Lecture on Indian efficiency, carbon efforts

College Park, Md., March 27, 2015, 12:00 pm

Dr. Ajay Mathur, director of India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency, to speak on efficiency gains made in recent years, with particular focus on the LED industry, and the nation's efforts to reduce carbon intensity.

Solar Impulse lands in Varanasi


Solar Impulse, the plane powered entirely by solar energy, flew to Varanasi, India Wednesday, completing another leg on its round-the-world journey with pilot Andre Borschberg at the controls, BBC reports.

Former UN climate panel chief barred from leaving India

NEW DELHI (AP) — A court on Thursday barred the former chairman of the U.N. climate panel from leaving India, where he faces charges of sexually harassing a woman at his New Delhi energy institute.

The court also said R.K. Pachauri could not be arrested until after March 27, while he undergoes hospital treatment for hypertension. But it prohibited him from entering or contacting anyone at the research and lobbying organization he heads, called The Energy Resources Institute.

Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment.

While New Delhi last year earned the dubious title of being the world's most polluted city, India's air pollution problem is extensive, with 13 Indian cities now on the World Health Organization's list of the 20 most polluted.

India: 7 arrested for stealing, leaking energy documents

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police have arrested seven people for allegedly stealing classified documents from the Indian government and selling them to energy companies, a top police officer said Friday.

Three men were arrested after they were caught trespassing and stealing documents from India's Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi told reporters.

India's Modi, Sri Lanka president ink nuclear agreement

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka's newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, held wide-ranging talks Monday as the South Asian neighbors sought to strengthen strategic ties, increase trade and resolve long-standing issues between their nations.

This was Sirisena's first foreign visit as president, and Indian officials said it indicated the easing of tensions that had crept into the relationship as China made forays into what New Delhi considers its strategic backyard.

Final deal could happen this year between U.S., India on nuke issues


Fine print remains, but a deal to open up the Indian nuclear market to U.S. companies could be sorted out this year, following up on a "breakthrough" reached during President Obama's visit to New Delhi, Reuters reports.

India nuke deals still thorny for US despite 'breakthrough'

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies.

President Barack Obama's three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans to tackle India's fossil fuel dependency and to resolve a four-year standoff over liability that prevented U.S. and Japanese nuclear energy development on Indian soil. Instead, there were vague commitments and public displays of chumminess between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Obama takes in parade after reaching deals in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday took in a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities.

The crowd erupted in cheers as Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, emerged from his armored limousine and took his place on the rain-soaked parade route in the capital of New Delhi. The parade was the centerpiece of Obama's three-day visit to India, which is aimed at strengthening a relationship between the world's largest democracies that has at times been fraught with tension and suspicion.

Hazy skies the backdrop for Obama's climate talks in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air.

Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases.


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