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Author: Prem Shankar Jha

Beware of blind alleys in the search for the sun

There are reasons to be wary of the frantic promotion of solar photovoltaic electricity, lithium-ion battery storage and electric cars, and the neglect of solar thermal power

Two years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew praise from the rest of the world by taking the lead, with France, in forming an International Solar Alliance of tropical countries to harness…Read More

Best of 2017: When governments dream of electric cars

A move to electric vehicles in India will be far from green, and ignores existing technologies which could be less disruptive and more useful

Since coming to power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced one green energy initiative after the other. However, these have turned out to be red herrings that have succeeded only in drawing attention away from…Read More

Easy solution to India’s air pollution problem

Gasification of rice straws can solve the problem of air pollution, and with it many others, if only the government was willing to employ it

Delhi’s air pollution has reached a level of severity where alarm has turned into panic. Every morning the city’s citizens wake up to a dark grey sky. But these are not clouds: take a flight to Mumbai and at 3,000 feet you will burst into a crystal blue sky…Read more

Why electric cars dreams lead to a blind alley

The determination of Big Business to lead the world up the blind alley of electric cars at a time when climate change is accelerating is inexcusable

Everyone’s suddenly going electric, so India is doing it too. In the past six months, Norway, Germany, Britain, France and China have announced their intention to end the use of fossil fuels in cars by 2040 at the latest…Read More