Lauren Frayer

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Encore: India installs a record volume of solar power in 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022

As the world aims to reduce carbon emissions, particularly from developing nations, India is bragging: It's installed a record volume of solar power in 2022 to wean itself off of coal.

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'Sunny Makes Money': India installs a record volume of solar power in 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

India, on track to become the world's most populous country, gets about 70% of its electricity from coal. But the government is aggressively investing in renewable energy — particularly solar.

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White House climate advisor addresses the unresolved questions left after COP27

Thursday, November 17, 2022

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with White House climate advisor Ali Zaidi about the U.S. role in addressing global climate change as the U.N. climate conference draws to a close.

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The world population reaches 8 billion, posing challenges for climate change

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The world population reached 8 billion on Tuesday, according to the UN. It credits advances in public health and nutrition. But the milestone also poses challenges for coping with climate change.

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Earth welcomes its 8 billionth baby. Is that good or bad news... or a bit of both?

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Sometime today, the global population is forecast to hit 8 billion. The U.N. calls it a milestone for humanity, made possible by advances in public health and medicine. But there are also challenges.

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How Bangladesh went from an economic miracle to needing IMF help

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Millions emerged from poverty in recent decades. But now, rising fuel prices, weak exports and scant remittances are sabotaging growth, and Bangladesh asked the IMF for $4.5 billion in loans.

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IMF steps in to bailout Bangladesh's struggling economy

Monday, November 07, 2022

South Asia's "economic miracle" needs help from the International Monetary Fund. High fuel prices mean rolling blackouts and a loss of productivity at garment factories — once an engine of growth.

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In Iran, women are protesting the hijab. In India, they're suing to wear it

Saturday, October 29, 2022

India's Hindu conservatives are championing Iran's female Muslim protesters. But they oppose Muslim students in southern India who are fighting for the right to wear the hijab in schools.

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Rishi Sunak's ascent to British prime minister stirs celebrations across India

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

People across India are celebrating Rishi Sunak, who has embraced his Indian and Hindu heritage, becoming the newest British prime minister.

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Americans are concerned about their economy, and the global economic outlook is worse

Friday, October 21, 2022

Inflation and fears of a recession are dominating headlines in the U.S., and a series of global crises means that the economic outlook is even more precarious in some other parts of the world.

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The body of a famed U.S. extreme skier has been recovered in Nepal

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Hilaree Nelson went missing this week after falling from the world's eighth-highest mountain in Nepal. Her body was recovered Wednesday and transported to Nepal's capital.

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India reacts to Queen Elizabeth II's death with grief, anger — but mainly indifference

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tributes were paid. But for many of the queen's former colonial subjects, her life and death are a reminder of a painful history of exploitation and racism. Others just didn't give it much thought.

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Britain and the world say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II with a state funeral

Monday, September 19, 2022

Nearly 2,000 people crowded Westminster Abbey for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. A long procession through London carried her coffin to a final resting place at Windsor Castle, 25 miles away.

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India held day of mourning for the queen, but many are indifferent to her death

Saturday, September 17, 2022

India held a day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. But her death has largely prompted indifference, or even anger, in the Commonwealth's biggest country.

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Heads of China, Russia and India were among the world leaders at security forum

Friday, September 16, 2022

China's Xi Jinping, Russia's Vladimir Putin and India's Narendra Modi are among the world leaders in Uzbekistan for a security forum. What unites them is a distrust of the American-led world order.

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As India turns 75, Muslim girls are suing to wear the hijab — and protect secularism

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

When her high school banned the hijab, Ayesha Shifa sued. Her case went to India's Supreme Court. A verdict, expected soon, could redefine what secularism means in the world's largest democracy.

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Why a Chinese ship's arrival in Sri Lanka has caused alarm in India and the West

Friday, August 19, 2022

A Chinese survey ship docked this week at the Hambantota port, built with Chinese loans. Some worry the ship's arrival may signal the start of militarization of Chinese infrastructure in Sri Lanka.

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China's ties with Sri Lanka raise concerns about control of global trade

Thursday, August 18, 2022

As Sri Lanka negotiates an IMF bailout, another creditor waits in the wings: China. Beijing has funded infrastructure on the island, and it is poised to invest more. That makes the West nervous.

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75 years after leaving British rule, India's democracy is on the line

Monday, August 15, 2022

As India turns 75, its democracy — the world's largest — is under threat from authoritarian rule.

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India is celebrating 75 years of independence from Britain

Monday, August 15, 2022

More than seven decades ago, colonial India was partitioned into two new nations — Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. There was a massive migration between the two — and bloodshed.

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