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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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Bioplastics - A Sustainable Solution to our Plastic Waste Problem

| September 7, 2021

Environmental pollution due to commercial plastic waste mismanagement has been compounding, making it crucial to find an alternative. The article highlights TERI's bioplastic research and how bio and bio-based plastics could act as a sustainable alternative to conventional plastics.

CSR during COVID-19: Experience and learnings

| September 3, 2021

CSR interventions have served as appropriate models of providing aid to vulnerable sections of society during the COVID-19 pandemic

TERI launches The Bulbul, a Pan Himalayan Network of Climate Change Journalists

| August 27, 2021

The Bulbul, a multimedia platform that will focus on climate change reporting in the Himalayan region kicked off with an inception meeting on June 11. Conceptualised by TERI, with the support of Internews' Earth Journalism Network, this initiative will provide fellowship to fourteen journalists and scholars from the Himalayan region in India and Nepal to undertake a six month online training in climate change communication.

Characterization of an Endophytic Strain Talaromyces assiutensis, CPEF04 With Evaluation of Production Medium for Extracellular Red Pigments Having Antimicrobial and Anticancer Properties

Research Paper
| August 24, 2021

Considering the worldwide demand for colorants of natural origin, the utilization of ascomycete fungi as a prolific pigment producer unfolds a novel way to obtain these pigments for various applications, including food, cosmetic, and medical use. The presence of very few natural red pigment alternatives in the market also attracts research and industry priorities to unearth novel and sustainable red pigment producers. The present work is an attempt to identify a novel source of red color obtained from endophytic fungi isolated from terrestrial and marine habitats.

Green Steel through Hydrogen Direct Reduction: A Study on the Role of Hydrogen in the Indian Iron and Steel Sector

Policy brief
| August 18, 2021

The policy brief analyses the role of steel production through low carbon hydrogen technology as India moves on the path of balancing its development goals with its climate action targets.

Greening the Grid - How Close is India to Meeting its Renewable Energy Targets?

| August 12, 2021

In this article, Dhruv Suri, Jai Shekhar, and Azade Y Aria discuss India's trajectory towards planned renewable energy targets and describe the implications of myopic thinking on future progress. They also stress on the fact that merely increasing renewable energy targets and installing new capacity is simply not enough. Economically maintaining a balance of supply and demand and designing technically reliable grids while adopting an overarching systems-level approach are the need of the hour.

Co-innovation of low-carbon technologies for SMES: A framework for strengthening technology cooperation between Japan and India

Policy brief
| August 11, 2021

Co-innovation can enhance cooperation with Japanese firms and facilitate the successful transfer of low carbon technologies in small and medium enterprises in India to further the country's energy transition

Resolving the Crisis in Power Distribution in India

Policy brief
| August 5, 2021

The discussion paper on 'Resolving the Crisis in Power Distribution in India' explores possible ways to address the challenges faced by the distribution sector.

Food and Land Resources: Incorporating Watershed-Based Approaches for Better Sustainability-Productivity Balance

Policy brief
| August 4, 2021

The overall purpose of watershed programmes is to enhance incomes, provide food security through sustainable agriculture and prudent management of natural resources. This directly corresponds to SDG 1 and 2, i.e. No poverty and Zero Hunger respectively.

Air quality forecasting using artificial neural networks with real time dynamic error correction in highly polluted regions

Research Paper
| July 22, 2021

Air pollution is an important issue, especially in megacities across the world. There are emission sources within and also in the regions around these cities, which cause fluctuations in air quality based on prevailing meteorological conditions. Short term air quality forecasting is used not to just possibly mitigate forthcoming high air pollution episodes, but also to plan for reduced exposures of residents.