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Warming is endangering Himalayan glaciers, say China experts24 April 2007| Gulf Times
Global warming could wipe out large areas of glaciers in the Himalayas and surrounding highlands, threatening livelihoods across much of Asia, climate scientists said in Beijing yesterday. Rising temperatures fuelled by greenhouse gases from industry and agriculture have already shrunk glaciers on the mountains dividing China and South Asia, experts say. South Asia would also be threatened if glacier-fed rivers dried up. "That is the region that is really the granary of South Asia," said Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, referring to the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, which relies on waters from the mountains
Delhi Schools celebrate Earth Day and create awareness amongst the masses23 April 2007| India PRWire
Hundreds of school children of Delhi participated in the Earth Day celebration. The programme began with inter school competitions, followed by eco friendly product display and ended with an Earth Day pledge by all present. TERI believes that children are the best ambassadors of the message and has, consequently, over the years, involved them in various environment related programs. The assembled children at the TERI event today pledged to restore the rich bounties of nature by planting trees in schools and neighborhoods; eliminate the differences between the rich and the poor, the rural and the urban, and the privileged and the underprivileged; do their share in saving the Planet by letting their concern for the environment show in all activities; and to create a sustainable environment.
Smaller bill for off-peak power23 April 2007| Hindustan Times
The Delhi government's power department, in collaboration with TERI, is set to introduce the Time-of-Day (TOD) metering system in four residential areas on a pilot basis for six months. The TOD is a metering system, which gives consumers an incentive to use power sparingly during peak hours. Consumers will need to get their electronic meters fitted with a pre-programmed chip that records demand, time and energy usage. But there is a flip side. These consumers will have to pay a premium for the power they use during peak hours.
Indian coal imports could cross 50 MT by 2011-1221 April 2007| Business Standard
India's coal reserves are estimated at 255 billion tones, of which 98 billion tones are proven reserves. According to Mr S K Chand of TERI, it a myth that India's coal reserves are huge and the country can have more coal if sufficient exploration efforts are made.
India leads in N-plants20 April 2007| Business Standard
Nuclear power is seeing a renaissance. Power-tarved India, which has the largest number of reactors under construction, is at the forefront of this revival of interest in nuclear power. "India's energy security requires us to look at the nuclear option seriously," says Dr Leena Srivastava, executive director at TERI. According to TERI's projections, India could be importing as much as 95 per cent of its crude oil requirement over the next 25 years against 78 per cent currently. "We could be importing upwards of 60 per cent of our coal and natural gas needs as well (if we continue business as usual),"said Dr Srivastava.
AIG arm eyes stake in nuke equipment maker19 April 2007| The Economic Times
The Indo-US Nuclear Treaty signed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and US President Mr George W Bush in 2005 is beginning to have its effect. AIG Global Investments, the private equity arm of the American International Group (AIG), is close to picking up a minority stake in Avasarala Technologies for $20 million. According to a TERI report, nuclear power production could reach at least 70,000 MW in 2020 from the current 3,700 MW. While coal will still be the mainstay of power generation, the poor quality of coal in India - 35-50% ash content - will be a problem from both an economic as well as environment point of view.
Tropical losers, northern winners from warming?4 April 2007| Brunei Times
Northern nations such as Russia or Canada may be celebrating better harvests and less icy winters in coming decades even as rising seas, also caused by global warming, are washing away Pacific island states. A draft UN report to be issued in Brussels on Friday foresees unequal impacts from warming: tropical nations from Africa to the Pacific, mostly poor, are likely to bear the brunt but those nearer the poles, mostly rich, may briefly benefit. However, Dr R K Pachauri, head of UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of 2,500 experts which will release the report outlining regional impacts of warming, says most scenarios foresee an extended rise in temperatures this century, stoked by rising concentrations of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels.
Centre mulls panel to make roads safer4 April 2007| Business Standard
With around 85,000 road accident deaths every year, the ministry for road transport and highways is considering a proposal to set up a Commissionerate for Safety. This is based on the recommendations of a committee set up to study its feasibility, which is currently seeking views from various ministries, before sending the proposal for Cabinet approval. A committee of experts formed last year was asked to suggest whether there should be a separate commissionerate for safety. It comprised experts from different organisations and disciplines including TERI, IIT (Delhi), various NGOs and trauma experts, who suggested various recommendations, which may be included in the proposed working of the commissionerate. The commissionerate, apart from the above functions, may also cover aspects like road engineering, provision for trauma care facilities on highways, and maintenance of data related to accidents and casualties on national highways
In the hot seat of global warming2 April 2007| Hindustan Times
As the April 6 deadline draws nearer for the next IPCC report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to release in Brussels, Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC and Director-General of TERI, is in the hot seat of a global debate on rising temperatures. The drafts are sent to governments and reviewers worldwide, and the reviewers send thousands of comments to the authors. "The comments are carefully tagged and looked at," said Dr Pachauri. "The authors decide which comments to act on based on scientific value, but none can be ignored."
Poor nations to bear brunt as world warms1 April 2007| The New York Times
The world's richest countries, which have contributed by far the most to the atmospheric changes linked to global warming, are already spending billions of dollars to limit their own risks from its worst consequences, like drought and rising seas. While rich countries are hardly immune from drought and flooding, their wealth will largely insulate them from harm, at least for the next generation or two, many experts say. Cities in Texas, California and Australia are already building or planning desalination plants, for example. And federal studies have shown that desalination can work far from the sea, purifying water from brackish aquifers deep in the ground in places like New Mexico. "The inequity of this whole situation is really enormous if you look at who's responsible and who's suffering as a result," said Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations climate panel. In its most recent report, in February, the panel said that decades of warming and rising seas were inevitable with the existing greenhouse-gas buildup, no matter what was done about cutting future greenhouse gas emissions.