TERI in the News

16 record(s) found in 'July 2010'

  • To green its arid tracts, UAE turns to Indian fungus tech

    21 July 2010| Indian Express

    A technology developed by TERI that uses naturally occurring species of fungus called Mycorrhiza, has been making agriculture possible in the unlikeliest of places. This fungus attaches itself to the roots of plants, and acts as extended arms to absorb nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen from parts of the soil that would otherwise be beyond the reach of the plant.

  • Oilzapper 40% cheaper than other options

    19 July 2010| The Times of India

    Using bacteria to clean up an oil slick is called bioremediation and is practised in many parts of the world. But the Indian formulation is unique as it eats up all four layers of crude -- waxy element or saturated hydrocarbons, aromatic component or benzene compounds, NSO (compounds of nitrogen and sulphur) and asphaltene or tar. And unlike other formulations, Oilzapper can work in temperatures ranging from 8-40 degrees Celsius. The formulation was developed by TERI under a central government initiative after the Gulf War-I. It is being used by major oil and power companies, including multinationals, operating in India besides the state-run oil firms of Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. Users in India include Reliance Industries, BG (formerly British Gas), Cairn and Tata Power besides all state-run oil firms. So far, Oilzapper has reclaimed over 20 lakh tonnes of soil in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Assam where these companies have refineries, storage facilities or pipelines.

  • North-Eastern States urged to assess impacts of climate change

    5 July 2010| The Hindu

    The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr R K Pachauri urged the North-Eastern states to carry out climate modelling studies to assess the impacts of climate change. Speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day regional consultation on Combating Climate Change in the North-Eastern and Lower Himalayan Regions of India, Dr. Pachauri cautioned that the region is vulnerable to climate change and it is important, therefore, to assess its impacts. The study is critical to the region as a large part of the benefits that accrue to society evolved from the eco-systems, he added.

  • Pachauri calls for climate modelling studies

    5 July 2010| The Telegraph

    Environment scientist Dr R K Pachauri urged the Assam government to carry out climate modelling studies to know the impacts of climate change. The head of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change - that won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 - was speaking at a two-day regional consultation on Combating Climate Change in the North Eastern and Lower Himalayan Regions of India. Climate modelling makes projections of what is likely to happen to the climate of the region in the future which involves mathematical models using computers. It could be for 10, 20 or 30 years.

  • TERI meet to promote green buildings

    5 July 2010| The Times of India

    With an annual increase in the built-up area of residential and commercial buildings by 10 per cent, the projected annual increase in the energy demand is 5.4 billion kWh. The need of the hour is to design and construct ‘high performance buildings’ so that the use of electricity can be controlled. Aiming at this target, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India and TERI will host a training programme and industry meet on ‘High performance commercial buildings in India’ on 9 July 2010. The workshop is a result of the partnership of the two organisations under the Asia Pacific Partnership of Clean Development and Climate.

  • Citizens taking eco steps can be featured in ESR

    4 July 2010| The Times of India

    Public participation will be one of the highlights of the ESR (Environment Status Report) for 2009-10. The Pune Municipal Corporation has decided to incorporate experiences and experiments of citizens in environment conservation and enhancement in the ESR. The civic body has appointed TERI as a consultant to prepare the ESR which may be tabled before the general body this month-end. The report will be as per the guidelines prepared by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. TERI and the Municipal Corporation have appealed to citizens who are into projects or taking initiatives pertaining to the environment to give them a brief write-up, explaining the nature, scope, technical details and impact of their activities.