TERI in the News
(RE)Treat to the environment31 December 2010| Times Journal of Construction and Design
RETREAT (Resource Efficient TERI Retreat for Environmental Awareness and Training) is TERI’s vision of building a sustainable habitat. The 36-hectare TERI campus constructed about three years ago at Gual Pahari, Gurgaon, is a lush green habitat, 30 km south of Delhi, in the northern state of Haryana. Built as a model training complex, RETREAT demonstrates efficient utilization of energy, sustainable and integrated use of both natural resources and clean and renewable energy technologies, and efficient waste management. Some of its key ‘green’ features are highlighted ahead. With a built-up area of 3,000 square metres, this 30-room training hostel boasts of conference facilities for 100 people, dining space and kitchen, recreational area, computer room and a library. What makes it unique is the total independence it enjoys from the city’s grid system, and near-complete freedom from city services and infrastructure.
India provided $10 million for rural solar energy projects in 201030 December 2010| Clean Technica
The Indian government recently provided subsidies worth $10 million for projects aimed at promoting the use of solar energy in rural areas. The subsidies went to projects which distributed solar lanterns and installed solar home-lighting systems in villages across the country. Several private companies and non-profit institutions are running programs for distributing solar lanterns in remote un-electrified villages. The most prominent among them is the Lighting a Billion Lives program which was launched by TERI.
Environmental damage presents costly economic bill28 December 2010| English People Daily
The annual cost of economic losses and environmental damage in China recently exceeded 1.2 trillion yuan ($180 billion), according to a new report. The Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning said direct economic losses caused by water, air and solid waste pollution and environmental incidents exceeded 894 billion yuan in 2008, or 2.7 per cent of the country's total economic output. In India, the estimated economic costs of environmental damage range from 3.5 to 7.5 per cent of the country's total economic output, based on domestic studies. But the results are not comparable to China's figures, because the scopes and methodologies are different, Wang noted. Much of the cost in India is caused by air pollution, water contamination and solid wastes, as well as deforestation, said Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI.
TERI, Assam government organize a multi stake-holder discussion on "North East and the Response to Climate Change"28 December 2010| India Education Diary
With an aim to have a thorough strategy to understand the implications of climate change in Assam and the North Eastern region, so that well formulated measures could be taken for its people to adapt to its effects, Government of Assam, in association with TERI, organized a major state-level summit North East and the Response to Climate Change- Policies for Watershed Management, Energy Security, and Biodiversity. The prime objective of the summit was to initiate a multi stake-holder discussion around specific sustainable development issues, the prevalent best practices, and the way forward towards outlining a sustainable development road-map for the North eastern states.
Green buildings make sense25 December 2010| The Hindu, Property Plus
GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is a tool developed by TERI for measuring and rating a building's environmental performance in the context of India's varied climate and building practices. This tool, adopted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, uses qualitative and quantitative assessment criteria to rate a building on the degree of its greenness. The 'basic features' of GRIHA, as described in www.grihaindia.org, speak of a system to help 'design and evaluate' new buildings, by assessing predicted performance over the entire lifecycle – inception through operation.
Goa should be prepared to tackle sea level rise problems: IPCC chief16 December 2010| Digital Goa
The frequency of floods and draughts is going to be increased in the years to come due to sea level rise in coastal states like Goa and these states should be gear up to manage the crucial issue of water management said Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change Dr R K Pachauri. Sea level rise is going to be continuing phenomenon and Goa as well as other coastal states pull up their sleeves and build necessary infrastructure to tackle the problem said Dr Pachauri. He also called for a need for detailed assessment of the problems sea level rise and other related phenomenon could pose. He has advised coastal states to fix their infrastructure and programmes to meet the sea level rise, a phenomenon that would like to continue for centuries.
Learn to adapt: Pachauri15 December 2010| The Hindu
The time has come to do away with the fetish for calibrating growth in terms of GDP numbers alone. Human development and ecological wealth, or the lack of it, should also be integrated into the template that monitors growth, said Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change. Delivering the keynote address at a national workshop on 'National Resource management and human development paradigms in climate change perspective – adaptive strategy options for Kerala' organized by the Environment Management Agency and the State Planning Board in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Dr. Pachauri said that development strategies and Plan implementation should incorporate adaptive measures as climate change could seriously affect the economy of the State and also cohesiveness of society. Read more > >
Nair, Pachauri call for changes in technical education15 December 2010| Deccan Herald
Former ISRO Chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair and Director General of TERI Dr R K Pachauri cited shortcomings in technical education, albeit in different ways, in their acceptance speeches while receiving honorary doctorates from the Visvesvaraya Technological University.
GDP numbers alone don't explain growth story: Pachauri14 December 2010| Istock Analyst
The time has arrived to do away with the fetish for calibrating growth in terms of GDP numbers alone, according to eminent climate scientist, Dr R K Pachauri. Human development and ecological wealth, or the lack of it, should also be integrated into the template that monitors growth, Dr Pachauri said while delivering the keynote address at the national workshop on 'Natural resource management and human development paradigms in climate change perspective — adaptive strategy options for Kerala'.
TERI, Deakin University tie-up8 December 2010| The Pioneer
TERI and Deakin University, Australia signed a memorandum of understanding to announce the setting up of a Centre of Excellence - the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre in the field of nano biotechnology. The centre which will be located at TERI Gram, Gurgaon will focus on pharmacology, food and environment.