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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 4 (July 2016)

Cover story

Genetic Modification : Here to Stay?

Genetically modified crops have been in the news for many reasons recently. Be it Bayer’s bid for Monsanto or people’s growing disquiet against gene modification in agriculture, there is no escaping the fact that genetic modification promises to play a huge role in our future lives. Should the laws against certain kinds of gene modification techniques be made more stringent? Must the common man petition the government against the manufacture and use of such crops? Mahazareen Dastur talks about how we may (or may not) want to consider the advances being made in this area.

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Feature

The Water Magician : Ending Water Poverty

Popularly known as Water Gandhi, Water Monk, The Water Warrior of India, and Doctor of Dry Borewells, Ayyappa Masagi, Founder of Water Literacy Foundation, has devised over 100 revolutionary water harvesting techniques, implemented in 4,900 locations across 11 Indian states, changing the lives of over a lakh farmers. Sharada Balasubramanian tells us about the man whose name has entered the Limca Book of Records for constructing 600 artificial lakes and conducting over 2,600 water literacy programmes. Even in the absence of rainfall, he says that water harvesting can still be beneficial. Masagi believes that with harvesting structures, even if we have one inch of rain, we can still capture that and become self-sufficient. His solutions are low-cost, maintenance-free, one time investment, and are easily replicable.

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July 2016

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Genetic Modification : Here to Stay?

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Maneka Speaks

Disgusting Things in your Food : Legally Screened

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi gives us an elaborate account of the many ‘disgusting things’ we eat in our food, that we are not even aware of. She lists a few, based on dead insects, animal slime, vomit, and faeces!

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TERI Analysis

Fight for Future : Training the Young Minds

Sustainability is one concept which targets the future with its current implementation. However, there is a limit to what can be achieved with the existing governance and implementation strategies.

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Special Report

Behavioural Environment Management : Back to the Basics

A common man, by focussing on his daily routine activities, can develop habits that result in lesser carbon footprint and hence, lesser damage to the environment. Rahul Saini feels that the Indian society can sustainably grow not by following the energy and resource intensive US or EU growth model, but rather by devising energy and resource efficient growth model. The same can be achieved by focussing on the ancient practices of Indian society. One can also learn from the Japanese culture where, despite high growth achieved by Japan as a nation, their daily practices are deeply linked to their culture.

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Pioneer

Fodder Production in Himachal Pradesh : Reducing the Drudgery of Women in the Hills

Sarita Brara who visited Bhaghali village in Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh says that the HRG initiative has changed the lives of the rural women, raising incomes, and reducing their drudgery.

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In Conversation

Anthropogenic Hazards to Wildlife

Basudeb Pal Majumdar, Artist, Painter, Amateur Wildlife Photographer, and Co-author of Chilika: The Celestial Lake (2012) and Bhitarkanika: The Mesmerizing Mangrove (2015) in conversation with N Kalyani for TerraGreen.

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Wildlife

Let’s Tip the Scales in Favour of the Pangolins : The Silent Victim of Illegal Wildlife Trade

The armour-like scales that nature has strapped onto the pangolins would make you associate them with the formidable warriors of yore. However, a cruel irony lies in the fact that they are almost defenseless against a vicious network of illegal trade that is systematically pushing them to the brink of extinction. In spite of being one of the most sought after species in the world of illicit wildlife trade, their very existence remains much unclear to the outside world.

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Green Challenges

Mangar Bani : Delhi’s Disappearing Native Forest

Delhi is an ultimate amalgamation of modern structures and ancient monuments and the city is currently catering to 20 million inhabitants (approximately). Lesser known terrain of Delhi is its unique native tropical deciduous forest. Monika Paliwal tells us that Delhi has few remnants left of its lush green forest in the form of Mangar Bani.

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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
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to awards@csptoday.com

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
matt@csptoday.com