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SBI – Adani Deal: Pure Banking, Nothing Else?

Far away from media glare and terrorist conspiracies of killing innocent children and taking citizens hostage to prove a point about whose God is greater, there is trouble brewing in the Great Barrier Reef. This majestic reef, a bio-diversity hotspot is in danger and India’s largest bank, SBI, is funding this destruction. No, don’t get us (More...)

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5 Reasons Why India Needs To Break Up With Coal

It’s the shame old coal story. As a slightly privileged kid who probably never experienced power cuts while living in one of the posh suburbs in Bombay, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I shifted to Bangalore. With scheduled power cuts every day,  I thought my life was about to end! As I (More...)

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FAQ Series: How Can India Develop If We Oppose Coal?

In this FAQ series, we attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions around India’s energy sector. In the coming days, we would be attempting to answer more such questions to enable a conversation on India’s dirty energy system. We would love to hear your views on these issues. Questions that you’d like to be answered (More...)

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FAQ Series: Why Is India Facing An Energy Crisis?

In this FAQ series, we attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions around India’s energy sector. In the coming days, we would be attempting to answer more such questions to enable a conversation on India’s dirty energy system. We would love to hear your views on these issues. Questions that you’d like to be answered (More...)

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Energy in India – A Perspective

Guest Post by Ajay Pratap. It’s a known fact that the increasing incidents of extreme weather conditions are caused due to human activities and excessive fossil fuel consumption. India, with a diverse population and varied climatic temperament is at a great risk from climate change. In such a situation, how do we meet the growing energy demands (More...)

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Mumbai Joins The ‘DirtE Talks’ Conversations!

Guest post by Smiti Singrodia “Jungle humara, aapka. Nahi kisike baap ka.” This has to be the perfect way to get an audience hooked on, not that the name of the event wasn’t enough. Yesterday, we conducted the Mumbai edition of ‘DirtE Talks- A conversation about India’s dirty energy’ organised by 350.org at the effervescent (More...)

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Hyderabad Leads The Way In Talking About India’s Dirty Energy

Yesterday we kicked off our first event on India’s energy issues, DirtE Talks in Hyderabad city, with a renewed sense of hope that people power can be instrumental in achieving victory over dirty energy projects. Theater group Dhaakshinaya Academy of Art staged a poignant play about the struggles of a community who were promised happiness (More...)

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Busting Industry Myths About Coal

The coal industry and its government allies want to you believe that coal is cheap, coal is clean, and coal is the solution to energy poverty. The coal industry spends millions of dollars per year propagating these myths, with the sole intention of convincing citizens, utilities and governments that continued investment in coal is inevitable. (More...)

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10 Important Findings From The IPCC Report You Should Know About

The final instalment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) was released on November 2. We bring you 10 important things that you should know about this report; 1. Climate change is primarily caused by humans. Working Group I found with 95% certainty that humans have caused most of the observed warming since (More...)

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Sustaining with Solar

Guest Post by Anand Prabu Pathanjali Environmental conservation and protection are the foundation stones of environmentalists and environmental organizations. Preaching and practicing measures that will uphold these beliefs are a day-to-day affair. Greenpeace, an environmental NGO, is no stranger to this. All our global offices, including the Indian office makes sure that our efficiency and energy (More...)

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Making Solar Energy Possible

Guest Post by Puneet Bhardwaj I am a mechanical engineer by profession and I started my career with an oil and gas company as a Project Engineer. From what I know, setting up facilities to explore and extract expensive fossil fuel was a great career start. This profession allowed me to travel the world and meet new people. (More...)

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There Is No Planet B!

This Monday, 27th October, we met the awesome students of IIT, Delhi. Here’s what one volunteer had to say about climate change; In our quest for material richesWe trampled on our Mother Earth’s wishesBut the winds are now blowing with a sense of revengeForcing we human beings to tread on a path of change Greenhouse effect & (More...)

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The Myth of Coal Fired Development

Guest Post by Avimuktesh Bhardwaj Coal is fast becoming a part of the problem for larger masses. What is obviously surprising is that it was never a complete solution for development in itself. The World Commission on Environment and Development, in 1987 gave us the definition of sustainable development that has ever since become the (More...)

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Sangam – Harmony With Nature

Guest Post by Himanshu Mendiratta Sangam was started by my father in 1964 after my grandparents migrated from Pakistan post independence. For many years Sangam has been the only source to feed and manage our very big joint family. Years passed by and lot of things changed. Many of my family members started up their own (More...)

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Cyclone Hudhud – Are We Still Denying Climate Change?

It seems that almost every other day we come across newspaper stories and headlines that talk about increased rainfall, highest temperature recorded for centuries, droughts, heat waves etc. While most of us skim through the snippets and turn the page over, such climate-related calamities are a grave reality for many thousands around the world. As (More...)

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Jharia: Development’s Dirty Print

Jharia is not only one of the largest coal mines in India, but also one of the largest in Asia. What once was a dense forest populated by tribes, Jharia, famous for its rich coal resources, was sacrificed at the altar of development. (More...)

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Why Talk Dirt(E)?

because this conversation on India’s energy future and security needs more public engagement. It is highly unlikely that a few policy makers and politicians, pressured under vested corporate interests will take decisions that democratically and engage those whom these policies of growth and development impact the most. (More...)

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