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  1. Public Services Research Unit (PSIRU)

    Profile

    PSIRU researches privatization and restructuring of public services around the world, with special focus on water, energy, waste management, and healthcare.

  2. Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

    30 November 2015
    Declaration

    We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and thereby stop direct and indirect subsidies for renewable energy from biofuels and wood-burning.

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    India is implementing active measures to combat its ever-growing rise in energy consumption

    Praful Bidwai
    03 October 2010
    Article

    Even with increases in energy efficiency, and despite the 45 percent who have no electricity connection - India's policy goal to quadruple energy consumption by 2032 represents a catestrophic GDP-ism focused on destructive models of development.

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    The great nuclear folly

    Praful Bidwai
    22 March 2010
    Article

    India's Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill represents capitulation to US and Indian corporate pressure, and a retreat from the state's responsibility to protect citizens against hazards.

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    Fracking and the Democratic Deficit in South Africa

    • David Fig
    11 July 2012
    Paper

    When citizens are left out of debates confined to government and the business community, the only means of influencing policy is to petition, protest, or litigate, usually after the horse has bolted. Will fracking be the latest technology introduced without any public debate?

  6. Nukes and India

    Praful Bidwai
    15 June 2011
    Article

    Have our rulers decided to place India on the wrong side of history and arrest her social progress? Going by their policy of forcibly promoting nuclear power regardless of its hazards, environmental damage potential, high economic and social costs, and unpopularity, that seems to be the case.

  7. The Multiple Crisis and Beyond

    François Houtart
    11 May 2010
    Article

    Global finance is only one facet of multiple crises facing human civilization - crises over food, water, climate, energy as well as the global economy urgently need to be addressed. So far, neoliberal responses of governments have been to tackle finance alone - by replacing a banker or by pumping money into the system. But it is the system itself - that is in crisis.

    In this special edition of Globalizations, François Houtart outlines the interlinked but different elements of the multiple crises we face, and makes radical suggestions for moving beyond the current state of affairs - through addressing all together.

    Globalizations, 7:1, 9 - 15.
    Number of pages: 8

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    Activists oppose Guatemala dam being backed by Spanish company

    26 June 2015
    In the media

    Deutsche Welle - The arrival of transnational dam-builders in Guatemala is threatening cultural and natural riches. DW met with activists in Berlin, who are asking Europeans to reexamine exactly what such "green energy" entails.

  9. The Nuclear Crisis in Japan: a Wake-Up Call for India

    Achin Vanaik, Praful Bidwai
    31 March 2011
    Article

    The Japanese crisis is a wake up call for India, which is currently building of one of the world's largest nuclear power plants at Jaitapur, despite massive popular protest. When such a disaster can occur in an industrially advanced country like Japan, India, whose atomic agency is notorious for its poor safety standards, needs to rethink its nuclear ambitions.

  10. Obama versus the Polar Bears

    Tom Reifer
    26 January 2011
    Article

    President Obama’s decision comes despite the fact that US government and independent models predict an 80% chance Polar Bears will become mostly extinct by 2050, with total extinction this century without cuts in emissions.

  11. Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

    • Edgardo Lander, Translator; Sara Shields
    02 October 2014
    Paper

    Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.

  12. Learning from Disaster? After Sendai

    Richard Falk
    17 March 2011
    Article

    Despite a terrible history with nuclear technology, corporate and state actors try to disconnect these mega disasters from the energy industry in order to "normalise" that which continues threatens our very existance.

  13. BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come: Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-Disaster

    Michael Klare
    13 July 2010
    Article

    The BP Gulf oil spill is not an anomaly but the result of industry-wide recklessness, as companies employ more and more risky methods to reach inaccessible reserves as the conventional ones run dry.

  14. Twenty-first century energy superpower

    Michael Klare
    21 September 2010
    Article

    As the worlds new leading energy consumer, China's choice of energy strategy over the coming years will have defining implications for international relations and the fate of the environment.

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    Vagaries of the uranium market

    • David Fig
    17 July 2012
    Paper

    The global boom in uranium production, with its associated environmental and social costs, has stalled in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

  16. Lessons from Fukushima

    Praful Bidwai
    31 March 2011
    Article

    As the global nuclear industry's fate hangs in the balance, India must rethink its nuclear power expansion plans and impose a moratorium on new reactors.

  17. Dangerous nuclear delusion

    Praful Bidwai
    26 May 2010
    Article

    Small farmers are being driven off their land in Maharashtra to make way for the Indian government's planned "nuclear park" - to be built by the French company AREVA. Yet, nuclear energy is notoriously slow, costly, inefficient and dangerous to develop, as demonstrated by a global decline in nuclear power that contradicts recent government enthusiasm.

  18. Yawning nuclear void

    Praful Bidwai
    26 May 2010
    Article

    The Mayapuri cobalt-60 episode shows Delhi University scientists were reprehensible and proves again that the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board is too inept, unreliable and compromised to perform its assigned functions. We need another agency.

  19. India must move to a new equitable green energy system

    Praful Bidwai
    18 May 2015
    Article

    The Indian government's demonisation of NGOs opposed to coal mining marks a backwards step in climate commitments. India is heading towards being the number two leading world emitter of carbon dioxide, missing out on a renewable energy (RE) revolution worldwide.

  20. The Emerging Geo-Strategic Landscape in Central Asia

    Ross Eventon
    15 June 2011
    Article

    Recent developments in Afghanistan suggest the New Great Game is intensifying in Central Asia.

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