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Current Issue - Volume 11 Issue 3 (june 2018)

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Carbon Neutrality: A Vision Worth Pursuing for India

Carbon neutrality, or having a net-zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. It is used in the context of carbon dioxide-releasing processes associated with transportation, energy production, and industrial processes such as production of carbon neutral fuel. In this article, Adv. Karthik S Nair discusses a customized model of carbon neutrality through which India could strive to achieve lowering of its carbon footprints in the years to come.

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Over-consumption is Costing us the Planet And our Well-being

Overconsumption is a situation where resource use has outpaced the sustainable capacity of the ecosystem. A prolonged pattern of overconsumption leads to environmental degradation and the eventual loss of our resource base. In this article, Anjali Prasad talks about the mindless overconsumption that has become a global phenomenon adding to the anxiety of modern life; annihilating the planet while keeping us trapped in a never-ending succession of buying, discarding unused products, and some more consumerism. She has also suggested a few solutions to counter the problem of overconsumption.

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Maneka Speaks

Meat is Water: The World Cannot Have Both

You can live without pork. But, you cannot live without water. The time has come for you to make a choice, says Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.

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Special Feature

All Is Well That Ends Well:Journey of Youngsters in Skill Development Programmes in India

Financial challenges did not permit Bina Malakar to study beyond class X; she reminisces about her struggle, not with bitterness, but with determination: "I come from a poor village, with restricted mobility to work outside it; my family was dependent on the earnings of my brother.

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Special Report

Land Degradation and Desertification: UN's Efforts in Combating Urgent Threats

The harsh realities of climate change are bringing forth devastating droughts, extreme weather, and destruction of land resources affecting livelihoods globally. The international community has long recognized that land degradation/desertification is a major economic, social, and environmental problem to many countries across the globe. Here, Viraj Desai discusses the significance and the threats posed by land degradation and desertification in India and other parts of the world. He also apprises us of the United Nation's efforts in combating land degradation.

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Avani: Turning a Menace into Blessing

Pirul or pine needles are very thin, sharp leaves that grow on chir pine trees. It is not only a useless biomass but is also a big nuisance in Uttarakhand as pirul is a major culprit that catches fires in the forests easily, being highly combustible. Dr Rakesh Agrawal 'Ridh' highlights a pioneering initiate by a voluntary organization called Avani that buys pirul from the villagers in Uttarakhand and pays them for this totally useless bio-product which is acidic in nature and cannot be used as fodder by the villagers.

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In Conversation

Promoting Better Cooling Technologies: For Lowering Environmental Footprint

Mr George Koutsaftesis President of Honeywell Advanced Materials, part of the Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) strategic business group. Advanced Materials businesses manufacture a wide variety of high-performance products, including environmentally preferable refrigerants and materials used to manufacture end products, such as bullet-resistant armour, computer chips, and pharmaceutical packaging. Here, he is in an exclusive interaction with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Towards a Peaceful Co-existence

Sikkim's Lower Kitam and Talkhadka districts shift towards newer practices to reduce the human-wildlife conflict.

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Green Challenges

Harnessing Profound Changes: For an Enhanced Future

In the near future, we're set to see some fundamental changes in the way we live and organize ourselves, and much of the change is happening at the basic level. Forum for the Future's new report, 'Living in nonlinear times' examines some of these key emerging trends that are set to impact our future, for the better or worse. In this article, Anna Warrington looks at signs of system-wide shifts in a retail industry stretched to its limit, growing momentum in combating plastic waste, transformation in transport and mobility, and powerful new ways of organizing communities.

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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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