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Current Issue - Volume 11 Issue 5 (August 2018)

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Sustainable Construction Techniques: For a Healthy and Ecological Living

Sustainable construction techniques seek to minimize the negative environmental impacts of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, development space, and the ecosystem at large. Green construction techniques use a conscious approach to energy and ecological conservation in the design of the built environment. In this article, Mohd. Parvez Alam dwells on the importance of developing sustainable communities and sustainable construction techniques to minimize environmental hazards and for promoting an ecological way of life.

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Youth as Agents of Change: And Drivers of Development

'Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets was adopted on September 25, 2015, by the Heads of State and Government at a special UN summit. The Agenda is a commitment to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030 worldwide, thus ensuring that no one is left behind. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda was a landmark achievement, providing for a shared global vision towards sustainable development for all. In this regard, Biba Jasmine discusses the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations that engaged over 1,200 delegates from nearly 100 different countries from around the world in a meaningful dialogue with key players in sustainability and innovation from various sectors. She highlights the key role that the youth can play in achieving these goals.

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Maneka Speaks

Animal Experimentation: Fake News: Humans are in Danger

Fake information tends to circulate much faster than real information, and is remembered and believed by people for a longer period of time. One example is animal testing, which is not just a waste of time and money; it also has the potential of huge damage to humans. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that because the scientists are so stubborn about animal testing, there may be a number of potential cures that have never reached us.

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TERI Analysis

Rural India's Energy Woes: Biomass Comes to the Rescue

In this article, Ankit Rath and Avishek Goel highlight that biomass in the form of renewable energy is one of the promising technologies to reduce fuel poverty commonly prevalent in rural communities in India. It is expected that by making use of various bioenergy technologies, such as gasification, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, etc., biomass waste can be converted into useful forms of energy, thus catalysing sustainable, social, economic, and environmental development of rural communities.

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Special Report

Plasticulture: Should We Continue with It?

Plasticulture is the application of plastics in agricultural cultivation and is fast becoming the most sought-after technique to augment farm yields and farm income. But, there is also a flip side as dangerous toxins released from the polyethylene film can remain in the soil for centuries leading to intense plastic pollution in the agricultural domain. Here, Arjuna Srinidhi and Divya Nazareth discuss the pros and cons of plasticulture and conclude that we need to go beyond just the ban of plastic bags and address its use across sectors.

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Furthering the Cause of Conservation: With a Brand Ambassador

Dr Mike H Pandey is an eminent Indian film-maker specializing in films about wildlife and the environment. In early 2018, he was appointed the brand ambassador, eco-tourism, wildlife and environment, of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. In this article, N Kalyani highlights Pandey-s pioneering role and views as the brand ambassador who is involved in the cleaning up and rejuvenation programme of the River Ganga in Uttar Pradesh.

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In Conversation

Indoor Mould in Households: The Causes and Remedial Measures

BreatheEasy (BE) is India's first- full service indoor air quality (IAQ) solution provider. Their parent company has been a pioneer in the indoor air filtration and purification technology for the last 25+ years. BE has helped innumerable families, schools, and businesses in Delhi-NCR in creating a healthy indoor environment. BE's centralized solutions transform entire homes and buildings into fresh-air sanctuaries. Here, Mr Barun Aggarwal, CEO, BreatheEasy Consultants Pvt. Ltd, is in an exclusive conversation with us for TerraGreen. He talks about the reasons of mould growth in households and also enlightens us about some preventive and remedial measures against the growth of moulds.

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Environmental Research

Relish the Green Spaces: Spending Time Outdoors is Good for You

Living close to nature and spending time outside has a significant and wide-ranging health benefits, according to new research from the University of East Anglia published in the journal Environmental Research. A newly published report reveals that exposure to green spaces reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

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Green Challenges

Monetizing Waste: For Operationalizing Circular Economy

Nitish Arora and Mahima Makkar say that after a series of deliberations, dialogues, and initiatives at the 45th World Environment Day celebrations in India, where countries reiterated their commitment towards providing a cleaner and greener environment to the future generations, now is the time for action.

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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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