Energy

New Incentives to Encourage Investments in Renewable Energy

Mar 9th, 2014 | By
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Over the next decade, Britain will need £200 billion pounds is needed to reach its low-carbon energy investment. The European Union is legally binded by the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their emissions by 20 per cent from the levels of the 90’s by 2020. Since the launch of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in 2012,

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Renewable is the Way Forward for India’s Energy Security: Narendra Modi

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
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Spelling out his energy security plans for India’s development, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi blamed the central government for mismanagement of the country’s natural resources. “With the country having so much natural resources, India hasn’t progressed much in the 21st century,” Modi said on Wednesday at the inauguration of a solar

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Wind Farms Remain ‘Highly Efficient’ for 25 Years

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By
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A study from Imperial College Business School published in the Renewable Energy journal says that wind farms maintain a high level of productive throughout their 25-year lifespan, challenging the view that their output declines quickly as the technology ages. Unlike previous studies, which suggest that electricity output from wind turbines declines by a third after only ten

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India Announce New Mega Solar Projects as Part of Solar Mission

Feb 19th, 2014 | By
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India’s ambitious renewable energy targets are closer to being realised after the government announced plans to deliver four new 500MW solar projects. The new projects are planned for Gujarat, Jammu, Kashmir and Rajasthan and the announcement follows proposals for a new 4GW solar mega project, also in Rajasthan, which would be the largest solar application

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Pakistan’s Keyal Khwar Hydro Project Receives €100m EIB Loan

Feb 19th, 2014 | By




The Government of Pakistan has been awarded a €100m long-term loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the construction of the Keyal Khwar hydropower project. To be constructed by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), the project calls for the construction of a 128MW run-of-river hydropower plant with a small 1.5ha reservoir for

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India Tops in Renewable Energy Potential: John Bryson

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
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Former US secretary of commerce John Bryson said on Tuesday that India tops countries in renewable energy potential, especially solar energy, and can play a crucial role in challenging adverse effects of climate change. Bryson, who now heads the Bryson Climate Initiative (BCI), said that 27% of India is affected by climate change and there

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India’s Plan For World’s Biggest Solar Project Needs Funding Help

Feb 12th, 2014 | By




India recently announced its intention to build the world’s biggest solar energy plant — a grid of solar panels spanning an expanse of land larger than Manhattan and producing as much as 4,000 megawatts, roughly the output of four nuclear reactors. But the project’s total costs are expected to be prohibitively expensive, moving India’s renewable

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Clean Affordable Energy for All: Sustainable energy for all could in the 21st century

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
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Times News Network: The UNFCCC will be instrumental in driving the low-carbon transition, while also providing a framework for the transfer of technology and finance. The ongoing negotiations will determine how equitable and ambitious any deal is. The post-2015 framework should not conflict with but work alongside the UNFCCC Process in its development of a climate

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Climate Parliament Recommends Policy Integration for Renewable Energy Development to PM

Jan 28th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: The Centre aims to achieve ‘electricity for all’ by 2027 while 75 million households still don’t have access to electricity and only two percent of renewable energy into the grid by 2021. The gap doesn’t seem to occur to the planning commission at all. The Climate Parliament, a group of parliamentarians and experts

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Pakistan Turns to Solar Energy As Power Shortfall Widens

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By




(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After months of sleepless nights and uncomfortable days in sweltering heat, Hussain Raza has found relief. But it’s not just the cooler winter weather that is making Raza happier. It is, somewhat ironically, the sun. The 35-year-old banker and his family have bought a solar-powered electricity supply that kicks in during

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China to Set Up Solar Power Station in Nepal’s Administrative Center

Jan 21st, 2014 | By




A team of Chinese experts have begun feasibility study from Monday to install solar power station in Nepal’s administrative center, officials said. The Nepal government has shown willingness to light Singh durbar and its peripheral area with solar panels after the Chinese government had extended technical and financial support towards this effect. “The team of

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World can Double Renewables Share at Low Cost, Says Report

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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A strong carbon price and removal of subsidies could help double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix to 30% at almost no extra net cost, supporters of solar, wind and hydro told a clean energy summit today. Buildings, industry and transport would offer the biggest potential for growth in renewables if

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Scientists Get Closer to Harnessing Solar Energy When Sun Doesn’t Shine

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
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Tasnim News Agency: Led by Tom Meyer, a University of North Carolina chemistry professor, researchers at UNC’s Energy Frontier Research Center devised a “dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell” (DSPEC) that receives incoming solar energy from solar panels and uses it to split a stored volume of water into its composites hydrogen and oxygen. The reaction has, as its

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Global Investment in Clean Energy Falls for Second Year Running

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Global investment in clean energy fell for the second year in a row to $254bn last year, with green investment in Europe crashing by 41%, new figures showed on Wednesday. The drop casts a pall over a high-profile investor summit at the United Nations on Wednesday. The summit, organised by the Ceres investor network, was supposed to build

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Is Nuclear Power the Answer on Climate Change?

Jan 13th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – James Hansen’s latest press conference was positively scary. NASA’s former chief climate scientist (he recently left government to pursue a more activist role) met with environmental journalists last month at Columbia University to release a new study with the ominous title, “Assessing Dangerous Climate Change: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young

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Turkey Aiming for One-Third Renewable Energy Target for 2023

Jan 13th, 2014 | By
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Climate Action Programme: Having more than doubled the country’s installed renewable energy capacity to 25 GW in the past ten years, Turkey will boast an estimated 40 GW of renewable energy capacity in ten years’ time – a date which also marks the Centenary of the Republic of Turkey. Of this capacity, solar power is set to

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Battery Offers New Hope to Renewables

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network:  Scientists in the US think they may be on the track of a new kind of battery technology that could store huge reserves of energy. One of the great problems of renewable energy generators such as photovoltaic cells and wind turbines is that they can’t respond to demand. When the sun is out,

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Easy Way To Increase Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
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A research team found that by manipulating the structure of polymers within the solar cell they could increase its efficiency by 30 percent, a North Carolina State University news release reported. Solar cells that are polymer-based possess two “domains,” one is an electron acceptor and the other an electron donor material. Excitons (“the energy particles created by solar

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Bhutan Seeks to be India’s Hydel Plant

Jan 6th, 2014 | By




Times News Network: Giant cranes scoop out mud from deep inside the mountains. Frenetic construction activity is on as a state-run company in this tiny landlocked Himalayan country races to complete one of the crucial hydropower plants. Workers at the site of the Dagachu hydropower plant are busy giving final touches to the project which is

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Hydropower Import From Nepal, Bhutan

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
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Energy Bangla: The Bangladesh government has invited its Indian counterpart to hold the seventh Dhaka-Delhi secretary level meeting here between January 11 and January 12, 2014 aiming to focus on regional interconnectivity through sharing hydroelectric potentiality with Nepal and Bhutan, bangladesh power division’s official said. He said, “We have already invited Indian counterpart to expedite power

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Bhutan Hoping for Happiness With Hydropower

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By
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By the middle of 2014, the stately yellow, black and white Great Hornbills that live in the forest along the Dagachhu – a river in Bhutan’s Himalayan foothills – should get some peace after four years of drilling, blasting and construction around their rural haunts. Some countries have oil and gas. Others have fertile plains on

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India Innovating With Solar PV, Poised to Become Global Solar Leader Says World Bank

Dec 30th, 2013 | By
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India still has 300 million people without access to energy and produces 70 per cent of electricity from coal fired power. A new report by the World Bank – Paving the Way for a Transformational Future: Lessons from JNNSM Phase 1 – highlights that India is poised to play a major global role in development of solar

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Pakistan Says New Nuke Power Plants Covered by Safeguards

Dec 27th, 2013 | By
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Economic Times: Dispelling concerns about the safety of its upcoming largest civil nuclear project being implemented with Chinese help, Pakistan said it is safe and fully covered under IAEA safeguards. “Pakistan-China nuclear cooperation is exclusively for peaceful purposes and is fully covered under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told a weekly news briefing. Three leading Pakistani physicists have raised questions

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Only Renewable Sources Can Help Meet India’s Rising Demand for Electricity

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
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Economic Times: We all know that India is an energy-deficit country and our per-capita power consumption is a third of China’s and a fifth of the US’. There is a lot of latent demand and as India grows, our deficit — currently estimated at 10% on an installed base of 200 GW — will likely

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Ostim Eco Park is an Incubator for Clean Tech in Turkey

Dec 24th, 2013 | By
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A central hub of innovation is great for incubating clean tech breakthroughs. Abu Dhabi has Masdar City, Saudi Arabia has KAUST, and Turkey will soon have the Ostim Eco Park. ONZ Architects strike the perfect balance between nature and development with their incredibly efficient green-roofed design proposal for the park, slated for construction in Ankara. ONZ Architects is one of

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Winter Time Power Import of Bhutan is Going Up Increasing Concern of India

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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Economic Times Bureau: Come winter, the king becomes seeker. And the distressed need is showing an upward trend. Diminishing hydropower production trend of the green power king Bhutan is going to be a major concern for India, too dependent on water based power from the Himalayan neighbour. In one side, while Bhutan’s own demand during dry

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Mahbubnagar, Vijayawada to be Developed as Solar Cities

Dec 20th, 2013 | By




Press Trust of India: New and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar will be developed as solar cities. “Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar have been identified for developing them as solar cities,” Abdullah informed the Rajya Sabha. He said a solar city aims to reduce a minimum of ten per cent of

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Norway, New Zealand and France Ranked as Best Providers of Sustainable Energy

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Climate Action Programme: The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2014 was produced by the World Economic Forum and Accenture and ranks 124 nations according to their economic growth, environmental sustainability and energy security. The index said Norway, New Zealand and France are the top three nations that balance security of supply, sustainability and affordability. Switzerland, Spain, Latvia,

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Here Comes The Sun: Ladakh Embraces Solar Energy

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
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The Third Pole: Solar panels glitter in the sun atop virtually every roof in Leh, the capital of India’s Ladakh region in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. Leh gets more than 320 clear sunny days in a year and is poised to be the country’s solar energy leader as its people happily embrace the cleaner, cheaper energy

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Bhutan Prospers by Exporting ‘Sustainable’ Energy, But Some Doubt That It Is

Dec 11th, 2013 | By
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Traveling in this western Bhutanese valley is like going back in time before the Industrial Revolution, with only forests, rice paddies and scattered farming villages visible from the road. But after one more turn, the peaceful countryside life is suddenly replaced by chugging machinery. Welcome to the construction site of Bhutan’s Punatsangchhu-I hydropower plant. The

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Regional Workshop on Energy Cooperation on Dec 12

Dec 11th, 2013 | By




Republica: Government officials, private sector representatives and experts of South Asian Associatoin of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries are to converge in Kathmandu on December 12 to discuss on issues of energy cooperation in the regional level as well as deliberate on climate change and water management issues. The participants include policymakers on energy, hydro power producers,

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Giant ‘Battery’ Ensures Renewable Supply

Dec 8th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Norwegian hydropower schemes linked to Europe’s large wind farm projects could successfully act as a backup when wind power fails to deliver enough energy, according to SINTEF, the largest independent Scandinavian research organization. With both on- and off-shore wind power being seen as key to reducing the EU’s carbon emissions by 80-95% by

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€2.2bn “Green Bond” Push Launched

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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The Bank of America, EDF and Vasakronan are among those issuing bonds intended to heighten investment in clean energy and water projects. Last week a series of ‘green bonds’ were launched by corporates that could provide €2.2bn of investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and green building projects. An increasing number of companies are

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Bhutan Wants to Transform Itself Into an Electric Car “Hot Spot”

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
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A tiny Himalayan kingdom that’s long been fiercely protective of its ancient Buddhist traditions wants to transform its capital into an electric car city. Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of Bhutan, said this week that the city of Thimpu would start replacing all official government vehicles (paywall) with the Nissan Leaf. Taxis and private cars will eventually be replaced with

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World Energy Scenarios Report: More Must Be Done

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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COP-19 is taking place in Warsaw, Poland and today the World Energy Council (WEC) released a new report, “World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures in 2050.” The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma. The WEC study assesses two policy scenarios:

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COP 19: WWF Calls for Global Renewables and Efficiency Targets

Nov 14th, 2013 | By
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WWF has called on diplomats gathered at the Warsaw Climate Summit to play a more proactive role in driving adoption of energy efficiency and renewables technologies, or risk failing to close the “emissions gap” that is expected to lead to “dangerous” levels of climate change. The NGO yesterday formally submitted a paper to the UN climate change

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Water in Earth’s Atmosphere May Cause Climate Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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ToI: Water vapour in Earth’s stratosphere contributes to warmer temperatures and likely plays an important role in the evolution of climate on our planet, a new study has found. Researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water

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UNEP Report: On Low Carbon Transport and City Planning

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on ‘Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.’ The first report, titled ‘Low Carbon City: A Guidebook for

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Enhancing Regional Distribution of CDM and Post 2012 Market the Pacific

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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The 4th workshop for enhancing the regional distribution of CDM projects in the Asia and the Pacific-Opportunities for the CDM and Carbon Markets post 2012,  organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, has successfully concluded. The workshop took place 4-5 September 2013 at the headquarters

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Solar Wars Threaten Climate Fight

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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ChinaDaily: Amid the gloomy news of the worsening impact of climate change is a bright spark: the dramatic fall in the cost of solar energy. This source of clean and renewable energy could help power the world without emitting greenhouse gases. Solar energy has traditionally been more expensive to use than carbon-intensive coal or oil.

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Kumrose Now On Its Way To Become Nepal’s First Fossil-free Village

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Bernama: The construction of biogas plants in Kumrose village, Chitwan district in central plains of Nepal will make it the first village in the country to be free of fossil-fuel and become environment-friendly, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. “We started with a pilot project. In the beginning 14 biogas plants were installed with donation. Once

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The Himalayas Are Changing-For The Worse

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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IPS: Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 km from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert. As the impacts of climate change batter the towering mountains above them, these villagers on the banks of the Bhote Koshi river have started to dread the sound of incoming

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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The Ganges Water Machine

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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CGIAR: Almost 40 years ago, Revelle and Lakshminarayana (1975) coined the term “Ganges Water Machine” trying to find a solution to the fundamental problem of land and water development in the Ganges, where 80% of the monsoon-driven river flow occurs during 4 months from July to October. The dry-season flow of the Ganges in the

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How Many Nepalis Know About Climate Change

May 21st, 2013 | By
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Stephen Bailey: You need a bit of height to appreciate the size of a brick factory. You need to get close to appreciate the human cost. From a hill over Duwakot you can see people labouring in the grey mud beneath the towering chimney.  Down in the factory you can see the weather beaten faces,

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Bhutan-The Land Of Gross National Happiness

May 21st, 2013 | By
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Buenos AH: The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the last surviving paradise on Earth. This legendary Shangri-La, now a member of the United Nations, is home to over 700,000 people. Until 1958, it was practically closed to visitors. When Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, visited Bhutan during that year he rode in on a

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Time To Adapt To Climate Change in Biggest Cities

May 20th, 2013 | By
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RTCC: The world’s largest cities are feeling the effects of climate change and are leading efforts to adapt to them. That is according to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that includes London, New York, Cairo and Sao Paulo. Terri Wills, director of global initiatives at C40, told RTCC that the group has had to

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The Himalayas-Once Moaning, Now Groaning

May 20th, 2013 | By
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Hill post: The Himalayas are being pounded again. Timber was stolen first; medicinal and aromatic herbs next. Now power projects are stealing water, life line for 30 million mountain folks and 3 billion in the Himalayan-water-dependent nations, as far as Vietnam. [1] The reassessed country-wise potential is: Pakistan: 41,722 MW, India 108,143 MW; Nepal 83,000

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From ‘Potent’ Pollen To Double Whammy Allergy Seasons

May 20th, 2013 | By
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ABC News: Climate changes and rising carbon dioxide levels don’t just affect the environment. Experts say they also affect your nose. Warmer temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels mean certain plants will thrive, and those are the plants that tend to make us sneeze during allergy season. Allergies may seem like a minor nuisance, but

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Global Warming Has Not Stalled

May 20th, 2013 | By
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Guardian: Global warming has not stalled, insists world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen warns public not to be fooled by ‘diversionary tactic’ from deniers. from “deniers” who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen, who first alerted the world to climate change

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China Approves Environment Assessment Of ‘Tallest Dam

May 17th, 2013 | By
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The Hindu: Chinese authorities have granted approval for an environmental assessment of a controversial 2 GW dam project — slated to be the country’s tallest dam — despite concerns voiced by a number of environmental groups. The Ministry of Environmental Protection this week said it had approved a year-long assessment of the Shuangjiangkou project on

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Nepal To Generate Electricity From Waste

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.net: Nepal is looking at waste-to-energy (WtE) technologies to address its huge energy deficit and also manage growing urban and industrial waste. Half of Nepal’s households are off the national grid while supply shortfalls and interrupted power cause industries losses worth 60 billion Nepali rupees (US$ 700 million) annually. Last month (26 April), the ‘Waste-to-Energy

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IPCC Models Underestimate Role Of CO2 In Warming

May 13th, 2013 | By
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The Earth’s climate is more sensitive to changes in CO2 than previously thought, according to new research. New data taken from an Arctic sediment core that has recorded the climate for the past 3.6m years, suggests climate models, including those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have not given enough weighting to

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Brazil’s Indigenous Harness The Wind

May 13th, 2013 | By
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CNN: While Brazil’s Government tends to favour a one-size-fits-all approach to energy provision, an indigenous group in the far north has come up with its own more sustainable solution, as our São Paulo correspondent reports. A few years ago I lay in a hammock in a mud and wattle hut in a Makuxi village, shining

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Is There Hope For Hydropower As The Climate Changes?

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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Hydropower is by far the most established form of renewable energy. Though not without environmental impact, either in terms of the local environment or, in the case of large dams, in terms of carbon emissions from the reservoirs behind the dams, hydro is here to stay. Unfortunately hydropower will be affected to a far greater

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Reviving The River

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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An amendment to the old treaty between the US and Mexico promises to bring back life to the dry Colorado delta. ‘Minute 319’, apart from sending water down the river and restoring the native habitat, also calls for more water sharing between the two countries, writes Henry Fountain. German Munoz looked out at the river

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Renewable Energy and the Energy Transition (Video)

May 1st, 2013 | By
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The world is driven by fossil fuels like oil and gas. This has some negative repercussions: Rising energy prices due to decreasing deposits, dependence on unstable oil and gas producing regimes and global warming. It becomes clear, that a revolution in the way how we produce and use energy is necessary. Central to this energy

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Reducing Green House Emission Indispensable: ADB

May 1st, 2013 | By
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Himalayan Times: Reducing green house emission is indispensable for attaining sustainable economic growth, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has pointed out. The report on green house gas emission of South Asian countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal, prepared recently has mentioned that negative impact has been made in economic growth by

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Plants Can Moderate Climate Warming, New Research Shows

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
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Science Daily: As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki. The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, identified a negative feedback loop in which higher temperatures lead to an increase in concentrations of natural aerosols that have a cooling

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