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.

Why we need to measure how electricity empowers women

26 Dec 2016 | Mr Debajit Palit | DailyO

It is a well-established fact that electricity empowers women. However, what is not fully understood is the depth and level of empowerment through electricity. With India developing its new energy policy and energy vision 2047, this assumes significance in order to effectively mainstream gender in energy policies.

Celebrating a Green Christmas

25 Dec 2016 | Ms Taru Mehta | The Goan


Consumption always increases during festivals, and in India given the religious diversities, these patterns upsurge on several occasions all year through. Some of the key areas of consumption revolve around food, clothing, decorations and lighting, fire crackers and gifts etc. Voracious shopping is regarded to be unsustainable on account of several reasons, such as resource depletion, adoption of production practices that are harmful to the environment, huge carbon footprints on account of transport of raw materials and finished products.

Demystifying Sustainable Consumption & Production

24 Dec 2016 | Ms Taru Mehta | The Goan


Growth and development has revolutionised trade and commerce globally and has improved the standard of living in several countries across the world. However, this has also led to increasing resource consumption, waste, pollution and widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. Several studies have highlighted that if the current trend continues, our planet will not be able to meet the resource demand. Given this scenario, there has been a lot discussion, deliberation and development at the global level, pertaining to the consumption of resources.

Community conserved areas of Nagaland: a case study

18 Dec 2016 | | The Goan


The State of Nagaland, one of the "Seven Sister" States of the North-Eastern region is a land of lush green forests, rolling mountains, enchanting valleys, swift flowing streams and beautiful landscapes endowed with rich biodiversity. Falling in the Indo-Malayan Region, it is also part of a global biodiversity hotspot, and the remarkable floral and faunal diversity of the area can be attributed to the wide range of climatic conditions, elevation gradients and vegetation types that are characteristic of the state.

The protected area network of India

17 Dec 2016 | | The Goan


India with 2.4% of the world's land area is home to 7-8% of the recorded species of the world, which includes 46,000 plant species and 91,000 animal species. Conservation of wild flora and fauna has been an integral part of Indian history. From a network of 54 national parks and 373 sanctuaries giving a combined coverage of 3.34% of the country's geographical area in 1988, the protected area network has grown steadily.

Addressing climate risks: Bridging science and policy

27 Nov 2016 | | The Goan


Risks arising out of climate change are many and manifest across regions, for example, coasts face a different threat as compared to the mountains. Owing to these varied impacts arising out of varied climate risks, governing climate change is ever so difficult. A step forward towards building resilience and addressing climate risks is to bridge the gap between science and policy across administrative levels (villages, district, state and country).