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21 August 2014
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WATER CONCERNS
Breaking the myth behind Coastal Thermal Power Plants

It is often believed that coal-based power plants near the coast, by virtue of their proximity to the sea, do not create any pressure on water resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary’s visit to Krishnapattanam in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu exposes the fallacy in that.

Water Environment ANDHRA

IB REPORT
Decoding the red alert on green NGOs
The accusations of the Intelligence Bureau against foreign environmental NGOs appear hollow and misguided when one looks at the direction and substance of their work in India so far. Darryl D’Monte urges the government to restrict itself to scrutiny of forex norms followed, without stifling the expression of dissent by these NGOs.
Environment Opinions Displacement

STUDY ON LARGE DAMS
Oxford study validates Indian environmentalist claims
The findings of a recent study by scholars at the University of Oxford point to the adverse outcomes and poor economic returns associated with large dam projects. Amruta Pradhan summarises the findings and shows how they have been consistently borne out by empirical observations in Maharashtra.
Public Funds Economy

COAL ASH MENACE
Ash everywhere; in your food and water, too?
Fly ash, the residue from coal used in thermal power plants, is not only a headache for plant operators; its use in agriculture and other sectors violates environmental sanctity and poses a serious risk to human health. Shripad Dharmadhikary studies a new CEA report to bring us more.
Agriculture Environment

RENEWABLE ENERGY
Ministries turn a blind eye to impact of small hydel projects
Both the Ministry of Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Environment and Forests appear loath to pay attention to the potential environmental impact of small hydel power projects in the country. Parineeta Dandekar underlines the shortcomings in the official stance towards such projects.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

ENERGY CRUNCH
Private investment not a panacea for all ills
India's energy set-up requires a major overhaul in order to keep up with the growth imperative, but there may be no quick-fix solutions. Ashok Sreenivas and Sreekumar N outline the critical areas of concern that call for focused solutions beyond the ambit of private investment.
Opinions

ENERGY ALTERNATIVES
Can rural India get the 'power' to choose?
The benefits of providing access to energy and lighting to increasing numbers of the populace are indisputable, but many of the current initiatives to provide cleaner energy rely on corporate partnerships. Darryl D'Monte examines its pros and cons vis-à-vis an alternative model.
Waste Economy Environment

UNHOLY NEXUS
Solar scam heat scorches Kerala
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has come under heavy fire after several of his personal aides have been found to have close links with a fraudster couple who have embezzled huge amounts of money out of investors. P N Venugopal provides a roundup of the sordid saga.
Law and Order Government KERALA

COAL DEATHS
The weapons of destruction we ignore
Based on data collected from 92 coal power plants in India, a 2012 study that went largely unreported estimated the mortality impact of electricity generated from coal at 650 deaths per plant per year! Shiva Prasad Susarla analyses the key findings of the report and the remediation measures suggested.
Environmental Hazards Environment

NUCLEAR POWER
Kudamkulam: Ready to produce power?
Will the Kudankulam nuclear power plant finally become operational this month as assured by the Prime Minister? Krithika Ramalingam takes an in-depth look at the long history of delays and conflicts that has plagued the project since its inception.
Environmental Hazards Environment TAMILNADU

PRE-RELEASE: BOOK ON AMBANI GAS WARS
Natural gas, unnatural realities
Veteran journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta's forthcoming book tentatively titled Gas Wars: Ambani brothers and the fight for India's natural resources, co-authored by Subir Ghosh delves into the unholy world of crony capitalism in India, writes Satarupa Bhattacharya.
Public Funds Reviews Books

FRACKING
Shallow understanding of deep risks
Shale gas and oil reserves are being eyed hungrily by an industry that is looking at the sunset of conventional reserves. But fracking is full of risks, and we must address those first, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Water Environment

AGRI-BUSINESS
New designs on foreign lands
Cross-border investments to acquire or lease thousands of hectares of lands are taking place, presumably to take advantage of cheaper input costs in some countries. Darryl D'Monte reports.
Agricultural Trade Agriculture
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Here a plant, there a plant
The nuclear black swan
Nuking dissent over Jaitapur
Mine-ing the Brahmaputra waters
'We don't sell our mother'
Greening the smaller towns
Electricity for All
Energy efficiency is inevitable
Grid-free, on the horizon
Nuclear Liability Bill: Who bears the brunt?
The bills we pay, and the ones we don't
Going upstream on the Energy Road
Solar Mission: More light needed
Building green and thinking green
Criticism rising on Karnataka's Gundia project
Our atom state
Need to strengthen climate diplomacy
The 'power' to protect rivers
Gas clouds over the government
The wrecking sand dunes of upper Assam
Know-how at whose cost?
Public risk, private profit
Doors open for familiar nuclear worries
Edible oil policy on the boil
CDM and hydro-power
India's coal-to-liquid push short-sighted
Karnataka defers decision on Chamalapura power
France eyes India through environment lens
Power to the rich, literally
A club for change
Old conflict resurfaces at Athirappilly falls
Massive dam plans for Arunachal
What happened to non-nuclear options?
Diesel threat in cities continues to rise
Pricing carbon correctly
Storm continues over Silent Valley
The ebb and flow of environmentalism
What ails nuclear safety?
Nuclear safety: A poor record
India's black agenda in a climate change era
Citizens input on power tariffs
Green, yes, but risky too
Unreasoned push for large storage projects
Compact biogas plant making waves
Hydro-power guidelines flawed
Crops for cars?
Build first, sell next, approvals later
Power-play, for the people
Think outside the barrel
Some concrete solutions
On, off, viable, scrapped, ...
An election-year scarcity
Seeds of hope
Silent Valley: threatened again
Himachal power project under scrutiny
Private, but still stolen
Lights on!
Saviour of the hassled commuter
 

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