Solar power is considered one of the best energy generators for tropical countries since all it needs is steady and strong exposure to sunlight to produce electricity. People who have heard of the southern state of India, Tamil Nadu, would have never imagined the place being the site for a massive new solar power plant. New pictures have been released depicting the massive facility in Kamuthi, a city in Tamil Nadu, which has the capacity to generate 648 MW power and is spread over an area of 10 square kilometers. This makes the new solar plant the largest within a single location, confiscating the title from the former champion in California, Topaz Solar Farm, which generates 550 MW.
As the utilization of solar power rises, India is likely to become the third-biggest solar market in the world from next year, the first and second being China and the US respectively. The solar power plant was built in eight months, subsidized by the Adani Group and is cleaned daily using a solar powered robotic system rather than humans. The project is comprised of 2.5 million individual solar modules, and cost $679m to build. When it is working at full capacity, the plant is estimated to generate enough electricity to power nearly 150,000 households.
Though the solar power industry is quickly gaining popularity in India, the country will still need to boost its use of solar panels. The government of India hopes that by 2022, the country will be able to power at least 60 million homes using the sun as part of its goal to generate 40 percent of its electricity from sources other than fossil fuels by 2030. While this aim may seem highly ambitious, environmental groups are praising it. There is also hope that this plan will help reduce the air quality problem it is currently experiencing, with the nation’s capital experiencing the worst levels of pollution it has seen in the past 17 years.
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By looking at the data from 2016, scientists are sure that 2016 is all set to be the warmest year of all. It is estimated that the temperatures for the first nine months have been 1.2C more than the average temperature as per World Meteorological Organization. One of the major contributors towards this temperature rise has been the increasing CO2 emissions. According to the reports September has been the highest of all months since 1961-90.
There are still couple of months before this year could come to an end. However, preliminary analysis indicates that 2016 has been warmer than 2015 which was already warmer than 2014. If this is the case in western countries, parts of Arctic Russia also is impacted by this temperature rise that has contributed to more than 6C to 7 C increase in their usual average temperature.
Arctic ice has continued melt in significant amounts and the Greenland ice sheet also started melting early in the year 2016. El Nino phenomenon alsos ees to have played a role for the warm temperatures in the years 2015 and 2016. the warming of the greenhouse gases is adding more temperature than the El Nino effect.
Scientists are trying to emphasis more on the effects of climate change and the need to make people aware of what is good and what is not for the planet. Therefore, it is time for everyone to come together stronger and fight this battle to keep our planet safe.
Recently a large number of confidential documents were leaked and it had led to the revelation about how rich powerful people are and the kind of techniques they use for hiding their wealth.
Approximately eleven million documents were leaked and some of the most secure companies such as Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. These document reveal how Fonseca has helped clients in laundering money and other methods he had used for avoiding tax. This company has been present for more than 40 years and it was never charged for any criminal activities. The leaked documents contain all the transactions for the past 40 years and this is supposed to be the biggest leak in years.
The president of France, Francois Hollande had hailed these revelation as documents that would stop people from committing fraud and increase the revenue from tax. The documents contain more than 12 heads of state information including the ones holding office currently. It is estimated that almost 60 people are linked to the present or former world leaders in the data.
Some of the big names included in these papers are the Prime Minister of Iceland who has been linked with his wife’s wealth. Some of the close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin are not to be left behind. They have been noted to have been involved in money laundering schemes that adds up to billion-dollars. The transactions seemed to have taken place between a Russian bank Rossiya.
Also revealed is a suspected billion-dollar money-laundering ring that was run by a Russian bank. Everyone who is associated with this are close associates of President Putin.
Another wealthy client and a US millionaire Marianna Olszewski was given fake ownership to make transactions and hide money from the authorities. This is also a breach of the regulations that are designed by the anti-money laundering authorities.
Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad are some of the other names that have been included in the leaked papers.