Alternate solutions to our water woes

23 Mar 2018 | Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar | The Statesman

Yesterday, 22 March, the world including India celebrated World Water Day 2018, the theme of which was Nature for Water. Its aim is to generate awareness of the fact that nature-based solutions should be explored to meet water challenges of the 21st century.

Nature-based solutions cover a wide range of approaches and technologies which use natural process to address a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges in sustainable ways.

Expand the horizons of India's solar story

22 Mar 2018 | Mr Amit Kumar | The Hindustan Times

At the recent foundation day summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a clarion call for a worldwide solar revolution while underlying the critical role solar energy must play to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The ISA is the first international energy body that is not only headquartered in India, but has been conceptualised here. This gives us a golden opportunity to build on our extensive experience on various facets of solar energy, from decentralised thermal applications to GW-sized solar parks.

Powering industry 4.0

19 Mar 2018 | Mr Amit Kumar | The Financial Express

Industry 4.0 has become the buzzword of late. Interestingly, however, it was way back in 2011 that the German federal government announced 'Industrie 4.0' as one of the key initiatives under its High-Tech Strategy 2020. In chronological terms, the first industrial revolution took place in late 18th century with the advent of steam engines. Then, in late 19th century, it was time for the second industrial revolution with the introduction of assembly lines and mass-production techniques.

Changing health climate through better nutrition

07 Mar 2018 | Dr Ajay Mathur, Ms Meena Sehgal | The Pioneer

The vulnerability index of agriculture to climate change, developed by the Government of India's National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), places 230 districts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Rajasthan in the "very high to high" category of vulnerability for 2021-2050.

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

01 Mar 2018 | Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma | The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

A Critical Weakness

28 Feb 2018 | Mr Ajay Shankar | Financial Chronicle

The power sector now looks good. There is a surplus. Village electrification is getting completed. All households could get electrified within two years. Renewable sources of electricity are becoming cheaper and competitive. Last year renewable energy capacity that was added exceeded that of conventional thermal power.

A living system

27 Feb 2018 | Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma | The Telegraph

The 19th Organic World Congress was organized in New Delhi in November 2017. The irony was palpable. The conference, which focused on expanding sustainability, health and equity in agriculture development, came amidst the worst ever episode of air pollution in the city brought about partly by the burning of paddy residue in the neighbouring states. The event also coincided with protests by farmers experiencing immense socio-economic distress.

Resolving water-sharing disputes: Legal approach has limits

15 Feb 2018 | Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar | Deccan Herald

Karnataka recently witnessed protests over the Mahadayi river water-sharing dispute with Goa. This dispute, originating in the 1980s, arose out of conflicting demands of water use between the two states. Karnataka claims 7.56 tmc ft. of water from the Mahadayi river to meet its requirements. Goa claims that its population is dependent on river water, and the proposed design of dams on the river by Karnataka would not affect not only its people but also affect the river's fragile ecosystem.

Why take away the cess meant to Clean India's mess?

12 Feb 2018 | Dr Suneel Pandey | The Wire

The introduction of Goods and Service Tax (GST), a singular indirect tax on July 1, 2017, abolished multiple cesses, such as the Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) and the Krishi Kalyan cess. The cesses were repealed to avoid a cascading effect on taxpayers.

For sustainable buildings

10 Feb 2018 | Ms Minni Sastry | The Hindu

TERI-SRC has been organising annual events in South India to showcase developments that have taken place in the sector of sustainable buildings. In the past, the conferences have focused upon innovations in sustainable buildings, green data centres, sustainable facades, and sustainable neighbourhoods.