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December 2, 2019 A study highlights the barriers to harnessing India's potential for wind energy.
Windmills in Karnataka, India. Picture credit: India Water Portal
November 14, 2019 A study finds that India may run out of water to cool power plants in the near future.
Tuticorin power plant in Tamil Nadu (Image: Ram Kumar, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 2.0)
October 1, 2019 Green capital at scale urgently needed for the energy transition and climate action in emerging economies - CEEW Centre for Energy Finance
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September 30, 2019 Some lessons for transition to small scale solar energy in rural areas from the work of MAJLIS, a collective of dalit and adivasi women in Madhya Pradesh.
There has to be a policy shift for decentralised off grid or distributed generation catering to small communities. (Image: MAJLIS)
September 30, 2019 The recently concluded 4 day conference in Bangalore looked at the current state of global water resource challenges & future pathways to achieve the SDGs, while ensuring equity in access to all.
Charles Vorosmarty, Chair, COMPASS Initiative, Water Future at the opening plenary on advanced water system assessments to address water security challenges of the 21st century.
Telangana among states ensuring tap water supply to schools, anganwadis
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 days 21 hours ago

Telangana joins a group of states which have ensured tap water supply to schools, anganwadis

Tap water in a rural school (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Budget 2021: Environmental conservation or business as usual
The budget has given environmental conservation issues a slip, say experts Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

This year’s budget was tabled when the country was grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 induced crisis. The government was expected to provide an effective response to the pandemic-induced recession.

There is a need to estimate the ecological footprint of all activities. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Budget 2020: Is the allocation enough to meet the piped water dream
Experts discuss if the budget has enough funds for water access and security. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget announcement on February 1, 2020 made a push for piped rural drinking water supply and promised full coverage of all households by 2024.

Just 21.4 percent of India’s households have access to piped water, as per NSSO data (Image: Niyantha Shekar, Flickr Commons; CC BY-NC 2.0)
Jal Jeevan Mission receives Rs 11,500 crore allocation in Budget 2020-21
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 1 month ago

Government allocates Rs 11,500 crore to Jal Jeevan Mission for 2020-21

In the budget 2020-21, the Finance Ministry has allocated Rs 11,500 crore to the Jal Jeevan Mission for the year for 2020-21.

Women filling water from a tap (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
What's there for water in the budget kitty?
Budget fails to allocate enough to turn the rhetoric of tap water to each household into reality. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

Union Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman presented the decade's first union budget in the parliament on 1st February 2020. While presenting budget for 2020-2021, she started with the country’s vision for the decade in which she emphasised on water management and clean rivers as one of the 10 points of vision for the country.

The budget allocation suggests that the predominant focus of the Ministry of Jal Shakti continues to be on water resources development rather than water resources governance or management (Image: Brian Gratwicke, Flickr Commons, CC BY 2.0)
Kerala tops SDG index by NITI Aayog
Bihar, Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh are at the bottom of NITI Aayog's SDG Index, released recently. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

Kerala retains the top slot with a score of 70, followed closely by Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana in the latest edition of NITI Aayog’s annual assessment of progress made by states in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG).

Considering the poor performance on SDG implementation in many critical areas such as hunger, there is a need to focus on these (Image: The future of food)
Locals reject social impact assessment report of Luhri II hydropower project
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 2 months ago

Locals say impact assessment report does not accurately represent the real impact of Luhri II hydropower project

Sutlej river in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh (Image source: Sanyam Bahga, Wikipedia)
Wind energy development and policy in India
A study highlights the barriers to harnessing India's potential for wind energy. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 3 months ago

Wind energy is a renewable, inexhaustible, non-polluting and popular alternative source of clean energy. India stands fourth in the world in wind energy conversion and utilization, with an installed capacity of about 34,605?MW as of September 2018.

Windmills in Karnataka, India. Picture credit: India Water Portal
Climate change may reduce water available to cool power plants
A study finds that India may run out of water to cool power plants in the near future. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 3 months ago

Climate change and over-exploited river basins may leave developing countries in Asia, such as India and China, without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, according to a study.

Tuticorin power plant in Tamil Nadu (Image: Ram Kumar, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 2.0)
Greening new pastures for green investments
Green capital at scale urgently needed for the energy transition and climate action in emerging economies - CEEW Centre for Energy Finance priyad posted 1 year 5 months ago

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