India Green News: Gov't plans for climate change think tank, as new evidence says a warmer planet will make people hot under the collar
Posted August 15, 2013
India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India
The stage has been cleared for setting up a national institute and observatories for climate change studies ahead of negotiations for a new global agreement on the subject to be negotiated by 2015.
The government has cleared the setting up of a National Institute for Climate Change Studies and Actions, a dedicated think-tank that will undertake and coordinate strategic, economic and scientific studies on the burning topic.
(The Hindu, 8/8/2013)
As the world stays on course to warm 2°C by 2050, it is likely to become a more violent place. Among the places at maximum risk of war, riot or ethnic conflict: India and the subcontinent.
These are the findings of a new study published last week in the journal Science by researchers from Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley.
“The results of our paper make a very strong case for the view that extreme climate outcomes lead to more conflict and violence,” co-author Edward Miguel, an economics professor at Berkeley.
"Once bitten, twice shy’, the Commerce Department wants to avoid fresh troubles at the World Trade Organisation vis-à-vis India’s solar energy projects.
With the US breathing down its neck for allowing the first phase of the project to have a heavy local-content norm, the Commerce Department wants to ensure that the provisions of the second phase are more aligned to the multilateral pact.
It wants the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to share the draft of the bid documents for the next phase of the solar mission to ensure they are compatible with WTO norms. “The first time the MNRE did not share its first phase draft with us. But, this time, we have insisted that the draft be shown to us before finalisation as we have to face the music at the WTO,” a senior Commerce Department official said.
(The Hindu Business Line, 8/11/2013)
The Centre has formally approved the ‘generation-based incentive’ scheme for wind power projects — a promise that was made by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in his Budget speech of 2013-14. The scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet of Ministers which met on August 1, sources in the know told Business Line.
It is learnt that the Government of India will provide an incentive of 50 paise per kWhr of electricity generated by wind projects registered under the scheme. The incentive will, however, stop once the payout reaches Rs 1 crore per MW of capacity.
The incentive of Rs 1 crore can be drawn in not fewer than four years and not more than 10.
In his Budget speech, the Finance Minister had said that he would provide Rs 800 crore towards the scheme.
(The Hindu, 8/13/2013)
India may decide next week whether to impose duties on imports of solar equipment, according to the country’s Solar Independent Power Producers Association lobby.
A deadline for submissions to a government study on imports was extended to today, said Jagdish Agarwal, secretary of the group representing project developers opposed to tariffs that would raise building costs. The original deadline was July 25.
Environmental Health and Governance
Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) chairman Vamanacharya said people should not ignore the environment during the Ganesha festival, which falls on September 8 and 9. They should emulate Pune and start reusing the large Ganesha idols instead of immersing them. He was speaking at the inauguration of a one-day workshop on ‘Making Ganesha Festival Environmental-friendly’ organised here on Wednesday by the KSPCB.
Vamanacharya said, “In Pune, they have started reusing the large Ganesha idols and immersing only the small ‘utsava’ idols to minimise pollution.”
(The Indian Express, 8/8/2013)
A new report by the World Bank finds that environmental degradation costs India $80 billion per year or 5.7% of its economy. For an environmentally sustainable future, India needs to value its natural resources, and ecosystem services to better inform policy and decision-making especially since India is a hotspot of unique biodiversity and ecosystems.
(Times of India, 8/12/2013)