New India electrification target daunting, but doable

22 Nov 2017 | Mr Debajit Palit | Powering Rural India

Since the Indian government announced in September a new scheme (called Saubhagya) to achieve universal electrification for urban and rural households by March 2019, much of the attention has been on the viability of such an ambitious goal. The new goal is certainly challenging (if not impossible) within the given timeframe. That said, Saubhagya does achieve some important advances worth noting.

Combating vehicular pollution: Delhi has to learn much more from Beijing

21 Nov 2017 | Ms Akshima Tejas Ghate | Daily O

Delhi has been gasping for fresh air for more than a fortnight now, with literally no effective emergency response on ground to arrest the situation. Comparisons have been drawn with Beijing on how much better China has been doing in terms of having a graded response action plan in place. While an effective response action plan will be critical for Delhi, given that there seems to be no assurance that the toxic smog will not return, it will be far more critical to draw an action plan that targets reduction of pollution altogether.

Preparing for the Future: Climate Products and Models for India

20 Nov 2017 | | Earth & Space Science News

Scientists have wholeheartedly accepted the existence of an increasing trend in the frequency and intensity of various extreme climate events, many of which are attributed to climate change. This trend is based on evidence from the recent past and is predicted to extend into the future.

Because of its diverse socioeconomic and climatic profile, the rapidly developing Indian subcontinent is highly vulnerable to these extreme climate events. Reducing uncertainty when predicting such extreme climate events has taken on growing importance.

Financial solutions for promoting recycling

19 Nov 2017 | | Business Standard

The demand for various good and services associated with current patterns of economic growth is increasing, but the resources available to us are finite and limited. Businesses often find that they lack the critical mass and financial support needed to start large-scale efforts to substitute scarce resources or hazardous materials with cleaner, restorative or more regenerative options. Sourcing of secondary raw materials through recovery and recycling from end-of-life products also remains a challenge.

Paddy stubble: The ‘burning’ conundrum

17 Nov 2017 | | Voices, Times of India

Riding on the roads of rural Punjab, a grim spectre unfolds. It is early November and there is fire and smoke all around for the endless land that stretches ahead. It is paddy stubble burning time in the state. This phenomenon is not exceptional to the state of Punjab in India but is also prevalent in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.

Invisible threat of antimicrobial resistance

16 Nov 2017 | Dr Banwari Lal | The Hindu Business Line

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a global public health concern as antibiotics are becoming inefficient against a wide range of pathogenic bacteria. Rampant usage of antibiotics for human and veterinary purposes has resulted in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) in the guts of humans and animals, which are subsequently released in to the environment.

Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded

16 Nov 2017 | Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma | The Financial Express

Every year, the onset of winter in Delhi unfailingly brings to the fore the burning of paddy residue in Punjab and Haryana, given the practice contributes significantly to the national capital's air pollution woes, with severe consequences for public health. According to an IIT study, 17% of the PM 10 load and 26% of the PM 2.5 load in October-November in Delhi can be attributed to post-monsoon crop residue burning in these states.

Bad air isn’t just a Delhi problem, a lot more than ‘odd-even’ is needed..

15 Nov 2017 | Mr Nitya Nanda | Asian Age

With the quality of Delhi's air has again reached critical levels with severe pollution, alarm bells have gone off, and the Delhi government announced it would bring back the "odd-even" scheme, that seems to be turning into an annual ritual. (The plan has been temporarily kept on hold after the National Green Tribunal directed that most of the exemptions be withdrawn, after which the Delhi government suspended its order.) The fact that the second edition of the "odd-even" scheme didn't bring any reduction in air pollution is something to be noted.

Universal electricity access in India: Leveraging modern information technology solutions

13 Nov 2017 | | The Practitioner Hub For Inclusive Business


Almost all census villages in India are on the verge of achieving victory over darkness. The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) - the flagship program for rural electrification is under implementation in the less than 3000 inhabited census villages that are currently un-electrified.

What makes the Bonn meet on climate critical

08 Nov 2017 | Dr Ajay Mathur | Hindustan Times

India played a leading role at the Paris climate negotiations, and emerged as a prominent, constructive and responsible country in global discussions and actions to address climate change. We were able to work with the rest of the world in defining a regime that aligned our national goals of enabling adequate and affordable energy for all with the global goal of mitigating global carbon emissions.