Opinion

Financial solutions for promoting recycling

19 Nov 2017 |
| Business Standard

The demand for various good and services associated with current patterns of economic growth is increasing, but the resources available to us are finite and limited. Businesses often find that they lack the critical mass and financial support needed to start large-scale efforts to substitute scarce resources or hazardous materials with cleaner, restorative or more regenerative options. Sourcing of secondary raw materials through recovery and recycling from end-of-life products also remains a challenge.

Paddy stubble: The ‘burning’ conundrum

17 Nov 2017 |
| Voices, Times of India

Riding on the roads of rural Punjab, a grim spectre unfolds. It is early November and there is fire and smoke all around for the endless land that stretches ahead. It is paddy stubble burning time in the state. This phenomenon is not exceptional to the state of Punjab in India but is also prevalent in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.

Invisible threat of antimicrobial resistance

16 Nov 2017 |
Dr Banwari Lal
| The Hindu Business Line

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a global public health concern as antibiotics are becoming inefficient against a wide range of pathogenic bacteria. Rampant usage of antibiotics for human and veterinary purposes has resulted in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) in the guts of humans and animals, which are subsequently released in to the environment.

Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded

16 Nov 2017 |
Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Financial Express

Every year, the onset of winter in Delhi unfailingly brings to the fore the burning of paddy residue in Punjab and Haryana, given the practice contributes significantly to the national capital's air pollution woes, with severe consequences for public health. According to an IIT study, 17% of the PM 10 load and 26% of the PM 2.5 load in October-November in Delhi can be attributed to post-monsoon crop residue burning in these states.

Bad air isn’t just a Delhi problem, a lot more than ‘odd-even’ is needed..

15 Nov 2017 |
Mr Nitya Nanda
| Asian Age

With the quality of Delhi's air has again reached critical levels with severe pollution, alarm bells have gone off, and the Delhi government announced it would bring back the "odd-even" scheme, that seems to be turning into an annual ritual. (The plan has been temporarily kept on hold after the National Green Tribunal directed that most of the exemptions be withdrawn, after which the Delhi government suspended its order.) The fact that the second edition of the "odd-even" scheme didn't bring any reduction in air pollution is something to be noted.

Universal electricity access in India: Leveraging modern information technology solutions

13 Nov 2017 |
| The Practitioner Hub For Inclusive Business

Background

Almost all census villages in India are on the verge of achieving victory over darkness. The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) - the flagship program for rural electrification is under implementation in the less than 3000 inhabited census villages that are currently un-electrified.

What makes the Bonn meet on climate critical

08 Nov 2017 |
Dr Ajay Mathur
| Hindustan Times

India played a leading role at the Paris climate negotiations, and emerged as a prominent, constructive and responsible country in global discussions and actions to address climate change. We were able to work with the rest of the world in defining a regime that aligned our national goals of enabling adequate and affordable energy for all with the global goal of mitigating global carbon emissions.

District Mineral Foundations: Fetching a Good Deal for Mining-Affected Communities?

01 Nov 2017 |
| Terra Green

The major mineral-rich states in India, such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha, have nearly 40 per cent of the population living below the poverty line, much higher than the national average of 21.9 per cent (Planning Commission 2011/12). Affected communities have borne the brunt of large-scale displacement and suffer other negative consequences, such as break-up of the society, health, and economic costs, for which they were never adequately compensated.

Access to clean cooking: Is there a business case

27 Oct 2017 |
Mr Amit Kumar
| TERI

Providing clean energy for cooking or clean cooking device to millions of people is a big challenge. World over about 2.8 billion people still rely on biomass, coal and kerosene for cooking. Recently launched IEA's 'Energy Access Outlook' report said that unlike electricity, improved access to clean cooking facilities remains elusive. More than anything else, it has a large health implication, especially for women and children, on account of indoor air pollution. And of course there is an associated issue of drudgery as well.

Is cheaper clean energy sustainable?

25 Oct 2017 |
| Deccan Herald

India is presently undertaking the world's largest renewable energy expansion programme and therefore is poised for an energy transition from conventional to renewable-based system with the opening of new business and employment opportunities. This has resulted in a significant fall in solar and wind tariff.