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Nepal is diversifying its renewable energy mix

Nepal is diversifying its renewable energy mix | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it

More than 30 per cent of Nepalese have never used electricity. The other 70 per cent live with blackouts that can extend up to 16 hours a day during the winters, or are using solar panels to light their houses.

On paper, though, Nepal should be energy rich. It has 2 per cent of the world’s water resources and is the second most water-rich country in the world. It also has more than 300 days of sunshine in a year. Unfortunately neither hydropower nor solar power has been effectively harnessed to provide the majority of its population with electricity, much less to power industrial growth.

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Renewable Energy 101: Hydro Power

Renewable Energy 101: Hydro Power | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Hydropower...not exactly the most popular or accessible form of renewable
energy. However, hydropower runs far cleaner, is more controllable, and has
the potential to provide much more than the 16% of total electricity
function it produces today. Learn more in our 4-part series.

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Rwanda: Landslides caused by heavy rains kill dozens

Rwanda: Landslides caused by heavy rains kill dozens | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
At least 53 people have been killed by landslides caused by heavy rains over the weekend in Rwanda, officials say.

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Two years for four power projects - Business Standard

Two years for four power projects - Business Standard | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Two years for four power projects Business Standard Himachal Pradesh has set a deadline of two years to finish four hydroelectric projects - Lara Sumta (104 Mw), Sumte Kothang (130 Mw), Chango Yangthang (180 Mw) and Yangthang Khab (261 Mw), a state...
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Hydropower PSU merger proposed in phases - Livemint

Hydropower PSU merger proposed in phases - Livemint | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Hydropower PSU merger proposed in phases
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New Delhi: A concept paper on the possibility of a merger of all state-owned hydroelectric companies has recommended a phased approach, starting with North Eastern Electric Power Corp.
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Mountain of trash may be driving Himalayas to disaster - The New Age Online

Mountain of trash may be driving Himalayas to disaster - The New Age Online | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Mountain of trash may be driving Himalayas to disaster
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The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region stores more snow and ice than any other part of the world outside the polar regions (thus the name 'the third pole').
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Pakal Dul Hydro Project Gets Approval - Energy Sector News in India

Pakal Dul Hydro Project Gets Approval - Energy Sector News in India | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Pakal Dul Hydro Project Gets Approval Energy Sector News in India The Union Cabinet gave its approval for investment for construction of the Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project (4 x 250 MW) at an estimated cost of INR 8112.12 crores including Interest...
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Impact of migration on Himalayan communities - The Hindu

Impact of migration on Himalayan communities - The Hindu | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
The Hindu Impact of migration on Himalayan communities The Hindu The first time I saw the importance of migration from a hill location, and the pains and pleasures that the emigrants and their families back home experienced, was when I had...
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One of the Latest ‘Happy’ Tribute Videos Comes From Sikkim, High in India’s Himalayas · Global Voices

One of the Latest ‘Happy’ Tribute Videos Comes From Sikkim, High in India’s Himalayas · Global Voices | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
The song “Happy”, written, produced, and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, became a viral phenomenon earlier this year as countless tribute videos filmed around the world were uploaded online.
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Merger with NHPC not in national interest: SJVN, THDC - The Economic Times

Merger with NHPC not in national interest: SJVN, THDC - The Economic Times | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
NHPC in particular drew sharp criticism from SJVN and THDC executives attending the assembly, held on July 9 at NHPC's Faridabad office.
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Rising economies claim the lead in fighting climate change

Rising economies claim the lead in fighting climate change | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Four of the world's emerging economies - Brazil, South Africa, India and China - have claimed they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change.

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New book on climate and water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas - E Kantipur

New book on climate and water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas - E Kantipur | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
New book on climate and water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas E Kantipur KATHMANDU, MAR 25 - The centrality of water in climate change is astounding,” said Dipak Gywali, former Water Resource Minister, on Monday at the launch of a new book Research...
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India's Diesel Fumes Impacting Glacier Melt in Himalayas | Climate ...

India's Diesel Fumes Impacting Glacier Melt in Himalayas | Climate ... | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
... other major urban conglomerations. The increasing air pollution in India's cities – particularly those in the northern parts of the country – also has an impact on the degree of melt taking place in glaciers in the Himalayas.
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What renewable energy has a lot of potential? Hydropower

What renewable energy has a lot of potential? Hydropower | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it

What’s the renewable energy with the most potential? It’s probably wind or solar, whose technologies are falling precipitously and making those investments economical. However, don’t discount hydropower, which now accounts for about 10% of the electricity and which could also grow in the coming decades.

“Hydropower provides many benefits in the fight to address climate change and for cleaner air,” says the National Hydropower Association. “Let’s not lose sight of what we know for certain about hydropower — it has greatly contributed to a healthier environment and economic prosperity and can sustainability grow to do more.” 

The advocacy group points to a US Department of Energy report that says the energy form could grow by 50,000 megawatts by 2050. That, in turn, would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5.6 billion metric tons and save $209 billion in avoided damages from heat-trapping emissions, it says. 

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The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest

The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Extreme inequality and the wealth concentrated in the hands of the richest 1% is gaining increasing attention. However, these debates often do not include discussion of unsustainable levels of cons…
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Is Fracking For Gas As Dirty As Coal?

Is Fracking For Gas As Dirty As Coal? | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Tougher environmental regulations, a flood of cheap natural gas from fracking, and a sudden decrease in demand from China, has pushed natural gas even further in replacing coal in generating electricity. But fears about fracking’s effects on the environment has spawned bans on fracking in some states. A new study by the University of Texas at Arlington demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may dissipate over time.

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Indian scientists may have found 'wonder herb' in Himalayas - DigitalJournal.com

Indian scientists may have found 'wonder herb' in Himalayas - DigitalJournal.com | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
DigitalJournal.com Indian scientists may have found 'wonder herb' in Himalayas DigitalJournal.com "A concerted effort involving conservation, propagation and sustainable utilisation of this unique medicinal herb will surely result in rediscovery of...
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Microgrids Missing from the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Microgrids Missing from the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Emerging economies, especially India, desperately need a novel, suitable electricity solution; alas, what exists is a hundred years old and unsuited for our times. This situation is frustrating because affordable, clean, 100 percent electrification, technologically speaking, is at hand yet no one ha
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Cabinet okays Rs 8112.12 crore investment for hydel plant in Jammu & Kashmir - Economic Times

Cabinet okays Rs 8112.12 crore investment for hydel plant in Jammu & Kashmir - Economic Times | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Economic Times Cabinet okays Rs 8112.12 crore investment for hydel plant in Jammu & Kashmir Economic Times NEW DELHI: The Cabinet today cleared Rs 8,112.12 crore investment for state-run NHPC's Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project in Jammu & Kashmir,...
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Impact of migration on Himalayan communities - The Hindu

Impact of migration on Himalayan communities - The Hindu | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
The Hindu Impact of migration on Himalayan communities The Hindu The first time I saw the importance of migration from a hill location, and the pains and pleasures that the emigrants and their families back home experienced, was when I had...
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Kashmir floods: collaborating to avoid landslides

Kashmir floods: collaborating to avoid landslides | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
Geologist and locals can help NGOs to prepare for an uncertain future for mountain-based communities (Kashmir floods: collaborating to avoid landslides http://t.co/iJjGgfxpbz via @GuardianGDP)...
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India Together: Sikkim’s 2400-crore hydro-power scam that no one’s talking of!: Soumik Dutta - 22 August 2014

India Together: Sikkim’s 2400-crore hydro-power scam that no one’s talking of!: Soumik Dutta - 22 August 2014 | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
The Sikkim government’s irregular allocation of hydropower projects to a New Delhi-based power producer and the eventual turn of events have cost the state more than Rs 2400 crore, according to a CAG report. Soumik Dutta reports on the details of the case and other related discrepancies that have surfaced since.
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Facing down the Taliban on the Himalayas' killer mountain - The Guardian

Facing down the Taliban on the Himalayas' killer mountain - The Guardian | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
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Facing down the Taliban on the Himalayas' killer mountain. Last June, 11 climbers were shot on one of the world's highest mountains.
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Birth of Himalayas Unveiled - NewsPoint Africa

Birth of Himalayas Unveiled - NewsPoint Africa | Environmental_Issues | Scoop.it
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Birth of Himalayas Unveiled
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A novel study has unfolded secrets regarding the birth of the mountain range Himalayas.
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