Solar Light Cleaner, Cheaper. Yet India Subsidises Kerosene

A woman demonstrates the use of a solar-powered lamp. Despite the health risks it poses, 43% of rural Indian households use kerosene as their primary source of lighting and kerosene subsidy reform will encourage large-scale uptake of solar lighting, according to new studies.   Solar lighting could reduce rural India’s dependence on kerosene, an unsafe … Continued

Why India’s Largest Smart Meter Rollout May Not Be Very Smart

  Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture between several public-sector enterprises helmed by the ministry of power, invited bids to procure 5 million ‘smart’ meters to be deployed in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in August 2017. However, in this first large-scale rollout of smart meters, EESL may not have chosen the smartest technology, … Continued

As U-17 Football World Cup Begins, Air Pollution May Be A Dampener

  The FIFA under-17 World Cup, which begins today in six regions across India– Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata–has given players and spectators cause for worry, with all six cities exceeding international safe levels for air quality in October 2016, according to a new Greenpeace report.   Weather conditions (such as … Continued

How A New Heating Stove Could Reduce Chopping Of Trees, Melting Of Glaciers

  Chandigarh: Collecting and storing firewood for the cruel winter months is a year-long pursuit across the Himalayan region, where homes have traditionally used primitive stoves and fireplaces for cooking and heating.   Now, an Australian entrepreneur based in Chandigarh has remodelled existing clean-burning stove technology to create bukharis (wood-fired heaters) suited to Himalayan conditions, … Continued

62% Of Indian Children Fully Immunised In 2015-16. Target For 2030: 100%

Full immunisation coverage in India has improved at a slow pace from 35.4%(1992-93) to 42%(1998-99) to 43.5% (2005-06). By 2015-16 (the latest year for which data are available), full immunisation increased to 62%, according to the National Family Health Survey.   By 2030, every country should achieve universal health coverage that includes access to quality … Continued