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India Environmental News Compilation, October 21st - 28th

Amrita Batra

Posted November 2, 2011

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Climate change triggers new infectious diseases

“Climate change is resulting in the emergence of new infectious diseases and increase in insensitivity of new pathogens. According to Dr Seyed E. Hasnain, chairman of the Committee on Climate Change and Impact on Human Health, department of health research, Government of India, infectious diseases, particularly those transmitted by vectors like mosquitoes and flies, are likely to be impacted by climate change.”

(Deccan Chronicle, 10/23/11)

US joins India, China in opposing emission binding targets by 2015

“A unique alliance of countries - India, China, Brazil, the US, UAE, Indonesia and South Korea - has come about against the EU proposal to impose internationally binding targets to reduce emissions for developed and developing countries under a new treaty by 2015.  The countries came together to oppose the proposal at the recently concluded talks in Cape Town - a ministerial level consultation just before the formal UN talks on climate change commence in November -- to start negotiations for a new treaty that would be signed by 2015.”

(The Times of India, 10/26/11)


US, India facing same challenge of providing energy: Envoy

“US and India are facing the "same challenge" of providing for the energy needs of their people while ensuring that environment is not harmed, US Consul General in Kolkata Dean R Thompson has said.  “India and USA are working to make progress in the areas of strategic cooperation, which includes security issues, energy and climate change”.
"This is an area where we face the same challenge, how do we provide for the energy needs of our populations while ensuring that we are not causing irreversible harm to our environment," Thompson asked.  Referring to the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), a Memorandum of Understanding on energy and climate change, Thompson said: "PACE has the potential to touch all of our lives through advances in solar energy and energy-efficiency.”

(The Economic Times, 10/27/11)

Record $7.2 Billion India Renewable Funds Buck Europe’s Pain

“Investment in clean-energy projects in India reached a record $7.2 billion in the first three quarters, bucking debt woes in Europe that threaten to derail more established solar and wind markets. The total value of project finance, money raised on public markets, and new investments from private equity and venture capital in the nine months to September already exceeds the $5.7 billion raised in 2010, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. “The major difference this year is the contribution from the solar sector,” said Ashish Sethia, India country manager for the London-based researcher. “We’ve seen a four-fold rise in investment driven by federal and state-level policies.”

(Bloomberg, 10/25/11)

Karnataka wind energy sector sees turnaround

“Karnataka is now emerging as a hot destination for investments in the wind energy sector. Several IPPs (Independent Power Producers) and wind farm developers have announced plans to set up shop in Karnataka — the State with the largest capacity for wind power in India. The State has an estimated wind potential of 8,591 MW, of which, only 1,576.2 MW has been actually realised as on December 2010, according to the World Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE).”

(The Hindu, Business Line, 10/23/11)

India likely to see 3,000 MW wind power addition in 2011

“Helped by strong policy framework and better cost competitiveness compared to conventional power generation, India is expected to see wind energy installation of about 3,000 MW this year, says a report. The anticipated capacity addition would be 39% higher than that of 2,142 MW witnessed last year, according to a HSBC Global Research. Further, the country is projected to have wind capacity addition of nearly 7,500 MW between 2011-15 period. “The key drivers for growth are primarily a strong policy framework and improving cost competitiveness of wind technology compared to conventional generation,” the report said.”

(Business Standard, 10/23/11)

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