Black Carbon, Global Warming and India

Black Carbon considered as a potent greenhouse gas has been resisted by India which opposes its inclusion in the list of GHG’s under the UNFCCC mechanism.   What is Black Carbon? Considered as a climate change inducing agent by some, it is formed through the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel, and biomass, and is…

Solar Water Light Bulb

Technology has no meaning unless it is cheap and can touch the lives of poor, affected people. One such technology that catches attention for being unique and an extremely simplistic solution is the solar water light bulb. It was first discovered in Brazil by Alfredo Moser in 2002. Scores of people have benefited from it…

Green Car Award 2012

This year’s green car of the year award was bagged by the natural gas powered Honda Civic. Introduced as a fleet vehicle in 1998, the car is in currently the fifth generation model and has entered assembly line production. According to the Green Car Journal, natural gas is a clean fuel that is almost exclusively…

Indian forest cover – Introduction of forest inventory in India

Forest, an area with a high density of trees is a very complex ecosystem on the earth. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has defined forest as a land with tree crown cover of more than 10% and area of more than 0.5 hectares.  The Indian Government defines forest as a land having tree crown cover…

Petroleum Conservation

Gas based power generation in India

India’s power generation mix is considerably inclined towards coal based power generation. Current capacity addition and new establishments show increased share of coal in the Indian energy sector. As the coal reserves are limited to their natural availability and also due to the stringent environmental clearance, expansion of coal mining is limited in India. It…

Green Law Panel

Rajasthan Plans Country’s first Water Resources Law

According to reports, Rajasthan may become the first state to enact a law on managing water resources. Water is India’s next big challenge and the sooner the issue is addressed, the better. Rajasthan is already reeling under water stress and this bill can become a landmark for the state. According to State Additional Chief Secretary…

A map showing the average daily calorie consumption in countries all over the world

Food woes of India and the probable solution

Very often, we fall prey to the premise that only experts can come up with novel solutions. This is not entirely wrong but to some extent too optimistic. Experts can only guide and show the way, the real solution has to come from the political force because the power rests with the political authority. We…

National Water Mission

The National Water Mission is part of the eight climate change missions of India. Water scarcity from being merely a topic for decision is becoming a harsh reality and if judiciously utilized and valued, might even become as precious as oil. It is already second to oil in importance and unless conserved might even become…