TERI in the News

20 record(s) found in 'August 2006'

  • TERI, GTZ award for fighting AIDS

    23 August 2006| The Hindu Business Line

    TERI and German Technical Cooperation organisation, GTZ announced an award for corporates, which will recognise private initiative in fighting HIV/AIDS. This will be to encourage private sector participation along with the Government and civil society in fighting AIDS. The award will acknowledge and felicitate companies who have successfully launched and executed intervention programmes either at the workplace or within a community.

  • India only spends 1% GDP on R&D work

    23 August 2006| The Asian Age

    With less than one per cent of its GDP being spend on R&D activities, which is below the global average, India seriously needs to upgrade its spending in this sector. At the Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture, organized by TERI, Union minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Mr Kapil Sibal said that with the present rate of GDP spending, country is likely to lose to other countries, which are spending substantial amount in the field of R&D.

  • New fund-raising route for clean tech projects

    23 August 2006| The Hindu Business Line; p.9

    Indian firms wanting funds for their clean technology projects can now approach TERI, which would help them raise funds from the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). The CCX and TERI have entered into an agreement to develop the greenhouse gas emission offset market in the Indian subcontinent, which include India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Republic of Maldives, said a statement from TERI. TERI will facilitate the registration of 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from offset projects to the CCX trading platform in 18 months.

  • India, others work on region's first disaster management policy

    22 August 2006| The Hindu

    India and seven other South Asian countries, which bore the brunt of nature's fury in an unimaginable proportion in the recent past, came together to work on a first-ever policy on disaster management and identify gaps in the existing infrastructure. Delivering the keynote address, TERI Director-General, Dr R K Pachauri said the region faces an enhanced risk of natural disasters due to increasing population and climatic changes. The region should play an active role in the mitigation of green house emissions and called for a collaborative research by the South Asian countries on climatic changes, he said

  • 'Increase R&D spending to boost development'

    22 August 2006| The Economic Times

    India's GDP spending on R&D activities is below the global average and expenditure should be increased to create an economy of scale, Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Mr Kapil Sibal has said. "India spends only 0.8 per cent of its GDP in R&D, which is far below than economies like the US which spend around 2-3 per cent on such activities," Mr Sibal said at an annual memorial lecture organized by TERI to commemorate the birth anniversary of its founder Darbari Seth.

  • India less vulnerable to oil shock

    17 August 2006| DNA

    In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hinted at the possibility of raising the prices of subsidised petroleum goods due to the rise in international prices of crude. The government has the cushion to absorb the increase though this depends on how high and for how long the prices rise," says Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of TERI. So when oil soars, more than India it is the United States that is vulnerable. Experts, however, feel that the best way to deal with energy security issues is to use energy more efficiently. This means, cheap energy isn't necessarily a good thing. As things stand now, the government, along with oil companies, is absorbing 87.5% of the impact of crude price increases - valued at Rs 73,500 crore in terms of under recoveries by oil companies in 2006-07.

  • In western India, when it rains, it pours: Met says need to examine

    16 August 2006| Indian Express

    Met experts are beginning to study this when-it-rains-it-pours phenomenon in the monsoon story to better plan for storage and early warning. Nowhere in the country is this pattern of increasing occurrence of "high intensity" rainfall more visible than on the western coast. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had predicted that events of "extreme rainfall" are going to increase over the Indian subcontinent. One explanation is the increasing surface temperatures in the region, also confirmed by an Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) study which showed that average daytime temperature over the subcontinent is rising and is expected to go up by 4-5 degrees by 2050. "Temperature increase is one of the factors that influences the change in rainfall pattern. It will not be uniform all over the country and needs further study," said Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC.

  • The IT contaminator

    15 August 2006| Business Standard

    India is gradually becoming a dumping ground for electronic waste (e-waste). Toxics Link, a Delhi-based non-governmental organization, claims India annually generates $1.5 billion worth of e-waste. Experts say the IT sector in the country is the largest contributor to e-waste (over 30 per cent) - with Bangalore alone generating an estimated 8,000 tonnes of e-waste annually - but is sluggish in implementing a clearcut e-waste management policy. "Most IT companies in India show little interest in e-waste management as they fear it might slow their growth," says Mr V Krishnan, a scientist working with TERI.

  • Green thumb

    9 August 2006| Hindustan Times

    At a recent workshop, TERI brought in teachers from 50 schools to create awareness about environmental education. TERI has for sometime been conducting workshops on issues related to water, air, climate change and energy. Through these workshops, TERI has been able to reach out to parents, teachers and society at large.

  • Next steps for biofuels - Shyam Ponappa

    3 August 2006| Business Standard

    The need for developing biofuels in India is unquestionable, both for petrol additives/substitutes, and diesel additives. There are encouraging developments, but they seem episodic and one-off. One example is