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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 8 (November 2017)

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So, It's All a Game?:Impacts of Game Theory in the Environmental Arena

Game theory is 'the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent and rational decision-makers.' Today, game theory applies to a wide range of behavioural relations, and is now an umbrella term for the science of logical decision-making. It has emerged as a powerful new tool in environmental economics, especially in the study of transboundary pollution problems, such as global warming and acid rain. Here, Mahazareen Dastur looks at how a very clever blend of economics and mathematics can help answer some of the most vexing environmental issues. She dwells on the nitty-gritties and nuances the game theory and illustrates with suitable examples of how the game theory influences environmental issues.

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Sustainability Model: Meaning and Implications for India

We often talk about sustainability and various issues that need sustainable management and development. But somewhere, the word 'sustainable or sustainability' is often not understood in its full amplitude. In this article, Biba Jasmine tries to explore the true meaning of sustainability in a developing system such as India and how achieving sustainable development goals require global actions to deliver on the legitimate aspirations towards further economic and social progress, requiring growth and employment, and at the same time strengthening environmental protection.

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Maneka Speaks

Snakes Dance to Music: And Other Animal Myths

Do mice really like cheese? How much do you actually know about animals? Maneka Sanjay Gandhi dispels some of the commonly held 'truths' about animal behaviour.

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TERI Analysis

District Mineral Foundations:Fetching a Good Deal for Mining-Affected Communities?

The major mineral-rich districts in India over the years have not only experienced significant environmental degradation but also remained extremely poor and backward. District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) were created under Minerals and Mining Development Regulatory Act (MMDR), 2015, wherein holders of mining leases are required to contribute to the DMF an amount 'not exceeding one-third of the royalty rates' of the respective minerals, in addition to the royalty paid to the state. In this article, Nitish Arora analysis whether the DMFs have been able to fetch a good deal for the mining-affected communities.

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Special Report

High Pesticide Levels in the Human Body: Linked to Chronic Kidney Disorders

A number of studies from Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Central America, and Mexico, have brought to light that patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have high levels of pesticides in their body. A study from the national capital of India, Delhi, is a recent addition to this list. This study published in the journal Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine has set the alarm ringing loud. In this report, Bhavya Khullar discusses the possible link between CKD and high levels of organochlorine pesticides found in the bodies of patients in some recent studies that associate pesticide levels with kidney disorder. These alarming findings raise a big question mark on the widespread use of these pesticides.

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Green Heroes: Mr and Mrs Bhide: Converting Waste into Living Soil

In April 2017, TERI proudly honoured Shri Sunil Bhide and his wife Smt. Priya Bhide as Green Heroes for their inspiring work in waste management and vermiculture in Pune. They convert large quantities of biodegradable waste into living soil to grow nearly 100 varieties of plants in their rooftop garden. Here, their daughter Nrupaja Bhide gives an account of the pioneering initiative of the Bhide family and she also highlights that they are spreading this initiative by training other families in their neighbourhood to convert organic waste into wealth.

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In Conversation

Sparrows: An important emotional link in nature conservation

Mohammed Dilawar, the founder of Nature Forever Society, has been working extensively in the field of conservation. The environmentalist, who has been listed by the Time Magazine as one of the 30 'Heroes of the Environment', gets candid in an interview with Namrata Gulati Sapra for TerraGreen.

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Eliminating Blood Honey Supporting Tiger Conservation in the Sundarbans

The boat glides slowly into a channel between two islands. The silhouettes of the mangrove trees rear up like sentinels into the clear night sky, just hours before dawn. Sanatan Sardar, 35, barely notices the mysterious beauty of the Sundarbans forests; he is more concerned about guiding his boat with his group into the Sundarbans to collect wild honey.

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Green Challenges

Smart Cities Mission in Rajasthan: The Focus Areas and Challenges

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection/sensors to supply information used to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analysed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services. Here, Saurabh Somani discusses the focus areas and the challenges in implementing the smart cities mission in Rajasthan.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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