Modi announces '100% village electrification', but 31 million Indian homes are still in the dark

07 May 2018
| Forbes

Homes without electricity are spread across major provinces of the country, such as Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, each having nearly 6 million unconnected households. 'Uttar Pradesh, the giant north Indian state, accounts for 14.6 million households without electricity access,' says Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director at TERI. Electrification is a three-step process, Mr Palit explains. The first is to extend the infrastructure to the village, the second is

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Now, an online repository of edible plant species

29 Apr 2018
| The Financial Express

TERI has recently launched a first-of-its-kind digital library, which details scientific information of approximately 200 edible plant species of the Western Ghats, home to many native tribal people. The website aims to serve as a guide to both urban and rural communities to address malnutrition issues. Several of the tubers, corns, fruits, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, etc, that are indigenous to the region are important for the food, medicine and chemical industries. However, a large part of the

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Desertification, land degradation, drought cost India 2.54% of its GDP: Study

27 Apr 2018
| The Economic Times

Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) cost India about 2.54 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014-15, a new study commissioned by the environment ministry has found. Union environment minister Mr Harsh Vardhan had released the study of Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (EDLDD) conducted by TERI and commissioned by the ministry during the inaugural session of the four-day Asia Pacific Regional Workshop of the United Nations Convention to

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Navi Mumbai's first 'waste-to-energy' project to be inaugurated in 2 weeks

26 Apr 2018
| Hindustan Times

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has readied its first-ever waste-to-energy plant in the city. The civic body along with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has developed a unit wherein coconut waste will be processed to generate electricity. The plant has been developed near the dumping ground in Turbhe.

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20 mn tonnes of potential food production hit by land degradation

24 Apr 2018
| Hindustan Times

The total cost of land degradation, desertification and drought was 2.54% of the GDP in 2014-15, according to a ministry-sponsored report prepared by TERI. These are conservative estimates, experts say, the figure might be closer to 4-5%. India has committed to land degradation neutrality by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals, "which is ensuring that the country reclaims land to compensate for the ecosystem services lost and maintain the quality of non-degraded land".

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Discom inks deals with TERI for govt school students

20 Apr 2018
| The Asian Age

Delhi power distribution company (Discom) BSES has announced that it has signed separate agreements with TERI to deal with different aspects of energy conservation and conduct research on demand-side management (modification of consumer demand for energy through various methods). According to a statement, the separate MoUs will be signed by the BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd.

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Pilot project in Margao works towards cleaning Sal

13 Apr 2018
| The Times of India

River Sal in Salcete, Goa has been a major cause of worry in recent years, due to its rising pollution levels. The department of biological sciences of BITS Pilani KK Birla, Goa Campus, is now working towards finding a solution. This project is in collaboration with TERI, Goa. Using funds from thecentral government's department of science and technology, 500sq m of wetland will be created near the Margao fish market at a cost of around Rs 20 lakh. This will be a pilot demonstration to treat

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Dream of a sustainable India

12 Apr 2018
| The Pioneer

To make Green India Mission successful, the Government must adopt a reformist approach and integrate its working with the overall developmental perspective of the country. Forest type reassessment of 2013 by ICFRE has clearly indicated that most forests are losing soil moisture and hydrology is getting severely affected which is having a direct impact on our agriculture, water availability and rain fed rivers. For the long-term survival of the people in and around the forests and forest

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Air pollution, waste management continue to be areas of concern: report

04 Apr 2018
| Business Standard

Air pollution and waste management continue to be areas of concern and in 2016, over 68 per cent of air quality monitoring sites exceeded the annual ambient concentration level of PM2.5, according to a report by TERI. TERI has launched its yearly data directory TERI Energy Data Directory and Yearbook (TEDDY) 2018. The yearbook said air pollution and waste management are still areas of concern. Data from 2015 shows that almost all states experienced high concentrations of PM10, exceeding CPCB

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Forest rights and wrongs

28 Mar 2018
| The Indian Express

In 2014, TERI cautioned that the wrong recognition of rights under the Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) would leave forest-dependent people vulnerable to adverse impacts of greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, the wrong recognition of individual forest rights (IFR) under the FRA has made a large chunk of the country's tribal population participants in a climate change disaster. Forests conserve and provide water for humans,

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Give that old automobile a break!

13 Mar 2018
| The Hindu Business Line

Auto waste could prove to be a serious threat if an end-of-life legislation for vehicles is not enacted urgently in the country. TERI has been involved in formulating a vehicle scrapping policy in the country. After comparing ELV (end-of-life vehicles) management systems in China, Korea, Taiwan, japan, Singapore and the European Union, TERI researchers feel India's solutions could lie in creating a sustainable business model for retired vehicles. In the recent policy brief they argue for a

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Solar power will cost less than thermal in 6-7 years, says Ajay Mathur

10 Mar 2018
| Business Standard

At a time when air pollution has become a leading environmental threat to public health, TERI's Director-General, Dr Ajay Mathur,  said that India's dependence on thermal power would end by 2050. Dr Mathur, in an interview with the newspaper, said solar batteries would become cheaper than coal by the mid-2020s and nuclear power is not economically viable for the country now.

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