Opinion

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 The cesses were repealed to avoid a cascading effect on taxpayers.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.

Is India serious about 100GW of solar power by 2022?

17 Jan 2018 |
Mr Amit Kumar
| Daily O

While we in India must feel proud having achieved a solar power capacity of over 15GW so far - and justifiably so - it would be useful to keep the goal of 100GW by 2022 too in sight.

Only a constant push to reach there would guide us which path to tread, and how.

At this juncture, there is a need, therefore, to take a brief pause, and reflect with a view if there was anything that could have been done better - had it been dealt with differently, would have brought the sector in altogether different trajectory?

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.

 

New India electrification target daunting, but doable

22 Nov 2017 |
Mr Debajit Palit
| Powering Rural India

Since the Indian government announced in September a new scheme (called Saubhagya) to achieve universal electrification for urban and rural households by March 2019, much of the attention has been on the viability of such an ambitious goal. The new goal is certainly challenging (if not impossible) within the given timeframe. That said, Saubhagya does achieve some important advances worth noting.

Combating vehicular pollution: Delhi has to learn much more from Beijing

21 Nov 2017 |
Ms Akshima Tejas Ghate
| Daily O

Delhi has been gasping for fresh air for more than a fortnight now, with literally no effective emergency response on ground to arrest the situation. Comparisons have been drawn with Beijing on how much better China has been doing in terms of having a graded response action plan in place. While an effective response action plan will be critical for Delhi, given that there seems to be no assurance that the toxic smog will not return, it will be far more critical to draw an action plan that targets reduction of pollution altogether.

Preparing for the Future: Climate Products and Models for India

20 Nov 2017 |
| Earth & Space Science News

Scientists have wholeheartedly accepted the existence of an increasing trend in the frequency and intensity of various extreme climate events, many of which are attributed to climate change. This trend is based on evidence from the recent past and is predicted to extend into the future.

Because of its diverse socioeconomic and climatic profile, the rapidly developing Indian subcontinent is highly vulnerable to these extreme climate events. Reducing uncertainty when predicting such extreme climate events has taken on growing importance.