Britain goes a day without coal-fired power for first time since the 1880s
Britain reduced its dependence on coal from about 30 percent in 2014 to 22 percent in 2015 to finally have a 0 coal power day.
Britain has been moving rapidly towards a cleaner environment for all – its own citizens and those of the world. Its method has been moving away from coal and towards other forms of energy and doing it quite rapidly.
Apple Publishes Environment Responsibility Report
Apple is moving towards zero usage of freshly mined/extracted materials. They don’t know how they will manage it but have made a public commitment!
Though the Apple commitment sounds more like a politicians, it has far more credibility, given its past performance. If any firm can manage to use only recycled inputs, that would be a major step for mankind.
Earth Day 2017: What Major Tech Companies are Doing for the Planet
The information technology powerhouses have been the most aggressive and innovative in areas unconnected to their traditional strengths.
What are Google, Apple Facebook, Microsoft and others in this space doing on the environment front? Perhaps much more than rest of the world put together. And how?
Protest rally in Khulna against Rampal power plant
A rally was held to protest the setting up of a coal fired power plant in the Sunderbans. Time India just stopped coal.
It is unfortunately still believed that coal yields the cheapest power. This is simply because we are not pricing all the harm that coal causes to people, ecosystems and even productivity. Time for the government to listen to the poor and simply stop new coal capacity to come up. If sunderbans needs a power plant, a gas based one would be a far superior alternative.
Walmart to cut one billion tonnes of supply chain emissions by 2030
Walmart has committed to reducing emissions by a billion tons over the next 13 years. Somehow Walmart’s credibility is less than Apple’s and 13 year period is too big.
If they were really committed Walmart would have picked a more aggressive target. Emission reductions have become easier and easier as solar and wind power are now working out to be almost as cheap as conventional power.
Government Actions this Week
Canada’s air is getting cleaner despite more cars, industry and people
Canada has grown in population and economically, yet its pollution levels have shown fallen dramatically. Why? Technology.While other countries debate on the impact of pollution and presence or absence of greenhouse effect, Canada concentrated on the easy solutions. Improved fuel and improved technology being used in vehicles.
China to become world’s largest electric car development hub
China is among the most aggressive converts to the clean air brigade. It is planning for a massive shift towards electric vehicles and creating new tech jobs in the process.The global economy is shifting rapidly away from older technologies dependent on fossil fuels into newer areas. Countries that will move faster will build strength in areas where the new growth will come from. Environment is the most dynamic job creator.
E-rickshaws causing snarls, worsen Delhi’s air quality
Indian regulators and judiciary aggressively pushed for introduction e-rickshaws, and now they are complaining about them. Time for the judiciary to stop meddling in the environment.Environmental change requires a combination of technology, incentives and fine tuning. Neither are the judiciary knowledgeable enough, nor can they be involved in fine tuning. All that occurs is environmental and industrial lobbyists both take them for a ride.
NGT asks Delhi government to start non-stop buses
The National Green Tribunal is now ordering the government to run non-stop buses in the hope that pollution will go down. Time to close down the NGT.The NGT may mean well, but environment will not improve by such kneejerk actions and orders. But they take up a lot of resources and time of the executive. Most importantly judicial intervention eliminates answerability of the executive to the people.
Punjab promotes moong dal to curb stubble burning
Finally good news from Punjab. The government is incentivising moong dal sowing to prevent wheat straw burning.Banning most economic activities is a very costly, highly intrusive and harmful action with unequal consequences. So is banning straw burning as it makes the poor farmer bear the burden of his pollution, while letting off the city dweller. Incentivising an alternate activity is a far superior solution to the straw burning problem.