Appalling sanitation

19 Nov 2016 | | The Statesman

On November 19, the world including India will be celebrating the World Toilet Day 2016, the theme of which is 'Toilets and Jobs'. It aims to increase awareness on how access to or lack of access to sanitation affects the livelihood of people, impacts the economy, and the health and physical safety of people, especially women and girls.

Towards developing a climate resilient Panaji

06 Nov 2016 | | The Goan




Developing smart and sustainable cities: Implications for Panaji

05 Nov 2016 | | The Goan


Cities all over the world are faced with diverse challenges ranging from urbanization, population growth, poverty, to the impending falls outs of climate change. In developing countries, the rapid rate of urbanization in cities is often associated with overpopulation, disproportionate resource consumption, undue pressure on infrastructure, and development practices which are not adequately sensitive to the environment.

Addressing energy poverty in India

04 Nov 2016 | Mr Debajit Palit | The Hindu Business Line

It is little more than a year since the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed to at the UN General Assembly. SDGs are a set of 17 goals that are intended to dramatically improve lives across the world by 2030. A major goal is SDG7 which aims to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. In fact, it could be considered a prerequisite for meeting all of the SDGs.

Celebrating India wildlife week

08 Oct 2016 | | The Goan


Wildlife usually refers to all plants, fungi, and other organisms that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans. Wildlife plays a significant role in maintaining the ecological equilibrium of nature. The presence of wildlife is also an effective way to assess the quality of the environment.

Why sustainability can no longer be about CSR initiatives divorced from business objectives

07 Oct 2016 | Dr Ajay Mathur | The Financial Express

With the world population estimated to be 9 billion by 2050, it is no secret that the existing pressures on our natural resources would only multiply. What we urgently need is 'sustainable intensification'. This means sustainability can no longer be just about the showcasing of corporate social responsibility initiatives, divorced from the corporates' core business objectives. There is a strong need to promote 'sustainability' from the generic 'check-the-box' approach to a strategic seat in the boardroom.

The marathon that became a sprint

06 Oct 2016 | | India Today

With India ratifying the Paris Agreement on October 2 and the European Parliament on October 4, over 90 countries - accounting for over 64 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions - have ratified or formally joined the agreement. With this, the clock has started ticking for the agreement to come into force from November 4 onwards, 30 days after the threshold of ratification or joining by at least 55 countries, representing at least 55 per cent of the global emissions, had been reached.

From Paris to Kigali – India to leapfrog to climate friendly technologies while achieving its development goals

06 Oct 2016 | | The Times of India

India's ratification of the Paris Agreement on October 2 is a reaffirmation of the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi – the importance of leading a sustainable lifestyle – that is so central to the Indian ethos. India had played a lead role in forming the Paris agreement, and emerged as a prominent, constructive and responsible voice in global discussions to mitigate climate change.

Cauvery: give priority to drinking water

06 Oct 2016 | Prof S L Rao | Deccan Herald

I am a Kannadiga who lives in Karnataka but with years of exposure to Tamil Nadu and the wonders of its art, culture and temple architecture. I wish both states well in sharing the Cauvery water.

Challenges before India

05 Oct 2016 | | Deccan Herald


The recent media reports on leveraging the flexibility in The Indus Waters Treaty 1960 (IWT) to India's advantage and suspending the talks at the Permanent Indus Commission-level, seen in the background of Uri attack, have brought into sharp focus the functioning of the treaty. Since 1960, the operation of the IWT has witnessed ups and downs in dealing with transboundary water issues between India and Pakistan.