TERI in the News

17 record(s) found in 'September 2009'

  • Green Olympiad 2009, TERI International Environment Quiz Programme

    11 September 2009| Greenpacks

    The Green Olympiad 2009, an international environment quiz programme will begin in India from 12 September 2009. TERI in association with the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests organizes Green Olympiad every year. Students from class 8th to class 10th from any country in the world are eligible to participate in Green Olympiad Tera Quiz competition.

  • Kerala should serve as model: R K Pachauri

    11 September 2009| Express Buzz

    Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which won the Nobel prize, has called upon Kerala to be a model to the rest of the world on regaining and reviving the global ecosystem. He was speaking during the ‘Narayanam’ ceremony at the inauguration of the Salagramam Ashram founded by Swami Sandeep Chaitanya at Kundamankadavu, near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

  • Urgent action on climate change needed: Pachauri

    11 September 2009| The Times of India

    Dr R K Pachauri has called for an urgent international action to tackle global climatic changes. "There can be no longer any debate on the need to act because it has been established that climate change is an unequivocal reality beyond scientific doubt," Dr Pachauri said, delivering the keynote address at School of Bhagavad Gita 'Salagram' Ashram in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Increase in temperature, rise in sea water level, changes in monsoon rainfall pattern are some of the adverse impacts already experienced due to climate change, Dr Pachauri pointed out. Changes were also taking place in precipitation patterns with a trend towards higher precipitation levels in the world's upper latitudes and lower precipitation in some sub-tropical and tropical regions and in the Mediterranean sea. Dr Pachauri, Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warned that one could expect more heat waves, floods and droughts. There would be change in the pattern of rainfall, he said, adding that the Artic region has been warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe.

  • Retreat of Himalayan glaciers

    8 September 2009| Deccan Herald

    The Third Pole which consists of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau, has more than 45,000 individual glaciers which feed all the major river systems of the region. The Yangtze, the Brahmaputra, the Yellow, the Mekong and the Salween are the main rivers of this region. The South Asian Himalayas are the source of these mighty rivers, which are the region’s lifeline to 1.3 billion people, who live in the plains. With the increase of global warming, Himalayan glaciers are melting faster than projected and with increase of flooding, rock avalanches, the very water source will be affected in the next three decades. According to Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain, one of India’s foremost glaciologists from TERI, the Third Pole is the water tower of Asia, and biomass burning and coal fired power plants are the main forcing agent for this glacial melt.

  • Himalayas hotspot of climate change

    4 September 2009| The Times of India

    Recognizing that nations need to pool resources and expertise to face climate change impacts, South Asian countries came together for the first time earlier this week for a climate mini-summit in Kathmandu ahead of the Copenhagen meet in December 2009. Himalayan ecosystems are 'the hotspots'. That's the message from the recently held two-day South Asian Regional Climate Change Conference. The outcome is a 10-point statement. This spans the range of climate change issues from highlighting the Himalayas as a hotspot to filling knowledge gaps in mountain ecosystems, from pushing for finance of adaptation processes and clean technologies to enhancement of carbon stocks. "The Kathmandu meet recognized the Himalayan ecosystem as a hotspot and aimed to ensure the voice of South Asia gets reflected at Copenhagen," says Dr Prosanto Pal, TERI.

  • Green growth of 8% by 2030 possible

    3 September 2009| Mint

    India has said its greenhouse gas emissions will grow fourfold in the next two decades if the economy expands by an average 8% a year during this period, but still remain below the global average—for 2005. Releasing the results of five India-specific studies on per capita GHG emissions, environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh said that per capita (emissions) is the only internationally recognized basis for equity. Four out of the five studies show that even two decades from now, India's per capita greenhouse gas emissions would be well below the global average 25 years earlier. The report has been titled India's GHG emissions profile. A database maintained by the United Nations Development Programme says India’s per capita emission of GHG is 1.2 tonnes, while it is 15 tonnes for the UK and 20 tonnes for the US. The study has estimated that India's per capita emissions will go up to 2.77-5 tonnes by 2030-31. The estimates are based on assumptions on GDP growth rates, penetration of clean energy technologies, and improvements in energy efficiency. Of the five studies, three were conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research and Jadavpur University, one by TERI and the ministry, and one by the ministry and Integrated Research and Action for Development. The report steers clear of any association of the estimates as the "business as usual" (BAU) scenario.

  • UK pledges 10 million pounds to TERI

    2 September 2009| PTI News

    Britain has pledged to give 10 million pounds (Rs 80 crore) to TERI to help strengthen its institutional capacity and carry out efforts for environment protection. Launching a partnership with TERI, Britain's Minister for International Development Mr Douglas Alexander said his government will offer 10 million pound to support the organization over the next five years. Acknowledging TERI's contribution in diverse fields related to energy security, Mr Alexander said he hoped that the financial support will help the body to make an even greater contribution to sustainable growth and development over the years to come.