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Renewable Energy

'Step up emission reduction ambition'

Issue Date: May 22, 2012
Developed countries are slowly but surely pushing everyone to get on board the climate-pledge boat. The US, the EU and Australia called on the developing countries to step up their ambition to urgently limit the increase in temperature rise due to climate change to 2°C. They have accused many developing countries of not having submitted any pledges so far under the decisions taken at the Cancun climate negotiations in 2010.

Making sense of climate debate

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
Ever since climate change and its probable effects on earth became common knowledge, much has been written about the topic. The world has been riveted by various climate change negotiations that have taken place and at times frustrated at their slow pace.

Letters - April 15, 2012

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
Authority to fight hunger

Miniscule for renewable energy

Issue Date: Mar 16, 2012
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s budget goodibag had very little to give to renewable energy. Exemptions were announced only for solar thermal plant, leaving sectors like solar PV, wind and biomass completely untouched.

Solar trick

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012

New business for new renewables

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
It was a trade exhibition abuzz with the restrained chatter of busy suited executives at company stalls making contacts and finalising deals. Nothing out of place except that this trade was about renewable energy technologies, which have unconventional reasons for growth. First, these technologies are seen as the most economical and feasible source of energy for millions of people unconnected to the electricity grid and having no electricity to light their houses or cook their food. This energy poverty is disabling and needs to be eradicated. Introduction of decentralised and improved technologies paves the way to catapult the poorest of the households into the most modern systems. Secondly, these technologies—from wind and solar to biomass—provide cleaner low-carbon energy options to combat climate change. These are future systems critical for survival of all.

Political parties show concern for environment in Punjab elections

Issue Date: Feb 13, 2012
Apart from the usual promises made by political parties, the Punjab elections witnessed something different this time—a focus on environmental issues. The issues varied from cleaning rivers to reduction of pesticides and fertilisers to save the state’s ecology. The parties even promised a separate portfolio for environment to be held by a Cabinet minister. The fate of candidates contesting the Punjab elections was sealed on January 30.

Solar energy is everybody's business

Posted on: 3 Feb, 2012
Solar mission is too important to let doubtful dealings hijack it
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