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We’d be better off not planting trees-III: The reasons for resistance

English: An emerging Tamarind tree seedling. T...

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I think it is a combination of resistance from managers and a lack of certainty on what it can mean if a manager lower down the hierarchy took that decision to make the change at one hotel, when the company’s HQ is based elsewhere in India or the world. Now who would want to incur the wrath of senior management at the corporate headquarters with a decision taken locally? Continue reading

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Don’t pay a sin tax

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Have you heard of carbon credits? People call it a sin tax. You pay extra money and keep driving your SUV. That is not on. It abuses the global ecosystem. Continue reading

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Need to kill 10,000 sq km of forests and rich lands

Savandurga hillside forest, Bangalore, India

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The six sectors occupied in 2009 about 0.7 million hectares [or 7000 sq km]. This included land leased out to mine coal, bauxite, limestone, and iron ore.

But this might be a gross underestimation because in the past, industry has acquired far more than what is required for power production facilities. Golf courses are not uncommon in industry premises and golf turf consumes 30 liters per square foot of grass. Continue reading

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Freshwater consumption will more than triple by 2030

Freshwater consumption will more than triple in the next two decades and reach 18,000 million cubic meters in 2030. This is water that is lost and has serious social and environmental implications.

The power sector will account for the major share of freshwater consumption; its share will reduce from 90.5 to 85% in 2030. Water use will increase most dramatically in the iron and steel sector, in the cement sector and the aluminum sector. These sectors will see a six-fold increase in water use.

In low carbon freshwater use in 2030 is about 10% lower than in business as usual, this is largely because of reduction in power generation from coal-based power plants that one hopes will happen.

Pic: osawaterworks.com

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Save energy by law, lose carbon credit

Energy saving light bulbs for sale.

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There is an absurd irony to how subsidies and carbon credits work.

A piquant situation is now arising in the case of CFLs which enjoy a carbon emission reduction credit of as much as about Rs 100 per lamp with a mapping of energy saving over 7 years. Companies have been able to sell these lamps at Rs. 15 with the rest of the money being acquired as CER credit for the energy saving achieved over a cycle of 7 years. Continue reading

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