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.

Policy-making too complex an issue

04 Oct 2016 |
| The Pioneer

Of late, the judiciary has been in the news for various reasons — from dictating the age and size of diesel cars that can ply in the national capital to deciding the retirement age of cricket board officials. From a common man's perspective, judicial activism may seem appealing, but at times it is deceptive. This because instead of interpreting the law as it exists and finding whether a certain action/behaviour is legal or illegal, a judge may prescribe that a certain action/behaviour should be legal which can even be in contrary to the law as it was meant to be by the legislature.

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM): The Way Forward for Goa

02 Oct 2016 |
| The Goan


The state of Goa with its high literacy, financial resources, an active civil society, and a strong private sector presence in the tourism, mining and other industries, is in an advantageous position to cover the existing gaps and achieve the desired SBM goals.

Swachh Bharat Mission: Opportunities for Goa

01 Oct 2016 |
| The Goan


On October 2, 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by the Prime Minister of India, to speed up the efforts in India's sanitation sector. Prior to this, a number of initiatives integrating water and sanitation were introduced including the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), in 1986. After realising considerable success the TSC was revamped as the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan in 2012 with the aim of creating clean environment and eradicating open defecation in the country by the year 2022.