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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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Wind Farms Remain ‘Highly Efficient’ for 25 Years

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

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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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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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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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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Denmark Tops First-Of-Its-Kind Global Cleantech Innovation Index

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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WWF: Denmark, followed by Israel, Sweden, Finland and the US provide the best conditions today for clean technology start-up creation, with companies in the Asia Pacific region following closely behind when it comes to commercial success, the first Global Cleantech Innovation Index shows. In Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012, Cleantech Group and

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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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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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Atmospheric Pollution In Hindu Kush Himalaya Region

Jan 11th, 2013 | By

MRD: This paper presents a detailed review of atmospheric pollution observed in the Hindu Kush–Himalaya (HKH) region and its implications for regional climate. Data from in situ measurements made at high-altitude stations in the HKH region, observations from satellitebased instruments, and global climate modeling study results are discussed. Experimental observations discussed include both atmospheric measurements

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Integrated Power Policy-A People Centric Framework For India

Nov 8th, 2012 | By
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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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The Sky Is the Limit for Wind Power

Sep 13th, 2012 | By

Scientific American: The amount of power to be reaped from tapping low- and high-altitude winds dwarfs global demand. Wind turbines on land and offshore could readily provide more than four times the power that the world as a whole currently uses. Throw in kites or robot aircraft generating electricity from sky-high winds and the world

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Wind Power Can Meet Global Energy Demands: Scientists

Sep 12th, 2012 | By

Times of India: With oil, gas and coal depleting fast, US scientists say that available wind power is enough to fuel all of the world’s energy demands. The atmospheric wind turbines in high altitude areas generate even more power than ground-and ocean-based units. Near-surface winds could provide more than 20 times global power demand and

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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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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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How Wind Power Can End Energy Poverty By 2020

May 8th, 2012 | By

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”– Neil Postman One of the perks of my job is the opportunity to interact with, and influence, the future generation. I recently enjoyed such an opportunity at The Energy and Resources Institute’s (TERI) University, where I addressed a gathering of students

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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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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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Green Power: Wind Power Does Not Help To Avert Climate Change

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
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Efforts to stem global warming have nurtured a strong urge worldwide to deploy renewable energy. As a result, the use of wind turbines has increased 10-fold over the past decade, with wind power often touted as the most cost-effective green opportunity. According to Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s commissioner for climate action, “People should believe

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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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Himalayas: The future of solar?

Oct 14th, 2011 | By
AFP - Getty Images  The Himalaya, including the Mount Everest range 87 miles northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal, shown here, have a massive potential to produce solar electricity, a new study finds.

MSNBC: The high peaks of the Himalayas may soon be a beacon for adventurous solar power entrepreneurs, suggests a new study that identified the lofty region as having some of the world’s greatest potential to capture energy from the sun. Other regions not traditionally considered hotbeds of solar power potential include the Andes of South

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The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency: A Market Transforming Platform – Really?

Oct 12th, 2011 | By
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Suman K A: The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, one of the key missions, of the National Action Plan for Climate Change has at its core – unlocking staggering INR 74,000 crore energy efficiency opportunities, reducing annual fuel savings by 23 mtoe, avoiding energy capacity addition worth 19000 MW, and achieving 98 million tCO2-e

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A Conversation With Rajendra K. Pachauri

Sep 28th, 2011 | By
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New York Times: Rajendra K. Pachauri is the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, a non-profit focusing on research in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable development. In 2007, under his leadership, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was awarded

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Two-thirds of consumers would pay more for products made with wind energy

Jul 9th, 2011 | By

EVWind:Two-thirds say they would be willing to pay more for products made with wind power. Overwhelmingly they either prefer or don’t mind seeing wind turbines in their daily life. Manufacturers and retailers take note: Consumers worldwide are more likely to recommend, buy, and pay extra for brands they perceive to be climate-friendly, and two-thirds say

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Japan’s winds of change

Jun 11th, 2011 | By

Economist: Energy- Redesigned wind turbines can wring more power out of mountain winds, which are otherwise difficult to exploit ONE reason for Japan’s reliance on nuclear power—with all its attendant difficulties of building reactors safely in an earthquake zone—is its lack of indigenous energy sources. Yet it does have one that seems under-exploited, namely the

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