DECRYPTION – A historic heat wave reveals the country’s vulnerability to global warming.
Is India done with the heat wave? This is what the meteorological department gave hope at the beginning of the week. Temperatures of over 40 degrees recorded in the North since April fell on Tuesday and Wednesday. But the respite will be brief: the thermometer will start to rise again from Thursday.
The subcontinent is used to heat waves in May and June, before the arrival of the monsoon. But this year’s one surprised because it appeared on March 11, in the middle of spring. The North-West and the Center have experienced the hottest temperatures on record since 1900! New Delhi had to deal with peaks at 46 degrees. Other regions like Rajasthan became as hot as hell: in the city of Bikaner, it was 47°C on April 30.
The backlog in renewables
This early heat wave highlighted India’s backwardness in renewable energy, particularly solar, and its dependence on coal. Due to the use of air conditioners…