Solar Energy

New-generation Solar Panels Far Cheaper, More Efficient: Scientists

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and

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Obama’s India Visit Could Yield Progress on Climate Change and Solar Power

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park , India

There could be progress on US-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when US President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, US officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between India and the United States would be resolved, the officials said

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Sun Shines on Union Between Solar Power and Electric Grid in Pakistan

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Amid a worsening energy crisis, Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy, rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country. The government has also reversed course and eliminated a 32.5 percent tax imposed on imported solar equipment in

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Peru’s Indigenous Uros People Turn to Solar Power

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

Living on artificial floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru’s Uros people lead simple lives of fishing and craftsmanship. Some say that this indigenous race dates back some 3,700 years to when the central Andes were first settled. Forced onto the islands of totora reeds by colonising Incas, they have since spent their days rebuilding and

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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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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Highlight India’s Solar Push

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

The recently-decided plan to go for a massive increase in solar power generation in the country will figure prominently in the statement of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar when he tells the delegates at the Lima climate conference about the steps India is taking to combat climate change. Only last month, the government decided that it

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Sun’s Finally Shining on India’s Climate Change Fight

Nov 26th, 2014 | By

In India, fighting climate change means turning to the sun. In Baramati in the western state of Maharashtra, construction is under way on a solar power plant that will generate 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town. The first phase, which is being built by Welspun Energy in partnership with the state power

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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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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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Climate Change Prompts Creative Uses of Solar Power

Jun 22nd, 2014 | By

With the climate change threatening the integrity of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and terrain, innovators have been prompted to find creative uses for solar power today. Terrestrial sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, struggle to meet the demands of economy with a very finite supply. In addition, such traditional sources of power come with the

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Can India Go 100% Renewable by 2050?

May 29th, 2014 | By

In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security.  To overcome these challenges India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy.  As Jeremy Rifkin, an economist and activist, said in New Delhi in January 2012,  “India is the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy sources and, if

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China to Triple Solar Capacity by 2017

May 19th, 2014 | By

The new target is double the previous one set for 2015, according to a statement posted last week on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission. China already has about 20GW of solar capacity and has emerged as the world’s largest renewable energy market in recent years. As the world’s largest greenhouse gas

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Solar Energy Tapped Into a Cleaner, Brighter Future for India

May 16th, 2014 | By

The nation of India is deeply committed to renewable energy. The world’s seventh largest emitter of global warming pollution, India is also the fifth biggest producer of emissions from fossil fuels. In a positive sign – India is taking the sunshine from its ample deserts, to create a brighter future with renewable energy from solar

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Pakistan’s First Solar Project Is One Of The World’s Largest

May 14th, 2014 | By

Last week Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Pakistan’s first solar power park, which will start generating 100 megawatts of energy by the end of the year and a total of 1,000 megawatts by 2016. The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project has 400,000 solar panels, with a total cost of around $131 million. When complete the plant will

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Round-the-clock Solar Power Arrives

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down. The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously

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First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Cooking using just the power of the Sun is not a new technology. Dozens of designs of solar cookers using mirrors and other shiny surfaces to concentrate the Sun’s rays are popular across the world, especially where electricity and wood for fires are in short supply. Many thousands are in use in Africa, and they

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New Incentives to Encourage Investments in Renewable Energy

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

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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India Announce New Mega Solar Projects as Part of Solar Mission

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

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

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

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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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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Easy Way To Increase Solar Cell Efficiency By 30 Percent

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

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

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

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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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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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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Here Comes The Sun: Ladakh Embraces Solar Energy

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant in Tangtse

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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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

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

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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Brazil’s Indigenous Harness The Wind

May 13th, 2013 | By

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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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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Heat Warning System For India’s Harsh Summer

Apr 15th, 2013 | By
NRDC Team India

NRDC: I found it quite interesting that an Indian city should have a proper ‘action plan’ to tackle the effects of changing climate patterns that have resulted in some severe summer temperatures in the last decade. Living in India, the action plans by city or state administrations we have mostly seen are: close schools and

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Fasten Seat Belts For Bumpier Flights: Climate Study

Apr 11th, 2013 | By
More than 180 countries have acknowledged and agreed that dangerous climate change poses a real and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

China Post: Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilizes air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners, climate scientists warned Monday. Already, atmospheric turbulence injures hundreds of airline passengers each year, sometimes fatally, damaging aircraft and costing the industry an estimated US$150 million, scientists said. “Climate change is not just warming the Earth’s surface,

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Geoengineering Is A Dangerous SolutionTo Climate Change

Mar 25th, 2013 | By

Huffingtonpost: As the realities of global climate change become ever more alarming, advocates of technological approaches to “geoengineer” the planet’s climate are gaining a following. But the technologies that are promoted — from spraying sulphate particles into the stratosphere, to dumping iron particles into the ocean, to stimulate carbon absorbing plankton, to burning millions of

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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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Go Green: An Initiative Towards Greening Earth

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
friendof-earth-Aggarwal of Go Green

Go Green’ web portal was launched in July 2008 to remind people to be mindful of and sensitive to the natural environment in our daily life The main objective of the site is to increase the awareness of environmental issues that affect the future of the planet. features ‘Green Stories’ that demonstrate the steps

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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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Energy For All: Empowering Poor Through Access To Energy-ADB

Jan 16th, 2013 | By
Access to modern energy and fuels like natural gas and LPG spares households from indoor air pollution and the tedious task of gathering fuel wood.

ADB: Empowering the poor through access to energy — ADB promotes new approaches for scaling up access to energy for the poor. Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. Yet the majority of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia and the Pacific: more than 700 million people still have no

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Building Support For Locally Relevant Climate Tech

Jan 7th, 2013 | By

SciDevNet: Climate Innovation Centers can promote clean technologies but need backing with a coordinated effort, says policy specialist Ambuj Sagar. Technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help people to adapt to climate change will be a key part of how developing countries respond to the climate challenge. But the relatively limited capabilities of these

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Ten Solar Energy Predictions For 2013

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By

Renewable Energy World: We’ve been down so long almost anything starts to look like up. Be prepared for another few down years as the solar industry rationalizes production and figures out how to make money downstream; we’ve lost this profit-making capability upstream. Since I don’t have to worry about offending any customers, suppliers, competitors or

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Solar Mama Shines As Beacon Of Hope For Her Community’s Future

Nov 28th, 2012 | By
solar mama-cop18

CoP18: Illiterate Grandmothers Become Solar Engineers: Incredible Story of Solar Mamas. Rafea Anadi appears almost lost within her long, black veil. Short of stature and slightly bowed, she seems she could be blown away by the wind. But one look in her dark brown eyes – unflinching, unafraid – and you know that Ms. Anadi

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Integrated Power Policy-A People Centric Framework For India

Nov 8th, 2012 | By
Dr. Shankar Sharma

Mr. Shankar Sharma: Energy has become a crucial part of the modern society, so much so that per capita availability of energy is considered as an indicator of Human Development. However, the social, economic and environmental impacts of demand/supply of energy are so great that only a holistic and objective consideration of all the related

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Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

Nature: There is enough power in Earth’s winds to be a primary source of near-zero-emission electric power as the global economy continues to grow through the twenty-first century. Historically, wind turbines are placed on Earth’s surface, but high-altitude winds are usually steadier and faster than near-surface winds, resulting in higher average power densities1. Here, we

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A Smart Answer To Future Energy Needs

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

The Hindu: Did you know that the amount of energy consumed in the world doubles every 20 years? Knowing how the world is running out of its energy sources, there is little chance that we would meet the demand in future. This demand for power is just one face of the problem; the other serious

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US: Using Climate Finance To Kill The Indian Solar Panel Industry

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By

CSE India: The United States is using the climate ‘fast start financing’ to its pervert advantage for ruining the Indian domestic solar photo-voltaic (PV) manufacturing industry – says Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Currently, 80 per cent of the Indian manufacturing capacity is in a state of forced closure and debt restructuring with no

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Climate Change Adaptations: How To Prepare For Global Warming

Aug 13th, 2012 | By

Huffington post: Wild geoengineering schemes may aim to reverse global warming by reflecting sunlight into space or storing excess carbon dioxide, but they won’t spare humanity from living through climate change in the next several decades. That means humans must adapt to life in a world where droughts hit harder, floodwaters rise higher and entire

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Energy Security In The Mountains: Issues and Economic Opportunities

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team interacted with authorities working on energy renewable energy issues in the western Himalayan region of India, to understand that how much scope such mountain states have in energy security and how people could be involved in such processes. What is the scope of

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Sun Shines On Energy In Nepal

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

IPS News: After years of working out of a small, dimly-lit office in a crowded bazaar here, Yug Tamrakar has just moved up a gravel road to occupy five floors of a new building, where sunlight pours through large glass windows. The light in the new premises of the 52-year-old’s company is a glistening reminder

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Bright Side Of A Dim Scenario

May 14th, 2012 | By

Financial Express: Fight climate change with green energy. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasised on the need for incorporating renewables in the energy matrix for climate change mitigation and for reducing greenhouse gasses. India’s national agenda on climate change is to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2020 in tune with its Copenhagen

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India: A Cleantech Opportunity

May 2nd, 2012 | By

Albright Stonbridge Group: In the energy and environment sector, India currently faces a clear inflection point with the potential to become an innovative leader in the use and development of clean energy and renewable products.  While the scale of the energy and environmental challenges is tremendous, it also represents a significant opportunity.  The Government of

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Wind Power ‘Can Be Cheaper’ Than Photo-Voltaics, Study Says

May 1st, 2012 | By

Nature: Some countries could save money by switching from solar to wind. Generating wind energy is more than twice as cheap as solar photovoltaic (PV) energy production, a study of alternative energy in six developing countries has found. The findings, published in Nature Climate Change last week1, could help inform global debates on financing initiatives

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Solar Panels Reflect Bright Future for Rural Papua New Guinea

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By

IPS News-By Catherine Wilson: In Papua New Guinea (PNG), which has no national power grid but large river systems and abundant sunshine, renewable energy has tremendous potential to transform remote rural lives with clean and sustainable electricity. Ten years ago Nick Nait, who lives in a small village near Mount Sion in the Eastern Highlands

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Creating An ‘Energy Internet’ For The Poor

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

The world’s poorest countries can jump directly from the pre-electricity era into a new industrial revolution through an “energy Internet” — the uptake of renewable energy shared through communication technologies, argues economist Jeremy Rifkin. “The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems”, writes Rifkin. And now —

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Climate Change Expert Calls Global Warming Scare ‘Absurdity’

Mar 21st, 2012 | By

As I approach my 90th birthday next week I thought I would provide a more personal newsletter which summarized the state of play on Global Warming/Climate Change or whatever is the current euphemism to cover up the failure of the theory that the climate is exclusively controlled by human emissions of “greenhouse gases” The pressure

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Handbook: Technology Needs Assessment For Climate Change

Mar 1st, 2012 | By

Climate change and the accompanying threat of ocean acidification from anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are among the most daunting environmental problems in the world, posing major socioeconomic, technical and environmental challenges. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), average global temperatures should not rise by more than 2oC above pre-industrialized levels

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Bright Days: How India Is Reinventing Solar

Feb 14th, 2012 | By

TIME: In 2009, when policymakers in New Delhi set a goal to produce 20,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2020, few gave India more than a slim chance. The world’s solar-savvy countries put together were generating that much solar power at the time, and India was contributing virtually nothing. But today, with acres of land

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India’s Panel Price Crash Could Spark Solar Revolution

Feb 8th, 2012 | By

Solar power has always had a reputation for being expensive, but not for much longer. In India, electricity from solar is now cheaper than that from diesel generators. The news – which will boost India’s “Solar Mission” to install 20,000 megawatts of solar power by 2022 – could have implications for other developing nations too.

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The Ill Wind that Blew Bainpara towards a More Climate Resilient Future

Jan 25th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Three years after it was decimated by cyclone Aila, Bainpara in south-west Bangladesh is being rebuilt with UK assistance. On 25 May 2009, the village of Bainpara, in the district of Khulna on Bangladesh’s south-west coast, was wiped off the map. Driven by the 120km/h winds of cyclone Aila, a 12ft wall of sea

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