India Providing Big Incentives to Domestic Solar Businesses To Increase Energy Self-Reliance

India Providing Big Incentives to Domestic Solar Businesses To Increase Energy Self-Reliance

The Indian government is planning to give land near ports to companies that will construct solar equipment factories, Utpal Bhaskar reported in Livemint. According to two people close to the development, New Delhi is attempting this in order to both “attain self-reliance and challenge the dominance of China in one of the world’s largest green energy market.”

Why This Matters: As Dr. Varun Sivaram, an energy policy expert, told ODP, this recent announcement of tariffs is “a mixed bag.” Tariffs raise the cost of solar production, and, in Dr. Sivaram’s words, “ultimately slow down India’s badly needed clean energy transition.”

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Climate Crisis Creating a Marriage Crisis for Farmers in India

Climate Crisis Creating a Marriage Crisis for Farmers in India

Climate change is having long-term effects on the marriage prospects of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, The Conversation reported today. As part of a larger project running from 2018 to 2021, the researchers interviewing over 1000 farmers to learn about the “increasing vulnerability of agriculture” in the region.  What they found was, in their own words, “unexpected.”

Why This Matters: As the researchers note in their study, “the focus on climate change hitherto has mostly focused on the impacts on the natural environment.”

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Locusts Threaten Food Security in India and Pakistan

Locusts Threaten Food Security in India and Pakistan

by Julia Fine Last month, we wrote about the outbreak of locust swarms traveling from East Africa to the Indian subcontinent. Now, as the New York Times reported yesterday, the locusts have made their way to New Delhi. The capital region’s fields, metro stations, suburbs, and more are now teeming with swarms.  We previously noted […]

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Coal Ash Barges in India Continue to Capsize, Jeopardizing Public Health, Mangroves, Fishers

Coal Ash Barges in India Continue to Capsize, Jeopardizing Public Health, Mangroves, Fishers

Since March, five barges filled with toxic fly ash have capsized en route from India to Bangladesh, according to Rishika Pardikar last week in The Third Pole.  The fly ash, which is used to make cement in Bangladesh, is particularly harmful in river systems such as those of the Sundarbans, an area that contains a highly endangered Bengal tiger reserve and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why This Matters: Rivers are often touted as an environmentally friendly and cheap mode of transportation – even here in the U.S. (e.g., the Mississippi River). But there are many other users who rely on these waterways in India for fishing and other livelihoods.

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India Is Charting A Low Carbon Future  — Building Better From the Start

India Is Charting A Low Carbon Future — Building Better From the Start

The Washington Post took a closer look at India’s chances for pulling itself out of poverty without a concomitant increase in its greenhouse gas emissions, noting that while China was unable to do so, India just might have a chance — it is on track to meet its two major pledges under the Paris agreement on climate change ahead of schedule before 2030.

Why This Matters:  Countries like India that are just now building up their middle class have the opportunity, if the cost is low enough, to leapfrog more developed countries and go directly to low-carbon, energy-efficient technologies.

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Climate Change-Driven Locust Swarms Arrive in India

Climate Change-Driven Locust Swarms Arrive in India

We wrote earlier this year that climate change was fueling an outbreak of swarming locusts in East Africa, and now the insects have made it to India’s heartland where they have devastated crops and livelihoods in a region already struggling with coronavirus, a heatwave in the capital, a recent cyclone, and 100 million people out […]

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