This episode of WRI’s “Big Ideas Into Action” podcast examines why energy access is critical to power development.
Rural areas face unique risks due to COVID-19, with many rural hospitals also struggle with unreliable access to electricity, affecting the day-to-day treatment of patients. Nav Jivan Hospital in rural India shows the life-saving value of sustainable energy, especially in times of crisis.
As Diwali ends and winter sets in, fireworks and crop burning push New Delhi's poor air quality to dangerous extremes. But to fix underlying, year-round air pollution, Delhi should look to cleaner transport.
Solar panels can help rural doctors in India maintain reliable electricity and save more lives. But remote hospitals remain a largely untapped market for renewables.
Road safety is a worldwide epidemic. WRI's Claudia Adriazola-Steil (director, health & road safety) and Amit Bhatt (director, integrated urban transport, WRI India) talk with our host, VP for Communications Lawrence MacDonald, about a life-saving new law in India.
Nicholas Walton gets on the phone with Raj Bhagat Palanichamy, an expert in cities and water for WRI India, to understand why Chennai ran out of water—and what can be done to prevent residents from going thirsty.
Residents in Surat, India are dealing with frequent flooding, heavy monsoon rains and extreme heat. But they’re also learning to adapt to these extremes.
Breaking up India's greenhouse gases by sector illustrates progress and hot spots for the world's third-largest emitter.
A debate in Delhi about how to finance the metro rail system offers lessons for the rest of the world. WRI India CEO O.P. Agarwal explains.
India can meet and potentially exceed its national climate change goals, finds a new working paper by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Open Climate Network (OCN).
This paper analyzes India’s climate change mitigation goals to enhance understanding, evaluate implementation progress, and identify opportunities for enhancing ambition.
Om Prakash (O.P.) Agarwal has been announced as the new CEO of WRI India, where he will oversee its strategy, staff and programmatic activities. Agarwal is a highly respected thinker and practitioner with decades of experience on cities, urban transport, climate change and related development and environment issues.
"Today, as negotiators haggle over the details of a climate agreement in Paris, my home town in southern India is literally underwater," says Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, WRI India's Adaptation Strategy Head for Climate Resilience Practice. "Chennai has seen 17 days straight of rain, precisely the kind of extreme weather event that experts say will only become more common in a warming world."
The great twin challenges of the 21st century — development and climate change — are nowhere sharper than in India, and within India they are perhaps nowhere more vivid than Mumbai. So it’s appropriate that WRI India has its largest office in the rapidly transforming former industrial core of India’s largest, richest city.
Indian industrialist and philanthropist Jamshyd Godrej discusses sustainable business opportunities in an interview with WRI's vice president for Communications.
Today India formally submitted its national climate plan (INDC) to the UNFCCC. The plan includes a commitment to reduce emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030, and create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.
India has set ambitious renewable energy targets for this year of 175 gigawatts by 2022, an increase of 400 percent over 2014. But even as India looks to add new wind and solar plants, it is working to absorb the renewable power it already generates.
Case studies from 21 agriculture projects across India show opportunities for change at scale
As climate change threatens India’s food security, adaptation in the agriculture sector is becoming increasingly important. However, for too long, adaptation has been characterized by individual efforts and by small, time-bound pilot projects.
Rainfed agriculture sustains millions of farmers in India, meeting 40 percent of India’s food demand. But the impact of a changing climate, including increased droughts and rising temperatures, threatens food production and farming patterns.