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Current Issue - Volume 8 Issue 11 (February 2016)

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Critically Endangered Wetlands: Environmental Impacts of Urban Growth

Natural disasters are often accentuated by man-made factors. Wetlands play a crucial role in flood control and recent examples of floods in Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kashmir bear testimony to the urgent need of understanding the importance of urban wetlands. The most crucial role that wetlands play is that of flood control since they act as natural sponges that soak in excess water. When wetlands are throttled, they lose the roles they play in nature. Wetlands also supply water and serve as natural rainwater harvesting systems. Moreover, it is estimated that freshwater wetlands hold more than 40 per cent of the entire world’s species and 12 per cent of all animal species. Wetlands also play a significant role in providing livelihoods to the fishing communities in India. At a time, when Chennai is still reeling under the effects of torrential rains and floods, Subir Ghosh discusses and analyses the effects of urbanization in endangering the ecologically-sensitive urban wetlands.

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The Final Backup

Climate change poses a serious threat to the survival of food security and agriculture is already hard pressed to keep up in the race against climate change. Arjun Wadhwa informs us of the purpose of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) developed with the intent of protecting crop diversity through a global repository of seeds. The need for such a repository was felt in order to protect humanity from catastrophes—climate change, natural disaster, or man-made holocaust—that may wipe out a country’s floral diversity. The SGSV proved its function during the Syrian conflict and with an uncertain future facing the humankind, the SGSV gives hope for its survival. 

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February 2016

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Critically Endangered Wetlands: Environmental Impacts of Urban Growth

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Maneka Speaks

 How Safe is the Milk you Consume? : A Cause for Concern

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi points out that most of us are oblivious to the kind of food being fed to the animals that give us milk. There are no pastures left in the country and cows/buffalos graze on the roadsides and on dirty human-trodden grass.

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TERI Analysis

Green Growth and Development in India: Climate-resilient Strategies

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement demonstrate the importance that countries have placed on environmental issues along with emphasizing the three pillars of sustainable development. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change recognizes ‘poverty eradication along with green growth’ as central to India’s sustainable development narrative.

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Special Report

The Disappearing Rainbow Colours: From the Central Himalayan Platter

Owing to the well-established tradition of subsistence agriculture, crop diversity, and consequent dietary diversity were the landmark features of farming in The Central Himalayas region of Kumaon and Garhwal hills. Quite a few colours from the ‘rainbow diet’ which was an established practice in far-off hills have faded away following the exponential changes in the socio-economic milieu. Rapid urbanization has made selling of land a more viable option for immediate gains as compared to cultivating it. Rajshekhar Pant points out the need to bring in awareness about the importance of regional dietary habits, cuisines, landraces, and heirloom varieties.

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Sudha's Guide to Coping with Climate Change: Towards Biodiversity Conservation

Climate change as an increasingly global phenomenon is a cause of concern for every nation and its citizens. Be it a developed country or a developing one, the repercussions of it is manifold, ranging from environmental to social impacts. While the causes for the occurrence of climate change are roughly popular among the masses, what remains is creating primary awareness about individual contribution to deal with it. Pune-based Samuchit Enviro Tech Pvt. Ltd (, a company which provides environmentally sustainable energy and waste management solutions to the rural and urban sector, has worked upon a design to tackle this very concern. Among various other initiatives and environment-friendly products developed by them on these lines, Samuchit has brought out a carbon footprint calculator which is important because it calculates the “carbon footprint of a person and tells us what is the greenhouse gas emission resulting from the annual cycle of activities of that individual. In other words, it tells us how much of the climate change and global warming is caused directly by that person, each year.”

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In Conversation

Plastics Processing

Dr Ashok Menon, Global Technology Leader, Life Cycle Assessment, Corporate Sustainability, SABIC Technology Centre in conversation with Anisha Chettri for TerraGreen.

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Wild life

A Ray of Hope Flickers in the Sun: Through the Eyes of a Village Elder

Story by: Divya Joy, Climate Change and Energy Programme, WWF-India

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Green Challenges

A Poisonous Snowfall: Recycling and Reusing Thermocol

Thermocol, correctly known as expanded polystyrene is a plastic. Recent online surveys and questioning have revealed that most people don’t care enough about what the source of thermocol is while some others assume it to be wood or paper derivative due to its soft, foamy nature. The largest used packaging material after corrugated board, thermocol is widely used in the insulated packaging industry. Other common uses include set and prop design, festival decor, confetti, and more. Rashi Goel discusses the different challenges that thermocol can pose to the environment and the multiple ways in which it can be recycled and reused.

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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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