India’s highly-praised solar energy plan unlikely to benefit the vulnerable

India came out as a frontrunner in the fight to tackle climate change after the Paris climate negotiations in 2015, especially when the Indian Prime Minister spearheaded a massive, 121 country-wide intergovernmental organization – the International Solar Alliance – dedicated to increasing solar energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels globally.  In fact, solar power is a […]

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Kudankulam nuclear power plant

Nuclear Power and Energy Security in India

The story of nuclear power in India began in September 1972, when the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi visited the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the project to manufacture and test a nuclear bomb was given a confirmation. Following this approval, the scientists started working on converting their ideas into reality. Apart from designing, […]

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Solar Rooftop Installations

Solar Rooftop Installations: Not Quite off the Ground

Energy from the sun can be harnessed primarily by two methods—solar thermal and photovoltaic or PV.  In the former, energy generation results from the conversion of solar energy into heat energy. The solar thermal method uses sunlight to heat up working fluids, such as hot water, hot air, and steam that can be set up […]

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natural gas hydrate

Natural Gas Hydrate – A Future Source of Energy

The demand for energy worldwide is increasing day by day. On the contrary, conventional energy reserves are depleting at an alarming rate. This situation mandates unconventional and renewable sources of energy. Though renewable energy resources are gaining importance, these resources will need augmentation. In recent years, the role of natural gas is increasing in the […]

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Ecological Restoration of Coal Mine Degraded Lands

Ecological Restoration of Coal Mine Degraded Lands

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER 2004) defines ecological restoration as ‘the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed’. The process of natural succession, which happens concurrently with ecosystem development takes time. Several ecosystem functions of mined land require a long time to develop through natural processes. […]

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coal fields in India

Changing Patterns of Industrial Location for Coal Fields in India

It was in 1909 that Alfred Weber formulated a theory of industrial location. Simply speaking, he sought to determine the ideal location for the production of goods which would depend upon least costs, both in terms of the total costs of transporting raw material to the production site and product from the production site to […]

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