Marine Bioinvasion

11 Feb 2017 | | The Goan


Introduction of an alien species into an environment is referred to as bioinvasion. These non-native species may cause widespread destruction by rapidly taking over an area and/or by eliminating native species. With increased globalization, biological invasion of non-native species into native biodiversity of any bioregion is a threat to cope with, and the consequences of such invasions are being realized increasingly in recent years.

Cleaning up the mess off Chennai coast

11 Feb 2017 | Dr Banwari Lal | Deccan Herald

The latest oil spill in the Chennai coast where two ships - BW Maple of UK and Dawn Kanchipuram of India - collided on January 28 resulting in spilling of 100 tonne of oil is the second such incident happening following collision of ships.

Role of private sector in building an efficient agricultural chain

10 Feb 2017 | | Zee News

Despite several challenges, agriculture in India has been able to produce enough food to feed the burgeoning population; from feeding about 31.86 crore people in 1951 to feeding more than 125 crore people in 2016. Improvement in agricultural technologies and management practices post green revolution has helped the cause. However, only irrigated and high-potential rain-fed areas could actually reap the benefits of green revolution. More than 15 percent people still remained undernourished in India in 2015.

There's one simple thing India can do to check pollution

06 Feb 2017 | Mr Sumit Sharma | DailyO

The quality of air we breathe in Delhi is not acceptable by any standards. Especially during winters, the level of pollutants goes up significantly due to meteorological adversity. However, it is not the meteorology to be blamed, but the emissions released by various sources present in Indian cities and their surroundings.

Excessive growth of vehicles in cities is an important factor contributing to the toxic air. In a city like Delhi, the transport sector accounts for almost 25 per cent of PM2.5 concentrations, while in Bangalore it contributes up to 50 per cent.

What is riverbank filtration?

14 Jan 2017 | | The Goan


Most rivers in developing countries serve as waste water conduits, contaminated with high loads of pathogenic microorganisms released from sewage, agriculture runoff and other hazardous compounds from industrial effluents. India's huge and growing population is putting a severe strain on the country's natural resources. India has made progress supplying safe water to its people, but gross disparity in coverage still exists. World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water.

Using Nature's Tools to Feed 7 Billion: Why we need biopesticides

05 Jan 2017 | | The Quint

Food without chemical pesticides? How we wish the fruits and veggies that we consume daily were free of pesticides.

In a world with 7 billion mouths to feed, it can be challenging to find alternatives to - pesticides – and it comes at a cost to our own health. As the proverb says, "What goes around comes around". We consume the same poison that we spray. At the same time, we harm our natural resources. In a way, we are threatening our own existence.

Engineer the End

01 Jan 2017 | | Down to Earth

Over the last decade, India recorded one of the highest motorisation growth rates in the world. There were over 200 million motorised vehicles registered by 2015. It is estimated that more than 8.7 million vehicles reached the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) status in 2015, out of which about 83 per cent would be two-wheelers. And by 2025, the number of ELVs is estimated to reach over 21 million. Moreover, the recent ban on diesel vehicles by the National Green Tribunal implies that more vehicles will soon end up as ELVs.

Automobile industry in India: resource consumption & efficiency opportunities

01 Jan 2017 | | The Goan

In the coming years factors such as growing population, rising aspirations of a growing middle class, increased per-capita income, access to affordable finance etc.

Automobile industry in India: issues and challenges

31 Dec 2016 | | The Goan

Considering an insatiable demand for vehicles in an economy that is expected to grow at an average of 7% for the next 20 years, the automobile sector in the country will require disproportionate amounts of natural resources which will not only have economic cost implications, but also have strong environmental and social impacts, say the authors - Mr Souvik Bhattacharjya and Dr Shilpi Kapur, Fellows, Green Growth and Resource Efficiency Division; Mr Prahlad Tewari, Fellow and Mr Ganesh Chandra Mouli, Research Associate, Energy Environment Technology Development Division; and Dr

An easy mode to travel, but safety comes first

30 Dec 2016 | Ms Akshima Tejas Ghate | The Pioneer

Three people suffocated to death and nearly 10 were injured when a fire broke out in a building in Shahdara recently. Short circuit in an e-rickshaw, which was being charged along with a dozen more, allegedly instigated the fire which then spread to other e-rickshaws and the building.