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Until recently, the quality of infrastructure service provided to consumers was of no concern, either to the government or to the service providers. The law regulating these sectors also did not address the quality of service. For example, while the Electricity Act, 1910, set standards of safety, it did not set any standards for quality of...

There has been a great deal of debate on air quality in Delhi, measures taken to bring about an improvement, and their effectiveness. There is a popular perception that CNG, which has been introduced in the city in recent months, has made a substantial difference to air quality in the city. In actual fact this is not borne out by data on air...

I feel that this whole debate over GM or no GM is a lot in the air. There are no logical reasons to oppose GMOs or their introduction into India. First, the technological aspect: There is absolutely no reason to suppose that GM crops, when introduced on Indian soil, will result in uncontrollable cross-pollination with other indigenous species or...

The forthcoming Doha Ministerial Conference has put the debate on WM issues in sharper focus. There has, however, been little discussion on the proposal to have a multilateral agreement on trade facilitation in WTO.

In recent weeks there has been considerable discussion on the state of air pollution in the city of Delhi. CPCB (The Central Pollution Control Board) which uses the monitoring station located at the ITO crossing as an indicator of air quality in the city as a whole has put forward the claim that air quality, based on the measurements carried out...

As experts in transport, fuels, and air quality continue their fight over the choice of a clean fuel for Delhi's public transport, cheered by the press and television, the fate of Delhi's commuting millions - who make about 6.5 millions trips a day - hangs in balance: will I make it to work in time on 1 October? Will my child reach school safely?...

How important is global warming? Last month, it figured prominently in President George W. Bush's talks with European leaders as well as in the group-of-eight ministerial meeting in Genoa. The Bonn meeting on climate change was the subject of headlines in the international press.

Some major developments have taken place in the past two weeks that seem to signify a more effective voice for civil society in matters dealing with the environment and social responsibility of organizations that are the flag bearers of globalisation. Perhaps, the most important of these developments is the agreement that was reached in Bonn at...

The presence of certain trace gases in the atmosphere enables it to act like a greenhouse. An increase in the concentration of these greenhouse gases (GHGs) causes an enhanced greenhouse effect and a warming of the earth, leading to a change in climate. Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are the largest source of GHGs. These...

Independence Day this year was celebrated at TERI with the usual solemnity and festivities of various kinds. This is one day in the year when TERI staff and their families, including children, get together not only to salute the national flag but to celebrate an event that most Indians appear to have forgotten the significance of. This is also one...