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Current Issue - Volume 8 Issue 7 (October 2015)

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Heritage in Peril: Effects of Climate Change

The Taj Mahal, one of the iconic monuments in the world, has been losing its crystal white sheen. As air pollutants cloud this marvellous heritage site, the white is turning into yellow, making it a victim to ‘marble cancer’. As a renowned world heritage site, Taj Mahal’s discolouration has garnered attention from scientists, government, NGOs and action is underway to preserve its natural beauty. However, Taj Mahal is just one monument that has sought strong attention for monument conservation in India. Sharada Balasubramanian tells us about many other such rich heritage monuments that need attention and protection from human-induced environmental changes.

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Two Degree Celsius from Disaster: The World Readies Itself for COP21

In the late 18th century, an Englishman named James Hargreaves invented the ‘Spinning Jenny’ kickstarting the Industrial Revolution. Over the next 100 years, the world marvelled as we moved from an agrarian way of life to a more mechanized form where things that took hours to accomplish could now be done in minutes by machines. Little did man know that he was also simultaneously digging his own grave, creating a world where a few centuries later several species of life would get wiped out, cities would become unlivable and food shortage would become inevitable. Arjun Wadhwatells us that with imminent disaster staring us in the face, the world’s leaders gather in Paris from November 30 to December 11 in an attempt to agree on a Universal Climate Agreement, the keyword being UNIVERSAL.

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October 2015

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As You Lake It: The Case of Disappearing Lakes in Bengaluru

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Maneka Speaks

 Ants: Role in Integrated Pest Management

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi tells us the benefit of using classical biological control in place of cancer-causing chemical pesticides in management of pests.


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TERI Analysis

The Quest for Energy Security:A Coherent Sustainable Energy Analysis

What exactly does energy security mean? Does it mean security of supply of energy resources, or self-reliance, or economic sustainability of supply, or environmental sustainability of supply? A little of all of the above would be the answer. In the traditional sense of the word, energy security would mean protection from supply shocks. However, there are various definitions of energy security which can be used. Luft, Korin and Gupta in The Routledge Handbook of Energy Security (2011) argue that a country’s level of development, its geographical location, natural endowments, international relations, and its political system would determine how energy security is looked at and what implications it has for the country. Essentially, for different countries, energy security would have different implications.

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Special Report

The Magnificent Mahseer: Saving India's Golden Fish

Aquatic biodiversity refers to the variety of life and ecosystems that make up the freshwater, tidal, and marine regions of the world. It includes freshwater ecosystems—lakes, ponds, reservoirs, rivers/streams, groundwater and wetlands and marine ecosystems, such as oceans, estuaries, salt marshes, sea-grass beds, coral reefs, kelp beds, and mangrove forests. Biba Jasmine, Swetshree Purohit, and Misty Dhillon tell us that the diversity and productivity of marine and aquatic ecosystems are important to human survival and well-being. They have enormous economic and aesthetic value, and are largely responsible for maintaining and supporting overall environmental health.

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Preparing to be a Good Grass-roots Leader: Women with Clear Vision and Mission

Ranjita Sethi, 25, is the sarpanch of Baligorada panchayat in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. Highly respected and successful today she has come a long way since she first filed her nomination papers in 2012. After the panchayat seat became a reserved one, her name was proposed by the elders of her dalit community. But, being governed by a dalit and that too a woman was simply not acceptable to the upper caste men in the area. So her victory turned out to be the beginning of numerous trials.

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In Conversation

COP21 Global Agreement

Barun Aggarwal, Director, BreatheEasy, in conversation with Arjun Wadhwa for TerraGreen.

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Wild life

Managing Conflict in the High Mountains

In the high-altitude Himalayan region of Ladakh, where resources are limited and survival is an everyday battle, human–wildlife conflict (HWC) is on a gradual rise. To reduce this stress on the local communities as well as the wildlife in this region—and to manage conflict, WWF-India along with the Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu and Kashmir, has initiated the construction of smart corrals that provide high protection to livestock from snow leopard attacks.

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Environmental Research

Anti-Cancer Wasp Venom: Brazilian Wasp, Polybia paulista, Venom Kills Cancer Cells

The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A new study reveals exactly how the venom's toxin—called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)—selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells, creating gaping holes that allow molecules crucial for cell function to leak out.

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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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