Railways becomes the focus of India’s solar ambitions easing country’s energy burden

(This was originally published on eai.in.)

Indian Railways is the fourth largest route network in the world connecting over 8000 stations. Calculations for the year 2015 Indian Railways show that it accounted for (traction and non-traction combined) roughly 1.5% of India total electricity consumption.

Being India’s largest power consumer, deficit in power supply has long been a concern for the Railways. Continue reading

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India — careening on a course towards ‘disaster’ with little care

This happened with us in May in Hyderabad, Telangana (India), which is where I was living then. Telangana, as a lot of India, was suffering from debilitating drought conditions (here, here and here) for the second consecutive year as we had an El Nino that saw a string of global temperature records topple (here and here). Continue reading

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Exploring a Sustainable Future at Auroville, India

Beginning of this month, I attended a 6-day workshop, titled Exploring a Sustainable Future, in a township about 10 km from Puducherry called Auroville. It was, to say the least, a highly refreshing experience personally. One moment I was in between people who continue to think in the more mainstream manner while every indicator points to the fact that without urgent action, my own generation, not to speak of future generations, will be in for a rough ride (two such perspectives from a whole breadth of perspectives are given here and here)  . And the next moment, I was in Auroville — an international township involved in a live experimentation in sustainable living — in between like-minded people who were all critical of our current way of life. The people I met might approach sustainability from different directions — climate change, waste management, food security, stupefying pollution levels in Indian cities — but they were all to some extent clued in to the fact that our current socioeconomic system is highly unsustainable. Continue reading

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Shell—and the Oil Industry—Must Transform Its Current Path as Climate Heats Up: Part 2, the Actions

The IPCC assesses the literature on the science of human-induced climate change, its impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation, and releases a comprehensive report every couple of years. Continue reading

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Shell—and the Oil Industry—Must Transform Its Current Path as Climate Heats Up: Part 1, the Background

The sobering bottom line is this: the collective action of the political leaders and the fossil fuel companies have so far put our planet on a path to 2.4°C+ (the model mean for IPCC’s RCP4.5 warming scenario) of warming above pre-industrial (1750) levels by the end of this century. Continue reading

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