Experts view
Burning Coal for Green India

(December 25, 2015)
Dr. (Mrs) Malti Goel

In December 2015 Paris Agreement is just concluded to direct the world towards future growth profiles, which may actually be decided in the next COP meetings. A lot of homework is to be done especially by developing countries till then. India’s INDCs for the period beyond 2020 were well articulated to show her commitment to climate change. India took a stand for climate justice.  In this context I quote from the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives 2010: BLUE map scenario, which had set the goal of halving global energy related CO2 emission by 2050 (compared to 2005 levels) by deployment of existing and new low carbon technologies, which include Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS). Global CCS Institute analysis predicts that coal with CCS is a mid-range technology in terms of cost when compared against a range of low emission technologies. In 2015 there are 22 large scale CCS projects in operation or under construction, of which three are in power and rest in other sectors. Nearly 44 projects are in various planning stages.

Climate Change and Social Transformations

(July 25, 2015)
Dr. (Mrs) Malti Goel

During 1990s, global warming phenomena and its consequences were crammed with uncertainty. In the 21st century, the fourth and fifth assessments of Inter-governmental Panel of climate change have come out with assertions that global warming is a certainity and climate change due to anthopogenic emissions is a reality. In response to this, global actions and protocols have been evoked to address the climate change challenges.

Science, CO2 Sequestration and Climate Negotiations

-Dr. (Ms) Malti Goel
‘One in six species on earth could be threatened with extinction from climate change unless steps are taken to reduce global warming emissions’, says a recent study report in Science magazine. Science has been at the core of climate change phenomena. Increased accumulation of greenhouse emissions from anthropogenic acuities is known to have caused global warming or a rise in global temperature. Scientific assessments are made by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ...

‘Smart Cities’ improve quality of Life?

-Dr. (Ms.) Malti Goel

 I recall an incident which occurred in 1990 in UK. I was attending a technology management programme and was staying in a town at the outskirts of London. From the window of my room the road was directly visible. Suddenly I heard a thud and a vehicle hit the man on bicycle. The person fell on road, was hurt and bleeding. But in less than two minutes a police van reached there and provided first aid to him. This incidence is so fresh in my memory, there were no crowds, no road rage, just the safety of injured person was attended. All this was possible because of good ICT (information and communication technologies) infrastructure besides quick human action.