TERI in the News
U N Scientists: climate change evidence unequivocal26 February 2009| VOA news
Scientists for the United Nations IPCC say the group's latest findings on global warming show rapidly increasing carbon dioxide emissions and quickly shrinking Arctic ice. To compound matters, a separate study released on Wednesday finds that the melting of polar ice is more severe than previously thought. The Chairman of the IPCC, Dr R K Pachauri, said 11 of the last 12 years were among the warmest for global surface temperature in recorded history. Dr Pachauri testified before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the IPCC's latest findings on global warming.
Fifty two Indians become International Climate Champions23 February 2009| The Hindu
Fifty two college students from India have been selected International Climate Champions. The British Council, in collaboration with TERI, had instituted the International Climate Champions 2009, a youth-oriented programme that aims to inspire young people, especially students, to spread the word about climate change, its effects and what can be done to mitigate them. According to the programme, 52 young Indians have been selected as ambassadors for communicating the message.
Poor people are the worst affected by climate-change, says Pachauri20 February 2009| The Hindu
Pointing out that the "poor are the worst-affected in case of climate change due to lack of infrastructure and means to counter it," Chairman of the Nobel Prize winning IPCC and Director-General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri urged the "rich" to be "sensitive to the needs and plight of the poor." Addressing the Environment Partnership Summit 2009, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Dr Pachauri said that "it will be most unfair on our part to deprive the poor access to natural resources which are important for their existence."
TERI research lab on anvil in Baruipur20 February 2009| The Times of India
TERI will set up a full-fledged facility near Kolkata. Director-general of TERI Dr R K Pachauri said that TERI would set up a facility with top-class laboratories at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. Dr Pachauri was in Kolkata to accept the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award.
U N climate panel chief sees "strong deal" ahead20 February 2009| Reuters
A deal placing a strict emissions regime on rich nations is likely in Copenhagen despite pressures to dilute the climate fight in times of a global financial slowdown, the UN climate panel chief said. Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of IPCC said his optimism that rich nations would agree to an emissions cut was rooted in what he was hearing from global leaders and a genuine willingness to do something fast.
TERI and Hyderabad University sign MoU for sustainable development18 February 2009| The Hindu
TERI and University of Hyderabad signed a Memorandum of Understanding for academic and research collaboration in the presence of state's Chief Minister Mr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. The University of Hyderabad formally approved allocation of 40 acres of land within its campus to TERI. The two institutions would work towards providing high class training in research and development to all the deserving students besides promoting joint research projects, according to a release.
Government to mark outlay for power fund; ministry to get 35% more allocation16 February 2009| Mint
The government is finally expected to earmark the outlay for the proposed NEF (national electricity fund) in the interim budget, said a power ministry official. It is also likely to raise the allocation for the power ministry in 2009-10 by as much as 35% from last year, he added. The setting up of the NEF was announced in last year's Budget speech by the finance minister. While a year has passed, the fundâ€”which aims to offer cheap loans to state electricity boards to help improve their finances and cut distribution lossesâ€”is yet to be set up.
H P partners with TERI to launch green programme in schools16 February 2009| The Hindu
H P (Hewlett-Packard) India, in partnership with TERI, has announced the launch of Hewlett Packard-TERI Schools' future programme, an initiative it said will improve environment projects in schools. HP India has awarded a grant of Rs 1.17 crore ($250,000) comprising cash and technology resources to TERI for the programme. "The primary objective of this partnership is to create a motivated force of students -- leading to cleaner and greener school campuses -- and initiate ecologically beneficial initiatives in the areas of energy, e-waste management and greening of neighbourhoods," HP India said in a statement. The programme will also help primary and secondary schools in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi to take practical action to save energy and water while reducing their utility bills, it said.
Global green deal, Indian business pie12 February 2009| The Financial Express
New Delhi was like the worldâ€™s climate change capital recently. The city was the centrestage for giving an impetus to the global fight against climate change with Indian business leaders playing a prominent role. The United Nations secretary-general, Mr Ban Ki-moon, discussed climate change with a group of Indian CEOs in an early breakfast meeting. TERI organized a World CEO Forum to discuss growth and prosperity in a carbon constrained world. Most global CEOs, ministerial delegations, diplomats and officials from UN and multilateral institutions had descended in the capital to attend the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2009, but they made it a point to meet up with Indian CEOs as part of the conference as well as independent of it to explore the scope of cooperation and trade on climate related issues.
India Inc. debates climate hurdles, solutions12 February 2009| Reuters
India's government needs to give financial support and incentives for technological research to help industry go green, but firms must also take initiatives in battling climate change, a new industry white paper said. Most firms in India, one of the world's worst polluters, are yet to plan for the impact of climate change on their businesses and do not measure emissions or have deadlines to curb them, according to various studies. India's top firms also face little stakeholder pressure to combat climate change with only about 40 percent of the companies setting voluntary carbon emissions reduction goals, according to a survey by KPMG consultants of CEOs last year. "This Corporate White Paper ... presents the expectations of the corporate sector from the government in terms of enabling policies and incentives that would help in achieving the roadmap for the industry," the document said. The white paper, produced by TERI - Business Council for Sustainable Development, is being studied by the government.