Opinion

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

Introduction

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.

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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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.