- Angry residents of Delhi are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100. Diwali the most important Hindu festival in north India, celebrates the victory
of good over evil. [BBC]
- Over 10,000 New York City residents are using solar power to reduce their electric bills, but hardly any of them are poor. This is mostly because poor people do not have roofs they can put solar panels on. Consolidated Edison is offering use of its own rooftops to help solve that problem for at least some low-income customers. [New York Times]
- “How the electricity utilities ‘use a little bit of political jiu-jitsu’ to steal the sun” • US electrical utilities, feeling pressure from distributed solar power, are acting to protect their monopolies. In Florida, the utilities are spending tens of millions of dollars to manipulate the electorate into voting to limit solar power’s growth. [Electrek]
- UNICEF is calling on world leaders to reduce air pollution, saying it leads to the deaths of more children yearly than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Around 600,000 children under age 5 die every year from diseases caused by or exacerbated by outdoor and indoor air pollution. Conditions are especially difficult in poor nations. [CNN]
- A 100-MW offshore wind power pilot project will likely be installed in ocean off Gujarat in about three years, according to an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in India and has been in the Indian market in 1989. He spoke on the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week. [Millennium Post]
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