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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 7 (October 2017)

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The Defaunation Crisis:Hunting Dwindles Wildlife Population

How do we begin to comprehend the formidable threat of extinction that our wildlife is facing today? How do we cope with the incessant loss, and what additional measures should we take to stop the illegal hunting and poaching of animals for commercial gain? In the face of ever-increasing human activity, most of which is invasive and detrimental to the ecological sanity, few places remain secure. Disturbingly, unprecedented acts of violence, acts, such as hacking away and poisoning animals for their body parts, have come to mark a new chapter in our already troubled history with nature. In this article, Indumathi S stresses the urgency of taking stock of the situation to rein in the illegal hunting of wild animals.

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'Wildlife Entertainment' Tourism:Delight or Plight?

From Thailand's tiger zoos to elephant rides at India's Amer Fort, animal cruelty continues to thrive in the name of tourism. Tourists, unaware of the harsh living conditions of these animals, unknowingly support such cruelty by visiting such places. Sharada Balasubramanian writes on the ways in which this ostensibly benign industry needs to be exposed for what it does to its animals for the sake of catering to growing tourist demands, thereby stressing the need to create more awareness regarding the inhuman practices.

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Maneka Speaks

Fipronil:Pesticide in Eggs

Europe has destroyed millions of eggs because they contained traces of a dangerous insecticide Fipronil. But Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that India's poultry and milk industry uses this freely, inspite of an international ban.

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TERI Analysis

The Green School:Promoting Environmental Stewardship in Students

'The Green School' is an education programme for schools initiated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Tata Steel, to create awareness and sensitize students, teachers, and the community on issues related to the environment. In this article, Neha highlights that this project promotes environmental stewardship in identified schools through classroom and outdoor activities to improve critical, interdisciplinary, and holistic thinking.

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Special Report

Sustainable Fishing of Short-Neck Clams:In the Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organization set up to help transform the seafood market into a sustainable one. The MSC runs the only certification and eco-labelling programme for wild-capture fisheries. In this article, Marianne Furtado de Nazareth highlights the ways in which sustainable fisheries in the developing world have taken a momentous step forward with the certification of India's first clam fishery in the Ashtamudi Estuary in Kerala. The certification is a landmark in MSC certification in India, and the Ashtamudi short-neck clam fishery is only the third fishery in Asia to have received this recognition.

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Environmental Ingenuity:A Lady with Green Skill

Each year, during plantation drives across the country, millions of saplings are planted but no statistics are available on the actual survival rate of these saplings. Perhaps many saplings do not survive due to unsuitable environmental conditions. Dr Chandra Prakash Kala says that environmental inventiveness is the need of the hour as shown by Leelawati Kala, who successfully planted several oak saplings in her village in Uttarakhand, despite the conditions being unfavourable for their growth.

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In Conversation

Dangers Facing India's Marine Ecosystems

Dr Venkatraman Krishnamoorthy, Senior Scientific Consultant with the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management and Former Director, Zoological Survey of India, who has been studying the corals and marine life along India's coasts for years, talks to Dr Rina Mukherji for TerraGreen on the dangers facing our marine ecosystems and coastline.

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India's Vivid Wildlife:Diurnal and Nocturnal

M Krishnan was a pioneering Indian wildlife photographer, writer, and naturalist. Krishnan was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 1960 for his work and the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1968. Here, N Kalyani reviews M Krishnan's book Nights and Days: My Book of India's Wildlife. Although the book was written more than 30 years ago in 1985, N Kalyani feels that nature literature of the past lets us take stock of wildlife and their habitats in time series.

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Green Challenges

Electric Vehicles in India:Challenges and Opportunities

The vision of cleaner vehicles plying on the road through adoption of electric mobility is still a distant dream for India. In this article, Viraj Desai says that being one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, India is aiming for a transformation in its mobility sector as a part of the larger agenda to meet the targets laid out in its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.

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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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