Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Environmental News Roundup: India

Photo by Meena Kadri
First in a series of country/region specific environmental news roundups.

"If the Indian liability law was in practice in Japan GE which built those reactors that are now in trouble would be responsible for paying damages to the people of Japan. If it is found, you know, that some fault of the GE technology was responsible for the catastrophe. GE is at the moment staying away from India. They really want to be here but at the same time they want the liability laws changed." - India rethinks reliance on nuclear energy

"It is in the meeting of genuine human need that the future of Asian capitalism must lie: food production, environmental stewardship, and health and education. "It's harsh for Asians to be told that as latecomers to the capitalist party they will never be able to attain that way of life taken for granted in developing countries." - Arguments for constrained capitalism in Asia

"In the fertile farming areas that support large rural populations in much of Asia, the new coal boom spells civil conflict, as fields are seized, villages are ordered to pack up and leave, and communities resist. For the U.S. coal movement, the 2,500 people who turned out to protest the Capitol Power Plant was a large number. In India or Bangladesh, marches and demonstrations of more than 10,000 people are not uncommon." - Down with coal! The grassroots anti-coal movement goes global

"Shiva says that the largest democracy in the world 'is destroying its democratic fabric through its land wars.'" - In India Its A War On Farmers

"29 percent of Indian consumers and 48 percent of Brazilians say they are willing to spend more than 10 percent extra on green products." - Green Building 101: Where Is The Market For Green?

"If Minister Ramesh believes that India should be the world leader in solar power, why is there no discussion on starting in the most affected areas--the villages? In my experience working in the villages of India as part of the Giving the Green Light initiative, the lack of access to electricity goes beyond inconvenience. During a village meeting, I met a woman who had the entire left side of her body burned by a kerosene lamp." - Energy Poverty: India's Best Kept Secret

"Santosh built the house with money she made as a solar engineer. Thanks to her, the other households in the village now have solar power too." - The women of India's Barefoot College bring light to remote villages

"Tata Motors in India is set to introduce the car that runs on compressed air." - No Hovercraft, But Will An Air Car Do?

"More and more young Indians are heading for towns and cities, in some cases lured by the promise of quick bucks from the ever-growing service sector. As I’ve been talking to people about that choice I’ve noticed that many of them speak about a void that’s been created in its wake: a void of spirit or community or belongingness or something" - Field Notes from South India

"The Ganga, known for its rich fish diversity, is adversely affected by degrading environmental and ecological conditions. According to Singh, there are more than 300 exotic fish species in India. Many of them (particularly Cyprinus carpio of common carp) escaped from the confinement and are now present in Ganga challenging its ecological equilibrium." - Plenty of fishes in Ganga cheers consumers, worries experts

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