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India’s dream of green energy runs into the reality of coal

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🗞️ Driving the news: India’s paradoxical struggle to mitigate climate change is showcased by the increased adoption of green energy in some regions, promoted largely by individual efforts, against inadequate policy measures to limit global warming to 1.5C

🔭 The context: India, being the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, faces immense pressure to transition towards sustainable energy
• The absence of leaders from major carbon-emitting countries in recent summits highlights the overall reluctance and global shortfall in substantial climate action

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The efforts by individuals and smaller entities in India symbolize the incremental progress being made globally by communities in the context of growing inaction from governments

⏭️ What’s next: India’s trajectory in renewable energy adoption and climate mitigation strategies will be under scrutiny
• The actions, or the lack thereof, taken by India and other major carbon emitters, will play a pivotal role in shaping the global approach to the impending climate crisis

💬 One quote: “Every effort counts, and every panel installed is a step away from the devastation we are heading towards.” (Mahendra Patra, factory owner in Odisha)

📈 One stat: India aims to achieve 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022

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