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Climate Change: A Conundrum
As Voltaire put it “Men argue; nature acts” stands true today. The effect of climate change is being witnessed in all parts of the world, and it is high time the mankind paid attention to it before this conundrum grips the entire human race. Swati Shinde provides a closer insight on the issues surrounding climate change and attempts to derive a common understanding on it.

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In Conversation

Celebrating a City

Subbiah Muthiah is a celebrated chronicler of the city of Chennai and a prolific writer and author, who began his career as a journalist in Sri Lanka. Thanks to his immense knowledge of and writings on the city, he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England in 2002 for his work on ‘heritage and environment conservation’ in Chennai. N Kalyani  for TerraGreen speaks to the octogenarian at his residence about how ‘Madras Day’, the idea of which he is the architect, has grown over the years, since its inception in 2004.

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Ecologically Conscious Tourism : Growth from Niche to Commodity

Vacationing is fun but desirably it should take care of the environment. Guy C Noronha defines the concept of ‘Ecotourism’ and how it has become the ‘in-thing’ for environmental protection.

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Green Tip of the Day
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Maneka Speaks

Dispersing Seeds of Nature: From Rainforests to Deserts

The seed dispersing activity of birds, though unintentional, facilitates planting of several trees. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi reflects upon the growing extinction of birds and the resultant loss of nature.



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Women in Bengal Master the Art of Sustainable Farming

Tribal families in Bankura, West Bengal, living on a stable diet of potato and rice and occasionally some daal (lentils), are now consuming a variety of vegetables, cereals, fruits, and animal protein with relish on a daily basis. This certainly marks a sea change in the nutrition parameters in one of the most backward districts of India. Ajitha Menon tells us the reason for this transformation. Read on.

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Special Report

The use, misuse, and abuse of animals in Indian cinema

All kinds of animals are used in films. This is a very old practice. Although the technique of film-making and giving comfort to each and every human being associated with a film has improved, animals are yet to receive their due consideration in this regard. Shoma A Chatterji discusses the issue of misuse of animals in cinema and the importance of showing sensitivity towards them.

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Environmental Reseach

Gravity Dip from Ice Loss in West Antarctica

Although not designed to map changes in Earth’s gravity over time, European Space Agency’s (ESA) extraordinary GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.

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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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