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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 5 (August 2017)

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Greenhouse Gas Accounting: A Potential Tool for a Climate Smart Urban Development

Greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting describes the way to inventory and audit GHG emissions. In this article, Aditi Phansalkar helps us understand the intricacies of GHG accounting as she feels that with cities developing at a whirlwind pace, there is an urgent need to be watchful of the GHG emissions being pumped by these cities into the atmosphere. More than focussing on larger geographical areas, city-level emission checks are the need of the hour. Whereas, making the emissions data available along with transparency in the process can be now made possible with several reporting frameworks; what remains as a challenge is to maintain consistency in both acquiring data as well as storing it. She apprises us about some frameworks that are trying to overcome this challenge.

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Promoting Women Empowerment: Through Mushroom Cultivation in Uttarakhand

Promoting entrepreneurial activity among rural women is a vital cog in the efforts towards gender mainstreaming in agriculture. Horticulture can play an important role in making women economically empowered and in reducing poverty. In this article, Dr Nandini Sahayhighlights the pioneering efforts of Divya Rawat who has worked relentlessly towards the cause of women empowerment in Uttarakhand through her venture of horticulture value chain of mushroom production units to enhance livelihood opportunities for women in the hill state.

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Maneka Speaks

Cooking for Canines:Easy-to-Prepare, Vegetarian Recipes

Can dogs be vegetarians? Yes, says Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. Dispelling the popular notion that dogs eat only meat, she gives a list of easy-to-prepare meals/recipes for dogs.

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TERI Analysis

Addressing the Last Chain in Electricity Development: Distribution and its Challenges in India

In this article, Kumar Deo and Jonathan Donald Syiemlieh attempt to summarize some of the challenges faced by the distribution sector in India from consultation with stakeholders and industry experts.

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Special Report

RiskingToo Much: Dilemmas of Hydrocarbon Conversion?

Hydrocarbon exploration is the search for hydrocarbon, such as oil and natural gas, beneath the earth's surface. India, with a mere 0.4 per cent of the global hydrocarbon reserves, is dependent heavily on imports. Furthermore, hydrocarbon exploration is a high-risk endeavour involving various pressure irregularities, weather conditions, and a host of other aberrations. With these facts and apprehensions, the question is whether an agricultural belt as potent as Neduvasal should give up its land for an economically viable, high-risk hydrocarbon project? While experts negate the apprehensions and endorse the project, the villagers of the region are united in their stand against it. In this article, Jency Samuel sheds light on the impressive resistance that has been put up by the villagers and has come to define one of the most poignant dilemmas of our time.

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Connecting People and Plants: Incubating Enterprise for a Green Future

Pursuing sustainability offers a viable economic opportunity finds Megha Aggarwal as she learns about a Bengaluru-based couple rooting for enterprises that heal lands and minds.

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In Conversation

Chasing Winged Beauties

For Isaac Kehimkar, chasing butterflies has been a passion. And he has pursued it working with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for 38 years. Beginning as a librarian with the reputed environment and wildlife research and conservation organization, he served in various capacities before retiring as the Society's Deputy Director in May this year. The Mumbai-based butterfly specialist, environmentalist, nature photographer, and prolific writer has many books to his credit. His latest, Butterflies of India, a field guide, brought out by the BNHS in November 2016, covering more than 1,000 species of Indian butterflies, is larger than his earlier publication, Book of the Butterflies of India, published jointly by the BNHS and Oxford University Press in 2008. He also co-authored a book on the common butterflies of India in 1992 for WWF India and penned an identification manual on endangered butterflies for Traffic India in 1996. His other books are on the moths of India, incredible insects, and common Indian wild flowers. Prior to joining his post-retirement assignment as head of iNaturewatch Foundation, an environment NGO, Kehimkar, India's best-known lepidopterist, shared something of his interesting and enchanting work with N Kalyani for TerraGreen.

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Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve:A New Abode for Tigers in Rajasthan

Mukundra Hills were home to tigers historically. It also acted as a vital connect and support for the dispersing tigers from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, which is currently home to more than 65 tigers. With an aim to revive the tiger population in the Mukundra Hills region, the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve was established in 2013.

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Green Challenges

Motorized Road Transport in India:Trends, Implications, and Challenges

As the effects of rapid economic development and urbanization place greater strain on transport networks across the country, the traditional approaches to meet the rising demand are becoming increasingly unsustainable. The costs associated with a growing automobile fleet and increasing road network capacity include air and noise pollution, accidents, congestion, social inequality, and climate change. Arvind Kumar and T P Sankar feel that the answer to India's transportation challenges is not less transport—it is sustainable transport.

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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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