While India has invested huge sums of money in renewables, coal is still the largest fraction of its energy generation. In the state of Goa and elsewhere, however, people are taking to the streets to protest against the hazardous legacy of coal.
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India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in solar power, the UN secretary-general has told an online audience. Investing in coal is "bad economics," Antonio Guterres said.
India has among the lowest solar power prices in the world and its Paris commitments to cut emissions have been lauded. But with no plans to give up coal, the huge economy's emissions are only set to rise.
Industrialized countries developed using fossil fuels to grow their economies. But in an era of climate change, can developing countries such as India find another way?
Africa emits less than 4% of global CO2 but struggles to provide electricity to half its population. Energy infrastructure built today could have massive impacts on future emissions and living standards.
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