NEW DELHI: An international report on how energy-poor cities can be powered while containing polluting has cited Delhi’s net-metering policy for solar rooftop systems as a probable solution for providing cheap electricity. The World Resources Institute’s report, titled “Powering Cities in the Global South”, was released on Wednesday. The report also pointed out that Brazil was contemplating legislation changes to its renewable energy norms to enable a Delhi-like policy.

While highlighting the three solutions — decentralised solar photovoltaic (PV) system, clean cooking fuel and energy-efficient buildings and appliances — the system in the Indian capital was pointed out as exemplary…

In case you missed it, yesterday marked Earth Overshoot Day for the year of 2017. If you’re unfamiliar with Earth Overshoot Day, it is the day whereby humans have used up their allowance of natural resources that Earth can replenish in one year.

Those resources are specifically, clean water, soil, clean air, carbon sequestration, etc. For 2017, that day was Aug. 2 according to the Global Footprint Network, which not surprisingly comes earlier than it did last year. That means from Aug. 2 until Dec. 31 humans are using resources that will not be replenished.

Of course, this is a…

Governments and schools are not communicating the most effective ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprints, according to new research.

Published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the study from Lund University, found that the incremental changes advocated by governments may represent a missed opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beneath the levels needed to prevent 2°C of climate warming.

The four actions that most substantially decrease an individual’s carbon footprint are: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free, and having smaller families.

The research analysed 39 peer reviewed papers, carbon calculators, and government reports to…

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