TERI in the News
Panel appointed to consider alternative route for Ram Setu30 July 2008| Indlaws News
The Center has informed the Supreme Court that it has constituted a 6-member committee to consider the issue of taking an alternative route to spare Ram Setu, also called Adam's Bridge, from being destroyed while completing the Sethusamudram Canal project. Senior counsel Fali S Nariman, appearing for the Centre, produced the letter written by Cabinet Secretary Mr K M Chandrasekhar which said Prime Minister has appointed the panel headed by Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI. The committee will submit its report to the government as early as possible. Other Committee members comprise Dr T Chakrabarti, Mr S R Shelye, Dr S Kathiroli, Rear Admiral B R Rao and Mr P M Tajele, Director-General of the Geological Survey of India.
Reliance TimeOut Comes Together with TERI Press to Save the Planet26 July 2008| Business Wire India
In a bid to inculcate the spirit of environmental protection and conservation in young children through vibrant and fun-filled series of books, TERI Press and an independent publisher in its own right, in collaboration with Reliance TimeOut launched its brand new series of childrenâ€™s books at the Reliance TimeOut store, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. The concise and informative series of books, printed on recycled paper, introduce children to the critical issues of climate change and offer information on clean, green solutions to the problem of global warming.
TERI to educate kids on pollution, health in YAP II25 July 2008| Indian Express
TERI is carrying out health and hygiene programmes in government schools of Haryana and Delhi, as part of the much-debated Yamuna Action Plan II. TERI has set up eco-health clubs in these schools, is organizing sensitisation programmes on the impact of pollution on health and is also conducting hands-on activities such as water testing and quality monitoring, under the Environment and Education Awareness Programme. Under the Delhi component of the programme, TERI is working with a focus on school health and hygiene in six zones of two regions (III and IV) under the â€œPublic Participation and Awarenessâ€ component, with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
Indian professionals study conflict and conservation during Brandeis visit21 July 2008| Media Newswire
Brandeis University faculty specializing in sustainable international development and coexistence and conflict recently gave presentations of their work to a group of 11 mid-career civil servants from India who are pursuing conservation-oriented masterâ€™s degrees with Indian government sponsorship. The students were from TERI and were hosted by the Brandeis Office of Global Affairs, which is attempting to strengthen the universityâ€™s ties to India.
Self generation of power on upswing in villages20 July 2008| MERI News
The TERI Energy Data Directory and Yearbook informs that the Rural Electrification Policy, 2006, envisages minimum lifeline consumption of 1 unit per household per day by 2012. To achieve this target a total capacity addition of about 1,00,000 MW was envisaged for the 10th and 11th Five Year Plan. But the 10th Plan barely managed to cross the 20 per cent mark, so the shortfall is expected to rise by 2012. Statistically, the Union government aims to provide electricity to all villages and habitations by 2009, except some that are in remote areas. Under the ambitious Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) launched in 2005 BPL (Below Poverty Line) households shall be provided 100 percent capital subsidy for electricity access. The RGGVY also proposes franchise-based local distribution network for more efficient micro-management of the power sector.
Here comes the sun18 July 2008| The Hindustan Times
The government has linked the two â€” Indiaâ€™s energy security and climate change â€” in the National Action Plan on Climate Change that was released by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Significantly, both the report and the PM in his speech dwelt specifically of solar power, in the context of a National Solar Mission, to significantly increase the share of clean power in the total energy mix of the country. Solar energyâ€™s biggest advantage is that power generation can be decentralized. Transmission and distribution losses are low. TERIâ€™s â€˜Lighting a Billion Lives Programmeâ€™, for instance, provides solar lanterns to users at Rs 2-3 per day in villages.
Bollywood icons hope to light up the lives of the poor15 July 2008| The Asian News
The stars of Indian cinemaâ€™s biggest night out ever â€“ the forthcoming Unforgettable Tour â€“ gathered in Mumbai to launch the Bollywood stage show of the decade and its campaign against global warming - â€˜Light a Billion Livesâ€™. At the launch, the stars pledged their support to the â€˜Light a Billion Livesâ€™ campaign - an initiative of TERI headed by Nobel Laureate, Dr R K Pachauri. The campaign proposes to provide solar lanterns to light up the homes of a billion people, thereby harvesting the power of clean energy. The villages will be chosen across nine countries across India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Maldives and Africa, focusing on Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi.
Light up a hundred villages - with Bollywood14 July 2008| Reuters
A host of Bollywood stars are teaming up with Dr R K Pachauri, head of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC, to help raise money for a project that will generate power for 100 villages in Asia and Africa. At least 1.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity, Dr Pachauri said adding that the 'Light A Billion Lives' campaign would target villages in countries like India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Malawi.
'G8 doing little on climate change'9 July 2008| The Times of India
IPCC chairman and member of the PM's council on climate change Dr R K Pachauri criticized the G8 for not doing enough to solve the problem of global warming. He was reacting to G8 members' meeting in Japan releasing a statement that calls for halving of global greenhouse emissions by 2050.
Curbing climate change not exorbitant: Pachauri9 July 2008| Meri news
The cost of addressing the changes in the global climate affecting the world are not too great and could be easily managed by the world, according to Dr R K Pachauri, head of United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Global warming has resulted in an average temperature increase of 0.74 degrees Celsius in the last century and the sea level has climbed 17 centimetres, Dr Pachauri said in New York. â€œBut the good news is that the cost of taking action is really not all that high,â€ he said.