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Mitigating Human-Animal Conflict in India: Participatory Approaches
On a cold and misty morning, Tamilselvan, a supervisor at a tea plantation in Valparai, set off for his usual jog. Very soon, a jeep came by and he was ushered to get in. He then saw someone pointing at a leopard hiding in a thicket. Tamilselvan had a lucky escape this time. "This was not the first time I had encountered a leopard. It had once tried entering my house to take away my dog," Tamilselvan recalls. Human–animal interactions are not new. They have existed since the onset of human existence. Sharada Balasubramanian and Rahul Chavan explore the issue further.

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In Conversation

Preserving Our Environmental and Cultural Heritage

Dr Nanditha Krishna, a Historian, Environmentalist, and Prolific Author, is the Director of the Chennai-based C P Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation. She is the great-granddaughter of Dr C P Ramaswami Aiyar (1879–1966), a Lawyer, Administrator, and Politician after whom the Foundation is named. N Kalyani in conversation with Dr Krishna for TerraGreen.

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Jatropha: The Seed of Hope

The second part of 20th century saw relentless efforts by countries globally to develop their economic conditions and establish superiority in the industrial and agricultural sectors. In the process, a number of manufacturing and industrial units were established for production of goods. Larger quantities of coal and oil were burnt to run the factories and generate electricity. Increased use of oil was made in the transportation sector to power trucks, cars, airplanes, and other modes of transport. The increase in use of fossil fuel energy and the consequent rise in carbon dioxide levels have contributed to the present vagaries in global climatic conditions. This situation has led to the planting of the "seeds" of hope, named Jatropha. Read on as Jyothi Mahalingam tells us more about this wonder plant..

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Maneka Speaks

The 'Fishy' Aquarium Trade of India: The Glass Prison of Death

The list of endangered species is ever growing. Added to it is the extinction of beautiful and exquisite fish. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi underlines the need to take action against aquarium trade in India and to also punish the perpetrators.



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TERI Analysis

'Lighting' up Lives in the Sundarbans: A TERI Initiative

The remoteness of the region, lack of infrastructure for transportation, and distributed demand make it essential to have off-grid sources of energy which are more reliable and cause less damage to the environment. The use of renewable sources of energy was the only possible solution to deal with the energy gap in the region of Sundarbans.

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Special Report

Sparrow: An Angel in Peril

Ek ChidiyaAnek Chidiyan, the short animated film of the 70s, which conveyed the message of 'unity in diversity' epitomized the house bird sparrow. Forty years on, we still remember this short film and how by using the sparrow as a metaphor, it conveyed a message on overcoming difficult situations in life. Dr Anjali Parasnis, Yatish Lele, Amol Handore, and Prathmesh Chourey write.

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A Walk Through the Cardamom Hills

For the weary traveller, the undulating and washed landscape of the plantation town of Kumily in Idukki district of Kerala is a sight for sore eyes. Besides being clean and lush green, the heady fragrance of cardamom instantly envelopes your senses.

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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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