TERI in the News
Deakin & TERI open Nanobiotechnology lab in Gurgaon, India24 February 2012| Asian Scientist
Deakin University and The Energy and Resources Institute have opened a state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratory in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon. Called the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Center, the center was established based on a 2010 memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The center will have a total of 70 researchers, and provide a hub for up to 50 Ph.D. students enrolled at Deakin University under the Deakin India Research Initiative. The new laboratory is expected to bring together Deakin University's expertise in the design and characterization of novel nanomaterials and TERI's experience in biotech applications, with the aim of providing solutions towards a greener and more advanced use of nanotechnology to tackle agricultural, biomedical, and sustainability issues. Located at TERI Gram, scientists at the center will research into new formulations for coating seeds with nanomaterials and biological materials, synthesis of nanoparticles from waste, and understanding enhanced interaction and secondary metabolites production in a reactor system.
Turn the tide17 February 2012| The Times of India
The gross pollution of Indian rivers has been staring us in the face for years. This, despite vast amounts of funds allocated for their clean-up. A study by TERI with UNICEF reveals that one-fourth of children living along Delhi's Yamuna river have over 10 micrograms of lead in their blood, a high level causing health problems like hypertension and slow cognitive development. There's powerful evidence that pollution is the cause. Lead levels found in the blood of children exposed to the polluted north Delhi riverbank were eight times higher than found on cleaner stretches in upstream Haryana.
High lead found in 23% children living close to Yamuna: Study16 February 2012| The Hindustan Times
Around one-fourth of children living along Yamuna river in Delhi has lethal amount of lead in the body, courtesy contamination of vegetables grown in the riverbed. This is despite the government spending crores of rupees to clean and revive the river. A study supported by the United Nations is first to link river contamination with adverse impact on human health. Around 23% of children had lead levels in their blood above 10 micro grams - a widely accepted guideline - whose adverse health effects have been noted, said a study conducted by TERI with support of UNICEF.
Climate change may hit wheat in North India10 February 2012| The Times of India
Warning that an average rise of 1.5-2.5 degrees celsius in temperature would bring 20-30% of living species in the world on the brink of extinction, Director-General of TERI Dr R K Pachauri said it would also impact the cultivation of wheat crop in north India. He said droughts, floods, change in cycle of seasons was evidence of change in the climate and underlined the need to reorient thinking and save energy to enhance economic prosperity.
The Jamun Tree and other stories on the environment (Book review)8 February 2012| One World South Asia
The Jamun Tree and other stories on the environment provides an insider's view - from the villages of work related to natural resource management. It describes the process by which farmers were motivated and involved to regard the work to be done as their own. It is a narration of the personal experience of people in those village areas where the author worked.
TERI in Association with IDDRI and AFD releases at the DSDS 2012 'Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change' - A book exploring the twin issues of agriculture and food security and their relationship with society7 February 2012| Moneylife
On the sidelines of the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2012), the French Development Agency (AFD), TERI and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) released a book titled, Development, the Environment and Food: Towards Agricultural Change? The book is a part of the series, A Planet for Life, an annual publication on sustainable development prepared under the scientific leadership of leading figures in this field.
Green crusader proves his mettle5 February 2012| The Asian Age
The star guests were fitness icon Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Abhishek Bachchan at the Green Globe Foundation Awards. But the person who won applause for his green feats was 24-year-old Rahul Saini, a Master of Economics student from Punjab University. Rahul won the "Green Globe for outstanding contribution by Yuva" award. While Rahul has always been interested in protecting the environment, his real work began only after he completed his graduation in Business Administration from Mumbai. He moved to Chandigarh (which is closer to his home in Patiala) to pursue his Masters.
Indian agriculture unsustainable due to water crisis: Sachs4 February 2012| The Hindu Business Line
India and China will be at the centre of the global sustainable development agenda, Prof Jeffrey D Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, United Nations, said. He was interacting with the media along with Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. Prof Sachs said Indian agriculture was not sustainable because of the water crisis. Farming methods need to be changed, particularly in Green revolution areas such as Haryana and Punjab, where the water tables have fallen, he said, and added that attention should now move to the North-East, where water tables are high.
Amul Receives Green Globe Foundation Award3 February 2012| Moneylife
The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), India's largest food products marketing organization of India and apex body of dairy cooperatives of Gujarat - has won the "Green Globe Foundation Award" in the Manufacturing Category at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012. Mr R S Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF Ltd. received the award in a glittering ceremony organized in association with TERI and United Nations Environment Programme.
Collective global will lacking to fight climate change, says PM3 February 2012| The Hindu Business Line
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said there appeared to be a "lack of collective global will" to solve the problem of climate change, which could not be fought individually. "...it is necessary to recognize that currently there appears to be a lack of collective global will to address this problem with the seriousness it deserves," he said at the inauguration of the 12th edition of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organized by TERI.