Tag: India

South Asia’s record-breaking weather set to worsen as climate change brings more dangerous monsoon seasons – ABC News

What happens when nearly 1 metre of rain falls on ‘the wettest place on Earth’?

Key points:

  • Indian town Mawsynram has set a new June rainfall record of more than 990mm
  • It comes amid warnings India will be one of the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather events
  • South Asian researchers are calling for countries like Australia to help with climate forecasting

South Asia’s record-breaking weather set to worsen as climate change brings more dangerous monsoon seasons – ABC News

South Asia’s record-breaking weather set to worsen as climate change brings more dangerous monsoon seasons – ABC News

Climate change experts say India’s heatwave offers the world a terrifying glimpse into the future – ABC News

Three Indian men sit in a street waving handkerchiefs around to cool down

Kew is not just a part of Australia but a part of the World and if their Rep J Frydenberg doesn’t represent the majority of Kew or Australia what reason is there to “Keep Josh”? Our concern here in Kew is Climate and government integrity. We’ve seen Frydenberg and his government breaking rules. We’ve seen him walk back on promises and we’ve seen him ignore these major concerns to such an extent he’s helped tarnish our reputation in the World and in the Pacific. Fiji put out the warning long ago that Australia was alienating it’s neighbors and Peter Dutton simply laughed. We witnessed Boomgate way back when Abbott was PM and things haven’t changed.

“Australia and India in that way are similar … from this episode, what should really come out is a lot of awareness,” she said.

“We are talking about India [which] has a population of 1.4 billion people, and all the working class — the daily wage workers who are out there in the field dealing with the heatwave directly — have contributed very little to climate change,” she said. “The onus of reducing emissions is not on India alone.” Back on the burning landfill pile, Sunita has also called for international action to change her life and that of her children’s. “I would like to tell people around the world that there should be a solution for all of this.”

Source: Climate change experts say India’s heatwave offers the world a terrifying glimpse into the future – ABC News

Climate Emergency: India’s Unprecedented Heat Wave blights Wheat Crops, adding to Global Bread Shortages

India’s governments– first the colonial British and since 1947 the independent state — have been keeping temperature records all over the country for at least 122 years. 2022 is crashing through many previous records.

This was the hottest March since records began being kept. Aniruddha Gosal at AP notes that a Lancet report last year foound that India’s vulnerability to extreme heat increased 15% from 1990 to 2019. India and Brazil are the two countries where most people die annually of heat exposure.

Source: Climate Emergency: India’s Unprecedented Heat Wave blights Wheat Crops, adding to Global Bread Shortages

Old Dog Thought- Morrison doesn’t lie he’s a “chosen” leader. Like Waco, Jones Town his faith is all he needs. Democracy with its Separation of Powers is a godless State.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 8/4/22; Morrison and the Dark Age, India, Russia, Andrew Bolt and Eddie Betts, China India media;

India’s refusal to condemn Russia not an issue for Australia: Barry O’Farrell

Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, and Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the Australia India Institute.

When Diplomacy and Hypocrisy stand shoulder to shoulder it’s generally over more than one issue. Australia India and Russia aren’t signatories to the Glasgow Emissions Target agreement on Climate either. We and they are all pro-coal, fossil fuels and stand alone against the rest of the world including the Australian electorate. How is it this Australian Government can declare that the friend of my enemy is our friend and still pretend to support Ukraine? They just do it without qualification expecting we will vote for them? The Morrison Government’s legacy is tarnishing us in the eyes of the world. It’s no wonder why Biden couldn’t remember ScaMo’s name but Trump could.

Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, says the Modi government’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not an issue for Australia. Mr O’Farrell, the former premier of NSW, made the remarks at an event in New Delhi for the Australia India Institute, which is led by former Labor senator Lisa Singh. Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, and Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the Australia India Institute. Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, and Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the Australia India Institute. Australia has expressed concern about suggestions India could bypass Western sanctions via a bespoke banking system and India has been forced to defend its decision to buy up cheap Russian oil. Asked whether India’s “perceived neutrality” on Russia posed concerns for the newly revived Quad alliance – comprising Australia, the United States, India and Japan – O’Farrell said Australia opposed Putin’s war but respected India’s different stance. “In relation to what’s happening in Ukraine, Australia’s made our position very clear – Australia understands India’s position,”

Source: India’s refusal to condemn Russia not an issue for Australia: Barry O’Farrell

‘Historic’ trade agreement with India signed after decade of negotiations – ABC News

India's trade minister holds up a signed document. In other screens, Tehan does the same and Morrison and Modi applaud

Ten years in the making of an agreement signed just weeks before an election smells of a scam. One needs to ask what Morrison actually sacrificed in order to gain this politically advantageous signing at such a fortuitous moment. The Indians are known for their bargaining skills and ability to take commercial advantage. They are one of the few countries currently refusing to criticize Putin and are not employing sanctions against Russia. Furthermore, they are happily buying their cheaper oil and so offering indirect and questionable support in their war against Ukraine. Morrison is rewarding India a nation for its questionable ethical and contrarian stance to ours and his associated  media propagandists are supporting him in this less than perfect moral stance. he’s indirectly siding with Russia. In fact he directly sided with Putin at the last Climate summit in Glasgow.

The Morrison government has hailed the agreement as a significant step in its efforts to diversify export markets and reduce Australia’s economic dependence on China.”This is an economic agreement that has strategic might to it,” Mr Tehan said.

Source: ‘Historic’ trade agreement with India signed after decade of negotiations – ABC News

Indonesia’s coronavirus cases hit a record 54,500 in a single day, overtaking India to become epicentre – ABC News

Workers in protective suits carry a coffin containing the body of a COVID-19 victim to a grave for a burial

Indonesia’s health ministry reported 54,517 new cases and 991 deaths on Wednesday The country’s real daily case count could top 200,000 by the end of the month Health authorities fear the Delta variant could hit more remote areas

Source: Indonesia’s coronavirus cases hit a record 54,500 in a single day, overtaking India to become epicentre – ABC News

Over half of New Delhi has been infected with Covid-19, Indian govt study suggests — RT World News

Over half of New Delhi has been infected with Covid-19, Indian govt study suggests

More than half of New Delhi’s population of 20 million has been infected with the coronavirus and since developed antibodies, a survey by the Indian government has revealed.

Over half of New Delhi has been infected with Covid-19, Indian govt study suggests — RT World News

Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing

A health care worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India.

Does anyone for one moment think Donald Trump wont take full advantage of this? (ODT)

New Delhi: India now has the fastest-growing coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new infections per day.

Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing

Asia-Pacific leaders ink world’s largest trade deal without India while China is accused of ‘conquest’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Narendra Modi is seen in a headshot against a dark background. A microphone is in front of him and he is listening.

India was once the production house for 37% of the global economy the British no, a Capitalist invention Multinational Corporation the East India Company put an end to that and reduced them to 3%. The company owned Britain, the West Indies,  and a Colonial Empire as well. Trading textiles, spices, tea drugs and slaves out of tax free ports. It destroyed the worlds biggest textile industry which at the time was India. It then whitewashed the history of the Colonial Empire (ODT)

His country already has a $60 billion trade deficit with China and there are concerns lowering tariffs, and allowing the flow of cheap Chinese products into India, would further increase that deficit.

via Asia-Pacific leaders ink world’s largest trade deal without India while China is accused of ‘conquest’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Fix Is In: Adani hooks India’s poor and Australia’s taxpayers – Michael West

Having been unable to secure one single global financial institution to invest in its Carmichael proposal, Adani has turned to self-financing the project because it has guaranteed returns from the poor people of India thanks to these government deals.

via The Fix Is In: Adani hooks India’s poor and Australia’s taxpayers – Michael West

Former trade minister Andrew Robb takes swipe at Washington’s China policy

Correction Robb secured the ALP’s FTA’s he merely was a minister who signed on the dotted line. The ALP did the hard yards. (ODT)

Former trade minister Andrew Robb has attacked United States policy towards China, saying both sides of politics in Washington were obsessed with a “futile and counterproductive” effort to contain the rising Asian power.

Mr Robb, who has received a large salary as a consultant to Chinese firm Landbridge, launched the broadside against Australia’s major ally during a speech to the mining industry on Monday night.

The former minister, who secured several free trade agreements during his time in government, including that with Beijing, said both China and India were re-emerging as major players in Asia and would “share” power with the US over the course of this century.

via Former trade minister Andrew Robb takes swipe at Washington’s China policy

“The Light of a Thousand Suns:” India has 5 of World’s largest Solar Farms, Plans Huger

India is not forging ahead on the solar front as fast as China. But in 2017 for the first time more solar capacity was installed than new coal. India intends to have 275 gigawatts of renewable capacity by 2027 and is counting on solar to provide two-thirds of it. This configuration differs from Germany and the US, where wind far outstrips solar progress so far.

But India is innovating by auctioning 2.5 gigawatts of wind-solar hybrid power, combining the two. The advantages of wind-solar are that the installation cost is 15% less than pure solar or pure wind, and they are significantly more efficient together (wind often picks up at night or in cloudier seasons, replacing lost pv generation).

Coal and gas for electricity generation now make up two-thirds of India’s capacity, but in ten years it will fall to only 43%, according to Mercom and the study.

via “The Light of a Thousand Suns:” India has 5 of World’s largest Solar Farms, Plans Huger

Decrying Defaulted Loans of Deadbeat Corporations, One Million Indian Bank Workers Hold 48-Hour Strike

bank strike

Rejecting banks’ excuses for paltry raise proposal, union leaders say ordinary employees shouldn’t have to pay to price for bad loans

Decrying Defaulted Loans of Deadbeat Corporations, One Million Indian Bank Workers Hold 48-Hour Strike

Cheap solar and wind energy prices are killing India’s coal power plants — Quartz

A general view of Adani Power Company thermal power plant is pictured at Mundra in the western Indian state of Gujarat September 24, 2012. As global mining giants scale back their ambitions in Australia's coal sector, Indian billionaire Gautam Adani is showing no such caution and plans to push full-steam ahead with a $4.5 billion project in a bet on rising Indian demand. Picture taken September 24, 2012. To match interview INDIA-ADANI/ REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) - GM1E89P1LGJ01

Over the last year, wind and solar power tariffs have fallen to a record low of around Rs2.4 per unit, much lower than the average of Rs3.7 per unit at which analysts say coal-based power is currently being sold on India’s power exchanges.

via Cheap solar and wind energy prices are killing India’s coal power plants — Quartz

‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment | The Guardian

Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani meets with Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Taj Mahal of the Adani Empire a Coal- Fired Power Plant is for sale for 0.05 cents ” the Mundra power plant – ironically, now for sale for one rupee.”

“Adani never bothered to meet environmental conditions in its own country, why do you imagine they will do so in yours?” Jairam Ramesh, former minister for the environment of India,

via ‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment | The Guardian

India has enough coal without Adani mine, | Environment | The Guardian

Last month India cancelled coal projects in the pipeline equal to around 13.7GW of electricity capacity. It is also preparing to close 37 coalmines.Should the cost of renewables such as solar, which fell below the price of coal this year, continue to decline, the Indian economy has the potential to be coal-free by 2050, according to a recent report from the Delhi-based Energy and Resources Institute

Source: India has enough coal without Adani mine, yet must keep importing, minister says | Environment | The Guardian

Gujarat Cancelling 4 Gigawatt Coal Power Plant As India Moves Away From Coal | CleanTechnica

The government of Indian state Gujarat has cancelled a proposed 4 gigawatt coal power ultra-mega power project due to existing surplus generation capacity and a desire to transition from fossil fuel–based energy sources to renewable power.Reports from India’s Business Standard earlier this month reported that the government of Gujarat, under Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has

Source: Gujarat Cancelling 4 Gigawatt Coal Power Plant As India Moves Away From Coal | CleanTechnica

India to make every single car electric by 2030 in bid to tackle pollution that kills millions | The Independent

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Every car sold in India will be powered by electricity by the year 2030, according to plans unveiled by the country’s energy minister.  The move is intended to lower the cost of importing fuel and lower costs for running vehicles. “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way,” coal and mines minister Piyush Goyal said at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi.

Source: India to make every single car electric by 2030 in bid to tackle pollution that kills millions | The Independent

“Winston Churchill? He’s no better than Adolf Hitler” – Dr Shashi Tharoor. – UKAsian

He may be the subject of worship from London’s Parliament Square to the Oval Office in Washington DC, but Winston Churchill was little more than a mass murderer, with as much blood on his hands as Hitler does. That’s according to the Indian politician and author Shashi Tharoor, whose new book ‘Inglorious Empire’ chronicles the …

Source: “Winston Churchill? He’s no better than Adolf Hitler” – Dr Shashi Tharoor. – UKAsian

Bad Medicine: Trade Deal Threatens India’s Status As The World’s Discount Pharmacy – New Matilda

Free trade is rarely ‘free’, and the latest iteration could have profound affects on a nation that produces most of the world’s cheap, life-saving drugs, writes Megan Giles. When Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the US rights to the life-saving drug Daraprim, and subsequently hiked up the price by 5,000 per cent, the tsunami of online opprobriumMore

Source: Bad Medicine: Trade Deal Threatens India’s Status As The World’s Discount Pharmacy – New Matilda

India Tipped To Exceed Paris Climate Targets | newmatilda.com

New analysis from the Climate Action Tracker group has found that India, now the world’s third largest emitter of carbon, is likely to easily outstrip the pledge it made ahead of a key United Nations summit in December this year.As a fast-growing source of emissions, India’s progress on cutting carbon will be increasingly vital in coming decades if the world is to achieve its aim of limiting the rise in average global temperatures to two degrees or less.

Source: India Tipped To Exceed Paris Climate Targets | newmatilda.com

The damage of Global Capitalism

It’s a lot easier for most of us in America to talk about the excesses of global capitalism when we’re still beneficiaries of the system. For billions of people with less geographic luck, capitalism’s excesses directly translate to necessity’s wants. Arundhati Roy tells some of those stories in her new book is Capitalism: A Ghost Story.

Arundhati talks with Chuck about how democracy went from powerful threat to pointless brand, why India’s fascist Prime Minister victimizes his own citizens yet is applauded by audiences of Western suckers, and the damage American NGOs like the Ford Foundation do to Indian domestic politics.

Arundhati Roy is a writer and political activist.

Exposure to fecal matter is a leading cause of diarrhea, which kills 600,000 people in the country each year

Chandramani Jani in front of a public awareness mural about toilets and sanitation by her home in Chakarliguda.

Chandramani Jani in front of a public awareness mural about toilets and sanitation by her home in Chakarliguda.Credit

Public Health  and poverty are bigger issues than Ebola. Had the outbreak occurred in a poor country like Cuba the world would not have thought twice about contagion.

The mural on the wall outside of Chandramani Jani’s home is more message than art. It depicts a sari-clad woman relieving herself behind a bush, looking worried as a man advances. A large thought bubble suggests the woman wishes for a toilet of her own, clean and complete with the privacy of a door.

To Jani, a 34-year-old sarpanch, or elected village head, in the hilly Koraput district of India’s Odisha  state, the mural represents a personal mission. She boasts that ever since she had toilets built in her village of Chakarliguda last December, no one in her community defecates outside. A few steps behind every home in the village, well-maintained latrines stand amid kitchen gardens and chicken coops.

“Before we had toilets people used to search for a place to squat. Now it’s easy access,”she said. A few elderly women were hesitant to use the new toilets at first, “but now even they’ve gotten used to the comfort.”

Jani’s pride is not unfounded. The success in her village is rare despite India’s repeated attempts to stop open defecation, a serious risk to health and safety that is on newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda. More than 620 million people in India defecate outdoors — a much higher rate than in poorer countries like Bangladesh or those in sub-Saharan Africa. Exposure to fecal matter is a leading cause of diarrhea, which kills 600,000 people in the country each year, a third of them children. And as Gardiner Harris reported in July, open defecation and rapid population growth fuel bacterial growth that contributes to malnutrition and stunted growth in 65 million Indian children under the age of five.

The impact goes beyond health, as the mural on Jani’s wall displays. Women, who venture farther from their village than men or children to relieve themselves face additional threats to safety. The link between defecating outside and security was further emphasized by advocates like Wateraid after a fatal rape of two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh who were walking to a field to relieve themselves earlier this year.

When the government started building toilets en masse in 1999, under an 18 billion rupee ($300 million) initiative to eradicate open defecation by 2019, authorities came up against a problem that has plagued developmental solutions from oral rehydration therapy to mosquito nets: people just weren’t using them. The Research Institute for Compassionate Economics’Sanitation Quality, Use, Access and Trends (SQUAT) survey, which interviewed 22,000 people in five Indian states on sanitation habits, found that 40 percent of households with a working latrine have at least one member who continues to defecate outdoors. That’s partly because, in rural India, defecating far away from the home is considered cleaner than using toilets, said Payal Hathi, one of the authors of the SQUAT survey,

“It’s not enough to build toilets, because even in households that have their own latrines, people do not use them,”said Arundati Muralidharan, a senior research fellow at the Public Health Foundation of India. “There are massive social, cultural norms and behavioral practices that we are looking to influence.”

Changing those norms will be a major challenge for Modi, who has pledged to end open defecation in the country by 2019. In October, he started a nationwide sanitation drive called Swachh Bharat, or Clean India Campaign, which promotes hygiene and sanitation. But any new initiative will have to avoid the fate of the thousands of government-built toilets that remain unused— one major reason a recent study in The Lancet, a British health journal, found that a toilet-building program in Odisha may have had little impact on health.

Jani made it her personal mission to make sure people received and used the new toilets in Chakarliguda, a poor tribal village with relative low literacy levels in southern Odisha. She understood the value long ago, when she built a latrine outside her hut, but the villagers only knew that their families were getting sick from unclean drinking water.

When the leader learned that the district administration would be providing toilets to select villages last May, she knew that she would have to sell the idea to her community first. Although Chakarliguda wasn’t initially picked for the sanitation campaign, Jani, who left school after seventh grade, fought with district officials, repeatedly visiting their offices and drummed up community support from her neighbors.

In July 2013, district sanitation officers worked with Jani and a few young community volunteers to start an intensive campaign called “triggering.”In order to educate and “trigger”community ownership of toilets, the team staged street plays and regular workshops that explained how open defecation was making children sick. (As with most villages in the Koraput region, diarrhea and malaria were the two biggest ailments in Chakarliguda.)

They also used waste mapping and calculations, two viscerally provocative methods that have proved effective in Bangladesh. Sanitation officials had villagers mark on a map where they defecated, and then demonstrated how excrement moved from the fields into their drinking water and food. They also calculated the total weight of human excrement, which for Chakarliguda — a tiny mountainside hamlet of less than 300 people — came out to 52 tons each year.

“We basically showed them how they were eating and drinking” their own waste ,said Kasi Prasad Nayak, who oversees water and sanitation in the Koraput district. “And that had a lot of motivational impact.”

Triggering is a component of the ongoing national toilet-building program, known as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, or the Total Sanitation Campaign. But so far, the success of such programs — which are allocated 15 percent of the total campaign budget — has varied wildly. Unlike building toilets, triggering is an abstract effort that’s hard to oversee, and the money for it is often unspent. But, as the case of Chakarliguda shows, the right investment in local leadership goes a long way in changing a community’s attitude.

Here, Jani’s campaigning won over most of the village — important because the health risks of open defecation remain unless most of the community has switched to latrines. To persuade holdouts, the sarpanch used a more aggressive, less kosher, approach.

“I told my people that if they didn’t build toilets and start using them, they wouldn’t get their subsidized rice or pension from the government,”she recalled with a laugh. The villagers knew it was an empty threat — a sarpanch does not have the right to withhold welfare benefits — but it nudged them into compliance.

Every family was on board when the village received toilets last December. The government covered most of the cost and sent engineers to guide them, although households were required to build their own toilets and contribute 900 rupees ($15) toward construction. Free to customize, some families invested in tiles and water storage units, while others expanded theirs to include a bathing room.

Dena Kila, a local resident in the village, said her family bought extra cement to make a solid latrine, and was now installing a pipe for running water. Sitting at her clay stove, Kila said building toilets kept the village pathways cleaner, and that more people washed their hands with soap. And women felt safer.

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“I used to only go in the early morning and evening, when it was dark enough to not be visible,”she said. “I had to go in a group and worry about safety risks like wild animals.”

The project has changed daily habits for men, women and children in Chakarliguda, but has had much less impact in villages that didn’t use a similar community strategy.

In 2004, a large nonprofit organization called Gram Vikas built toilets in the hilltop village of Phulband, also in the Koraput district. But 10 years later, most of the structures serve as sheds for lumber and live chickens. Devendra, a 25-year-old laborer and social worker from the village, said Gram Vikas conducted community activities while introducing the toilets, but there was little follow-up, and villagers soon returned to their old habits.

“We need to understand what is driving people to defecate in the open even when they don’t have to,”Muralidharan said of similar failed attempts. “Behavioral intervention needs to go beyond telling people to use toilets to really address some of these underlying factors.”

For Jani, the follow-up was essential. Throughout the process she led a monitoring committee to check in with villagers and their facilities. And she now regularly checks the latrines to ensure that families are using and maintaining their toilets.

This active leadership makes all the difference, said Kuldip Gyaneswar, a fellow with the Ministry of Rural Development who works with the Koraput district administration. While thousands qualify for the Total Sanitation Campaign funding, many Indians slip through the cracks because panchayat leaders and citizens don’t know that they are eligible to benefit. Meanwhile, Jani has become an expert on sanitation in her village and was invited to Delhi to participate in a Unicef-led discussion about promoting sanitation.

You need someone in each village to anchor the program, Gyaneswar said. “Wherever there are strong leaders they are working well.”Toilets built by community demand, he said, were far more effective than supply-driven measures by the government.

But more diverse, large Indian communities may prove more difficult a challenge than Chakarliguda — said Muralidharan.

“How do you transpose that success to an urban slum where you have highly mixed communities?”she said. “What can be the binding force in a heterogeneous community for an issue that really affects everyone?”

As the Modi administration prepares to invest millions of dollars in building toilets, they will have to address the challenges that come with a country of one billion people. But examples of success are as close as Chakarliguda, or, on a larger scale, right next door in Bangladesh, which has all but eliminated open defecation.

Hathi, of the SQUAT Survey, said that during a recent trip to the country, she was struck by how freely people discussed sanitation, and by how common it was for people to use simple, low-cost latrines that are difficult to find in India. While most people in India could afford the simple latrines found in Bangladesh, they don’t build them because they don’t prioritize owning a toilet.

“Everyone in Bangladesh is working on it. Here we are struggling to have the same kind of dialogue on sanitation,”she said. “It needs to start with Modi and it needs to come down to the local level. We need cricket players, politicians, sarpanches, Bollywood people — everybody.”

Take it from us in India: the world needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal: Abbott doesn’t care to listen

 

    • theguardian.com, Wednesday 22 October
    • Here are little known facts about coal: its use is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year globally, and many more illnesses. In India, coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases annually. It is also responsible for around 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are dramatically changing the world’s climate and impoverishing millions of people.

      This, however, did not stop Tony Abbott from glossing over these costs when he declared recently that “coal is good for humanity”, nor did it stop environment minister Greg Hunt from saying that coal will lift millions in the developing world out of energy poverty.

      But coal is not the solution to energy poverty. Local renewable energy is. India’s people are best served by renewable energy sources like wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. That’s why Indian giant Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, one of the world’s largest, is such a backward idea – and why I have joined the fight to stop it.

      scenario emphasising coal.

      Local women carry coal taken in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.
      Local women carry coal taken in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

      This difference is even starker when you take into account the costs of imported coal from Australia and Indonesia. Increases in imported Indonesian coal prices have made the massive Tata Mundra and Adani Mundra power projects in the Indian state of Gujarat uneconomical, leading to plant shutdowns.This price differential would be even greater for Australian coal. Recent analysis from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has shown that the cost of imported Galilee coal-fired power generation in India is double the current average wholesale cost of electricity. More than 300m Indians simply cannot afford Australian coal.

      The coal from Carmichael, when burnt in Adani’s power stations in India, will damage the health of the Indian rural poor and the land and water on which they depend for their livelihoods. And they still won’t be able to afford the electricity generated.

      Abbott said “coal has a big future as well as a big past.” He and the coal companies want us all to believe that coal is inevitable. Coal helped build the economies of developed countries and so it must be the right choice for the rest of us. Yet by that logic, the opium trade and slavery should also be reintroduced, since they also contributed to the enrichment of many countries.

      All the pieces are in place now for developing countries to choose a clean energy path that is cheaper, faster and healthier than coal. It would be nice if the Australian government focused on this, rather than exporting dirty, outdated coal.