Opinion

Ganga as a 'Living Person': Will it help?

22 Jun 2017 |
| The Hindu Business Line

The Uttarakhand High Court ruling confers on rivers a right to be restored. But finally, it is a multi-stakeholder exercise.

360 degree: Going green in the time of Trump

11 Jun 2017 |
Ms Neha Pahuja
| The Asian Age

The US has repeatedly slammed growing economies like India and China for their carbon emissions and environmental policies, but renewable energy is an idea whose time has come.

Maintaining sanctity of nature

05 Jun 2017 |
Ms Raina Singh
| The Pioneer

The Centre's thrust to invest in blue-green infrastructure in urban areas will improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. But such efforts must be complimented with implementation systems.

It is said that out of sight is out of mind. A closer look at the way our urban lifestyles and cities in general have changed will make us ponder if mother Earth is facing this syndrome.

Boosting India's Green growth

04 Jun 2017 |
Mr Sanjay Seth
| Financial Chronicle

Today, India is witnessing a positive change in the corporate and government sector, with respect to green development, which is an opportunity for the country to exercise environmental stewardship, accelerate economic growth and strengthen governance, while achieving social justice.

Will Donald Trump's anti-climate stance stop India's actions? No, it won't

03 Jun 2017 |
| Business Standard

Will the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement impact Indias efforts to tackle climate change? To a limited extent, yes. Will it stop Indias actions against climate change? No.

President Trump's announcement of the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement leaves a huge void in the global efforts to stabilise our climate. The US is by far the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, and its actions in reducing emissions are central to global efforts to address climate change.

Is Decentralized Waste-Water Treatment And Reuse System The Way Forward For India's Tail-End Sanitation Challenge?

17 May 2017 |
| NDTV Swachh India

During the colonial as well as post-colonial phase, India has been witnessing construction and operation of large-scale, centralized wastewater sewerage systems in cities. These are generally operated in parallel with the water supply infrastructures. However, this centralized approach has been unable to keep up with the pressure due to rapid urbanization and exponential growth in urban population thereby leading to abysmal performance in two key indicators of sewage management: a) percentage of sewer network laid, b) treatment capacity of the wastewater generated.

Is consumer's willingness to pay a key factor?

16 May 2017 |
Mr Debajit Palit
,
Ms Bigsna Gill
| Policy Pulse Magazine

Understanding electricity demand, its pricing and willingness to pay (WTP) by consumers for electricity services has always been tricky and a matter of debate, both in India as well as globally. Most electricity distribution companies (discoms) in India today continue to be in the 'red' due to poor governance and/or because tariffs are not cost- reflective, resulting in a gap of nearly Rs 0.60 per unit between the average cost of supply and revenue realized (after adjusting subsidy provided by the state government).

Get real

24 Apr 2017 |
Ms Raina Singh
| Financial Chronicle

Incessant rain and untimely snowfall that led to flood-like situations and brought life to a standstill in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley last week, was a grim reminder of the devastation caused by the deluge in 2014.

Looking at recent data, one will find that Srinagar is not the only city that is facing recurring climate related disasters. Mumbai, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Bhopal, Gurugram and many other cities are facing flood-like situations year after year due to very high rainfall, cyclones and storm surges.

Set up wetlands to cure wastewater

21 Apr 2017 |
Ms Sonia Grover
| Deccan Herald

India generates 61,754 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage, but only 38% of it is treated, and the rest goes untreated into water bodies.

As per the estimates given by the Central Pollution Control Board, 38,791 MLD of wastewater finds its way into waterbodies, out of which 10,000 MLD alone comes from industrial sources. Because of untreated sewage discharge into waterbodies, the quality of the water is deteriorating while affecting aquatic ecosystems.

Sharing the Teesta

04 Apr 2017 |
| The Statesman

One of the main issues likely to be discussed during the Bangladesh Prime Minister's impending visit to India is the sharing of the Teesta river water. The issue has repeatedly featured in previous talks, but without any concrete results. This time, can one expect any forward movement?