Commentary: End of coal era in India coming sooner than many think

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asia Times:On Tuesday last week, Tony Abbott, Australia’s ex-prime minister, was photographed in parliament clutching a document entitled, the “Coal era is not over.”In India, which until recently had the world’s second-largest coal pipeline, two seismic events have signaled the contrary to be true.According to Australia’s pro-coal “Monash Forum” parliamentarians, of which Abbott is a founding member, India is ensuring a rosy future for coal exporters such as Australia due to its plans to construct 116 new power stations, or around 88 GW. Ironically, on the same day the Forum’s “fact sheets” were released, NTPC, the largest owner and developer of domestic coal plants in India, shelved its 4 GW Pudimadaka Ultra-Mega Power Plant, due to be built in the state of Andhra Pradesh.This decision to cancel the largest new coal-fired power station planned in India is another step in the country’s remarkable Indian energy transition. Since the start of 2010, as a result of shelved and cancelled projects, India’s coal plant pipeline has shrunk by a staggering 547 GW. To give this some perspective, that is almost three times the total installed capacity of Germany.Today, 88GW–or rather 84GW–are still reported to be “progressing” through approval processes. Though given current trends, this more accurately translates as “yet to be formally cancelled or put into administration.”In fact, of the remaining pipeline, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) estimates no more than 10-20 GW might actually see the light of day. That means more than 84% of India’s 2010 coal pipeline will have been cancelled. What’s more, if India’s 2018 National Energy Plan forecast of 48GW of end-of-life coal plant closures by 2027 occurs, India is rapidly approaching peak thermal coal.Coal will not be gone in a decade, but the era will end sooner than many expect.More: India is bringing the coal era to an end Commentary: End of coal era in India coming sooner than many thinklast_img read more

Kyrgios withdraws from US Open over virus fears

first_img“Dear Tennis, I will not be playing this year at the US Open. It hurts me at my core,” Kyrgios said in a video posted on Twitter.“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you.”The opinionated Kyrgios, ranked just 40 but a major drawcard, last month blasted the ATP as “selfish” for pressing ahead with plans for the US Open, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 31.He has since waged a running battle on social media with some of the top names in the game who played at Novak Djokovic’s recent ill-fated Adria Tour tennis exhibition, blasting their “stupidity” and risky behaviour. His decision follows fellow Australian and world number one Ashleigh Barty last week withdrawing from the Grand Slam in New York, citing “significant risks” from the coronavirus pandemic. Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’The Best Cars Of All Time7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining Means10 Most Praised Historical MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madecenter_img Read Also: Iheanacho faces Leicester exit as Foxes hunt for suitorsDjokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19.The tennis season has been at a standstill since mid-March due to the virus outbreak worldwide.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Outspoken Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the US Open Sunday, saying he was giving it a miss for “the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives”.Advertisementlast_img read more

Marty provides stability in 3rd-year program

first_img Published on October 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Jarrad: Comments Paul Flanagan points to a photograph to the right of the door in his spacious corner office. In the picture, 12 girls are standing at the blue line before a sparse crowd at the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. Their sticks are held straight as their eyes focus on the North American flags they’re paying respect to overhead. The bubbled blue-lettered caption reads ‘The Beginning,’ with ‘October 13th, 2008’ right beneath. Stefanie Marty is in this picture. She may as well have painted it. ‘She was definitely the primary building block when we got the program started,’ said Flanagan, the Syracuse ice hockey coach. ‘You couldn’t manufacture a better player to build a program around.’ Marty transferred to Syracuse in the fall of 2008 after playing minimally in her freshman season at New Hampshire. Upon arrival, she helped build stability at a tentative new program. And now she’s the face of the third-year program. A Nussbaumen, Switzerland, native, Marty had played hockey at a professional level since the age of 15 in her home country. In 2003, she signed with the Swiss professional team EV Zug. She was selected to the national team the same year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But in 2007, she moved to America in pursuit of a better education. A powerful forward with a whistling slap shot, Marty became the ideal attacking scorer for Flanagan to build his offense around. In the program’s inaugural season in 2008-09, she led the team in scoring with 22 points. And her high-level competitive experience made her the perfect prototype for Flanagan to build his program around. ‘Even as a sophomore,’ Flanagan said, ‘she was so dedicated in everything, from how she ate to how she trained.’ In just its third season as a program, SU has graduated from an expansion laughingstock to a bonafide contender in the College Hockey America conference. After finishing last in 2008-09, the Orange finished second last year. This season, at 4-2-1, the program has maintained its elevated conference status while building a competitive national profile. Already this season, Syracuse has a win over a nationally ranked team when it bet then-No. 8 New Hampshire on Oct. 8. And in many ways, Marty’s development as a player is a mirror image of the program she’s helping to build. Just look at the differences between her two Olympic experiences as a member of the Swiss national team. As an 18-year-old playing on a global stage for the first time in 2006, Marty said she and her teammates weren’t quite ready for the magnitude of the event. She didn’t record a point as her Swiss team was eliminated in three quick games. ‘That was the first Olympics for the whole team,’ Marty said. ‘It was really hard to focus on just hockey with all the external distractions.’ But by the 2010 games, Marty was a 21-year-old international veteran who had represented her country in five World Championships and the 2006 Olympics. Focusing strictly on hockey, she recorded an Olympic-record nine goals while leading her team to a fifth-place finish. With her performance in last year’s Olympics, Marty too had graduated from those initial stages of inexperience that marked both her first Olympics and the inaugural season of the SU program. ‘Four years later, we knew what to expect,’ Marty said. And now at SU, she knows what to expect: a dynamic offensive threat with the fearless personality that has made her into a leader. Marty is currently fourth on the Orange with eight points through the team’s first seven games. And she is tied for second on SU with four goals. Back in his office, Flanagan has shifted his focus to the 30-inch flat screen attached to a straight-ahead wall. The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils are playing on the screen. Flanagan points to Sidney Crosby and discusses how the Penguins wunderkind provided a much-needed spark for a fledging NHL franchise. ‘Kind of like what Stef Marty is doing for us,’ he said. ‘Making Syracuse hockey matter.’ jdsaffre@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more