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For the last several weeks oil price and the Indo-US nuclear deal have dominated the media space in this country. We need to take a closer look at the potential that alternate energy holds to bail us out of the likely energy vulnerabilities that we may face in the coming years. It would be a mistake, however, to address our energy security...

Democracy in India has taken firm roots, and earlier misgivings about coalition governments at the Centre have proved largely unjustified, as recent experience has shown. However, in one respect, Indian democracy, with and without coalition politics, has not served the interests of Indian society adequately. In mature democracies, even when there...

The recently released Global Status Report on Renewables 2007 says that grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) has been the fastest growing energy technology in the world with 50 per cent annual growth in cumulative installed capacity in 2006 as well as in 2007. The majority of the above capacity comes from about 1.5 million homes across Germany,...

It was the first oil shock of the early 1970s that drew public interest to renewable energy technologies. Suddenly solar cookers, solar water heating systems, solar photovoltaic cells, wind electricity generators, wind pumps, biomass gasifiers and biogas plants became topics of interest. However, when oil prices came down to manageable levels, the...

Most of today's architectural expressions demonstrate human dominance over nature. That 'The design process should leave a minimum footprint of man-made constructions on the environment' is the philosophy that TERI abides by. This article focuses on some basic measures advocating sustainability for new built structures. Shelter is a basic human...

India needs to ask if it is necessary to undertake serious domestic action for decarbonisation, irrespective of pressures from rich countries.India and other major developing countries have been at the receiving end of pressure by rich industrialised countries for several years, urging them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They argue that...

The past few weeks have seen a lot of dithering on the part of the government about the way the prices of petroleum products should be increased to reflect the consistently increasing international crude oil prices. This discussion reflects poorly on the economic reform programmes of successive governments of India. The R (Restructuring) Group...

Climate change and the threat that it poses to human existence is a major concern today. Even the youth have an important role to play to save planet earth There are many lessons in human history which provide adequate warning about the chaos and destruction that could take place if we remain guilty of myopic indifference to the progressive...