TERI in the News
Climate change: 'Hefty taxes and monitoring needed', says expert30 November 2009| Telegraph
The West must undergo a radical lifestyle change to prevent a global warming disaster. Dr R K Pachauri, the chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said imposing hefty taxes and increasing electrity monitoring is needed to combat the ways of adults who have been "corrupted" by their daily routines.
Metroâ€™s first green station coming up30 November 2009| The Hindustan Times
Gurgaon's terminal station will be DMRC's first building with Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification. Projected to be ready by January 2010, the six-floor metro station is being constructed in consultation with TERI with clay tiles to keep the building thermal-insulated from weather.
India education: Going green29 November 2009| Globalpost
When Yale University decided to establish its new Climate and Energy Institute in March the choice of Dr R K Pachauri to head it came as no surprise. Dr Pachauri, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with former US Vice-President Al Gore, has set up Asia's first university focused entirely on sustainable development. In 10 years - a short span for a university - Dr Pachauri's TERI University has made a name for itself in the rapidly growing field of sustainable development. The New Delhi university has won praise from industry executives and academics who say the institution is tackling some of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including poverty and pollution, and has the brainpower to make a difference.
TERI and IGNOU to Organize the Third International Conference on Digital Libraries27 November 2009| Business Wire India
Digital Libraries are increasingly playing a vital role in business, research and education and facilitating â€˜anytime, anywhere accessâ€™ to knowledge resources. They are emerging as a crucial component of global information infrastructure and resources that bring the physical library and information resources to users in digital form. TERI in partnership with IGNOU is organizing the third International Conference on Digital Libraries from 23 to 26 February 2010, the theme of which is â€œShaping the Information Paradigmâ€. Apart from theme related special sessions and tutorials there will be a special focus on web-based methodologies in teaching and learning, multimedia content, digital libraries standards, knowledge management, copyright and digital rights management, etc.
Green flights: Airlines go for biofuels26 November 2009| The Times of India
The world's first demo flight with 40 people on board a KLM Boeing 747, fuelled on 50% camelina, a biofuel, and 50% traditional fuel, circles over Netherlands for an hour. January 30, 2009: A Boeing 747-300 Japan Airlines test flight takes off from Tokyo with a biofuel mix of camelina, jatropha and algae. The blue-green algae, the innocuous jatropha plant and the fast-growing camelina could well power a 735,000 lb plane soon. And airlines, plane manufacturers and engine companies have joined hands to see that these biomass sources oil the wheels of aviation as early as 2013 along with fossil fuels. The International Air Transport Associationâ€™s goal is to see that alternative fuels form 10% of aviation fuel consumption by 2017. Aviation is responsible for 2% of carbon emissions, but unlike other sectors such as power and ground transport, it doesnâ€™t have alternative energy sources such as wind, hydro and electricity. Besides, almost 40% of an airlineâ€™s costs go towards fuel. It therefore makes good business sense to commercialize sustainable fuel sources, according to experts. Dr Alok Adholeya, Director of Biotechnology and Management of Bioresources Division at TERI, India has good resources for algae. India has a large coastline of over 7000 km where algae can be grown. This, along with sunlight and flue gas (a pollutant from industries) can be used to produce this fuel on a continuous basis. Algae can produce 15-300 times more oil per acre than conventional crops, such as rapeseed or soybeans.
Urban India needs a paradigm shift to move towards sustainability24 November 2009| BusinessWire India
Indian cities are at the forefront of a global shift to an urban society. In recent decades, their growth has been dramatic, and is set in one of the fastest developing economies in the world. Increasing urbanization has led to a pressure on urban infrastructure and deteriorating service delivery in urban areas is a worrisome trend. Improving service quality given the infrastructure constraints and limited capacity, especially with rapidly rising demand is a challenge for the local governments. Good governance is therefore a prerequisite to achieve efficiency and quality in service delivery. Thus realizing its importance, TERI with Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP, South Asia and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd organized a two-day conference. Recognizing the need for reforms, recent years have witnessed an increased focus on urban reforms in the country. In particular; the emphasis is on better provisioning of infrastructure and services to the urban population, especially the poor. Ministry of Urban Development has recently developed indicators for measuring the service delivery, this, in-fact, could be a starting point of a new phase of reforms. Assessing the actual level of service delivery would bring out the gaps in the system, and hence outline areas of improvements. This is also an opportune moment to assess the current service delivery mechanisms and inform the policy process such that current and future development is facilitated by governance structures that ensure an improved quality of life for all.
800,000 may be dying every year due to unclean air23 November 2009| Business Standard
Unclean air and water may be causing over 8,00,000 premature deaths in the country each year and morbidity costs amounting to 3.6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product. This implies that the quality of environmental services â€“ access to clean drinking water and sanitation, control of air and water pollution, provision of clean energy sources for cooking and lighting, and management of industrial and household wastes â€“ has a direct bearing on the health and well-being of people, according to the â€˜Green India 2047â€™ report prepared by TERI, that deals with issues of depletion of resources like water, forests, land and soil, as well as biodiversity. The report says environmental governance in India has been restricted to judicial intervention. This has improved environmental justice but canâ€™t be an alternative forum of policy evolution. â€œAbout 45 per cent of the population does not have access to safe drinking water and the air quality is poor in most of the cities in the country, with almost 85 per cent of cities having violated the standard for respirable suspended particulate matter in 2007,â€ notes the report.
Green Bill will give a new dimension to environment protection: Minister22 November 2009| The Hindu Business Line
The Government will push for the passage of a Bill on the setting up of a special tribunal that will decide on environment disputes, in the current Parliament session, the Minister for Environment and Forest, Mr Jairam Ramesh, said. The National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009, which was introduced in Parliament in July, provides for the setting up of a tribunal with the powers of a civil court for expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests. The Bill has been referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee, which is expected to submit its report on Monday, Mr Ramesh said while speaking at a function to release a TERI report titled â€™Green India 2047â€™.
India to release `green GDP' data from 201521 November 2009| The Financial Express
In a bid to bring environmental concerns into mainstream growth accounting, the government plans to release green GDP data from 2015, environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh said. Green GDP is conventional gross domestic product figures adjusted for the environmental costs of economic activities. Itâ€™s a measure of how a country is prepared for sustainable economic development. "It is possible for scientists to estimate green GDP. An exercise has started under the countryâ€™s chief statistician Dr Pronab Sen and by 2015, Indiaâ€™s GDP numbers would be adjusted with economic costs of environmental degradation," Mr Ramesh said at the release of Green India, 2047, a report by TERI.
Unclean air could kill 8 lakh people in India every year21 November 2009| The Times of India
Unclean air and water could be responsible for the death of eight lakh people every year in the country, according to Green India 2047, a report by TERI, which was released by environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh recently. Our limited analysis suggests that unclean air and water may be taking a toll in terms of over eight lakh deaths in the country each year and morbidity costs amounting to 3.6% of GDP, the report said.