TERI in the News
Government forms panel for framing rules for e-rickshaws13 August 2014| Mint
Government has set up a panel to recommend rules of construction and maintenance of the controversial e-rickshaws so that the battery-operated three-wheelers can resume plying in the national capital. The panel has representatives from the Department Of Heavy Industries, ministries of environment and forest and power, Automotive Research Association of India, transport department of Delhi, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, TERI and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. The committee will recommend rules for construction, equipment and maintenance of e-rickshaws to meet safety requirements of the occupants of the vehicle, road users and the affordability of prospective buyers.
TERI team to review collectorate for second time12 August 2014| The Times of India
Around 50% of the work of the new collectorate building in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, is complete and the team for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) will be visiting the site to review the status of green initiatives. This will be the second visit of the team, comprising of architects and engineers of TERI, an organization which had developed GRIHA, India's national rating system for green buildings. According to GRIHA norms, its team of experts visits a construction site for a minimum of three times. It reviews and rates the construction. After the final visit, TERI decides whether the construction had followed all the green norms and accordingly declares ratings in stars. Receiving five stars is considered prestigious.
US-India ties set for new heights at TERI-Yale Summit; new energy partnerships on the anvil11 August 2014| Thomson Reuters
The recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to India could not have come at a more crucial juncture. Their meetings with various dignitaries, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reinforced the need to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, in the wake of India walking out of the WTO. In this context, the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit, scheduled to take place from September 30 to October 1 in Washington DC, and organized by The Energy and Resources Institute North America (TERI NA) and Yale University, would be a significant platform for US-India ties on various fronts. The focus of the Summit will be on bilateral cooperation in the energy sector and related areas. To reinforce this cooperation, top business bodies including the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM), the US-India Business Council (USIBC), and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) have partnered to take this process forward.
Cities should be environmentally responsible: Pachauri6 August 2014| Zee News
With the Government planning to establish 100 Smart Cities throughout the country, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, underscored the necessity for these upcoming cities to be environmentally responsible. Terming it as a \'unique opportunity\', he stressed that Smart Cities should become the benchmark of environmentally responsible habitat development.
IPCC presents its Fifth Assessment Report, with a focus on implications for South Asia6 August 2014| India Education Diary
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) to governments, civil society, the scientific community, media and other stakeholders at an outreach event held today in New Delhi. Titled 'IPCC AR5 - What it means for a stronger, more inclusive India', the event focused on the implications of the AR5 findings for India and for countries in South Asia, with a view to communicate the report's findings effectively to India's public and decision-makers, as well as to increase the accessibility of the report and promote discussion and connections between diverse stakeholders. This event was organized by TERI, in co-operation with the IPCC and the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and in partnership with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, and the TERI-Business Council for Sustainable Development. The event featured several authors from the IPCC's three working groups, who presented their overviews of the report and discussed special topics of interest to the region.
Wetlands are being destroyed: TERI report2 August 2014| The Times of India
A report released recently by TERI and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board states that there is phenomenal increase in pollution levels of the water bodies in Navi Mumbai. The report also points to high levels of pollution in mangroves at Kamothe, marshes near Khandeshwar station, Wadale lake and Owe dam in Kharghar. The report also mentions the changed pH levels of the water bodies in Navi Mumbai. The observations were made as part of the annual wetland trail project, Jaltarang trail, wherein samples of several water bodies were taken and tested. According to the report, construction activity occurring around the wetlands is leading to the accumulation of a lot of industrial waste, including harmful chemicals.
Anjana Basu's latest book "In thee Shadow of Leaves" crusades against the poacher26 July 2014| Kolkata Today
Anjana Basu has always been an endearing reading for the young minds. But, her latest book \'In the Shadow of Leaves\' will be a different experience altogether for its unique concept and the hidden message. The book published by TERI was launched by TERI and Oxford Bookstore. The book launching event was attended by famous Bengali film director Anik Dutta, actor-director- playwright Vinay Sharma and wildlife expert Rishin Basu Roy who shared their thought on the book.The book tells the story of two young kids who stalled the poachers from killing the tigers with the help of the ghost of Jim Corbett. The book launching event marked 139th birth anniversary of Jim Corbett.
Himachal CM seeks Dr Pachauri's inputs for setting up planetarium near Shimla16 July 2014| The News Himachal
In his meeting with Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh urged Dr Pachauri to give his valuable inputs for setting up a Planetarium at Anandpur near Shogi in district Shimla which was being set up by the department of Science, Technology & Environment. The Chief Minister said that this would not only help to promote scientific temperament but would also be a source of attraction for tourists. Besides, this would help the stakeholders including farmers to learn about scientific process in the field of agriculture and horticulture.
350 students from 30 tricity schools participated in the sustainable Environment project of Tricity15 July 2014| The Times of India
A workshop on 'waste management' under the national project 'Search' was conducted by TERI at The Millennium School, Mohali. The workshop dwelled upon sensitization, education and awareness on recycling for a cleaner habitat, wherein more than 350 students from 30 Tricity schools took part in the series of activities involving competitions focusing on how to dispose the plastic in an environment friendly way. On the occasion, a session on sustainable consumption too was held for teachers and students which dwelled on spirit of analytical thinking and scientific temperament in saving the environment.
India urgently needs 'green buildings': R K Pachauri13 July 2014| Business Standard
Internationally acclaimed environmentalist Dr R K Pachauri says India urgently needs \'green buildings\' to ensure unsustainable use of energy and water and is happy the government is sharing TERI\'s knowhow in building infrastructure. Explaining the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) of TERI, Dr Pachauri said it is estimated that most of the buildings projected to be standing in 2030 are yet to be built and that government should ensure these structures abide by the suggested guidelines that address the environmental impact of India\'s construction sector.