Times News Network: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has launched a feature service to make environmental literature easier to understand and more accessible to the common man.
The service, launched last week, will publish news, views and analyses every fortnight on issues such as water, climate change, energy, air pollution, biodiversity and biotechnology
When the intergovernmental panel on climate change’s (IPCC) report was released recently, the focus of the media remained on doomsday prophecies of war, famine and pestilence, while other articles dug up several technical details that are difficult for a lay person to follow.
“While the media can be selective in reporting on environmental matters, papers and research conducted by experts in academic institutions can be difficult for lay persons to understand. There is an information gap when it comes to the environment and sustainable development,” S S Jeevan, a fellow at TERI, said. He is also a team member of the feature service project.
To bridge this gap, TERI launched the feature service last week, which will publish news, views and analyses every fortnight on issues such as water, climate change, energy, air pollution, biodiversity and biotechnology, Jeevan, who is also a team-member of the project, added.
The first issue carries an analysis of the IPCC report as well as a feature on Neerkatti – a traditional community in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu that is responsible for water management in rural areas.
“We wanted to keep a balance between articles about hard science and pieces that directly relate to people. The emphasis is on breaking down technical jargon into language that can be understood by everyone. We will also include in-depth stories that appeal to everyone, not just the experts,” Jeevan said.
The service will also include best practice case studies from India and other parts of the world, with a special emphasis on women and rural transformation. For instance, the first issue includes a case study of a successful project conducted by TERI on rural energy.
Annapurna Vancheswaran, director- Sustainable Development Outreach, TERI, writes in her introduction to the service that its contents can be freely published as long as there is an acknowledgement to TERI.
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