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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 10 (January 2018)

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Depictions of Nature in Indian Art: Themes and Imagery Drawn from the Environment

From cave paintings dating back to the Indian Stone Age and the remains of the Indus Valley Civilization to the breathtaking Mughal, Rajput, and folk art, since time immemorial, humans have shared glimpses of their life and surroundings through art. In this feature, Megha Aggarwal attempts to map prominent representations of nature in Indian art, both old and new. She traces the depiction of themes inspired by the environment in various Indian art forms from prehistoric to modern times and finds that the idea of nature has deeply influenced the way humans have seen and reacted to the world and the notion of what constitutes environmental art is a work in progress.

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The Benefits of Trees and Plants: In Reducing Pollution and Global Warming

Do trees and plants help reduce atmospheric pollution and global warming? Guy C Noronha says that the answer is in the affirmative as he discusses the ways in which flora helps in keeping atmospheric pollutants under check by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) and releasing oxygen. But, he also cautions that while reforestation and preserving the existing forests is a very good way to improve atmospheric conditions, we cannot alone depend on them to carry the whole burden of reducing global warming, decreasing pollution, and fighting climate change. Therefore, we need to reduce the emissions to acceptable levels.

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Maneka Speaks

Service Companies for Dog Care

Is it difficult for you to find time to take care of your pet dog? Maneka Sanjay Gandhi suggests a dog walking service company that could help. It is also a good business idea for young people.

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TERI Analysis

Hybrid Solar System: End of 'Power' Struggle for Varanasi Weavers

For many weavers in Varanasi, the home of the fabled silk weavers, life seems to be turning for the better after years of struggle. In this article, Kishor Kumar Choudhary, Jitendra Tiwari, and Swarup Mallik discuss that after fighting grid power supply shortage and paying for expensive diesel generated supply for long, many weavers in Varanasi are now shifting to a hybrid solar system (solar energy + grid) backed by cleaner, smaller, and more powerful lithium batteries.

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Special Report

The Kaziranga Debate: Wildlife Cringes or the View From the Fringes?

Nestled in the heart of Assam, Kaziranga National Park was recently mired in a bitter controversy regarding the killing of tribal people in the name of wildlife conservation. To what extent is this kind of security justified, if at all? On their part, the Kaziranga authorities and the government feel they need to strengthen their security, and by no means is Kaziranga the only rhino-bearing area where gun battles between the forest security and well-armed poachers occur resulting in casualties. In this article, Nava Thakuria narrates both sides of the story and gives an account of the series of events and developments that have emerged in this regard.

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Students as e-Waste Warriors: Sensitizing about Reducing and Safe Disposal of e-Waste

The Paris Agreement is perhaps the most well-known agreement on climate change mobilizing all the nations under one pact, but what about efforts at an individual level? How will the world even know about the steps that are being taken to combat the growing problems of climate change and waste management? Acknowledging the importance of rewarding and recognizing such efforts, TERI introduced the 'Green Heroes Contest' to honour such initiatives. Kirti Lakhanpal, a 'green hero' herself, shares her experience with e-waste management and how being a part of this campaign has been truly rewarding for her. Kirti started a small movement amongst her students who went back to sensitize their parents and neighbourhoods on reducing e-waste and the need for safe disposal. As part of this effort, students have educated nearly 80 ragpickers on the health hazards of unsafe dismantling of e-waste and convinced them to sell it judiciously to the organized sector.

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In Conversation

Envisaging a Healthier World: By Promoting Good Research in Public Health Care

Dr Fiona Godlee has been the editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal (The BMJ) since 2005; she is the first female editor appointed in the journal's history.She is also the Editorial Director. Since joining The BMJ in 1990, she has written on a broad range of issues, including the impact of environmental degradation on health, the future of the World Health Organization, etc. Here, she is in an exclusive conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Capturing the Wild: Moments and Movements in the Wilderness

A coffee table book on the wildlife of the Indian and the African jungles, Roar is a luxuriously produced tome running into two hundred odd pages that brings together a collection of photographs taken by Kamal Morarka. Keep reading to know more about this book...

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Green Challenges

Thermal Energy Storage: The Basic Principles and Technology

Thermal energy storage (TES) is a technology that stocks thermal energy by heating or cooling a storage medium so that the stored energy can be used at a later time for heating and cooling applications and power generation. In this article, Pratosh Saxena discusses the need for TES systems, and the technology and basic principles behind this demand management tool.

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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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