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How power can be cleaned

Coal is an environmentalist’s bugbear. The use of coal to generate energy is the key reason the world is looking at a catastrophic future because of climate change. Recognising this, global civil society has given a rousing call for coal divestment, asking companies, universities and individuals to stop investment in coal thermal power plants. They want coal to go, renewables to be in. And in the interim, clean gas, also a fossil fuel, to be used as a “bridge fuel”. In this scenario any talk of “cleaning” coal to make it less damaging is untenable.

Straw in the wind

What does the decision to save groundwater in Punjab or Haryana have to do with air pollution in Delhi? Plenty. We need to know this because many actions have unintended and deadly consequences.

वीज टंचाई कमी करण्यासाठी 'मिनी -ग्रीड' हा चांगला पर्याय

  • आपला देश विविध पातळ्यांवर विकास करत आहे. त्या विकासामध्ये वीजेचा हातभार
    मोठा असणार आहे. पण, सध्या वीजेच्या बाबतीत आपला देश 'गरीब'च आहे. ही 'वीज
    गरीबी' कमी करण्यासाठी आमची संस्था म्हणजेच सेंट फाॅर सायन्स अॅण्ड
    एन्व्हार्यन्मेंट (सीएसई) , विविध पातळ्यांवर विचारमंथन करते. प्रत्येक घरात
    किमान १२ तास तरी वीज मिळावी यासाठी आमचा प्रयत्न आहे. यासाठी मिनी ग्रीड
    तंत्रज्ञान उपयुक्त ठरू शकते. याच विषयावर अधिक विस्ताराने चर्चा करण्यासाठी
    पुणे येथे 'सस्टेनेबल मिनी ग्रीड फाॅर एॅनजीर् अॅक्सेस' या विषयावर कार्यशाळा

Mini-grids can be a viable source of power for India’s energy poor

  • New Delhi based think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) discussed the role mini-grids have to play to eradicate energy poverty in the country and proposed a model to ensure at least 12 hours of electricity to every household per day at a workshop on “Sustainable Mini-Grid for Energy Access” in Pune

An Environmental Agenda for the New Government

The NDA government must have a proactive and positive environment agenda. It must strengthen environmental oversight and not weaken regulations. 

Coal politics in an unequal world

Australia is a coal country. It is big business—miners are important in politics and black gold exports dominate the country’s finances. But dirty and polluting coal evokes emotions in environmentally concerned people. Coal-based power provides 40 per cent of the world’s electricity and emits one-third of global carbon dioxide, which is pushing the world to climate change. 

Big mini revolution

We were standing in the only street of this small village called Mohda. Located in the forested region of Chhattisgarh, the village had no access to the road and markets. The women of the village surrounded me. They wanted me to know that malaria was a serious problem for them. They wanted something to be done about it. I was taken aback because we were talking about solar energy—the state government had set up a small power station in the village, and we were there to learn more about it. “What’s the connection?” I asked.

List of registered media attendees

Mandar Mundale
Senior Sub-Editor, Agrowon
Pune, Maharashtra

Anurag Bende
Senior Correspondent, DNA
Pune, Maharashtra

R. Kadam
Cameraman, Doordarshan Kendra
Pune, Maharashtra

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