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.

A tag is not enough

04 Dec 2017 | Mr Nitya Nanda | The Telegraph

The granting of the geographical indication tag for Banglar rosogolla has brought cheer to Bengal. While it may be true that Bengal is the origin of Banglar rosogolla and that the state may also be producing the best rosogollas in the world, will this recognition bring any substantial benefits for the rosogolla and its makers? A GI registration implies that sweet-makers from other states will not be able to make or sell Banglar rosogolla.

Sustainable housing needs to be affordable too

03 Dec 2017 | Mr Sanjay Seth | Hindustan Times

Challenges to sustainability are aggravated by climate change, population growth, urbanisation, and aspirations to better living standards. Urbanisation offers countless opportunities to develop adaption and mitigation strategies to combat climate change through effective environmental governance. Buildings contribute to 30% of the global greenhouse gas emissions and account for the consumption of one-third of the global raw materials, energy and water.

Antimicrobial resistance, a threat

29 Nov 2017 | Dr Banwari Lal | Deccan Herald


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a global public health problem as antibiotics are becoming inefficient against a wide range of disease-causing pathogenic bacteria.