The author is a freelance journalist in Chennai. He writes on international politics, environment, climate change, and agriculture. He won the Stateman awards for rural reporting for 2018.
In recent years, India has been praised for its commitment to renewables. Since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, the world's fifth largest economy has increased solar capacity nearly ninefold and pledged to radically cut emissions.
Yet at the same time, the country is still heavily reliant on the most polluting of fossil fuels. Despite making strides in increasing the capacity of renewable energy, India still hasn't developed a policy to phase out coal.
From just over 11 megawatt (MW) of solar in 2010, India had installed 35.1 gigawatt (GW) of solar power as of June 2020, scaling up its solar capacity by over 3,000 times in less than a decade. Riding on political support, business interest, as well as positive public opinion, large-scale solar projects have come to be viewed as the silver bullet to India’s energy demands while mitigating carbon emissions.
Rajalakshmi takes pride in her prawn gravy. The trick, she says, is to add prawns to a boiling pot of gravy as soon as her husband comes home, usually in the wee hours of the morning, with a fresh catch harvested from nearby Pulicat Lake. “You won’t get this taste anywhere else,” she says.
More than 1,000 young Indians, who were actively participating in protests against CAA, have now turned their focus on providing food for the needy during the lockdown
Utilizing the wide network created during the protests, the youth are identifying clusters that need food, mobile recharges and money, and are raising funds through word of mouth.
Chennai, India - Rajinikanth, one of India's biggest film stars, has faced protests over a controversial remark about Periyar EV Ramaswamy, an anti-caste icon known for his work among unprivileged caste Hindus in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Periyar, born in 1879, is considered the father of the Dravidian Movement, which called for social reforms to end privileged caste domination of Hinduism, thereby opening the door for the socially disadvantaged sections of the society.
The tsunami, which killed some 230,000 people across 14 countries, also saw a big outpouring of donations. Relief measures from the tsunami triggered investments in boats and nets all across the state, leading to overcapacity in fishing.
India has made progress in the promotion of solar energy in the recent years. However, two recent decisions can dampen this progress.
The imposition of import duty on solar panels from China has raised the cost of solar energy production. Also, India’s pulling out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has an adverse impact.
Solar energy expert Tim Buckley, spoke with Karthikeyan Hemalatha about the impact of these two developments.
This is a story of how officials responding to disasters—even one as big as the tsunami that hit 14 nations at the turn of the century—can continue to be unmindful of the wishes of women in the scramble to find the healing touch.
Chennai: Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act spread across Chennai over the past week, with students of several colleges demonstrating on campuses and on the streets. On Monday, a day after the crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, about 150 students of IIT-Madras organized a march inside their campus.
Atleast 46,000 people die each year of snake bites, estimate independent studies. Data on deaths by snakebites however, varies across sources.
A new study exposes the lack of research in snake antivenoms. For a diverse country like India, there is only one type of snake antivenom used for treatment.
Experts say snake antivenom production needs to be decentralised and developed by using venoms from the same region where it is to be used for treatment.
The plan to combine two seemingly opposing forces—a free market and the battle against human-induced climate change—was ambitious. But carbon credit trading, once seen as one of the most successful mechanisms to help developed countries and the private sector to continue with business while meeting their emission targets, is now on the brink of disappearing into oblivion.
Charanka, Patan: The parched brown of the land in Charanka village in north-west Gujarat, around 50 km from India’s border with Pakistan, seemed endless. In peak summer, during one of the worst droughts to hit the region in 30 years, it seems devoid of all life--even doughty bush plants have lost most leaves. Cyclone Vayu, that hit the Gujarat coast in June 2019, did little to revive the district of Patan.
This perhaps explains why the official website of the Gujarat Power Corporation Limited...
While the entire country can heave a collective sigh of relief with the onset of the southwest monsoon, Chennai will have to face the brunt of the summer for one more month at least—the Western Ghats being the spoilsport. “Moisture-laden clouds hit the Western Ghats and are depleted as it rains over Kerala. Only dry, hot winds cross over to Tamil Nadu,” says YEA Raj, retired deputy director general at India Meteorological Department (IMD).