Your Environment This Week: Net-zero buildings in India, winemakers’s woes, and future of ocean energy systems

This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.

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How wineries in India are adapting to warmer winters and erratic rain

Some winemakers are adopting new viticultural practices and migrating to cooler areas to deal with climate change impacts.

Net-zero buildings in India witness a rise but lack government guidelines, regulations

Buildings in India are offsetting their total annual energy requirement with clean energy and by increasing their energy efficiency.

The net-zero DRI building in Manesar. Photo by DRI

Despite efforts and funds, human-wildlife conflict in Uttarakhand is not contained

In Uttarakhand, every month, cases of wildlife animals like leopards, tigers, and elephants attacking humans are reported.

Image shows a leopard sitting in a tree

[Interview] Ajay Kumar Rastogi on leading India’s first just transition task force

Ajay Kumar Rastogi, chairman of the Task Force for Just Transition in Jharkhand talks about the scale of coal dependency in the state, the need for climate finance to enable a just transition, the scope of renewables and green jobs.

Jharkhand is the largest coal-producing state in India. The state hosts around 40 percent of the country’s mineral wealth.

The iForest study calls for land under coal mines to be used for a variety of projects including renewable projects. Photo by Mayank Aggarwal/Mongabay.

[Interview] Purnima Jalihal on the evolution and future of ocean energy systems in India

Purnima Jalihal, head of the energy and freshwater group at the National Institute of Ocean Technology, believes that the development of both small-scale off-grid ocean energy systems and large-scale structures are important to meet clean energy targets.

Are cities ‘smart’ enough to leverage municipal bonds?

There is a push by the centre to use green bonds to improve the financial health of urban local bodies.

Denial of clearance to Etalin hydel project offers relief to some; may impact Arunachal’s hydropower development plan

The Etalin project has been controversial because it is planned in an area highly rich in biodiversity.

Lower Dibang Valley. The Etalin project has been controversial because it is planned in a biodiversity-rich area.

Study hints at high climate change risk in India, bats for investment in resilience

More than 50 provinces from China, the United States of America and India are among the 100 most climate vulnerable areas in the world.

Kerala farmers around protected areas in the state worry about restrictions due to declaration of ESZ

Farmers worry that the rules will prevent them from diversifying agriculture and development of social infrastructure like schools.

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