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News on India Climate Change and Energy

Jacob Scherr

Posted November 17, 2009

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 U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visits Delhi ahead of Prime Minister Singh's upcoming state visit to the U.S., and talks about increased cooperation between the US and India on climate change and clean energy.  But he tells a meeting of students at the Indian Institute for Technology in Delhi that American negotiators' hands are tied until Congress acts.                                    

While there, Secretary Chu also  talks solar energy storage and distribution with India's Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah.  The Indian Government announces they will increase subsidy levels for solar power generation, another sign it is serious about reaching its ambitious target of 20 GW of solar power by 2020.

UNIPCC chair, Dr. Pauchari, says that black carbon cannot yet be definitively linked to melting Himalayan glaciers or climate change .  The next IPCCC report, due out in 2013, will address this issue.  An article in Time days differently, and also notes serious impacts of black carbon on public health in India and elsewhere in the developing world. 

The International Energy Agency releases its annual World Energy Outlook for 2010, and calls $1.25 trillion investments in low-carbon energy in India between now and 2030. 

Nicholas Institute's Eric Roston talks climate politics all over India, and meets people who lives are already impacted by climate change. 

Senator Kerry wants a climate bill passed, in part, so the U.S. doesn't get left in India's dust, and in part, so that India knows the U.S. is serious about lowering emissions.  Senator Baucus argues American manufacturers need protection in climate legislation.

A group in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, ravished by both famine and floods over the summer, is raising awareness among the state's tribal villages about the impacts of climate change.  Oxfam India and other groups are organizing public hearings for marginalized and rural communities to speak out about effects they are already feeling. 

 (Thanks to Michael Thompson for preparing this update.)

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