TERI in the News
Only green energy can tackle climate change30 October 2009| The Hindu
Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms Sheila Dikshit has said that only renewable and green energy holds the promise of helping humankind tackle climate change and there are therefore numerous challenges that remain to be met in this regard. The State Government, she said, had also signed a memorandum of understanding with TERI to give a fillip to its conservation efforts.
Waning Himalayan glaciers a challenge30 October 2009| Deccan Herald
South Asia faces a major challenge with the fast depletion of the Himalayan glaciers, scientists opined at a conclave. This could impact the livelihood of 2.6 billion people, who are dependent on the water and natural resources harnessed from the 12 major rivers fed by the glaciers, which may lead to a humanitarian crisis, they pointed out. On the first day of the two-day conclave on â€œIndian Himalayan glaciers, change and livelihoodsâ€, various organizations and institutions researching on the Himalayan eco-system gave elaborate presentations touching various aspects of the issue. The conclave has been called to focus the attention on the critical need to ensure sustainable development of the Himalayan region by responding to the challenges posed by climate change to its eco-system. Pointing out to several studies on the Himalayan glaciers, Dr Syed Iqbal Hasnain, from TERI, said the scientists projected a 43 per cent decrease in glacial area on average by the year 2070 and 75 per cent decrease by the end of 21st century at the current warming rate.
Disaster management and the role of ICTs27 October 2009| Global voices online
The need of the hour is effective disaster management and preparation for a growing incidence, worldwide, of different forms of natural disasters. Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI, while addressing the 5th convocation of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology in January 2009, highlighted the need for ICTs in dealing with natural disasters and other weather-related events that pose a threat to human life and property.
TERI University celebrates its 10th anniversary26 October 2009| Expressindia.com
TERI University, under the guidance of Dr. R. K. Pachauri is well known for its 'green' image and appeal amongst the youth. Aahvaan implies an awakening call, and the fest had all possible flavors of the youth of today; their talent, creativity and intellect. In keeping the university's mission of creating leaders, apart from various activities and competitions, there was an interactive session between the Youth (tomorrow's global leaders) and the global Movers and Shakers on 24th October 2009. The interactive session "Sustainability, Climate Change and Youth" sought to establish a process to promote dialogue between the youth community, government and business at all levels and to provide a platform that permits youth access to information to provide them with the opportunity to present their perspectives on policy, climate issues and business decisions. The Key note addresses was given by Honâ€™ble Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communication and Technology, Govt of India and Dr RK Pachauri. The other panelists included notable public figures: Mr. Ajay Jadeja, Ace Indian Cricketer, Mr. Nitin Desai(Distinguished Fellow TERI and former Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations), Mr. Philippe Welti (Ambassador of Switzerland), and Mr. Raj Chengappa, Managing Editor, India Today Magazine.
Solar lantern lights up dark nights in villages25 October 2009| The Asian Age
For more than 100 villages cut off from grid electricity, life no longer comes to an end after dark thanks to an innovative solar-powered lantern that offers hope to the nation's rural poor. While cooking, farming and studying after sunset were once a struggle using inefficient kerosene or paraffin lamps, the solar lantern now provides a cheap and practical source of light. The simple device, which is charged during the day from a communal rooftop solar panel, uses between five and seven watts of power and has a battery that lasts up to eight hours. It also boasts a socket for charging mobile phones and a hand crank for topping up the power. Villagers pay between Rs 3-6 a day to rent the lantern under the "Lighting a Billion Lives" (LaBL) scheme, which was launched by TERI to promote solar energy as the environmentally friendly answer to India's energy shortages.
The carbon bomb25 October 2009| The Hindustan Times
India is considering mandating more efficiency in the electricity and automobile sectors, a move that might open up a domestic market for carbon credits. Much of the recent talk about international negotiation focuses on "co-benefits", or measures that India would want to implement for its own reasons, and not just because of international pressure. Some of these measures - increasing the efficiency of power plants, investing in public transport - carry costs, but they are opportunities. "We should tell the world that we are serious about climate change," said Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
India, China can't shy away from climate change efforts: Sachin Pilot24 October 2009| Thaindian
While developed countries had to take the major burden for mitigating climate change conditions, India and China also cannot "shy away" from their responsibilities, Minister of State for Communications and Technology Mr Sachin Pilot said while speaking at a panel discussion on youth and sustainable development at the TERI University.
IATA to tie up with TERI to cut carbon emission in aviation19 October 2009| Mint
In its bid to reduce carbon emission by the aviation industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will join hands with institutes like TERI to frame plans and ask governments to take steps to tackle pollution. The IATA and other global aviation bodies have jointly evolved a strategy to improve fuel efficiency by an average of 2% annually till 2020, working towards a carbon- neutral growth and to bring about a 50% net reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, compared to 2005.
India to coordinate climate research16 October 2009| Deccan Herald
The Prime Minister chaired the meeting meant to give shape to the National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change. Dr Manmohan Singh underlined the importance of developing indigenous skills, knowledge and capacities in the science of climate change. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Mr Jairam Ramesh, other planners and officials, and non-official members of the council, including TERI Director-Genera Dr R K Pachauri.
Plan panel favours time-of-day power meters16 October 2009| The Pioneer
With resentment growing among citizens against hefty power bills, the Planning Commission of India has favoured introduction of time-of-day (ToD) metering on a more extensive basis raising the tariff at peak times and lowering it at non-peak times. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre of Delhi Transco Ltd has launched the Delhi Energy Efficiency Programme in association with TERI in 2007 to study the consumption pattern in the domestic sector so that a scheme for ToD could be planned.