TERI in the News
Expert panel seeks new body for road safety management21 February 2007| The Financial Express
The committee of experts for setting up a body for road safety and traffic management has suggested the creation of a board at the Center For Road Safety and Traffic Management. The board should be constituted through an Act of Parliament, with members and experts drawn from various fields including road engineering, automobile engineering, traffic laws and medical care. The report was presented to minister of Road Transport and Highways Mr T R Baalu by chairman of the Expert Committee Mr S Sundar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI. The committee was set up on the directions of the Committee on Infrastructure, headed by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in November 2005, recognizing the need to contain burgeoning road accidents and fatalities in the country.
PMO urged to set up panel on climate change20 February 2007| The Times of India
The PMO has got a proposal from the commerce ministry to set up a high-level taskforce to deal with the emerging climate-change scenario. The proposal, mooted by Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and moved by the ministry, comes in the wake of the release of the first part of IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report. The report reiterated with greater accuracy the threats from global warming to developing countries like India while also warning countries of the impact of their greenhouse gas emissions.
India's ongoing incentives to develop alternative fuels18 February 2007| OhmyNews
Global warming is engulfing the biosphere at a rapid pace, setting in motion strange climatic changes. Humans are paying the price of messing with the environment over the centuries, while continuing to do so. Pollution levels are at an all-time high in India's capital, Delhi, with other metro regions like Mumbai and Calcutta vying for second place. Figures arrived at by TERI point to a mushrooming of the number of these diesel generators throughout India.
Grant to promote Yale-India environment ties18 February 2007| The Hindu
A research and exchange programme between TERI and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is being set up to emphasize teaching, training and research in areas of energy and climate change. The collaborative programme, "Building Capacity for Environmental Resource Management in India," will be funded by a three-year grant from the V Kann Rasmussen Foundation of Boston.
Energy security in Asia: Seminar calls for setting up energy-related institutions15 February 2007| Daily Times
Speakers at a seminar called upon the regional countries to establish energy-related institutions and settle the Afghan issue, if energy transfer from Central Asia to South Asia has to be made possible. On the second day of the seminar, distinguished scholars from China, Germany, India, Japan and Pakistan deliberated on the seminar themes. Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI, India, presented her paper on "India's Quest for Energy: Problems and Prospects".
Heat waves, dry monsoons and drought to hit India6 February 2007| Gulf News
India is under a threat of increased glacier retreat, rising sea level and quicker precipitation, said an IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report. "Monsoons are going to bring less and less rain to India. India is going to be impacted by heat waves, high temperature, precipitation and severe droughts," IPCC Chairman Dr R K Pachauri said. "The Himalayas are going to be majorly affected, while precipitation changes are going to affect the people who depend on rain," he added. This comes after the panel released a worldwide report in Paris, which was attended by 300 delegates from 113 countries. According to Dr Pachauri, the snow cover in northern hemisphere is gradually decreasing and mankind is soon going to experience warmer nights.
India and the challenge of global warming5 February 2007| The Hindu
"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal," said the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in its latest assessment report, pointing to increased global air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels. A sharp rise in sea level could have a considerable impact on India. The United Nations Environment Programme included India among the 27 countries that are most vulnerable to a sea level rise. About a quarter of India's population lives within 50 km of the coastline. The mega cities of Mumbai and Chennai with large and growing populations and huge investments in infrastructure are located on the coast. Besides, much of the coastal region has fertile agricultural land. Low-level areas, such as those in Orissa and West Bengal, could be vulnerable to inundation. An increase in sea level could also lead to salt water entering the groundwater aquifers on which people depend for drinking water and to irrigate their fields, points out Ms Suruchi Bhadwal of TERI.
Climate-change: The real Doomsday5 February 2007| The Hindu Business Line
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), in its latest assessment report, has pointed to increased global air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels. As Dr R K Pachauri, the IPCC Chairman has said, the consequences of human activity is that "we are endangering all species on Earth, we are endangering the future of the human race," adding, "We are probably beyond the stage where we could have called it urgent. I would say it is immediate."
Cut T&D losses, boost efficiency5 February 2007| Hindustan Times
The successful private sector bidding to construct two coal-based power plants at Sasan in Madhya Pradesh and Mundra in Gujarat has created some excitement in an otherwise beleaguered electricity sector in the country. These two plants are a part of the government's plan to construct nine 4,000 MW each UMPPs (ultra mega power projects) with public-private partnership. "The UMPPs will definitely help the government to reduce the demand and supply gap and cut power tariffs in the long run. Competitive bidding has removed doubts over Indian industry's ability to compete effectively," says Mr Shahid Hasan, Associate Director, TERI.
Nature's very own retreat3 February 2007| Business Standard
A beautiful golf course precedes the entrance, and as you enter it is a completely different world from the precincts of Gurgaon inside the amazingly landscaped 36-hectare TERI campus at Gual Pahari. Nestled inside this campus is an unassuming building called The Retreat. From the double glazed windows heat gets blocked out while natural light continues to filter in. The walls too are insulated. The building itself is built facing the north and south, thereby minimizing its interaction with sunlight.