Opinion

Cities as global actors: Enhancing urban leadership at G20

30 Jan 2023 |
Ms Rhea Srivastava
| The Economic Times

When countries negotiate climate action at high-profile international forums, local perspectives and leadership largely remain on the sidelines. According to UN predictions, by 2050, 75% of the world’s population would reside in urban areas. As a result, local leadership and governance will have an increasingly significant global impact, writes Rhea Srivastava, Research Associate, Transport and Urban Governance Division, 

Decentralised waste water treatment systems to improve water security

23 Jan 2023 |
| Dr Somnath Pal and Ms Charu Bhanot
| Mongabay

The decentralised wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS) approach is considered a cost-effective method of wastewater treatment in rural and semi-urban India. DEWATS in India face challenges over a time, as they are unable to meet the effluent standards. The lack of community participation and the delay in adoption of technology-specific regulations for maintenance are some of the challenges. According to the authors Dr. Somnath Pal and Ms. Charu Bhanot, Research Associates, TERI, the decentralised wastewater treatment and reuse system may acquire popularity with the right mix of higher water charges, tougher enforcement, and incentives for early adopters.

India must be alert to changing climate politics

04 Jan 2023 |
Mr Manjeev Singh Puri
| Hindustan Times

The next COP will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and politics is bound to be at the centre stage. There are several reasons for this, writes Mr Manjeev Singh Puri, Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change Division, TERI.

Tackling climate action roadblocks in 2023

31 Dec 2022 |
Mr R R Rashmi
| The New Indian Express

The government has reiterated in the Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategy that it is keen to encourage green hydrogen and biofuel investments. However, this entails a clear assessment of the demand from various sectors and investments within a timeframe, writes Mr R R Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow,  Resource Efficiency & Governance Division, TERI.

Need for integrated water and climate agenda

30 Dec 2022 |
Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Tribune

There is a need for India to undertake planned efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Improving water-use efficiency, strengthening early water-warning systems with precision for flood forecast, adopting climate-proofing of cities and resilience measures, increasing groundwater storage, well-managed effluents and other wastewater should be initiated as major steps. Groundwater has to be used in a sustainable way, writes Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow & Senior Director, Water Resources Division, TERI.

Approaches to Mitigate the Danger of Plastics to Marine Ecosystems

30 Dec 2022 |
Dr Neha
| Mr Prahlad Tewari
| View Point

Many plastic products are for single use and reach the ecosystem as waste in a short time. Most of it is nonbiodegradable and non-compostable and accumulates in the environmental ecosystem.

Protecting ground water through safe sanitation

29 Dec 2022 |
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar; Dr Girija Bharat
| The Hindu Business Line

Despite significant achievements, more needs to be done for the complete eradication of fecal pollution. The ongoing SBM programme can be strengthened further if the effect on groundwater quality and human health conditions are quantified and used for policy decisions. Climate-resilient sanitation technologies need to be developed so that septic tanks and sewerage systems are not affected by frequent floods, which helps in protecting the groundwater aquifers, writes Mr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow & Senior Director, Water Resources Division, TERI.

How will India as G20 President steer Energy Transition?

28 Dec 2022 |
Mr R R Rashmi
| The Economic Times

The growing climate change crisis requires that major economies of the world intensify their shift to cleaner and renewable energy. It is moot how India shapes G20 response in this matter while protecting the needs of energy security and energy access, says Mr R R Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, Resource Efficiency and Governance Division, TERI.