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Workshop engages students to solve water crisis
Business Standard (Kolkata), 25 November 2014
College and university students brainstormed at a unique workshop here Tuesday to come up with ideas and practical solutions to manage water resources intelligently and solve the water crisis. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University organized an inter-university competition and workshop on water resource management at the Loreto College, Kolkata, with 50 students participating. The workshop in Kolkata is the first in a series of pan-Indian consultative workshops to check students' level of awareness and personal comprehension about water bodies close to their places of residence or study, a statement attributed to TERI said. These programmes aim to create awareness on water and sanitation challenges, to encourage a systemic, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and solving water and sanitation problems and most importantly, to engage academia and students to help local communities, governments and other stakeholders. "The competition has tried to engage undergraduate students across India to ideate pragmatic and implementable integrated water resources management proposals to solve the water crisis in India," said Ragini Kumar, Associate Fellow, Environmental Education and Awareness, TERI.
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One lakh deaths due to pollution, India needs to be energy efficient: UN report
Firstpost , 21 November 2014
New Delhi: Nearly one lakh premature deaths take place annually due to air pollution in India and some other countries which can be avoided by 2030 by improving energy efficiency measures in transport and industrial sectors, a UN report today said. The fifth Emissions Gap Report 2014 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which was released today, said that countries across the globe need to "shrink" greenhouse gas emissions to net zero between 2080 and 2100 in order to limit global temperature rise to two degree Celsius. The report said that improving energy efficiency can be an excellent opportunity for linking sustainable development with climate mitigation. Launching the report in India, report co-author and professor at TERI University Ritu Mathur said that given the frequencies observed of extreme events taking place in the world as well as developing countries like India, there is a need to improve the preparedness level as countries like India have lesser coping capacities with such extreme events. "Improving energy efficiency also has important positive social impacts. It reduces, for example, air pollution and its public health risks. Nearly 100 000 premature deaths related to air pollution in six regions: Brazil, China, the EU, India, Mexico and the USA. These could be avoided annually by 2030 through energy efficiency measures in the transport, buildings and industrial sectors," the report said. In many cases these benefits have a higher priority for governments than climate change mitigation. Hence improving energy efficiency can be seen as an excellent opportunity for linking sustainable development with climate mitigation, it said. The report, released ahead of UN Conference on Climate Change in Lima, Peru, said that in order to limit global temperature rise by two degree Celsius and head off the worst impacts of climate change, global carbon neutrality should be attained attained by mid to late century. "Taking into account non-CO2 greenhouse gases, including methane, nitrous oxide and hydroflurocarbons, total greenhouse gas emissions need to shrink to net zero between 2080 and 2100," the report said. Asked specifically about India, Mathur said, "There has been an observation that extreme events have become more frequent and more massive across the world and India is no exception. We have lesser coping capacities in developing countries." "Given that the intensities and frequencies of such extreme events are likely to increase, we need to improve our level of preparedness, high level of adaptation and all of these need a lot of infrastructure and finance for which we have to keep working simultaneously while looking at the mitigation side," she said. The report, which has been produced by 38 leading scientists from 22 research groups across 14 countries, examines whether pledges made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed two degree Celsius target. "Countries are giving increasing attention to where they realistically need to be by 2025, 2030 and beyond in order to limit a global temperature rise to below 2 degree Celsius." "This fifth emissions gap report underlines that carbon neutrality and eventually net zero or what some term climate neutrality will be required so that what cumulative emissions are left are safely absorbed by the globe's natural infrastructure like forests and soil," said Achim Steiner, UN Under Secretary General and Executive director of UNEP in a statement.
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Experts discuss how to make India a renewable energy hub at TERI University's annual festival
I am in DNA of India , 20 November 2014
To generate awareness about renewable energy among students, TERI University organized the fourth edition of its annual festival ‘REtopia 2014 – How to make India a Renewable Energy Hub’ on November 17. Panel Discussion on the topic “How to make India a Renewable Energy Hub” and Head to Head Debate on “The Biggest Hurdle for Renewable Energy Growth in India – Policy, Finance, R&D or Technology” were the flagship events for the 2014 edition. The event witnessed the participation of eminent luminaries from across the spectrum, including policy makers, academia and students. Delivering the inaugural address, Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge), Government of India, said: “The world cannot be safe anymore in the years to come unless we take up renewable energy on a mission mode. I am fortunate to serve under a Prime Minister who himself is deeply committed to this cause.” “We have reset the targets of renewable energy. What we inherited was 20 GW up to 2022, which we are trying to reset to 100 GW. On the solar front, we believe there is enormous potential to take it to 100,000 MW in next 5-7 years. We are trying to make these projects viable, by providing grid parity, making it economically viable, and ensuring that bankability and returns are reasonably assured. In short, we are trying to make it self-sustaining,” he continued. “Renewable energy may seems expensive, but in the long-run its scores over conventional energy. The subsidy regime needs to be more robust, targeted and sustainable. The Government of India stands committed to lead the revolution in the renewable energy sector. Transparency, honesty, world-class technology will be the key to deal with key challenges,” Goyal added. Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri, Chancellor, TERI University, & Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), said: “India faces a range of challenges and opportunities in which renewable energy initiatives would have multiple benefits for society in the years ahead. Our universities and institutions of higher learning have to radiate knowledge and provide solutions for a bright renewable energy future for India.” Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University & Executive Director, TERI, said: “Both India’s energy security challenge and the planetary imperative to move towards clean energy sources are already driving a huge growth for the renewable energy industry in the country and worldwide. At the same time, India has a vast pool of young qualified graduates who can be the promising new clean energy workforce, on whose shoulders the renewable industry can build further and faster. TERI University (TU) is not only educating its own students to be a part of this workforce, but through its online programme and other related activities, such as RETOPIA, TU is enthusing students from other universities, as also mid-career professionals in this direction.” Amit Kumar, Adjunct Professor, Sustainable Energy, and Patron, REtopia, said: “REtopia is a unique, inter-institutional renewable energy ‘tech-fest’ for the youth. It helps bring together representatives from the academia, industry and the government to enable collective thinking to meet the country’s energy security and emphasizing the role of renewables and clean energy solutions. The youth will shape our energy future, and an event like REtopia can help make a big difference to channelize their exuberance for constructive purposes.” REtopia was started by students from Department of Energy and Environment at TERI University in the year 2011 as an annual technical conclave. The motive behind the fest is to bring together professionals and policymakers and highlight the significance of renewable energy and sustainable development in today’s world. In the past, REtopia has witnessed the participation of delegates from IREDA, MNRE, BEE, IITs, IEX, NPL, IOCL, Suzlon, TCS, TERI and students from across the country.
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Malnutrition and Its Linkage to Sustainable Development
ThinK to Sustain, 10 February 2012

Nida Yamin, a student at TERI University, explores the long-prevalent issue of malnutrition in India and its effects on growth and development of the country as a whole, and suggests how community-based programs can improve the situation and lead to national nutrition security.   
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