Renewable Energy

India to Focus on Green Energy and Efficiency Instead of Emission Reductions

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

The first meeting of India’s reconstituted Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change called for a shift in global attitudes from emission cuts to adopting green energy and improving energy efficiency. The meeting that comes a few days before US President Barack Obama is to visit India reiterated the country’s stand declared at the Lima climate

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Smart Cities: What India Needs to Learn From Berlin

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

As its population surges, India proposes to build a hundred “smart cities”, where all sections of society get access to basic amenities and can aspire to a better life. The promise would need to be grounded in reality. The challenging process will have to be both equitable and environmentally sustainable. The planet, as the latest

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How Laos’s Major Dam on the Mekong is Taking Shape

Jan 5th, 2015 | By

The Xayaburi Dam now being built on the Mekong River is part of the Laos government’s strategy to become the ‘battery of South-East Asia’. A further eight dams are proposed along the river in Laos, with two more planned on this lower part of the river in other countries. When operational, the Xayaburi Dam will

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The Switch to Renewable Power is a Battle we Cannot Afford to Lose

Dec 26th, 2014 | By
C5GFC5 Gigantic solar farm in Provence , Les Mees , France

Since the final gavel fell at the Lima climate talks earlier this month, discussions have centred on one question: what did the talks actually accomplish? After two weeks of intense negotiation, governments settled on a draft text that will hopefully lead to a successful global climate deal in Paris next December. While opinions vary regarding

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Pakistan Tax on Solar Imports Threatens Clean Energy Push

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

Dawn: At a time when many countries are offering financial incentives to promote the use of clean energy, Pakistan has imposed a 32.5 per cent tax on the import of solar panels, a move experts say is likely to hit demand for solar energy. Officials say the tax was imposed to encourage local manufacturing of

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Climatescope Report Shows China, Brazil, South Africa Have Boosted Clean Energy Investments

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By

For the first time this year, emerging economies such as China, Brazil and South Africa have made a larger investment on green energy than richer countries, according to a new government study. On behalf of the UK and US governments, Bloomberg New Energy Finance compiled an annual Climatescope report on clean energy investment trends across

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World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-century

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible, it could double electricity supply by 2050 while actually reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron,

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India Will be Renewables Superpower, Says Energy Minister

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
Union Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal

The Guardian: India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion. However, Piyush Goyal dismissed criticism of the impact of India’s coal rush on climate change , as western governments giving “homilies and pontificating, having enjoyed themselves the fruits of ruining

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Political Will is Only Barrier to 100% Renewables

Sep 21st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: A new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables − while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs. The report, How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, is being released today, ahead of the UN Climate

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Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth. The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which

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Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: There are prospects of significant progress in the response of world governments to climate change, according to a former UK Government chief scientist,Sir David King. “There are signs that a leadership role is beginning to emerge”, he told a conference in London held by the Green Economy Coalition. Sir David also announced that he

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Clegg and Davey Aim to Help Put Clean Tech on Front Foot in India

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told India’s new prime minister that he is keen to drive UK investment in India’s emerging green economy to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges the country faces. On a trade delegation to India yesterday, Clegg and UK energy and climate secretary Ed Davey met with India’s recently

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General Electric Invests in Wind Power in India as Part of $1bn Clean Energy Drive

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

GE has partnered with Atria Power and is aiming for the three projects to produce a combined annual capacity of 126 megawatt (MW). The sites include a 25.6 MW project in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located on India’s south eastern coast line. Another site – at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh – will

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Himalayan Geothermal Potential Untapped

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

SciDev.Net: Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists. “I hope lessons from elsewhere in the world can help harness these resources in the Himalayas,” Geo Moore, a geologist at the Energy and Geosciences Institute, University of Utah, told a conference on sustainable resource

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Chinese Coal Consumption to Peak in 2024 – Bloomberg

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

Coal power generation in China will peak in 2024 as the country shifts to renewables, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance predict. As China considers an emissions cap and amid rising concern over smog in its large cities, the country’s plans to expand polluting coal power generation are under scrutiny. One Chinese energy expert told RTCC he hoped peak

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UNEA Pronounces Kenya a Renewable Energy World Leader

Jul 1st, 2014 | By

The summit was looking to build towards the UN Climate Change Summit in December in Lima,peru and ultimately the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post 2015. With approximately 80 per cent of its population having to generate its own power off grid, sustainable solutions are a hugely important stride away from the high costs and noxious

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Hot Rocks Are a Core Asset

Jun 15th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Many countries with volcanoes have long used hot rocks and steam to generate electricity, but new engineering methods promise a boom in geothermal energy. The deeper you drill into the Earth’s crust, the hotter the rocks get − and the heat that is radiating upwards from the core of the planet is

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India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting the impacts of climate change, has confirmed again the current and growing risks to the economy, human health and food supply of India’s communities. This latest warning

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IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age Of Renewables’, Or Pay Higher Price Later

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Sunday in Berlin, shows that humanity still has time to solve the global crisis of global warming and climate change, but only if governments and industry are finally forced to make the political and financial decisions that will see the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions

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Renewable Energy Market Share Climbs Despite 2013 Dip in Investments

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 – produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance – the investment drop of $US35.1 billion was partly down to the falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems. The other main

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World Needs a Major Shift From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy: IPCC

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the

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

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

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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India Tops in Renewable Energy Potential: John Bryson

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

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

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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World can Double Renewables Share at Low Cost, Says Report

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

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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Global Investment in Clean Energy Falls for Second Year Running

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
Damian in Germany : Solar : construction workers fixing solar panels

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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Turkey Aiming for One-Third Renewable Energy Target for 2023

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

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

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

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

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

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

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

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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Giant ‘Battery’ Ensures Renewable Supply

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

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

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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COP 19: WWF Calls for Global Renewables and Efficiency Targets

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

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

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009

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-Once Moaning, Now Groaning

May 20th, 2013 | By
As South Asian and Chinese governments felt the heat of electricity shortage, the Himalayan potential for hydro-power was ‘reassessed’ at 500,000 MWe [Megawatt of installed electricity generation capacity].

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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Renewable Energy and the Energy Transition (Video)

May 1st, 2013 | By

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
Nepal Stove-by Michael Yon 2009

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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Benign E. Coli Makes Biodiesel

Apr 25th, 2013 | By

CNN: Environmentally-friendly biofuel may have come a step closer with the news that scientists in the UK think they have found how a genetically-modified bacterium can produce diesel oil – on a very small scale so far.  British scientists may have found a new way to pump high quality diesel into the tractors, trucks and

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Clean Energy Progress Too Slow To Limit Global Warming, Warns IEA

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Photograph: Murdo Macleod

Guardian: With governments failing to promote green energy, top scientists say the drive to keep temperature rise below 2C has stalled. The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. With power generation still dominated by coal and governments failing to increase investment

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China And India Talk Up Plans For National Climate Action

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By

Business Green: China confirms it is moving forward with carbon market plan as India’s prime minister vows to double renewable energy capacity within four years. China and India have both signalled this week that they will deliver ambitious climate change policies within the next few years, including the creation of a Chinese national carbon market

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India: West Doing Little For Climate Change, Says Manmohan

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

HT: Voicing his concern on “painfully slow” progress in climate talks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hit at rich nations for not doing enough to fight climate change. Singh, while inaugurating the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial, also made it clear that rich nations, who were responsible for a bulk of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions,

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Poorest Nations Say Yes To Emissions Cuts

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By

CNN: The Group of Least Developed Countries, a key partner in the long-running United Nations climate talks, has told the Climate News Network it is willing to agree a core demand of the industrialised world on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. In what could be a far-reaching move, the world’s poorest countries say they are

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Solar Powered Concept Tent

Mar 20th, 2013 | By

‘Adaptation Ideas’ is a new series of Climate Himalaya. Here we will be showcasing a number of simple, practical and innovative ideas those could be adopted by individuals, communities and organizations for various environment friendly adaptive practices at home, offices and in public places.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to disseminate and communicate

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Framing Sustainable Development Goals With Mountain Perspectives: Post Rio+20 Actions

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Madhav Karki writes about the commitments made by the member countries during Rio+20 summit on various sustainable development goals (SDGs) on low carbon green economy principles and good governance practices, in socio-economic and environmental perspectives. He argues that post Rio+20 actions should be more cohesive, participatory, multi-disciplinary and simple in approach, so that they

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UN Sustainable Energy Initiative Could Put World On A Path To Climate Targets

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

Sciencedaily: The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, if successful, could make a significant contribution to the efforts to limit climate change to target levels, according to a new analysis from IIASA and ETH Zurich. The study, published today in Nature Climate Change, showed that reaching the 3 energy-related objectives proposed by the United Nations

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New Green Economy Partnership Responds To RIO+20 Call For Action

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By

Environmental Expert: Four UN Agencies to Assist 30 Countries in Transition to a Green Economy.  Nairobi — A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental

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Green Ilam Gets Greener

Feb 21st, 2013 | By
Nepal Ilam

Nepal Times: Eastern Nepal’s model township is on its way to becoming the country’s first Green City. Nepal’s easternmost district of Ilam is known for its diligent citizens and scenic tea gardens, but it is also showing the way about how towns can be cleaner and greener with community participation and competent leadership. The main

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Greening Rural Development In India

Feb 14th, 2013 | By
UNDP-Greening Rural Development India

UNDP: Poverty reduction and economic growth can be sustained only if natural resources are managed on a sustainable basis. Greening rural development can stimulate rural economies, create jobs and help maintain critical ecosystem services and strengthen and strengthen climate resilience of the rural poor. Conversely, environmental challenges can limit the attainment of development goals. The

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Energy Access As Millennium Development Goal

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
022912_0315_PeakEnergyA1.png A sustainable development summit in India has endorsed the idea of making access to energy a new millennium development goal (MDG) after 2015. The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, held 31January – 2 February, ended with the hope that a report resulting from the online consultations and meetings will be presented to the UN General

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China’s Relentless Hydro-hegemony Causes Anxiety Across Asia

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
Hydropower China

Deccanherald: Asia is the world’s most water-stressed continent, a situation compounded by China’s hydro-supremacy in the region. Beijing’s recent decision to build a slew of giant new dams on rivers flowing to other countries is thus set to roil riparian relations. China – which already boasts more large dams than the rest of the world

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Wind Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coal In Some Countries

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

New Scientist: When many countries are choosing their next generation of power stations, they will be tempted to pick wind turbines. Thanks to better design, building wind farms can now be cheaper than building new coal or gas power stations. Figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that this is already the case in Australia.

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Online Global Renewable Energy Atlas Launched

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
041410_1725_RenewableEn3.jpg An online atlas of global renewable energy potential has been launched to try to identify the most promising places for investment and to help guide governments’ energy policies and planning. The open access ‘Global Atlas for Solar and Wind’ was launched last month (13 January) at the annual general assembly of the International Renewable

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Indias Climate Change Challenge

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: India has made giant strides in increasing rice production, both to feed its own people and for export. But the price has been massive water consumption, and rising greenhouse gas emissions. LONDON, 30 January – India has to find a new model of development if the twin challenges of job creation and

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Wind Power: What Is It We Are Trying To Save?

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
Hundreds of birds are killed worldwide each year from collisions with wind turbines.

The Ecologist: Luke Dale-Harris questions whether our concern over climate change is actually driving us to invest in renewable technologies that negatively impact the very natural wonders we are aiming to preserve. Even if the naysayers are right and they produce little else, wind farms most certainly generate debate. Ever since they started to become

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Davos 2013: Four Simple Environmental Ideas To Consider

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

Prevention Web: The World Economic Forum 2013 has spawned an impressive collection of reports that build a strong case for prompt and substantial action on climate change, development and sustainability. The Global Risks Report 2013 warns that stresses on economic and environmental systems are on a “collision course” that could pose “unprecedented challenges” to global

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
China's population are set to become the world's biggest per capita polluters Photo: Global Warming Images / Alamy

Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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India’s Dam Building Activities In Himalaya Threatening Human Lives And Biodiversity

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
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Zee News: Unprecedented dam building in the Indian Himalaya holds serious consequences for biodiversity and could pose a threat to human lives and livelihoods, researchers have found. The team was led by Professor Maharaj K. Pandit from the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prof Pandit, who also holds a courtesy

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