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Conservation

Stop CDM for coal power plants
By Shankar Sharma | 19 Jul 2011

It would be criminal wastage of public funding if CDM encourages more coal based power projects on the premise that the super critical technology is to be deployed in the plants. Instead, CDM in developing countries should first focus on efficiency improvements measures in generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electricity and locally available renewable energy sources.

Let clean Ganga flow unhindered
By Shankar Sharma | 27 Jun 2011

The recently announced loan by the World Bank will not make much of difference to River Ganga unless long term policies are put in place to protect its natural flow in the Himalayas.

In search of sustainable growth
By Shankar Sharma | 24 Jun 2011

The policymakers say that to eradicate poverty, India needs to grow at the rate of 9 percent for the next 20 years. But why ignore the long term social, economic and environmental impacts on the vulnerable sections of our society of environmentally unsustainable ways to growth?

How Green can be the Green India Mission?
By Shankar Sharma | 26 Aug 2010

The proposed Green India Mission would fail to make significant difference if the policy of sacrificing the existing natural forests for the so-called developmental programmes continues unabated.

Sharavathy: A river damned
By Shankar Sharma | 05 Mar 2010

In the mad rush to imitate western model of development, we have killed many mighty rivers of India, badly affecting the people and environment. River Sharavathy of Western Ghats is now being squeezed to death.

Act green, get bonus!
By Shankar Sharma | 03 Feb 2010

Our forests, rivers, coastal areas and the overall biodiversity are immensely valuable and crucial for the health of the nation. Therefore, any initiative to reward their protection should be welcomed.

 
Energy

Nuclear power at what cost?
By Shankar Sharma | 30 Nov 2011

When the developed world is rethinking on its nuclear power policy, Indian government seems very keen to follow a dangerous path without fully exploring various cheaper and sustainable options of energy production.

Let there be light
By Shankar Sharma | 04 Nov 2011

With grave mismatch between production and demand for electricity, frequent power cuts have become a norm in most states of India. While rural India is deprived of basic life line energy supplies, the urban areas are splurging on scarce energy sources. This situation cannot continue indefinitely.

Dark clouds over coal based power
By Shankar Sharma | 26 Aug 2011

As supply of coal is becoming uncertain, the future of many coal-based power plants has come under clouds. However, this crisis could become an opportunity if focus is shifted to renewable energy options.

India ideal for renewable energy
By Shankar Sharma | 27 May 2011

India's tropical location and low energy demand for majority of people, make the country most suitable to widen its renewable energy base and thereby reduce over-dependence on conventional sources of energy.

Energy or illusion?
By Shankar Sharma | 10 May 2011

The overall cost of establishing and running a nuclear power plant, and long term burden to safe-keep the spent nuclear fuels for centuries, are enormous and can not be ignored by our society and government.

Still unclear on nuclear?
By Shankar Sharma | 18 Mar 2011

Considering the grave consequences of a nuclear emergency as seen in Japan, India will do better to do an objective analysis of all the costs and benefits to the society of nuclear power plants.

Realistic demand forecasting for energy
By Shankar Sharma | 22 Nov 2010

Without realistic analysis of the existing conditions, the government agencies push to achieve unrealistic targets for power generation capacity.

Solar power remains the best bet
By Shankar Sharma | 19 Oct 2010

If we consider the 'life cycle analysis' of the costs and the impacts of various energy technologies available to us, solar power technology remains the best possible energy source.

Capacity sans sustainability
By Shankar Sharma | 31 Aug 2010

In view of the social, economic and environmental impacts of fossil fuels, and their limited availability, India needs a paradigm shift in its approach towards the energy sector. A detailed critique of Integrated Energy Policy is put up here for objective analysis by concerned experts and stakeholders.

Power production sans efficiency
By Shankar Sharma | 06 May 2010

Without taking actions to drastically reduce power sector inefficiency, our policy makers continue to push conventional power projects detrimental to environment.

The great energy divide
By Shankar Sharma | 24 Dec 2009

Instead of blindly adding millions of MW of additional capacity and increasing GHG emissions to bridge the energy divide, India needs to adopt an integrated approach based on renewable energy sources and decentralized supply systems at its core.

 
Risks and Hazards

People want Bijli, not bullet
By Shankar Sharma | 10 Mar 2011

Rising cases of people's unrest against poorly planned power projects are a matter of great concern and the policymakers must strive to ensure that the proposals are based on overall societal welfare.

Power sector can ruin Western Ghats
By Shankar Sharma | 12 Nov 2010

Protecting Western Ghats is crucial for India's environment but the proliferation of the power projects in the region may cause massive and irreversible damage to the beautiful and sensitive mountains.

Protect Western Ghats from power plants
By Shankar Sharma | 17 Feb 2010

If we can improve our efficiency in power generation, delivery and conservation, it could save enough power required to be generated through new power plants and thereby, we can protect the priceless Western Ghats from the destruction caused by such projects.

 
Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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