Mala Balaji, Researcher - Environment & Climate Action, CAG

Researcher, Environment & Climate Action, CAG

Empowering women for cleaner power

Fri, 11/06/2021 - 14:55

The world is moving at a progressive pace. In the past decade, India, in particular, has advanced leaps and bounds in the areas of science, industry and technology. It is considered as one of the world's fastest growing major economies. Despite these advancements, gender inequality still continues to be one of India's major societal problems.

A Comprehensive Webinar Report of the Energy Finance Workshop 2021: The Status of Coal Financing in India

Fri, 11/06/2021 - 10:32

In India, coal consumption and production has doubled in the last 15 years. The federal government sees coal as a key driver of economic growth in the coming decades as well. Traditionally, coal mining and coal based power generation have been funded by the public enterprise and operated by the State. The speakers on day one spoke about various topics involving coal financing and they shared their answers to the following questions:

  • How does public financing of coal take place in India and how is it linked to climate change? 
  • What role does international financing institutions play in funding coal in India? 
  • How can the banking sector redeem itself in bringing about “just transition” in the Indian energy sector?
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Debunking the science behind “Net-Zero”

Wed, 19/05/2021 - 15:19

On World Earth Day, the 21st of April 2021, forty world leaders convened for a virtual climate summit. It was hosted by the President of the United States Joe Biden to address the global climate crisis and set a stage for the participating countries to announce their climate ambition and the actions they intend to take to reduce their emissions in order to achieve carbon neutrality or net-zero.

A Comprehensive Webinar Report of the Energy Finance Workshop 2021: The Status of Coal Financing in India

Mon, 12/04/2021 - 11:26

In India, coal consumption and production has doubled in the last 15 years. The federal government sees coal as a key driver of economic growth in the coming decades as well. Traditionally, coal mining and coal based power generation have been funded by the public enterprise and operated by the State. The speakers on day one spoke about various topics involving coal financing and they shared their answers to the following questions:

  • How does public financing of coal take place in India and how is it linked to climate change? 
  • What role does international financing institutions play in funding coal in India? 
  • How can the banking sector redeem itself in bringing about “just transition” in the Indian energy sector?
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Carbon Accounting - too good to be true.

Fri, 09/04/2021 - 20:43

Since time immemorial, advertisements have misled humanity more often than not. Right from fairness creams which claim to magically transform a dusky complexioned girl into someone who has  flawless fair skin, to carbonated cool drinks which make the person drinking it perform impossible daredevil stunts, most advertisements have tricked the consumers into  believing in the concept of idealism by playing with their emotions. The same strategy holds good to a certain extent when it comes to carbon accounting.

CLIMATE CRISIS: A TICKING TIME BOMB

Fri, 15/01/2021 - 23:02

A recent project helped me gain a brief insight on the climate crisis that communities around us are facing. Until then, like most others, I was partly oblivious and in denial about this serious issue engulfing our earth. The more research I did, the more perturbed I got. I am unable to shake off this gory image of the ‘metaphorical Mother Earth’ in a hot spot. (Pun intended). In my imagination, our earth is literally being set ablaze and I must say that it is not a sight for the sore eyes.