COP21-Climate conference at Paris

Why you should be optimistic about the Paris climate change conference

The 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties, which refers to the United Nations-sponsored climate change talks taking place in Paris this year, has renewed global discussions about the need for rapid action. Delegates are making global pleas for nations to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that threaten the long-term security of the planet, and to create the conditions for an alternative energy revolution. The goals of this year’s climate summit are lofty, and may even be achievable. Here40

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PM Narendra Modi to Launch International Solar Alliance at Paris Climate Conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande will jointly host a meeting and launch International Solar Alliance on 30th Nov at the Paris Climate Conference. Over 100 countries are invited for the event. The alliance is to be named as the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (InSPA). It will act as a platform for coalition of solar resource rich countries to share technologies for promoting solar energy. It will also allow these countries to refrain from40

Rooftop Mounted Solar Panels

Solar panels – a mandatory prerequisite for recently settled structures in Hyderabad

The recently formed Indian state of Telangana is considering making roof top sun powered panels a mandatory prerequisite for recently settled structures in the state capital, Hyderabad. Talking at a workshop on “Changing Indian Cities to Smart Cities”, Telangana Minister, KT Rama Rao said that Hyderabad as of now has such an order and guided the GHMC to implement it strictly. In the interim, the AP government has also additionally formed targets to attain 9,150 MW limit of renewable vitality40

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Solar Parks Investment

India’s flagship environment ministry, the MNRE has turned out with a draft plan for advancement of sun based parks and ultra mega sun powered projects which will in turn lead to deployment of expansion of 20,000 MW of sun oriented solar power. India is currently implementing the ambitious solar powered National Solar Mission that seeks to make use of sun’s power and result in a gradual shift of the country’s energy economics from a fossil fuel based power sector to40

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India’s first Jellyfish Lake discovered in Gujarat

A group of marine researchers have stumbled upon a jellyfish lake in Gujarat. This is perhaps the first such instance of a jellyfish lake in the country. As per the data collected by researchers, concentration and density of jellyfish is very high in this lake. The team was led by wildlife scientist BC Choudhury associated with the Wildlife Trust of India. The team found the lake on one of its visits in Armabada in Gujarat. The jellyfish population in the40

India says no to Anti-dumping Duties

India has finally decided not to impose anti-dumping duties on imported solar PV modules. With this, the country will not have to face the ire of the WTO where a case was filed by the US against India’s decision to impose anti-dumping duties. First Solar, a US based company had even approached the Delhi High court for a ruling against the decision which refused to intervene as the matter wasn’t decided. The rejection which finally came from the Ministry of40

Micrixalus species

New Species of Dancing frogs discovered in Western Ghats

The dancing frogs officially known by the scientific name Micrixalus kottigeharensis are found in the western ghats belt of Maharshtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The region is very rich in biodiversity and has about 180 endemic amphibian species. Delhi University professor Sathyabhama Biju discovered the frog species. He previously was credited for discovery of purple frogs. A total of 14 species were discovered which almost doubles the number of species known till date. The species were identified by using40

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Kicking away carbon at FIFA World Cup, Brazil

FIFA world Cup being held in Brazil this year is special for another reason which doesn’t involve football. The FIFA World Cup is also offsetting the carbon emissions that will surely be a pioneering step that could serve as a concrete lesson for future global events. The CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) of the UNFCCC is being employed to encourage carbon credit holders for donations to event organizers which may then use it to offset emissions in multiple activities. CDM allows40