TERI in the News
Up in smoke or down the drain?30 November -0001
Without immediate action, global warming is set to reverse decades of social and economic progress across Asia, home to over 60% of the world's population, says a new report â€” Up in Smoke, Asia and the Pacific. The report presented jointly by TERI, ActionAid, Greenpeace and WWF and with a foreword by Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says India has close to 700 million people living in rural areas who depend on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forests, and fisheries for their livelihoods. Its ecosystems such as riversheds, mangroves, coastal zones, forests and grasslands are already overburdened by environmental pressures from commercialisation, excessive resource use and indiscriminate dumping of industrial and agricultural waste. The Financial Express, 20 November 2007
Warming could help some nations30 November -0001| The Times of India
Northern nations such as Russia or Canada may be celebrating better harvests and less icy winters in coming decades even as rising seas, also caused by global warming, are washing away Pacific island states. A draft UN report to be issued in Brussels on April 6 foresees unequal impacts from warming: tropical nations from Africa to the Pacific, mostly poor, are likely to bear the brunt but those nearer the poles, mostly rich, may briefly benefit. "At least for a few decades there will be a few winners," said Dr R K Pachauri, head of UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of 2,500 experts which will release the report outlining regional impacts of warming.
Dirty coal, clean water? - Shyam PonappaBusiness Standard
Action at the local level, whether it is water management for conserving rainwater and applications for gardens, or energy applications such as solar water heaters, cookers or lighting, requires a much more organized effort to be practised widely and have a significant beneficial impact. Most important, there has to be the follow-up for effective dissemination, with implementation support on the ground. Take the example of biodiesel. The knowledge available with TERI, the Planning Commissionâ€™s National Mission on Bio Diesel, the Petroleum Conservation Research Associationâ€™s National Biofuel Centre (www.pcra-biofuels.org), the Agriculture Ministryâ€™s National Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils Development Board (http://novod.nic.in), the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute at Bhavnagar, etc could be pulled together and made accessible in one place. Further, the findings and conclusions could be used for systematic, countrywide implementation with institutional processes for support.
On cards: Recycling plant at railway station to check water wastageThe Indian Express
To check water wastage, the Northern Railway is now planning to set up a wastewater recycling plant. At an estimated cost of Rs 56 lakh, the plant will come up as a pilot project at the Ajmeri Gate washing lines. The project will be the first such attempt by the Northern Railways to save and recycle water used in washing trains. The recommendation for recycling of the wastewater was made to the Railways by TERI, which conducted a study on total water usage at the New Delhi railway station.
Pachauri calls for action, not yet another instituteIndian Express
After the IPCC came out with its report blaming human activities for global warming, India announced its intention to set up an institute to develop greener technologies, which would help in containing the problem. But the move fails to impress Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC and Director-General of TERI. "Why do we require another institute? We already have the expertise. What we need is to tap on that expertise and start working on a clear roadmap towards harnessing greener technologies," Dr Pachauri said. Dr Pachauri said that he is happy to see theta the government was acting on the problem of climate change, but pointed out that there was still some "inertia in the system".
TERI awards certificate of appreciation for Wipro's Environmental InitiativesMediaNet
Wipro Technologies, the Global IT Services Division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) has been awarded a certificate of appreciation by TERI Corporate Environmental Award 2007 for its efforts towards environmental and innovative initiatives amongst corporations with a turnover above Rs. 500 crore.