Bhagwat Saw, 69, in the emergency section at Life Line Hospital. Bhagwat has been working as a coal loader for over 40 years and was discovered to be suffering from pneumoconiosis.
The skeletons keep piling up and tumbling out of King Coal’s closet. A new study attributes between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths in India due to emissions from coal power plants in India. The study, conducted by Dr. Sarath Guttikunda and Puja Jawahar of Urban Emissions, also attributed millions of cases of asthma and heart disease to emissions from coal power plants in India. Continue reading
Usually I work in New Zealand on the climate campaign but right now I’m in Hyderabad, India, helping out the team here on a big push around the Convention on Biological Diversity. Continue reading
Farmers in India’s Vidarbha region are struggling with drought and limited access to irrigation while plans by India’s government to build 71 new coal-fired power plants will place an extra strain on water resources.
These are some of the findings of a new Greenpeace India report, Endangered Waters, which identifies the potential for social unrest if the planned expansion in the number of coal-fired power plants goes ahead.
Lack of access to irrigation water has already been linked to the suicides of thousands of farmers in the area and investing in thirsty coal-fired power plants will only exacerbate water problems in a region that has a long history of under development.
Greenpeace India is calling for an immediate moratorium on allocating water to coal power plants in Vidarbha, while existing allocations must be also re-examined to ensure that the irrigation needs of farmers are not jeopardized.
Additionally, under the Energy [R]evolution scenario, developed by Greenpeace and partner organizations, almost half of India’s power could be provided by renewable energy by 2030, saving billions of cubic meters of water that could irrigate 3.6 million hectares of farmland.
Farmers in Vidarbha struggle to make a living and feed their families
Irrigation has made the farms that do get water more productive. Continue reading
By Areeba Hamid, Greenpeace India
On the usual ship tour even the incessantly hard working crew rests on Sundays. People get up relatively late and take it easy, catch up on email and nurture social contacts. But this is not the usual ship tour and our Sunday could not have been more of a contrast. I was woken early in the morning with the news that two fishing vessels were showing up on our radar just off the coast of the Indian Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal. Once we caught up with them, we saw no national flag flying which would identify the country in which it was registered or a name displayed on the vessel. When there was no response on the radio from either of them, we decided to launch our inflatables and take a closer look. Continue reading
By Areeba Hamid, Greenpeace India
I am on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, en route to Port Blair right now. It has been fantastic to sail from Singapore to India (took us 5 days) and calming to have just the never ending ocean stretched out before you every time you look outside. I also saw some cruise liners, some blink- and-you-miss-it dolphins, and a large piece of cargo floating past us which seemed to have either fallen off or gotten rid of in a hurry. Continue reading