India Green News: PM Singh calls for India to get serious about climate change.
August 1st-8th, 2013
India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India
Speaking at the inauguration of two Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) projects in Chennai, Dr. Manmohan Singh said, “Today, climate change has become an urgent concern across the globe.
“India is among the countries that would be the most seriously impacted by the consequences of climate change. We need to develop ways and means to reduce our carbon footprint through technological innovation,” he said.
(The Hindu, 8/2/2013)
Charan Singh Parihar has proved to be an excellent role model for other farmers in the drought prone Bundelkhand region. He has set a good example for promoting climate resilient farming in this semi - arid region of central India by replacing wheat with barley – a highly water efficient crop.
As compared to wheat, which requires six cycles of irrigation, barley only needs three. Barley also uses 50 percent less manure in comparison. Consequently, the input cost of barley production is 50 per cent less.
(Business Standard, 8/06/2013)
Researchers from International Pacific Research Centre (IPRC), University of Hawaii, and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), led by H Annamalai, used computer models and performed experiments to study the effect of increase in sea surface temperature on Indian monsoon.
Highlighting the study, Annamalai said, "Various observations have shown that the Indian monsoon has weakened by around 5-6 per cent over the past few decades. Also, there has been an increase in the instances of rainfall over the west Pacific Ocean. In fact, India has not observed any strong rainfall activity (e.g. 10 per cent above its climatological seasonal mean rainfall) since the monsoon of 1994," he said.
(The Indian Express, 8/06/2013)
Experts at the CII sponsored two day conference on 'Green Buildings' demanded the government to lead a vigorous Green Buildings Movement in India, including Eastern Region.
“The Government must lead by example by transforming Government Buildings into ‘Green’. They must set an example. If we are really serious about building a Green India, the Government must show the way and convince people of the need to conserve our finite resources,” said Binoy Dutta, Chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB).
(India Blooms, 8/1/2013)
India and the US have completed consultations under WTO on American charges of discrimination against its products by New Delhi's national solar mission.
The consultations followed after the US filed a complaint in the WTO in February alleging discrimination by India's national solar mission against American products.
As per the procedure of the World Trade Organization, consultation is the first stage of a complaint filed with the global trade body.
(Business Standard, 8/8/2013)
The All India electrical energy requirement is likely to increase by about 34.4 per cent during the 12th Plan period. This forecast was made by 18th Electric Power Survey (EPS) of India conducted by Central Electricity Authority which has estimated Electric Energy Requirement (EER) and Annual Peak Electric Load (APEL) of the country for 12th Five Year Plan.
As per the draft 12th Five Year Plan document of Planning Commission, the total investment required for power during the 12th Plan is Rs. 18.2 Lakh crore.
(Business Standard, 8/1/2013)
Environmental Health & Governance
NEW DELHI: The much awaited 'Agenda for Air Pollution Control', which seeks to meet the ambient air quality standards in Delhi by 2017, came up before the cabinet chaired by chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday but was sent back to the drawing board.
While Dikshit has allegedly asked for a sharper plan with a clear roadmap to ensure implementation, it is also evident that the government wants to tread carefully and not stir up controversies on parking, urban transport and traffic just months before the elections.
(Times of India, 8/6/2013)
Toxic waste is an under-recognised major global health burden comparable to outdoor air pollution and malaria, according to a study.
The paper says that people's exposure to industrial pollutants such as lead, asbestos and chromium from toxic waste sites in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 2010 resulted in the loss of 829,000 years of good health due to serious diseases or early death.
(Thomas Reuters Foundation, 8/7/2013)
This compilation of the India Green News was authored by Kristina Johnson.