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Why India’s hills must stop copying the plains

This article originally appeared in Times of India Hills, stop copying the plains: Joshimath shows we need a radically different growth model for Himalayan states Joshimath is a symptom, the disease is the uncontrolled growth model.  What is unfolding in Joshimath is a tragedy. But this tragedy is not due to climate change; climate change-linked …

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Green energy and just transition

This article originally appeared in Financial Express Coal-rich states in the country can take a cue from Odisha’s new renewable energy policy, which is geared to ensure a just energy transition for the state. By Nikunja B Dhal and Chandra Bhushan Odisha has been playing a central role in meeting the country’s growing energy needs. …

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Don’t Delhi and Punjab govts breathe the same air? There is much AAP can do to cut stubble burning and pollution, if it chooses to do so

This article originally appeared in Times of India If some Delhiites believed that the AAP government in Punjab would resolve the national capital’s air pollution woes, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Not only has Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of AAP and CM of Delhi, refused to take responsibility, he is now blaming all …

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India’s Renewables Disparity

This article orriginally appeared in Financial Express ‘Price-equalisation’ policies, mirroring some pre-liberalisation schemes, are distorting spatial distribution of renewable energy generation Even a good policy with the best intentions can have unintended and adverse consequences. The Freight Equalization Scheme (FES) was one such policy meant to promote balanced industrial development throughout the country but ended …

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Defining the environment sector

This article originally appeared in Financial Express The National Industrial Classification 2008 needs to be revised to capture all environment-related activities The environment sector provides a vast opportunity to create new jobs and build a green economy. For this, the environment sector must become an important economic sector.   What is the environment sector? How …

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Energy transition crucial

This article orriginally appeared in Orrisa Post Odisha is known for coal. It is the second biggest coal-producing state, and by 2030, it will be the country’s top coal-producing state. So naturally, Odisha’s electricity production is heavily reliant on coal. Presently, more than 90% of electricity comes from coal-based power plants; renewable energy (RE) sources …

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A coal economy to a green economy

This article orriginally appeared in Financial Express Just energy transition’ must Shape net-zero pathways for fossil-fuel-dependent districts. In the last 18 months, several modelling studies have been published on the costs and benefits of net zero emissions in India. A few days back, another modelling study was published, which projected that India will require an …

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