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Contamination of Heavy Metals in India

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Dr. Vibha Dhawan, DG, TERI on India's ambitious and bold stand on climate action and equity

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Publications

Air pollution causing heart diseases

Research Paper
| April 1, 2022

AIR pollution poses as much health hazard as tobacco smoking, according to a paper published in Cancer Biology & Medicine (Zhao, 2019). Fine particles floating in the air, known as PM2.5, present the greatest threat to human health among the air pollutants. These microscopic particles are ten times finer than the thickness of our hair. While breathing in polluted air, PM2.5 quickly reaches our lungs and blood circulation and remains there for a long time.

Water Crisis in India: The World’s Largest Groundwater User

Article
| March 24, 2022

In this article, Anita Khuller says that with increasing news of areas facing water shortages and drought, saving water and using it more efficiently has become the need of the hour. Globally, providing clean drinking water is becoming a bigger challenge with population growth.

Transitioning to a Low Carbon Technology for the Road Transport in India

Policy brief
| March 14, 2022

India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. At present, India accounts for a significant multimodal road transport sector contributing approximately 10 per cent of country’s total CO2 emissions, making it the second most carbon emitting sector in the country. Driven by rising population, income, and urbanization, under a business-as-usual scenario, India’s energy demand from transport is projected to increase six fold in 2050 from current levels.

Evaluation and Rating of NGOs

Article
| March 9, 2022

The pillars of interest, that is, impact, innovation, and governance, are crucial for the evaluation process of NGOs. In the United States and other developed countries, the grading of NGOs is conducted by third parties. However, in India, the development of a standard model for evaluation is suggested at various platforms.

Evaluation of the anticancer potential of secondary metabolites from Pseudevernia furfuracea based on epidermal growth factor receptor inhibition

Research Paper
| March 7, 2022

UHPLC/ESI/MS/MS profiling followed by bioactivity guided isolation of Pseudevernia furfuracea (P. furfuracea) extract yielded two polyphenolic molecules, Methyl haematommate (PF-1) and Atraric acid (PF-2). These molecules were evaluated for bioactivity against five cancerous cell lines. The results revealed that atraric acid showed significant activity against ovarian cancer cell line (PA-1) having GI50 at 16.42 mg/mL and moderate activity against the breast cancer cell line (MCF-7), having GI50 at 64.35 mg/mL.

Biosurfactant: A Next-Generation Tool for Sustainable Remediation of Organic Pollutants

Research Paper
| February 28, 2022

Petroleum hydrocarbons are energy resources that majorly contribute pollutants to the environment. These pollutants may cause serious health issues, and hence, for the regulation of these contaminants, the development of sustainable alternative technologies has been considered, without causing further harm to the environment. One such alternative is biosurfactants (having low toxicity and being biodegradable) produced by numerous microbial species that have a tendency to remediate organic pollutants.

India's Mining Sector: Towards a Sustainable and Equitable Future

Article
| February 21, 2022

Mining is an important activity for India. With 3527 mining leases for 40 major minerals, extending a total lease area of roughly 315,986 hectares, India is a major producer of crucial minerals. The mineral resource sector has the potential to impact environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and economic development.

Moving towards Aggregation: Freight Forwarder Scheme of Railways

Policy brief
| February 15, 2022

One of the key strategies in the Union Budget 2022 for increasing rail freight market share, aims at facilitating the integration of smaller goods through seamless solutions and multimodal logistics facilities at cargo terminals. Despite an increase in railways' market share to 45% by 2030, a key transport decarbonization strategy for India, it continues to exhibit a gradual decline due to a variety of reasons.

Developing Rail Freight Terminals: Energizing Private Partnerships

Policy brief
| February 15, 2022

Railways has often been termed as the "backbone of the economy", facilitating passenger and freight transportation to the length and breadth of the country. In recent years, railways has experienced a constant decline in the freight business, resulting in a growing concern for railway finances and National Decarbonisation Targets.

Library transformation: Entering the new normal

Research Paper
| January 24, 2022

The main objective of this study is to examine the importance of digital libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic in dissemination of information services, to know the users’ perspectives towards its success and also examines the challenges faced by the libraries during this pandemic and also about how the librarians cope up with the challenges and function in the new normal situation.