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Poverty is a system design failure

Modern, developed societies are built on a few basic presumptions – access to power, information, and resources.

The development of the industrial age saw an unprecedented growth and development for billions of people, in what is today the developed world.

But there are still billions living in poverty and darkness.

Kerosene Lantern

The poor light source: kerosene lanterns. Features: expensive and lethal.

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Interview with Justin Guay, Sierra Club

Justin Guay from Sierra Club – the largest environmental organization in the United States – just visited some of OMC’s Micropower Plants in Uttar Pradesh, India.

This was his experience;

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Full transcript:

“My name is Justin Guay. I work with the Sierra Club based in Washington DC.

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The not-so-desirable hockey stick

Growth – it’s favoured by most people. And exponential growth even more so. An entrepreneur’s, and investor’s, dream is the hockey stick – when growth and revenue suddenly takes off in an unprecedented manner.

This is all fine and dandy when we’re talking in financial terms. But when we switch to climate change – specifically global warming and the earth’s temperature – hockey stick growth is very, very undesirable.

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The Indian power industry crisis

India suffers from a major shortage of electricity generation capacity, even though it is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer.

This recent video from the BBC outlines the problems facing India’s struggling power industry:

Electricity distribution network in India is inefficient – losses exceeded 32% in 2010, compared to world average of less than 15%.

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