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Current Issue - Volume 8 Issue (July 2015)

In Conversation

Clean India

The memory of former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif smashing the England bowlers around the park at Lord’s to win the 2002 NatWest Series Final is forever etched in the minds of Indian cricket fans, and the 34-year-old Allahabad lad has shown the same disdain for a far-from-healthy environment as he inspired more than 300 school children to join hands with him as part of India’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ (Clean India Mission).

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Heat Waves : Are We Concerned Enough?

Unlike other extremes, heat waves have never been given adequate attention in both national and international forums. Worldwide, there are many metrics to estimate the heat waves based on temperature thresholds. Suruchi Bhadwal and Dr Vidyunmala Veldore tell us that despite the variations in the methodology, studies indicate an increase in the heat wave frequency, duration, and intensity over the last few decades. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) indicates that temperature extremes are found to be increasing in frequency, duration, and intensity in most of the tropics.

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Maneka Speaks

 Mad Cow Disease: Need for a Reality Check

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi tells us about the need to recognize diseases that humans contract from infected animals. She emphasizes the growing need in India to test infected meat and acknowledge the existence of Mad Cow Disease.


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TERI Analysis

ICAMP: India California Air Pollution Mitigation Programme—A Sustainable Solution

Without affecting its impressive economic growth, California has drastically cut down its emissions. In the 1960s, California had one of the highest air pollution levels in the world, and this triggered a public health outrage. Over the past 40–50 years, California has succeeded in reducing the levels of all air pollution by 75 to 90 per cent though a series of measures. In particular, it has significantly reduced black carbon and particulate pollutants from automobiles. On the other hand, 80 per cent of cities in India, which have comparatively fewer vehicles, have exceeded the ambient air quality standards prescribed by the Government of India. This is worsening the air quality and leading to a plethora of health problems. There is mounting evidence now to show that the transport sector is largely responsible for the increase in the concentrations of particulate pollutants.

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Special Report

Shale Gas: A Game Changer?

Prabir Sengupta tells us that within less than a decade, Shale gas/ Shale oil has revolutionized the energy market in the US directly and the world market, somewhere indirectly.

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Sardar Para Hamlet Gets a New Lease of Life

The trip to Mrs Minoti Aulia’s village in Sardar Para, Satjeliya Island, takes approximately three to four hours from the nearest town of Canning. The initial leg of the journey begins by bus or a motor vehicle followed by a country boat, and subsequently, a rickshaw, plying over rugged terrain and narrow water creeks. The experience involves cruising through the tides and hopping from one island to another; as the islands in Sundarbans are isolated by water channels of the delta. In the monsoon season, the streets become even more difficult to commute as their brick and mud construction deteriorate within the islands.

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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
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248