India Green News: Mahbubnagar and Vijaywada to be developed as solar cities, says MNRE, while Surat reveals how it tackled the flood this year
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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India
NEW DELHI, INDIA: President Pranab Mukherjee has asked scientists and technologists to engage themselves in the cause of making India self-sufficient in energy.
Citing the example of the US during his address in the National Energy Conservation Awards function, he said, "The US has turned itself from being a huge net energy importer to being self-sufficient through the discovery of shale gas. This has been possible because of a crucial technological breakthrough in efficient recovery of shale gas. Likewise, the parameters for developing future technologies in India have to be defined."
"Innovation and technology will help create a pipeline of technologies that addresses both climate change and energy efficient development needs at costs that users are able to pay," he said.
NEW DELHI: New and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar will be developed as solar cities.
"Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar have been identified for developing them as solar cities," Abdullah informed the Rajya Sabha.
He said a solar city aims to reduce a minimum of ten per cent of its projected demand of conventional energy through generation from renewable energy installations and energy efficiency measures.
(Times of India, 12/10/2013)
GUWAHATI: Energy Management Company Schneider Electric India said it would double business in North East in the next 3-4 years.
"North East is witnessing huge investments both from government and private sectors in the power and infrastructure sectors. On the back of that, we are expecting to double our business in this region in the next 3-4 years," Schneider Electric India Regional Head-East (Energy and Power) Saibal Chaudhry told reporters.
(Economic Times, 12/10/2013)
TAMIL NADU: Multiple legal challenges are hurting Tamil Nadu's ambitious plan of adding 3,000 megawatt of solar power by 2015, two state officials have said.
Tamil Nadu, facing one of its worst-ever power crises, is betting big on solar. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's administration has drawn up an ambitious plan to add 3,000 megawatt through this route by 2015, 1,000 megawatt every year starting 2013.
Toward this, the state had floated a 1,000 megawatt tender, India's single biggest tender, late last year. But the going has not been smooth. "The 1,000 megawatt tender is delayed because it is hit by legal cases. We are confident of getting it cleared," said Sudeep Jain, chairman and MD of the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, the nodal agency for solar projects, addressing a Confederation of Indian Industry conference.
(Economic Times, 12/11/2013)
A leaked final draft of the UN scientific panel on climate change report has warned of the risks that the world faces from climate change impacts if the greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed and countries do not adapt quickly enough.
The report of the Working Group II of the UN Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was leaked online. The Hindu confirmed its veracity independently.
The final draft has been sent to all governments to review and comment on before the report is finalised. While the possibility of change in the report during finalisation remains, sources told The Hindu that substantial alteration was unlikely.
(The Hindu, 12/15/2013)
India is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, according to a new data indicating the levels of water stress faced by 37 countries.
The Washington, DC environmental research organization World Resources Institute found that water supplied are becoming increasingly difficult to attain on a planet hit by global warming and growing population.
(Business Standard, 12/19/2013)
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SURAT: Representatives from the Diamond City will share their success at dealing with climate change issues and how they have been able to check floods to a large extent.
The experiences will be shared at a national conference on emerging mechanisms and responses of cities to climate change in Delhi on Tuesday that has been organized by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and supported by Rockefeller Foundation.
Kamlesh Yagnik, secretary of Surat Climate Change Trust (SCCT), will deliberate on the effectiveness of setting up end to end early warning system in Surat for pre-empting floods.
(Times of India, 12/10/2013)
The government today said that the Central Pollution Control Board has identified 150 polluted river stretches in the country with Maharasthra and Gujarat topping the list of having maximum of them.
"The CPCB has identified 150 polluted stretches along various rivers in the country based on Bio-chemical-Demand (BOD)," Environment minister Jayanthi Ntarajan told Rajya Sabha today.
While 28 such stretches have been identified in Maharashtra, 19 polluted stretches have been found in Gujarat. Uttar Pradesh too has 12 such polluted stretches.
(Business Standard, 12/12/2013)
This compilation of the India Green News was co-authored by Nehmat Kaur and Kristina Johnson.