TERI in the News
Pachauri hails Sino-US deal on greenhouse emissions control13 November 2014| Global Times
Dr R K Pachauri, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI, commended the agreement between China and the United States on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Pachauri described the climate agreement between the United States and China as "a big step forward" and "a very encouraging development". However, extensive cuts in emissions are needed if global warming is to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius, Dr Pachauri said. In this sense, the goals of the United States and China are just "a beginning," he added.
Study warns against vehicular pollution11 November 2014| Business Standard
A new report has warned against vehicular pollution in the country, saying if the trend continues it will cause alarming rise of deadly Particulate Matter (PM), which is believed to pose the greatest health risk in the air. If the current trends of vehicle population, fuel and emission standards persist, PM 2.5 (PM particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres) emissions will increase by a factor of three, and those of NOx (one of a group of highly reactive gasses) will increase by a factor of five, according to the report. The report was prepared by TERI, University of California, San Diego and the California Air Resources Board. According to the report, titled "Options to Reduce Road Transport Pollution in India", the transport sector contributes about 15 to 50 per cent of PM 2.5 emissions in cities, and is a dominant contributor to NOx emissions.
TERI 'green tour' to promote eco-friendly buildings11 November 2014| Zee News
To spread awareness about the need to construct green buildings to save the environment, a tour to the country's first net zero energy building - Indira Paryavaran Bhavan- was organised in the national capital. Situated in south Delhi's Jorbagh area, the seven-storey building is spread across 32,000 square metres. It was built by the Central Public Works department at a cost of Rs. 209 crore and houses the environment ministry. The tour was organised by TERI and ADaRSH (Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats).
Lighting rural development28 October 2014| Thomson Reuters
The 'Lighting a Billion Lives' (LaBL) is an initiative of TERI to bring light to the lives of the masses deprived of the basic facility of proper lighting in their homes. Research shows that even a few hours of 20-40-watt solar-owered lighting in homes can result in better grades for schoolchildren, better productivity for needle work artisan groups and other cottage industries, and even better sales at fruit stands, where the produce is no longer spoiled by the fumes from kerosene lamps. Access to electricity has also brought a substantial increase in the income of impoverished communities. TERI is working with NGOs at the grassroot-level to produce solar power and install solar lamps in rural areas.
India offers training on sustainable development programmes to Afghans26 October 2014| Business Standard
TERI has been engaging in sustainable development programmes with Afghanistan. Under the TERI-ITEC programme which is sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, nine courses are being offered which include applications of biotechnology and its regulation, energy and water use efficiency, climate change and sustainability, decentralized energy solutions-planning and implementation and much more. The decentralized energy solutions course has many participants from Afghanistan.
Implement CRZ norms strictly, Pachauri tells Goa19 October 2014| The Hindu
Raising concern over rapid growth of tourism making light of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) regulations in coastal Goa, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI and Chairman of Inter-government Panel on Climate Change, highlighted the role of whistle-blowers and activists in ensuring not only strict enforcement of these regulations but also generating public awareness among the people. Delivering the first late Matanhy Saldanha Memorial Foundation lecture on "Environment: a gift to mankind to be sustainably used and conserved for future generations", Dr Pachauri said that Goa is very vulnerable to large number of impacts of climate change and consequent rise in sea level, and went on to warn that if CRZ norms were not implemented strictly, the coastal State could be in big trouble. He said that vulnerable States such as Goa need not wait for a calamity to happen - every time a storm splurge and flooding took place, its impact Goaâ€™s coastline would be very high and could cause enormous damage.
Unlearning Cyclone Hudhud!15 October 2014| Thomson Reuters
The cyclonic storm should come as a wake-up call for city planners, even as new study by TERI reveals fundamental changes in coastal planning to deal with frequent natural disasters and extreme events. The effects of climate change are clearly visible and severe weather events, such as cyclones, floods, droughts and heat waves can be expected in the future. A recent study by TERI, \"Planning Climate Resilient Coastal Cities: Learnings from Panaji and Visakhapatnam, India\", focuses on the impact of sea-level rise and other climatic conditions in coastal areas, and how vulnerable coasts can gear up to face risks posed by climate change, natural disasters and other extreme events. TERI\'s report has identified the vulnerable hotspots of Panaji and Visakhapatnam, where the changing sea levels have been overlaid, and spatially represented it on the digital elevation model. The study further gives sector-specific recommendations on planning and implementation of climate resilient measures for the two cities.
R K Pachauri meets Naidu10 October 2014| The Hindu
In a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr N Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad, Director-General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri briefed the CM on how the State could follow energy conservation and efficient use of fuel abiding by environmental norms. Given the constant changes in weather and rise in sea level, Dr Pachauri told Mr Naidu about how the State can strengthen its disaster management system to ensure better rescue and relief operations.
TERI-BCSD summit explores the vision of using business as the driver to achieve sustainable development10 October 2014| NRI News
TERI and the Business Council for Sustainable Development (TERI-BCSD) in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development organized the 12th 'Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development â€“ Business as Driver for Sustainable Development', its annual flagship event. Inaugurating the event, Dr R K Pachauri, President, TERI-BCSD and Director-General, TERI, said that a large share of economic activity will be in the hands of business organisations in the future. Hence, decision-making in the corporate sector would have a major impact on the form of development that a country as a whole pursues. Consequently, if the nation is to move in the direction of sustainable development, business would have to be a major driver for bringing this about. The Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development 2014 focused on how business should exercise its responsibility in this regard.
Action plan fails to clean Yamuna8 October 2014| The Times of India
A study by TERI has found that Yamuna needs approximately 3.46 billion litres per day (BLD) of fresh flow of water to be able to sustain aquatic life and support day-to-day activities of people living on its banks. The figure is almost equivalent to the amount of drinking water the city needs every day. However, not even a fraction of that is being added to the Delhi stretch of the river now. TERI researchers say there is no data on addition of water fresh water as most of it is sewage. The study that assessed data from various monitoring agencies for the past 10 years also suggested that the Yamuna Action Plans (YAP) may have failed to improve water quality but it has not deteriorated drastically either after its implementation.