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Fossil fuels should be priced more than renewable energy

24 Jan 2013
| The Hindu Business Line

Hiking the price of fossil fuels to provide for environmental costs will be an "effective signal for non-conventional options and alternatives," according to Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General, TERI. Carbon pricing of fossil fuels which are a major source of greenhouse gases that cause global warming is needed to discourage carbon intensive fuels. This will drive up the costs of conventional sources of energy and encourage development of

Green buildings likely to get more FARs

23 Jan 2013
| The Times of India

Following a recent announcement by the lieutenant governor of Delhi, green structures in the capital may be allowed a larger floor area ratio (FAR) compared to conventional buildings. Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has also recently recommended to the urban development ministry that the FAR for green buildings be increased by 1%. The green rating for integrated habitat assessment (GRIHA) has become almost obligatory now so it should not be difficult to shift to green architecture, said

Indian agri scientists expand mycorrhiza tech by integrating it with seed coating

09 Jan 2013
| The Tribune

Going a step further, Indian scientists have extended the mycorrhiza technology by integrating it with seed coating. TERI has developed mycorrhiza-coated seeds to enhance yield and reduce chemical fertilizer use, which can prove to be especially beneficial for farmers of Punjab and Haryana struggling with deteriorating soil health and stagnant yields.

TERI develops technology to cut fertilizer imports

08 Jan 2013
| The Financial Express

Science and technology minister Mr Jaipal Reddy said a new technology developed by research body TERI for mass production of biofertiliser Mycorrhiza can reduce the country's dependence on chemical soil nutrients and help increase crop productivity.

Rise in sea level threatening Sunderbans: Pachauri

07 Jan 2013
| The Hindu Business Line

The rise in sea levels around the Sundarbans delta - the world's largest mangrove forest spread across India and Bangladesh - is a cause of concern, said Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI. Researchers of the School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, estimate that sea levels rose from 3.14 mm annually (recorded until the year 2000) to about 8 mm by 2010. The delta consists of 102 low-lying islands of which 48 are inhabited. Nearly four million people in the Sundarbans