TERI in the News
Air scare1 July 2015| ECO-Earth Care Optimised
Mr Sumit Sharma, Fellow, Centre for Environmental Studies, Earth Science and Climate Change Division, TERI, talks to ECO in an interview about the toxic air and about ways to detoxify it. Mr Sharma also speaks about the significant factors contributing to air pollution.
TERI retains top spot amongst climate change think tanks in developing nations26 June 2015| Business Standard
TERI has retained its top position as the most influential institution in the field of climate change, economics and policy in developing nations. The absolute rankings which measure the best think tanks in absolute terms, regardless of their efficiency and hence size were announced by the International Center for Climate Governance. TERI is ranked 12th globally amongst climate change think tanks.
Noida Authority and GRIHA Council join hands to mainstream sustainable habitat20 June 2015| India Education Diary
Noida Authority and GRIHA Council with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Architects Association Noida Zone and CREDAI held a one-day awareness programme \'Sustainable Habitats the GRIHA way\'. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is India\'s indigenous rating system adopted and endorsed by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as the national rating system to assess environmental performance of buildings for our country. Key stakeholders at the programme deliberated upon the processes and mechanism to avail the GRIHA linked Floor Area Ratio (FAR) being offered by Noida and Greater Noida towards design and construction of environment-friendly buildings in the region.
Inventory planning is important to reduce waste generation, say experts19 June 2015| The Times of India
Scientists from TERI conducted a workshop in association with the Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries & Agriculture (MASSIA) for the entrepreneurs at Waluj MIDC giving guidelines on techniques for minimization of waste generation, by reducing the quantity of water and resources. With an aim to introduce technology to reduce waste generation and improve resource efficiency in industries, a project -- ACID LOOP -- has been in operation since four years (2012-2016) partially funded by the European Union, under the SWITCH Asia Programme to promote sustainable consumption and production in Asia. This project is being implemented by a consortium of seven organisations and is being coordinated by TERI. Nearly, 100 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Chandigarh-Mohali, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Aurangabad, Pune and Chennai are participating in this project.
TERI survey finds sewerage a threat to Krishna river6 June 2015| The Hindu
An environmental survey conducted by TERI has brought to light the poor quality of Krishna water and the environs. According the survey reports, as many as ninety-nine per cent of respondents, who were interviewed, agreed that sewerage was a threat to the river, while 86 per cent felt that sewage water should be treated properly before it is discharged into the river. More than 90 per cent of respondents said there was an increase in the quantity of industrial waste being dumped into the river last year, while 53 per cent affirmed that effluents were being dumped in accordance with government norms. Vijayawada was one of the seven river-front cities in the country covered by the survey conducted by the TERI. The other cities are New Delhi, Varanasi, Cuttack, Surat, Jabalpur and Dibrugarh.
Soon, discarded coconut shells may light up streetlamps in Navi Mumbai5 June 2015| The Times of India
The Navi Mumbai civic body along with TERI will soon set up a bio-electricity plant to power streetlights in the city. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation said that the plant will be set up on a \"scientific landfill site\" in Turbhe. The plant will be built on the landfill, which measure 6.5 acres. The biomass gasifier plant will use coconut shell as raw material.
Water quality of river Ganga has an impact on human health: TERI3 June 2015| The Times of India
A survey report of TERI says that 80 per cent Varanasi respondent feel that water quality of river Ganga has an impact on their health. TERI Environmental Survey 2015 aims to gauge the perception, awareness, opinion and behavior of people towards environment in seven Indian cities including Varanasi. The survey conducted from December 2014 to February 2015 covered seven river cities including Delhi on River Yamuna, Varanasi on River Ganga, Cuttack on River Mahanadi, Surat on River Tapti, Jabalpur on River Narmada, Vijayawada on River Krishna, Dibrugarh on River Brahmaputra. The survey had three focus areas - overall environment, health and environment, and environment in river cities.
Getting tough: MoEFCC proposes stringent environmental norms for TPPs1 June 2015| Power Line
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently issued a draft notification proposing tighter environmental norms for thermal power plants, including particulate matter emissions, SOx, and NOx, emissions, and water consumption. Industry stakeholders are, however, concerned that compliance with the norms would entail significant capex and force developers to rethink their capacity addition plans. Dr S K Dube, Senior Fellow, TERI, shares his views on the impact of the proposed norms on the sector.
Is India's deadly heat wave global warming?1 June 2015| Foreign Policy
Temperatures were so high in India in May that roads melted in New Delhi, heatstroke patients overwhelmed hospitals, and at least 2200 people died due to heat-related causes-making this one of the worst heat waves ever recorded. One recent study by the India Meteorological Department found that the five biggest Indian cities, including Hyderabad, now annually experience more days above 98 degrees Fahrenheit than ever before. Research by TERI has found evidence of an urban heat island effect in New Delhi and Bombay, in which concrete and asphalt surfaces trap heat during the day and release it at night, making cities feel hotter. Researchers say that urban heat island effects were "directly related to and worsened by climate change," as higher average temperatures increase the intensity of the effect.
Project SEARCH helps students become social entrepreneurs29 April 2015| India Blooms
After successfully reaching out to 300,000 students to educate them about good waste management practices, Project SEARCH -- a joint initiative by TERI and Tetra Pak -- is helping students become social entrepreneurs through its \"Vasundhra\" programme that promotes social entrepreneurship in schools. The brand new initiative under Project SEARCH was started to create social enterprises, completely owned by schools in six different cities. Pune\'s Vidya Valley School was awarded the \"Best Social Enterprise Idea award\" for the year 2014 at an event organised on 29 April 2015. The event also marked the launch of Project SEARCH\'s seventh phase while celebrating the success of winning schools in different categories as well as awarded SEARCH school of the year to three best performing schools.