I have already written a few posts on how poor populations of Asia or Africa are leapfrogging from no electricity to renewables without going through the distributed fossil fuels electricity phase. Electrical grids are expensive and so is coal. In countries with so much sun such as India, solar energies […]

Selling solar power in India’s slums


We have seen it here time and again, burning coal is a huge health issue. This is even more worrying as it is the most polluting fossil fuel and the environmental enemy number One. Now here comes a study from the Health and Environment Alliance – or HEAL – on […]

Coal’s staggering healthcare costs around the world

Greenpeace has released an interesting report on fourteen projects that could increase greenhouse gases emissions by 20 percent by 2020. This would lead to an increase of temperatures by five or six degrees Celcius. The largest threats are China and Australia as they plan to increase their coal productions. This […]

14 carbon bombs to defuse before 2020

A solar powered shop in Bangladesh 2

The huge blackout in India that affected 700 million people earlier this month has taught us a valuable lesson : big coal fired plants failed and little solar installations delivered to the point to they look like a no-brainer. Given this, it is more than probable than the India government […]

Huge success for Bangladeshi solar company

The increasing number of air conditioning appliances – and overall electricity demand – in India had presumably a huge consequence as yesterday, 600 million people went without electricity for several hours. As the New York Times noted : ” The world’s largest blackout ever crippled roughly half of India for […]

700 million people in a huge blackout in India

As the planet is warming and as more and more people can afford it, air conditioning is becoming more and more widespread. This wouldn’t be a problem if A/C weren’t emitting greenhouse gases. To the NY Times : ” The leading scientists have just calculated that if all the equipment […]

A/C may contribute significantly to global warming

Never giving up is a state of mind. Persistence might well be omnipotent as the US President Calvin Coolidge once said. As Treehugger reported, a lone Indian man planted a 1360 acre (550 hectares) forest. Since 1979 then 16-year old Jadav “Molai” Payeng have planted hundreds of trees and have created […]

An indian man single-handedly planted a forest


India is willing to increase significantly its clean energy output as it is willing to reach 53 GW by 2017. In the next five years it will add almost 30 GW, to be compared to the 13 GW added to the grids in the last five years. As Bloomberg notes […]

India to add 30 GW of renewables by 2017

According to the latest report by the Club of Rome, the average global temperature could increase by two degrees Celsius if nothing were done beforehand. Such an increase is seen a dangerous as it would enable positive feedback mechanisms – such as drying up of the Amazon or melting permafrost […]

2°C temperature rise to be expected by 2052

As the situation is getting more and more desperate and climate gets weirder, global greenhouse gases emissions keep on increasing globally. As the International Energy Agency stated last week : ” Global carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, according to […]

IEA : Global CO2 emissions increased in 2011

The recent launch of a 600 MW solar park in the state of Gujarat – the largest in Asia – was the occasion for The Economist to publish an interesting article on the huge potential of solar energy in India. The British weekly notes : ” solar power would appear […]

A bright future for solar in India