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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 6 (September 2017)

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Harnessing Solar Potential in India:The Developments and Challenges

Given its pollution-free nature, virtually inexhaustible supply of light and warmth, and a remarkable global distribution–solar energy is an apposite and attractive energy resource; more so for India as the country is blessed with abundant sunlight for most parts of the year. In this context, Harun Trikha examines the growth of solar energy in India as the Government of India has set an ambitious target of 175 GW renewable power installed capacity by the end of 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar power. While the cumulative solar energy capacity installed in India so far is encouraging, there are certain grey areas brought to light by the author that need to be addressed if India is to effectively make the most of this wonderful energy resource.

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Live a Green Life: Advantages of Energy-Efficient Appliances

Amongst the barrage of technological advancements, home-improvement appliances constitute a considerable portion demanding its own share of investors and consumers. While there is no denying the numerous advantages that have indeed facilitated a better standard of life, the flip side, however, is rather grim. In our urgency to outdo ourselves by creating faster gizmos that hardly seem to take any time to complete tasks, not all is well and balanced in this technologically driven cityscape. Sadly, our environment is at the receiving end of this story, and, in this article, Guy C Noronha draws our attention to the damage caused to our environment on a daily basis. He also suggests some methods or practices by which we could try and improve the energy efficiency of our gadgets, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners.

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Maneka Speaks

Killing Animals for Superstition:It Needs to be Stopped!

A superstition is any irrational belief or practice that arises from ignorance or fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck. Thousands of animals are killed every year . Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that we must do something about it very soon.

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TERI Analysis

GRIHA Rating for Existing Buildings:Enhancing Resource Efficiency in EBs

Whilst there is a lot of focus on making the new construction resource efficient and sustainable,the potential opportunities to save energy and water in the existing building stock remain largely unexplored. In this article, Ar. Namrata Mahal and Ms Shabnam Bassi talk about the need for transforming existing buildings through ‘GRIHA for Existing Buildings’ that has been developed by the GRIHA Council as a cohesive tool to evaluate performance of the existing building and at the same time provide solutions for energy and water efficiencies, enhanced thermal and visual comfort, and reduced operational and maintenance costs.

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Special Report

Igniting a Revolution:Movies on Environment

The power of cinema is unparalleled since it holds the potential to bring about a remarkable change in people's opinion about the prevailing social, economic, or political issues. No wonder then that the medium has been instrumental in bringing to light the drastic after-effects of some of the most vexing environmental challenges staring us in the face, which could have otherwise escaped notice or swept under the rug. Namrata Gulati Sapra looks at some such movies from around the world that have left an indelible mark on our conscience and, consequently, led to monumental changes aimed at preservation of the ecosystem.

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The Spiti Challenge:Conserving Environment, Transforming Lives

Nestled in the Himalayan valleys in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti, literally translating as 'middle land', is as challenging a terrain as it is picturesque. Known for its pristine beauty, Spiti, thanks to the relentless efforts of young pioneers to bring sustainable livelihood opportunities to its people, is on its way to becoming a unique hub of alternative practices that are compatible with the ecology. In this article, Dr Rakesh Agrawal 'Ridh', talks about how local resources, for example, the underrated sea buckthorn berry, are mobilized to generate not just income, but an interest in the ways in which the communities cope with the intermittent difficulties.

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In Conversation

Sparking Conversations on Sustainability

Mr Ankush Patel, Co-Founder and CEO, Treeni Sustainability Solutions and Dr Sunita Purushottam, Head of Sustainability Consulting, Treeni Sustainability Solutions, in an exclusive email conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Coexisting with Elephants:One Fence at a Time

Conflict between animals migrating or foraging for food, and local communities are reported from many parts of India, with crop raiding as the main form of conflict. WWF-India has been working to conserve elephant population by securing elephant habitats and addressing human-elephant conflict across four of its landscapes-Western Ghats Nilgiris in southern India, the northern bank of the Brahmaputra, Kaziranga and Karbi-Anglong, and in parts of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar.

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Green Challenges

Earth Overshoot Day:Time to Lessen our Ecological Footprint

On August 2 this year, humanity had already used nature's budget for the entire year, according to the Global Footprint Network. The world has already exhausted nature's budget for the entire year and from this day on and for the rest of the year, we will be using more resources than the planet can renew in a year. This means that the world will now be operating in overshoot for the year- exerting excess pressure on the planet for any resources drawn.

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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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