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India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

December 11, 2014 by Justin Guay
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India, Coal, and Public Health

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions.[read more]

India Disdains a Global Approach to Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 9, 2014 by Henry Auer
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India Mitigation Problems

By the time global warming drew worldwide attention in the last decades of the 20th century, developing countries were beginning intensive energy-dependent expansions of their economies, seeking to move from agrarian to industrialized societies. India and China are prime examples of this growth surge.[read more]

From Delhi to Lima: India's Win-Win Opportunity to Grow a Low-Carbon Economy

December 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India's Low-Carbon Opportunity

On Friday, I attended Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar’s press conference in Delhi before he departed for the 20th UN climate conference of the parties (“COP 20”) taking place in Peru’s capital, Lima. Minister Javadekar described the Lima conference as a "milestone."[read more]

Time for Solar Resource-Rich India to Capitalize on Financing Solutions

December 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India Solar Finance Solutions

 

These are exciting times for India’s solar market. The solar resource-rich country just crossed the 3 gigawatt mark for total installed solar capacity. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the United States Export-Import Bank just signed an MOU for cooperation on clean energy investments.[read more]

Rising Pollution in the Developing World: Is India a Climate Protection 'Wild Card'?

December 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

India as Climate Wild Card

The world is constantly and almost instantaneously transforming right before our very eyes. And given the great complexity and increasing interconnectedness of resulting emerging challenges it is advisable for policymakers to attempt to get ahead of the curve.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

November 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

At the Montreal Protocol meeting, starting on Monday in Paris, countries could seize one “low hanging fruit” opportunity by agreeing to move forward on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent and fast-growing heat-trapping gases.[read more]

Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

November 17, 2014 by Justin Guay

Court Rulings and Public Health in India

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance for the IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution.[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

October 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Development and Human Rights

Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

U.N. Climate Summit Underscores Perennial Differences on Climate Change

October 6, 2014 by Henry Auer

Climate Change Differences

The United Nations convened a Climate Summit as a springboard for action on addressing global warming. And negotiations toward a new international climate treaty to stabilize the world’s average temperature are about to begin under the U. N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.[read more]

US and India Progress on Long-Missed Opportunity: Increasing Clean Energy Access

October 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Clean Energy Access

Meeting in Washington, DC this week, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important commitments for U.S.-India partnership, with joint announcements by the US and India supporting the expansion of off-grid clean energy in India.[read more]

Summit Tackles India's Sustainable Energy Goals

October 2, 2014 by Christina Nunez

In India, 300 million people still lack access to electricity. Coal, which currently accounts for 59% of India’s power capacity, will help meet that demand. But India’s quest to meet its energy needs occurs against the backdrop of increasing international pressure for nations to act on climate change.[read more]