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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 9 (December 2016)

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The Mounting Carbon Emissions: Time to Regulate Emanations from Vehicles

When fossil fuels, such as petrol or diesel, are burned in internal combustion engines of vehicles they give off carbon dioxide and other gases that contribute to the total global greenhouse gas emissions resulting in global warming and climate change. Guy C Noronha expounds that vehicles running on our roads are the drivers of increased carbon emissions and their share is fast climbing with each passing year. Apart from the global scenario, he also dwells on the impact of pollution due to vehicular emissions on Indian cities and suggests a few implementable solutions and improvement options for automobiles..

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The Water Contamination Menace: Let us Nip the Evil in the Bud

Water pollution is very harmful to human beings, animals, and water life. The effects can be calamitous, depending on the kind of chemicals and concentrations of the pollutants. Water contamination leads to death of aquatic animals, disruption of food chains, several dreaded diseases, and destruction of ecosystems. Dr Suneel Deambi says that our water bodies, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, streams reservoirs, etc., have lately turned into venomous water pools. He takes us through the various factors that are contributing to the perils of water pollution but feels that in India there is a ray of hope in the form of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to ensure effective reduction of pollution and rejuvenation of River Ganga while maintaining ecological flow in the river with an aim of ensuring water quality and ecologically sustainable development..

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December 2016

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The Mounting Carbon Emissions: Time to Regulate Emanations from Vehicles

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Maneka Speaks

The Air Gun Callousness: Time to Put Curbs on this Nuisance

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that over the years she has seen the suffering of birds, cats, monkeys, dogs, and even humans who get gravely injured by inconsiderate use of air guns. However, she feels happy that now all over the world, new laws are coming up restricting the use of air guns and even India has started an exercise to reform the Arms Rules. Many restrictions have been put on the use of air/pellet guns to control this menace.

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TERI Analysis

Sustainable Schools: Creating Spaces for Holistic Learning

Education plays a pivotal role in addressing sustainable development challenges by imparting knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions as well as in shaping skills, values, and behaviour patterns for sustainable living. Given this role, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a dynamic concept that aims at empowering learners to make informed decisions for environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity (UNESCO). With this in mind and to promote and adopt the concept of sustainable schools, the Environment Education and Awareness Area of TERI, organized a one-day Green School Workshop for educators and students. Keep reading to know more about this…

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Special Report

The Waning Traditions and Festivals due to Out-migration from the Hills

Long before travel agents colonized the Himalayan heights with their unmitigated exploitation of the pristine beauty in the name of promoting tourism and generating employment, the birds, trees, flowers, rivers, and the sublime Himalayan peaks shared a rich camaraderie with the hill people. This bond was reflected and preserved in the rites and rituals, customs, traditions, festivities, and everyday life in the Kumaon-Garhwal hills. Mukesh Rawat feels nostalgic and states that with changing times these bonds are loosening with the onslaught of out-migration and advent of the highly commercialized tour packages. The new generation, it seems, is more interested in taking their selfies and uploading them on social media sites.

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Reviving Kalamkari Craft: The Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Art Form

The practice of many traditional craft practices and art forms, as also weaving, printing, and dyeing technique, has over the years been gradually declining or getting lost, or has just simply died. But, there is a ray of hope as N Kalyani highlights that commendable efforts are being made by the Kalakshetra Foundation to revive the age-old form of dyeing and printing.

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In Conversation

 Climate Change Adaptation in IHR

In an exclusive email interaction with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreenJanine Kuriger, Director of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Embassy of Switzerland, talks about climate change and its impact on glaciers in the Himalayan region; IHCAP programme; and partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

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Conserving Snow Leopards by Protecting the Himalayas

The elusive snow leopards are found in the higher reaches of Himalayas. Found at elevations of 3,000-5,000 m or higher in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh, the snow leopard is a top predator in these mountains. It preys upon the blue sheep and Himalayan ibex. However, there are significant threats that face snow leopards today. Poaching (mostly for skins and bones) and retaliatory killing by shepherds after predation of livestock by snow leopards are some of the leading threats.

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Green Challenges

Uranium Mining in Meghalaya: The Ecological and Health Challenges

The supercilious stance of the Meghalaya State Government in 'daring' the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) to mine at their own risk is flabbergasting in response to the tender notice related to the expression of interest (EOI) issued by UCIL on July 2, 2016. Uranium mining in Meghalaya would surely pose serious environmental challenges as well as health hazards to the local population due to radioactive waste. In this regard, Jonathan Donald Syiemlieh cites a prominent example of the Jaduguda Uranium Mines in Jharkhand, where thousands of litres of radioactive waste spilled into a creek for nine hours before the flow of the radioactive waste was shut off. He strongly feels that the Meghalaya state government should not wait until the situation goes out of control and should intervene with a clear stand in this matter.

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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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