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Current Issue - Volume 8 Issue (August 2015)

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Myristica Swamps: Restoring Fast Vanishing Mini Landscapes

Western Ghats are not merely a long chain of mountains! To recognize them as a 'biodiversity hotspot', as it is being clichéd, would grossly fall short of revealing its tremendous ecological treasures. Replete with hundreds of species of plants, insects, birds, frogs, fishes, reptiles, and spiders, much of the Western Ghats still needs be thoroughly understood, though. There are several unique habitats and landscapes less explored, that nurture this astounding array of life. Alongside this rich repository of life forms, many indigenous human communities and their robust life traditions and cultures, which are intricately associated with the natural resources, add to the grandeur. With myriads of marvels and mysteries associated with its landscapes, flora, fauna, and human groups, Somashekar B Stells us that the Western Ghats constitute an "Open-air Ecology lab" in the true sense.

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Ivory Crush and More Dead Elephants: The Conundrum

In June 2015, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) carried out a well-publicized event in New York city's Times Square. It crushed seized ivory items weighing one tonne (equivalent to 2,000 lbs or 907 kg), as crowds cheered on and photographs with the hashtag #CrushIvory flooded Twitter. Then came the post-event rhetoric about how "we're not just crushing ivory, we're crushing the blood ivory market." However, Subir Ghosh is of the opinion that ivory trade will not end till China and US make it illegal.

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The Death of Aral Sea

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Maneka Speaks

 Rats: The Sacrificial Victims

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi expresses her concern about the random killing of rats in experiments by scientists.

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TERI Analysis

Sustainable Renewable Energy: A Cleaner Alternative

The rural energy scenario in India is marked by inadequacies, inefficiencies, and inequity. Available energy solutions like kerosene, coal, and wood are expensive and detrimental to the environment.

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Special Report

Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Conservation: Youth as Agents of Change

India hosted the Conference of Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2012. Since then, it has established common framework and objectives for the protection and conservation of biodiversity in the country. Biodiversity loss is rapid and ongoing. Over the last 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems faster and more extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history. Tropical forests, many wetlands, and other natural habitats are shrinking in size. Biba Jasmine sees hope in conserving the marine and coastal ecosystems with the involvement of the youth.

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Africa—India: A Rising South-South Partnership

Africa is increasingly in the spotlight. While the Western media's focus on the continent has often been more in the nature of 'parachute journalism', projecting stereotypical images, Africa's real story today is about the continent's awakening and the growing efforts being made to address the delivery of basic services to many of its communities.

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In Conversation

Battling Plastics in the Ocean

Dr Kara Lavender Law, Research Professor at Sea Education Association, Massachusetts in conversation with Arjun Wadhwa for TerraGreen.

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Wild life

Saving Assam's Rhinos: A Tale of Translocation

Story by: North Bank Landscape team, WWF-India.

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Green Challenges

Becoming a Green Consumer: Minimizing Adverse Environmental Impacts

A green consumer is not some rare, newly discovered species. Being a green consumer simply means making choices about purchases so as to minimize one’s environmental impact. Consumers have a significant influence in driving environmental policies, since the pattern of consumption determines what is produced in the future, and thus, what resources are used. There are many issues to consider when buying products. By becoming more aware about what choices underlie sustainable environmental practices, you can invest money towards positive change.

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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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