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Newly launched Minamata Convention weak on mercury released by thermal power plants
Budget outlay for Ministry of New and Renewable Energy reduced
Trust deficit between rich and poor nations, a legacy of failed climate negotiations, has led to paralysis of ambition
For the Government of India the first phase of the national solar mission has been a grand success. It not only managed to attract industry to invest in the generation of an energy considered costly, but also dramatically drove down the cost of producing this energy. In its celebration, little did the government realise that a major conglomerate had subverted rules to acquire a stake in the solar mission much larger than allowed legally. Like the big telecom players in the 2G scam, here a company called LANCO Infratech set up front companies that bid for solar power projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. When the government has adopted a policy of one-project-per-proponent under the mission to encourage competition, LANCO managed to get nine. At the end of the first phase of the solar mission, LANCO has got its hands over 235 MW of allocation, almost a quarter of the total 1,000 MW to be derived from solar radiation under the first phase. And with this it has cornered an assured revenue of about Rs 13,000 crore. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and power purchaser NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam could not check this. Their monitoring mechanisms are either not present or have been switched off after the bidding for the first phase. Chandra Bhushan, assisted by Jonas Hamberg, explains how LANCO bypassed ministry rules and where the solar sector is headed
Cancun has restored the sanctity of multilateral negotiations under the UN climate convention. People had lost faith in it by the end of the Copenhagen meet last year. But what is the cost of the Cancun success?
The new deal erases the difference between developed and developing nations. Developed countries no more have to commit legally to cut emissions. And what they pledge to do voluntarily is too little. On the other hand, developing countries will now have to take on binding commitments. While developing countries share the burden of cleaning up, financial and technological help the rich promised them remains just a promise.
Turns out the cheers at Cancun were more for the process—in which everyone felt involved—than the substance of the deal. The Cancun agreement shows an uncanny resemblance to the Copenhagen Accord. The US and a select group of countries had got into action since Copenhagen last year to get every country fall in line. All did except Bolivia. It is hard to miss the silhouette of the Big Brother looming over Cancun.
Arnab Pratim Dutta reports from Cancun and Aditya Ghosh from Delhi
Ayurveda prescribes it for a range of ailments. People eat it for rejuvenation and boosting immunity. An Indian homemaker’s kitchen shelf is incomplete without a jar of this amber liquid. But without quality and safety controls, this gift of nature has been contaminated. CSE laboratory tests find high levels of antibiotics in well-known brands of honey sold in the market. Chandra Bhushan reports on the findings. Savvy Soumya Misra trails beekeepers across four states and finds honey is being produced with the help of antibiotics and pesticides; Arnab Pratim Dutta looks at the thriving business of honey laundering
If the developing world today is the locus of climate change mitigation, including reduction in emissions, then there surely must exist a picture of how Indian industry does and will perform. Analysing the six most energy- and emissions-intensive sectors of Indian industry, CHANDRA BHUSHAN finds that after 2020 efficiency plateaus. Growth also poses formidable challenges of sourcing minerals, water and land
Unable to agree on targets and funding, world leaders settled for an interim political deal. But the Copenhagen Accord could change the rules of the game by wiping equity off the agenda
A government committee wants regime change to facilitate private investment in mining. What it is oblivious to is the need for more regulation to protect the environment and people displaced and impoverished. chandra bhushan, who travelled through some of the areas affected the most, looks at the options that can make the sector viable--industrially, socially and environmentally
How agencies meant to regulate mining conspired in the loot
Planning Commission report for a low-carbon future disappoints
US machinations made everybody fall in line
Without bottom-up rehauling National Environment Protection Agency will be more of the same
Tribals have been fighting the Koel Karo dams for the last 20 years - the longest struggle against a project. Now, a fresh budget fuels the controversy further