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How corporates can move the needle on cutting carbon emissions

While most agree that we must do something, you can be among the few who make a difference.
A very neat checklist on a range of small actions that can make a difference and also save on costs. All that is required is a little bit of your extra time. If you don’t have a team, no problems, simply use this checklist in your home. And monitor your performance every week!



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Kerala: How People Power Forced a Waste-Management Revolution

A great case study of Kerala’s experiences with waste management.
For those who have some time to spare should read this very interesting case of Kerala’s experiences with waste management, and the many different battles being fought in rural and urban India.



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Rural India’s Overlooked Crisis Of Outdoor Air Pollution

Biomass burning in the kitchen or the field is not the only cause of rural air pollution.
Air pollution in rural areas is a massive problem – threshing, ploughing, biomass burning in field and kitchen, unmonitored and unregulated rural manufacturing, all pollute massively. This unknown giant in India’s pollution landscape is well captured in this article.



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India has built more thermal power plants than it needs

Indian power plants are not working to capacity, because there is not enough demand!
Demand growth in India has been much lower than was projected, and both extra capacity and better utilization have contributed to the excess supply. Moreover, hurdles in power distribution only add to the problem. A detailed article, highly recommended for those with some time on their hands.



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Paris or Not, Economics Are Squeezing Carbon Out of Power Mix

The global carbon footprint is falling and it is the economics of renewable energy and gas that are causing it, not any global agreement.
What if global agreements on carbon collapsed tomorrow? The world will still continue down the path of lower carbon emissions thanks to the economics of gas based power and that of renewables. This is the US experience despite its recent pull-out.



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India, China surpass US as most attractive renewables markets

India and China together are becoming the major renewable energy production markets. Given that they are both high growth energy usage markets and have yet to clean up their dirty energy act, there is much scope in these two countries.



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Switzerland votes to phase out nuclear energy and switch to renewables

Switzerland is moving away from nuclear towards renewables, following its neighbour France.



Government Actions this week


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US pullout to brighten climate for Modi's green energy plan

There are some who see a silver lining in every disaster! 
I still don’t get the logic of how the US pull-out helps India, but then I may not be getting what is so obvious to the author. And so with humility I include this article in my weekly selection.



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What has GST got to do with air pollution?

There is a very close link between taxation and substitution between products and if the government taxes high energy input products less, it may end up causing more harm.
GST is not the solution to India’s environment problem, and simplification of the tax regime may actually worsen the environmental impact. So what is the solution? It is time India starts to plan a carbon tax regime.



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Canada Pushes For Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy

Canada is using a two-fold strategy. On the one hand it is promoting low carbon emission energy production, while on the other hand it is incentivising low carbon emission vehicles – electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel.



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Russia and Saudi Arabia considering projects on renewable energy

Russia and Saudi Arabia are slowly but steadily moving towards renewable energy.



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New Zealand: Government to introduce road tolls or congestion charges

New Zealand is using punishments to reduce its carbon footprint - by imposing fines and tolls on vehicles.



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The rise of renewable energy across Africa

Across Africa, renewable energy facilities are gathering momentum and will only grow in scale and scope.


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