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  • houndbee
  • Posted: SwB Team
  • Dated: 01 October , 2009
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is a remarkable institution, especially in a developing nation like ours. Established in 1974, with environmental awareness well ahead of the times, the institute has long been aware of the “problems that mankind is likely to be faced with in the years ahead on account of the gradual depletion of the earth’s finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable and on account of the existing methods of their use which are polluting.

Over the years the Institute has developed a wider interpretation of this core purpose and its application. The central element of TERI’s philosophy has been its reliance on entrepreneurial skills to create benefits for society through the development and dissemination of intellectual property. The strength of the Institute lies in not only identifying and articulating intellectual challenges straddling a number of disciplines of knowledge but also in mounting research, training and demonstration projects leading to development of specific problem-based advanced technologies that help carry benefits to society at large.

One arm of their activities is the TERI Press that is “committed to publishing the best work at all levels from core textbooks to reference publishing to high-quality, general-interest books of contemporary relevance in the energy sector, environmental sciences, and technology and development studies.”

Some of the best material for understanding the world around us comes from teri. Consider, for instance their recent book, Simplifying Climate Change (Based on the findings of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report) which “aims to simplify the scientific details outlined in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report and thereby produce a document that can be understood by the general reader. It presents a review of the focus laid under each of the Working Group reports on the science; impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and mitigation issues in a reader-friendly manner.”

In our Environmental Science section, in paperback, Rs 295, pages. ISBN: 9788179932360

Or, in view of the fact that October 2 is Gandhi Jayanti, their recent Mahatma Gandhi and the Environment by T N Khoshoo that “presents a selection of Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the environment and elaborates on their relevance today. It is particularly relevant in this day and age, when the threat of climate change is looming large and natural resources are fast depleting. It will be of interest to all those who are concerned about protecting the earth’s environment and its natural resources. The book presents Mahatma Gandhi’s views on sustainable use of resources and minimal damage to the environment for the sake of future generations. “

In our Gandhi Studies section as well, 155 pages, in hardcover. Rs 250. ISBN: 9788179932230.

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