhai Parmar, a producer of wheat and banana in Gujarat’s Anand district, has become the first farmer in India to sell electricity back to the grid from the solar panels that drive his water pump. He received Rs 7,500 (approx. $120) as his first payment for his ‘solar crop’ last…Read more

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UN climate talks fail to clear obstacles to Paris deal

Negotiators shuffle the pack rather than showing their hands at Bonn climate meeting

The latest round of UN climate talks have made slow progress on refining a negotiating text for the Paris summit in December, the focal point for efforts to agree curbs on greenhouse gas emissions in developed and developing countries. Despite two weeks of talks at an interim meeting in the German city of Bonn, most of the contradictory…Read more

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Warming Indian Ocean, weakening monsoon

On land, the Indian summer is not as consistently hot as it used to be, but the Indian Ocean is getting hotter. The reduced difference between land and ocean temperature means the monsoon is weakening, at least since 1990, as researchers have now proved

The South Asian summer monsoon is weakening “significantly” due to increasing temperatures in the Indian Ocean and relatively…Read more

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Energy efficiency poised for big leap

Of the eight missions outlined in India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency is usually considered to be ahead of others. As it starts on an ambitious venture capital fund scheme, to what extent has the mission been able to achieve its objectives, and what are its prospects?

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Building climate resilience, crop by crop

As climate change makes India’s all-important monsoon more and more uncertain, smallholder farmers can improve resilience by diversifying the crops they grow, and especially by growing traditional crops that are hardy and nutritious at the same time. In the hills of Tamil Nadu, researchers working with a tribal community have shown how farmers need not be as dependent on rainfall as they were before

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