TERI in the News
Energy diplomacy is going to be an extremely important area31 March 2010| Power Line
Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI, spoke to Power Line on several issues including climate change and the Copenhagen Summit, the potential of renewable energy technologies and rural electrification. Read more > >
Maharashtra signs MoU with TERI on climate change study31 March 2010| Business Standard
Maharashtra government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TERI to study dangers of climate change in the state. TERI would carry out research work at six places in the state and study impact of climate change on factors like foodgrain production, public health and status of water resources. The move is a part of the state government's plan to prepare and submit a detailed action plan on climate change and implement the action plan to tackle problems related to climate change. The priority areas of research in the state include preparation and improvement of environmental status report with special emphasis on climate change, documenting biodiversity status, studying the impact of pesticides and insecticides on the crop production.
Report clears Pachauri of financial irregularities30 March 2010| The Hindustan Times
Dr R K Pachauri, the head of the UNâ€™s climate change panel who was under scrutiny for receiving alleged payments from private companies, has been cleared of the allegations by an independently conducted review, a media report has said. Professional services company KPMG examined the personal finances of Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, following allegations that he received money for advising several private sector companies, including Toyota and Credit Suisse. Read more > >
Hyderabad unveils eco-friendly norms28 March 2010| The Hindu Business Line
The HMDA (Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority) has come out with environmental building guidelines that seek to address environmental concerns in urban development. These environmental guidelines have been prepared after a two-year study initiated by the HMDA with the help of TERI and Terra Virdis, UK. This has resulted in 41 simple building guidelines which, when implemented, could prepare the ground for change. Based on the study and inputs from stakeholders, the HMDA has brought out a manual for the rapidly growing Hyderabad metropolitan area. The Environmental Building Regulation Guideline is focussed on creating awareness on environmental issues and outlines model parameters to minimise the negative impact of construction on the ecosystem. This would also limit the pressure on infrastructure such as electricity, water, sewage disposal, both in the main city and suburban regions now under various stages of development. The guidelines also deal with different aspects including improved heating and cooling systems, and outline the way a house should be constructed to enable use of natural lighting and ventilation.
"Goddess" Glacier Melting in War-Torn Kashmir24 March 2010| National Geographic
The Kolahoi glacier in the western Himalaya is known as Gwash Brani - "goddess of light" - to the millions of people in India and Pakistan who depend on its yearly run-off for survival. The latest data from TERI shows that in the past four decades, Kolahoi has lost between 15 to 18 per cent of its total volume. The research also shows that the glacier is retreating by almost ten feet (three meters) a year. Read more>>
Only 2 Indian cities have continuous water supply23 March 2010| Business Standard
Only two cities in India â€” Thiruvananthapuram and Kota â€” get continuous water supply. All other cities in the country get water for few hours during the day and in some cases, after several days. It is not a water production problem, but a water resources management issue, said Dr V Srinivasa Chary, director, Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. Dr Chary was addressing a gathering of water experts and policy makers attending the national workshop on water conservation and water quality challenges organized by TERI to mark World Water day.
Water contaminated with pesticides23 March 2010| The Asian Age
Dr P Indira Devi from the department of agricultural economics of the Kerala Agriculture University, has warned that irrigated water in India has become so "over-contaminated with pesticides" making it largely unusable. She warned that once this pesticide-infected water enters the food chain, this will directly impact the food security of the country and must be considered a greater threat than contamination of water by arsenic and fluoride poisoning. Speaking at the TERI's national workshop on Water Conservation and Water Quality Challenges: Towards Adaptive Strategies, the agricultural expert warned that Indian farmers are routinely using pesticides, which are banned in the West. These pesticides contain heavy metals which have contaminated not only the water but all the vegetables and foods which were are eating, she said and cited the example of endosulphan being used to ripen mangoes and pineapples. Read more > >
24X7 water supply leads to better public health22 March 2010| Governance Now
Indian cities produce more water than many other cities in the world but continuous or 24x7 water supply is still a distant dream, said Dr V Srinivasa Chary, director, Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development, Administrative Staff College of India. Speaking at a workshop organised by TERI, UNICEF and Hindustan United Lever on World Water Day in New Delhi, he also said that continuous water supply also leads to better public health in the country.
Eastern India worst affected by arsenic water: Experts22 March 2010| Webindia123.com
The United Nations International Children's Fund, TERI and HUL (Hindustan Unilever Ltd) organized a workshop on water conservation to mark the World Water Day. Addressing the workshop the experts stressed that about 50 per cent of districts in states like Chhatisgarh witnessed thousands of casualties each year due to consumption of arsenic water. While HUL has a water conservation unit in Karchand near Silvassa, TERI is working towards creating awareness about the need for water conservation and UNICEF is engaged in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme as a part of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Director of Water Resource Division, TERI, Mr Ashok Jaitly said that all are aware of the problem of lack of adequate water resources in many regions and water poisoning and statistical data is needed to analyze the problem in a better way.
Now, armed forces take to green energy, conservation19 March 2010| The Financial Express
The armed forces have taken a major initiative towards adopting energy efficiency and conservation in operations and cantonment complexes. Addressing a day-long seminar on â€˜Renewable Energy for Defence Servicesâ€™, Air Marshal D Kukreja, deputy chief of Integrated Defence Staff, DCIDS (operations) said that the three services have completed an energy audit of few major installations. At least one building in each command would soon meet the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) standards. The GRIHA is an energy efficiency classification scale awarded to environment friendly buildings by TERI.