Efficient use of water necessary to sustain food security, opines TERI
F&B News, 11 February 2014
Deliberating at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014, a panel of experts, including Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, stressed upon the efficient use of water to sustain food security, particularly in India. The panel said that food production is the largest user of water at the global level. It is responsible for 80-90 per cent of consumptive blue water use. By 2050, it is estimated that about 9.2 billion people will share the planet, and it is expected that there will be 70 per cent more demand for food.
AAP's free water policy may end up in lot of wastage: R K Pachauri
The Economic Times, 9 February 2014
The AAP government's policies on water and electricity are well intended but not the best way to achieve desired goals as supply of over 600 litres of free water to Delhi residents may end up in a lot of wastage, Director-General, TERI, Dr R K Pachauri has warned. Dr Pachauri said that improvements in the system are needed so that wastages and leakages are stopped and that the efficiency of water for instance at every stage is improved.
TERI presents Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Awards
Business Standard, 8 February 2014
TERI presented the second Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen awards to experts in the field of Bioeconomic Practices and Unconventional Thinking. The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel chaired by Madhav Gadgil was conferred with the award in the Bioeconomic Practice category, and ecological economist Inge Rpke was awarded for Unconventional Thinking. The awards which had been instituted to honour economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, were given on the third day of the 'Delhi Sustainable Development Summit' (DSDS 2014) organized by TERI. The Gadgil panel, which was constituted by the ministry of environment and forests in 2010, was awarded for accomplishing a scientific policy framework based on a nuanced understanding of the dynamic interactions between people and ecosystems.
TERI, Jain Irrigation to set up a resource centre on water use
The Hindu Business Line, 8 February 2014
TERI has signed memorandum of understanding with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL) to set up a resource centre on water use efficiency. The MoU will carry out comprehensive research on the themes of water use efficiency at the farm level, water conservation and regeneration practices along with more efficient farm system practices, a TERI release said. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Anil Jain, Managing Director, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, said that TERI and JISL believe that through collaboration, they can enhance their efforts in achieving water use efficiency, particularly in the agriculture sector, besides basic research, knowledge exchange and dissemination policy advocacy.
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2014: Providing energy, water and food security a global challenge
India Education Dairy, 7 February 2014
On the second day of the 14th edition of the 'Delhi Sustainable Development Summit' (DSDS), held in New Delhi, world leaders and top experts called for a global coalition to fight poverty and usher in sustainable development while combating the ill effects of climate change. The event is being organized by TERI and the theme of this year's Summit is "Attaining Food, Water, and Energy Security For All".
Windmills and solar panels on shoes
Bangalore Mirror, 7 February 2014
TERI and Tetra Pack jointly organized a series of competitions for schools on sustainable lifestyles. What stole the show was a unique painting competition where the young participants had to paint on white canvas shoes instead of the canvas boards. The idea, which was part of the TRASH Festival organized to sensitize children on waste management and recycling, was not to throw the shoes after they wear out but to conserve them for future use by adorning them with colourful painting. Students from different schools came up with innovative ways to paint canvas shoes. From global warming to saving trees the students showed the wide contrast between sustainability and non-sustainability.
Q&A: The IPCC's Rajendra K Pachauri on climate tech
SciDev.Net, 30 January 2014
As the first part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which deals with the physical science of climate change, is launched this week (30 January), SciDev.Net speaks to Dr R K Pachauri, the panel's chair, about science and the climate policy challenges ahead. Dr Pachauri tells SciDev.Net why technology transfer does not worry him and how developing nations have the capacity to build their own renewable energy technology.
5 Indian think tanks in world's top 150: Survey
The Times of India, 28 January 2014
Five Indian thinktanks have made it to the list of top 150 worldwide. At rank 50 is Centre for Civil Society (CCS), at 102 is Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), at 107 is The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) followed by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) at 114 and Development Alternatives (DA) at 140. According to a survey conducted by Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of University of Pennsylvania, Brookings Institution was ranked the top think tank in the world followed by Chatham House (UK), Carnegie Endowment and International Studies (US), Center for Strategic and International Studies (US) and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden).
Global Centre launch
The New Indian Express, 26 January 2014
As part of its corporate social responsibility, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is all set to launch a Global Centre for Sustainability, CSR and Innovation for finding systematic solutions for challenges faced by the society for sustainable development. The centre was formally inaugurated by Chairman, Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change and Director-General, TERI, Dr R K Pachauri, at Amrita Engineering College Auditorium in Amritapuri, Kerala. Dr Pachauri was announced as the distinguished faculty to lead this venture. It was also announced that TERI would be the intellectual partner of the new centre.
Australia's Deakin University and TERI announce expansion of research centre in New Delhi
Education News India, 24 January 2014
A renowned international research centre jointly run by TERI of India and Deakin University in Australia will undergo a major expansion to meet the growing need for scientific solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. Announcing the expansion, Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and TERI Director-General Dr R K Pachauri said the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre would be housed in a new state-of-the-art facility in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon near New Delhi.