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The Green Bubble by Per Wimmer

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CHAPTER 1

GETTING OUR FIX

At lunchtime on 30 July 2012, three out of India’s five electricity grids crashed. The two-day blackout that followed upset the lives, to varying degrees, of an estimated700 million people. Hundreds of trains stopped without warning, many in the middle of nowhere. Failed traffic lights caused major traffi c jams, bringing cities to a standstill. Water supplies were interrupted, surgical operations and cremations were halted, and miners were stranded below ground. When demand for power outweighs a country’s ability to provide it, the lights go out. And they could start going out in more developed countries before long.

India has a slightly better excuse than the developed world for losing the electricity plot – it is ...

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