27 May 2017

India – cow ambulances and the solar boom

From This Way Up, 12:30 pm on 27 May 2017
Sacred cow

Photo: Rafael Yaghobzadeh, Hans Lucas AFP

A new private ambulance service has launched in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, but this one's not for people... it's for cows. 

Movements to protect the cow became prominent in the late 19th century and accompanied a growing political consciousness among Hindus, writes Michael Safi, a Delhi-based correspondent for The Guardian.

"The issue has frequently been a trigger for tension with India’s sizeable Muslim minority, and has become increasingly charged since Modi’s election in 2014."

Indian solar power


Also, as a country blessed with lots of sun, solar power makes a tonne of sense for India.

Now solar power prices have fallen to a record low, India is becoming a major market for green energy technology, and there's increasing optimism that the country will meet its renewable energy targets set in the Paris climate agreement in 2015. 

"Analysts called the 40% price drop “world historic” and said it was driven by cheaper finance and growing investor confidence in India’s pledge to dramatically increase its renewable energy capacity," writes Safi.